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  • Loved It!

    Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this book. Way more than I expected to, if I'm honest. :) Why? Because I'm not such a huge fan of contemporary, urban-ish (I say ish because it doesn't really take place in an urban environment) fantasy. But this book kept popping up in some of the oddest places on my Twitter timeline and recommended by a few folks whose taste I trust and since the price was right (I did a price-matching thing on Kobo - it was $2+ cheaper at Amazon) I went ahead and picked it up. So what we've got is a post-apocalyptic (after the Big Water) world where a reformed Navajo nation, Dinétah, is the setting for a Mad Max Fury Road - esque tale. The Diné mythology is thick and fascinating. And is a nice change from all the fairy and elf urban fantasy. I admit to only knowing wee bits and pieces of this mythology and I think some of I know is coloured by what I know about our Canadian First Nations, so I found myself doing a few google searches to clarify things for me. And that's good! I was learning stuff! Never too old for that. The main character is a young woman, Maggie Hoskie, with a well-earned but not well-respected reputation as a Monsterslayer. Life's not been easy for her when we first meet her and it's about to get even tougher as she deals with monsters, gods, clan magics, secrets and betrayals. I liked her. And I liked the characters around her too. I liked the pacing of book too. It read well, kept me turning pages (virtually, 'cause I was using my Kobo) and I did the just one more chapter thing more than once. So all in all, this was, for me, a really fabulous read! I highly recommend it.

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  • Fierce

    I have always enjoyed and admired both urban fantasy and 1st People culture. This book was a stunning blend of both. The depth of the characters and Roanhorse’s lyrical writing style kept me engaged. It tells of a post apocalyptic world in which the Diné, or Navaho people are living behind walls raised to protect them. However inside those walls they have to deal with physical manifestations of their mythos. The descriptive narrative provides insight into the Diné heritage. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Really good!

    This was a really good post-apocalyptic urban fantasy. It's shocking that it's a debut, because it feels better written than some other books currently out in urban fantasy. I'd recommend it for anyone interested in a different UF take, as well as anyone who likes Anne Bishop's The Others series, and even anyone who doesn't usually read urban fantasy.

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  • A fresh take on the "slayer" genre

    An alienated young woman. A fabric interest, with a rough start to their interaction. A wise father figure. A tragic past. So far, so standard. But this book departs from formula right out of the gate: the world is transformed by the Big Water, an apocalyptic flood that has remade the world and brought magic and monsters from Navajo myth back to life. It's a complex re-imagining, with no unambiguously "good" and sacred (and obnoxiously stereotypical) "noble savages." Instead we have abusive cops, gods that really acts like gods--personal, yet also terrifying--and outsiders to the culture who have carved out a niche in the new, Sixth World. Lots of interesting characters, fun fights, gory horror, and other "comforts" of the genre are still present for the fans. But if you want some new life in a sometimes samey field, with action on every page, interesting magic, and yes, sexy people, this is just the ticket.

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  • Has potential

    Loved the way the Dine culture was incorporated into the plot, and thought Maggie was a great character. Also really cool world-building. But, I thought it was a little thin plot and chrarcter-wise for the price - the ending seemed really rushed. Hopefully it improves with further installements, as it sends to have the makings of a really great series

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