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Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

Storm of Locusts

by Rebecca Roanhorse

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It's been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she's lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she's somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power. Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie's door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai's a true believer, but Maggie suspects there's more to Kai's new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them. Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust's plans are revealed, Maggie's burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.… (more)
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As good as the first in the series. I couldn't put it down. Gritty, original, and a fascinating take on a future dystopia from a Native American Mythological perspective. Loved it! Can't wait for the next book in the Sixth World series. ( )
  LongDogMom | Sep 25, 2019 |
3 and a half stars. second novel in the Sixth World series. this one uses considerably more of the larger post-apocalyptic landscape, and tells a bigger story. Navaho Maggie Hoskie is learning to use more of her clan powers, there are more native gods to meddle, and the fragile world of the Dine once again needs saving, but Maggie is rising to the task, with more confidence and more help than she's used to. good characters, interesting setting, a fun read, and the author flirts a little with having more to say without quite going there. a good start, but i'm left wanting more, just because i feel the author's up to it. ( )
  macha | Sep 2, 2019 |
The sequel to Trail of Lightning is a fast-paced adventure in an interesting post-apocalypse world. Roanhorse refers to her creation as “a solid bitch” and dedicates this volume “to all the women who are hard to love, and to the people who love them anyway,” and part of me was very “She’s not that bad!” But she does remind me a bit of Nyx from Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocalypse series... so maybe she is that bad. In a good way. ( )
  akaGingerK | Jul 20, 2019 |
Maggie is back, now known somewhat misleadingly as the Godslayer. When her not-quite-boyfriend Kai disappears, she has to go find him and the White Locust, a cult leader with some disturbing plans. The book provides a larger view of the post-apocalyptic landscape, including some bad folks (mentions of rape, vivisection and slavery), and leaves Maggie with some different allies. A very enjoyable entry into the series. ( )
  rivkat | Jul 12, 2019 |
I absolutely loved Roanhorse’s debut Trail of Lightning. And while I enjoyed the sequel, I was able to put it down for a couple of stretches because the plot had no momentum.

It opens with Haskins coming to Maggie for help with a new cult-like leader. With him is his niece, Ben, who has a strange clan power for tracking. When things go wrong, Maggie and Ben set off with Rissa Goodacre to track the White Locust. For Maggie, it’s personal. He has taken Kai with him.

Maggie must travel beyond the great wall around Dinétah to track them. I was excited at first to see what the world was like after the Big Water. Unfortunately, the excellent worldbuilding stalled here. The outside doesn’t come across as that different from the inside. This was a problem because the characters spent most of the novel on this journey, encountering and overcoming bad guys without moving the main plot forward. Don’t get me wrong; some exciting things happen when Maggie comes across a few Native gods, learns about the sword she now carries and starts to build a tentative relationship with both Ben and Rissa. However, when she finally gets to the White Locust and his cult, everything is wrapped up quickly in a couple of chapters. After so much build-up, that was a little disappointing.

Despite these problems, I still love the characters and the world Roanhorse has created. The ending is rushed, but still satisfying. There’s a final “hook” to set up the next installment without being a cliffhanger. I look forward to the next book. ( )
  jshillingford | Jul 9, 2019 |
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