Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted December 16th, 2020 by in *Review / 4 comments

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse {Stephanie’s Review}Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Series: The Sixth World #1
Published by Saga Press
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal
Pages: 305
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: November 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

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3 Stars

As it seems with most of the books I read anymore Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse was a COYER book club pick for November. Thankfully when it was picked it was on sale.

Honestly I think I picked up Trail of Lightning at the wrong time. There was just too much going on in the real world. It took me two weeks to finish it. I think the story was incredibly original and I did enjoy it. I loved the insight into the Native American culture and how it was weaved in and around the storyline.

I really thought the way Maggie and her people survived was amazing. The biggest issue I had was the pacing. I really want to stress that it very well could have been what was happening outside of the story.

I really liked Maggie and Kai. I can certainly understand why Maggie is the way she is. Kai always remains a little bit of a mystery. Really all the secondary characters were pretty enjoyable except for the gods. The gods really seemed to be pretty disdainful of the “five-fingered”.

Tah is probably my favorite character. The bad guy had everything Maggie dished out coming his way and probably a bit more if I’m being frank.

Even though I didn’t love Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse I think it was unique enough that I want to continue with the series!


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 GoodReads

4 Responses to “Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse {Stephanie’s Review}”

  1. Anne - Books of My Heart

    Great review! I was iffy on this one. Like you say, it was unique and the cultural aspects are a plus. I just felt it was too scattered in plot. Maybe that is just the first book syndrome but I’m not compelled to read more in the series.

    • Stephanie

      Yes it was a solid three for me. Nothing spectacular but enough uniqueness that it saved it. It could be. I won’t be in a hurry to continue especially since the third book isn’t on the horizon. If the third book gets a publish date then I’ll re-evaluate.

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