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This is a dystopian steampunk fantasy set against a backdrop of feudal Japan. Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he'd rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected. Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shogun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko uneasy, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kage cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shogun's crimes, both against her country and her family. Returning to the cuty, Yukiko is determined to make the Shogun pay but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?
Publisher: 2012. Tor,
ISBN: 9780230759015
Branch Call Number: AF KRIS


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Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles.

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Feb 20, 2018

A very interesting concept - a mix of Japanese-like mythology, environmentally devastating steampunk technology, a corrupt Shogunate, and a young woman whose loyalty is tested to the max. This is a dark, complex fantasy construct -- be glad the author provided maps and a glossary!

Oct 23, 2017

I liked this book. It was a little slow going. However, once you get who is who It's pretty cool.

Jun 17, 2017

A mild beginning that gradually reveals a wretched, tyrannical dystopia filled with moral and social outrages worthy of a hardcore revolution.
Resistance lead by a mythical creature and a magical heroine.
Action driven and well written with often poetic passages.

Dec 04, 2014

This book is so good!

The setting, the descriptions, the fights (OMG THE FIGHTS!!), the characters, the conversations (I loved the way the guys swore!) Once you understand the meaning of the Japanese terms for the titles, clothing and weapons in the earlier chapters, you can get lost in this beautiful and horrible world.

Sep 13, 2014

A pretty good book. The characters are interesting and the world is pretty cool, too. It felt a bit like a "girl and her horse" type of story for a bit, but by the end it had gotten rather interesting.

Feb 13, 2013

Why is this in the adult collections when it's marketed as a teen/YA novel?

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