Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth. An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the pages to savor every last revelation.

The publisher was kind enough to provide a review copy of this, the last in the Lotus War Trilogy. You know, the one I've been gushing over in my reviews of the previous two books.

It's funny, going into this book, you know. Having loved the first two books, I came into it with fairly high expectations. But at the same time, remembering it's his first trilogy, and I've never seen him finish a story before. Take George R. R. Martin, who I don't really believe he's ever going to finish A Song Of Ice And Fire because the story is just so sprawling, and Kinslayer started getting spread out over a lot of viewpoint characters, kind of like that, and even though it never felt like it was getting out of hand, I know authors don't always figure out how to pull all the threads back together satisfyingly.

There's some promises made in the first books. Like, for example, in book one, there's an arashitora. In book two, there's two arashitora. If in book three, there wasn't a sky filled with arashitora, I was going to be disappointed. Example two, there's this hellgate, and there's been Oni - demons - coming out of it, and it seems like that should really be dealt with at some point, but I have faith that it will be by the end of the book. Oh, and obviously we'd better find out why Buruu left his fellow arashitora in the Everstorm and why he insists he can never go back.

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I was not disappointed in any way whatsoever. Jay Kristoff does an amazing job of making the final installment of his first trilogy everything I hoped for and more. His descriptions are somehow vivid and beautiful without being wordy. Everything I've said about the previous two books is also true of book three, so I won't exhaust it by repeating it here, and I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but it's action packed, swift paced, beautifully written.

Be prepared to fall in love with characters and have your heart torn out until you wonder if there's going to be anyone left alive at the end of this damn book.

Jay Kristoff; I will never forgive you. (Also, when does the next series come out....?)

Twelve cylinders.

Endsinger comes out in three days, on November 25th.

Which brings me to the last order of business. We've also been offered a free copy to give away to our blog readers! So, contest rules:

Reply to this post with your favourite Muppet. It doesn't have to be from Sesame Street or the Muppet Show, any creation of Jim Henson Studios will do. For example: Kermit the Frog is a Muppet. Miss Piggy is a Muppet. Pilot from Farscape is a Muppet. Fizgig from The Dark Crystal is a Muppet. Lamb Chops is not a Muppet.

My favourite Muppet is the Swedish Chef.

All valid replies will go into a draw, and we will do the draw on November 25th. Good luck!


  1. My favourite Muppet is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, who I'm sure would have (re)invented Steam power, Diesel engines, and flight, given half a chance, and tested all three on his faithful lab assistant Bunsen.

  2. An explosion in my brain is what this book was. Just an amazing, crazy and intense ride. I’m emotionally torn up and suffering from a book hangover. I loved it.
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