SFF

Trail of Lightning

Saga: S. & S. (Sixth World, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 285p. ISBN 9781534413498. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781534413504. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781534413511. FANTASY
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OrangeReviewStarIn the wake of a watery apocalypse that leaves much of the once United States—and the world—underwater, the Dinétah (formerly the Navajo nation) have risen as the dominant group. At least among humankind, for gods and monsters walk the remaining land. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, trained but also cast off by the famed Neizghání. Her latest search for a missing girl opens up a larger, more frightening discovery of dark magic at work. Reluctantly pairing up with Kai Arviso, a strange medicine man with secrets of his own, Maggie relies on clues from old legends and trading favors with tricksters to find the truth behind recent killings, which might reveal her troubled past and destroy her future. Roanhorse's sharp prose vividly builds a reborn Navajo universe filled with magic and flawed protagonists who are striving to live beyond their presumed destinies.
VERDICT This exciting postapocalyptic debut, with its heady combination of smartly drawn characters, Wild West feel, and twisty plot, is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

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