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I loved Trail of Lightning, the first book in Rebecca Roanhorse s The Sixth World series, and Storm of Locusts is an amazing follow up Picking up right from where book 1 left off, the story rejoins Maggie after the big fight at Black Mesa, where she battled a Navajo god and seemingly lost her only friend Now, mere weeks later, she s healing emotionally and physically, when she s called on by a sometimes ally to help with a bounty hunt that goes badly wrong After the bloody incident, Maggie has a new responsibility, her ally s niece Ben, a teen girl with clan powers of her own.Immediately on the heels of this event comes news that Kai has been kidnapped, and Maggie is soon on the trail of a cult leader whose powers include the ability to summon and control hordes of locusts Gross And scary Storm of Locusts ends up as a road trip quest kind of book, as Maggie, Ben, and Rissa, sister of the boy kidnapped along with Kai, set out to track their missing friends and get vengeance on the White Locust For the first time in these books, their search takes them outside the walls of Din tah and into the greater world beyond the Navajo people s protected lands, where corruption and extreme danger come in many forms, and where despite the strangeness of the new reality, the gods still have powers too.I m really adoring The Sixth World series, its characters, legends, and world building, the mix of old traditions and a new post apocalyptic landscape Author Rebecca Roanhorse has a magical, masterful touch with her storytelling, creating a people and society that feel real and lived in Maggie is a terrific, layered, conflicted heroine, a total win as a lead character I want muchof her story The book ends with a final scene that makes it clear that Maggie s troubles are far from over, which is fine with metrouble for Maggie meansexcellent stories for us to enjoy.Can t wait for 3 Roanhorse doesn t fail to entertain again This Urban Fantasy has quickly become one of my go to sources for popcorn fiction It has everything I really love A muchunique setting than I usually get, reminding me of all my old stomping grounds where I used to grow up Well, before the coastlines altered and the earthquakes took down the cities and the plagues wiped out everyone else, anyway This is exciting, entertaining, full of gods of native persuasion, and some really funky cool happenings Whatcould I want in a popcorn fiction Come on, Coyote, let s throw a wrench at something. It S Been Four Weeks Since The Bloody Showdown At Black Mesa, And Maggie Hoskie, Din 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 PowerThen 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 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 ThemHer Search Leads Her Beyond The Walls Of Din Tah 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 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve been running around for the whole of last year telling anyone who would listen that Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse is bar one the best thing to happen to urban fantasy in years To say I was excited to read the sequel is an understatement And now that I ve read it, I am pleased to report that the highly anticipated Storm of Locusts, like its predecessor, was just as fun and action packed, while still managing to feel new and breath fresh life into the genre.Four weeks have passed since the events at Black Mesa that saw Maggie defeat a god and save Din tah, but her actions have cost her greatly, including her friendship with Kai Arviso, the young medicine man with whom she had fallen in love Back at home with a lightning sword she s not quite sure how to use, Maggie tries to make the best out of her situation by once again taking on odd jobs After all, following the Big Water, there s always something monstrous that needs to be slain in the Sixth World So when whispers of a Navajo legend called the White Locust reaches Maggie s ears, she doesn t think much of it at first, treating the investigation like any other as she heads out with a crew to look into the rumors But what they find is muchtroubling Not only is the White Locust real, he has amassed himself a number of followers, creating a dangerous cult And to his faithful, he grants them delicate diaphanous wings of metal that look disturbingly insectoid, just like his namesake.Worse, Maggie has suddenly become the reluctant guardian of Ben, a teenage girl possessed of a strange clan power, much like herself Ben seems to look up to Maggie just as much as she seems to fear her, but she is also young and fiery with a thirst for vengeance So when the twins Rissa and Clive Goodacre come calling with new information on the whereabouts of the White Locust, it is no surprise that the girl wants to tag along Maggie doesn t like the idea, but can t deny that Ben s power might be useful, for the news the Goodacre siblings bring isn t good It appears the cult leader had paid a visit to their home, taken their youngest brother Caleb with him, and that Kai might have been complicit in the abduction Though Maggie doesn t want to believe that the man she loves could have been involved, the evidence against him is damning Determined to get down to the truth, she agrees to help the twins track down the White Locust and get Caleb back and then perhaps she can also finally confront Kai and clear the air between them.In all the ways that matter, Storm of Locusts is the perfect sequel All of our favorite characters are back, with a several new faces to join the fun Once , we are transported to a world steeped in Native American myths and culture, where indigenous characters and their lives are in the foreground of both the setting and the story Speaking of which, the plot of Storm of Locusts was a blast, making for a quick read where the action never stopped, and the turns just kept on coming Overall, the writing also felt tighter andstreamlined, so needless to say, the pages flew by in a frenzy.But Rebecca Roanhorse has not been content to simply retread old ground and rehash the previous book s ideas For one, I loved how the gates were literally flung open to the rest of the world in this sequel, with the story taking us beyond the magical walls of Din tah to see how other survivors of the Big Water have managed to eke out a life in this post apocalyptic landscape Readers are treated to a road trip by land, by water, and even by air of sorts as we join Maggie on a journey that includes a treacherous route through human trafficking territory, a run in with an implacable god who still has unfinished business with our protagonist, as well as the eventual confrontation with the mysterious foe known as the White Locust But amidst all the danger, there are moments of peace and beauty too Not all of the country had been destroyed when the world went to hell, and we also get to see how pockets of civilization have survived in areas surrounding calm picturesque lakes and the mighty concrete dams on the Colorado River that are still standing.Then there are the characters Maggie is not the easiest protagonist to like, but she does grow on you after a while In Storm of Locusts, she s still as stubborn and combative as ever, but it s also true that since Kai came along, her edges have softened a little And now with the introduction of Ben, Maggie has opened up even , to my delight Because much like the first book, the plot of this novel is in fact very straightforward and uncomplicated, following a classic quest narrative Ultimately, it s the relationships that really drive the story, and in this area, the sequel has greatly outdone its predecessor I suspect part of this is because romantic element is downplayed, allowing the story to focus on Maggie s dynamics with Ben, Clive, and Rissa instead These friendships have defined her personality and motivations in a way that her romance with Kai could not, and I m glad we were given a chance to explore her character from this angle.Overall, I loved Storm of Locusts It s a sequel that took all the best parts of Trail of Lightning and made them even bigger and better, while also adding fresh ideas and new adventures for our protagonists I m thrilled with the direction of this series and hope the trend of improvement keeps up Can t wait for book three Damn.Rebecca Roanhorse does not pull any punches From the very first page I was hooked again and her story keeps its relentless pace until the very end while still spending enough time with the characters for them to develop and for the scenes to hit the emotional notes they are supposed to hit This was, quite simply, incredible Now, I know I am far from an impartial judge, given that the first book in the series reignited my love for Urban Fantasy, but believe me when I tell you, that this second book was even better than the first and seriously impressive.Picking back up a few weeks after the events of the first book, this book delivers on all the promise Roanhorse s world showed I adore the matter of factness of a world not based on the usual fantasy fair but thoroughly different Roanhorse trusts her non Native readers to figure out stuff on their own in a way that I found refreshing and I am sure for Native readers this book delivers on a whole different level The worldbuilding is as intricate and immersive as before and this time around I thought the characters were equally interesting I loved the addition of Ben who brings out a side of Maggie we hadn t seen before in a way that made herwell rounded while not changing anything about what we knew of her something that I find particularly intriguing in books I loved the way in which Rissa and Maggie dealt with their complicated relationship and I loved the themes of found family obviously Kai is not my favourite but even he got some really brilliant scenes.I thought that Roanhorse impressively plays with themes of agency and destiny in a way that makes me very excited to see where this story goes next I am a big fan of stories that ruminate on the role of human action in worlds dominated by gods and Roanhorse gives the reader just enough of a glimpse of what is yet to come that I am beyond thrilled by the direction she chose to take her story.I always find reviews of five star books difficult without falling back onto superlatives, but I really loved this in a way I haven t loved very many books this year If you like fantasy at all, I urge you to check out this series.You can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog. Q Why did I read Trail of Lightning as soon as it came out and not wait for the sequel WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF A Because it was so flipping good. I m just a five fingered girl and I need other people Maggie has come a long way since the beginning of A trail of lightening She has found acceptance, friendship and love The magic and clan powers continue to be unique and different and we find outabout the Sixth World The book is well set up for the next in series Great read Check outreviews Perspective of a WriterThe BuzzHave you not heard of The Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhouse The first book is called Trail of Lightning and it developed a world with some amazing monster hunting action Maggie is a serious killer but she wants to change after meeting KaiThe PremiseStorm of Locusts is exactly as advertised in the premise Actually its amazingly accurate TBH I missed Kai in this book He was a welcome bit of softness in the hardness that was Maggie in Trail of Lightning This time around we don t get to meet him but for a short time Actually its fine though The girl powerthan makes up for it Rissa and Maggie have problems with one another and this is the time to work it all out It s time for a road trip And I wasn t disappointed with our trip beyond the Walls of Din tah its a dark, dark world out there Men like the White Locusts are just the types to take advantage We meet some new gods, make deals with old ones, blow things up and get involved in some really hinky experiments Then we have an explosive ending that made the entire trip MORE than worth the wild ride And we get a tantalizing little taste of what s to come in the 3rd installment of The Sixth World let s prepare for war You love dark protagonists Brutality is a spice of life for you You enjoy new cultures Post apocalyptic intrigues you Then yeah, you ll need to read Storm of Locusts and the Sixth World series My ExperienceI was quite shocked with how Storm of Locusts started I didn t see that loss coming at all To inherit a young woman WOW But I loved it It s kind of what Maggie needs She s been with this crappy god jerk, Neizghani, and what she really needs is a family, people who cares if she goes all murderer on them And this was that start I did find her relationship with Kai going from 0 to 60 really fast, considering things were only barely heating up in Trail of Lightning but absence does make the heart growwilling to be frank with ones feelings.I also found the plot a lot tighter in Storm of Locusts We didn t meander so much I think the road trip aspect to the story really helped give the plot focus and direction The author really knows how to write a climax though its the end that punctuates the story and really makes our journey with Maggie worth it Because she spends the book struggling with trust, change and her own self worth She s come a long way from that girl who just indiscriminately killed when attacked Things aren t always as they seem and believing when you can t see proof isn t easy.Cover Title grade A The covers for this series are seriously killing me they are so good This story is all about the girl power and it shows in the cover design They are not there to fake you out seriously Maggie and Rissa along with Maggie s new friend, Ben, are going on an extended road trip together I love the idea and applaud the execution and feel like the cover is the cherry on top Also Storm of Locusts as the title is seriously so spot on its scary good Why should you get on board with The Sixth World series The Gods The biggest aspect of Navajo culture we get in The Sixth World series is the mythology It s not straight up culture its been adapted for this post apocalyptic world that these gods have reappeared in It s new and creepy cool To was my favorite this time around The Monsters In Storm of Locusts we see that in this new world order the weak will be taken in by the strong sometimes against their will and sometimes totally with free will Either way these monsters won t treat these people fair they need a champion and Maggie will have to step up The Din tah The clan powers are one of the most fascinating aspects in The Sixth World series I love how we get a littleglimpse into these powers every book and really open them up and see what they can do Then with Ben we learn about a totally new power Maggie s Found Family Storm of Locusts really brought home to me that Maggie is forming relationships, enduring ones And I love that Kai, the Goodacres, Ben, Tah, her mutts Her list is growing and thus the stakes are getting higher and higher.The WritingA couple obstacles are overcome in a rather convenient way like our cat bik edyeeii being in the right place at the right time and our boy Aaron being willing to make a deal These are contrivances but given some explanation which I really applaud The proper motivations will make the most convenient meetings all thebelievable A strength in Storm of Locusts though were the way obstacles arose these have the potential to be just as contrived as the solutions Not so here They arise so naturally that they make the solving of themacceptable If a problem is believable that is the first step to finding the perfect solution.Honestly I just loved Storm of Locusts and can t scream about it enough I thought it was a great sequel and an exciting step in Maggie s journey The Sixth World series is a new urban fantasy that gives us a sense of what it may be like if we were Din tah after a flood destroys most of the world It s a perfect melding of culture and fantasy Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World Building Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinions.You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton Read for the 2019 WBTM Diversity Reading Challenge a book written by an indigenous Native American author.I m going to steal a line commonly used by professional book critics from prestigious magazines all over the world here THIS BOOK IS SO BADASS.Beside being gloriously badass, Storm of Locusts also does what so many second installments in a series can t quite manage to do be a better book than it s predecessor And I m not saying it only because I had the distinct if only slightly self centered impression that Roanhorse reached over and rummaged into my soul to find that my inmost desire was to read a story about a motley female crew riding guns ablazing through a dangerous apocalyptic wasteland there s also a moody cat riding shotgun in a sidecar and I totally feel like I haven t had enough of those in my life up until now , following a thin lead about kidnapped comrades and an even thinner hope for redemption and a life affirming purpose, and decided to make it come true It s also that the tropey PNR plotline that gave me such a headeache in the previous book is pushed into the background and, when it comes back into play, it does so in a muchorganic way, so that it doesn t feel as foreign to the rest of the narrative as it did to me at least in Trail of Lightning it s clear where Roanhorse means to take Maggie now, and why Kai s contribution to her journey does indeed matter There s also a distinctive lack of Evil Mustache Twirling Baddies here in fact, Storm of Locusts resident villain is the only type of Bad Guy that ever truly works for me, the one whose gripes with the world aren t easily dismissable, even when the chosen methods to deal with them are.Like it did in the previous installment, Roanhorse s writing works in perfect synergy with Maggie s no nonsense attitude and the first person present tense narrative enanches the fast paced rhythm of the story Unlike what happened in Trail of Lightning, though, Roanhorse feels now very much in control of the plot when the characters meander and stray from the path, their little mis adventures always add something to the general storyline and to our knowledge of the Sixth World and the characters themselves.The one thing that still didn t quite work for me is Maggie s depiction as a solid bitch socially awkward, direct to the point of rudeness, clumsy with other people s feelings as much as with her own, abrupt and introverted as she is, I still don t buy into her bitchiness Besides, terrible as her reputation is, it doesn t prevent random folks from walking up to her to detail in extremely patronizing ways how she should live her life, what her mistakes have been, and generally give her negative feedbacks What good is it to be a famed bitch if it doesn t keep annoying people at bay Even the bad guys stop whatever evil deeds they re up to for the sake of giving Maggie life lessons I m really not a fan of the trope of piling guilt on the MC for dramatic purpose, and this narrative device felt overused here plus, all of these characters moral standing is extremely shaky to say the least you laugh in glee while dropping grenades on partygoers, you hunt down people to sell them as slaves and very unwilling organ donors, you don t go around pointing fingers, yes It just isn t smart.A few final words of advice to my fellow Goodreaders this series is by no means YA and whatever crossover appeal Trail of Lighting had it s definitively gone from Storm of Locusts unless you reworried about sex than violence, in which case be Maggie s guest Also, while I can totally see UF readers enjoying this series I am, and I do , The Sixth World isn t exactly UF either, for the simple reason that there isn t much urban left in Roanhorse s version of the apocalypse Finally, for those degenerates readers that feel like jumping into a series starting from its second entry don t Roanhorse doesn t waste time recapping events from the previous book or repeating essential informations about the Sixth World and her magical take on Din tah, so do your homework and start from the beginning of Maggie s story it s hugely bingeable, anyway.So, huh when is book 3 due Well Look at that cover about the book hereI mean, Maggie Rissa unknown chick sporting a Cindarella dress rifle combo and I m all ready for Rebecca Roanhorse to make me eat my words about female characterization in Trail of Lightning. This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartYour fame, Godslayer, precedes you That name again Where did you hear that name I ask On the tongue of a dying angel, from the mouth of a storm king It is knownStorm of Locusts is the second book of the Sixth World series, following and starts about a month after Trail of Lightning ends Maggie has been trying to keep busy working with the Thirsty Boys and hanging out with Tah, waiting for Kia She hasn t seen him, hasn t talked to him and has no idea how he is doing she also doesn t know if he forgives her after the events of the last book Waiting is hard.But Maggie isn t a damsel just waiting on Mr Right to come along, so she is keeping busy and there seems to be a new crazy in The Sixth World, by the name of Gideon He is the called the White Locust and is picking up followers to go with him to The New Land The entire thing seems very cult like and Kia might be with him No one knows if it is voluntarily or not but it seems very suspicious Kia even left Maggie a message that could also mean multiple thingsKai is smart He would know what those six words would do to me, how they would make me want to destroy worlds to reach him, how they would send me reeling toward something as terrible as hopeNormally in a book when the main characters, who could be the love interests, are separated I m totally distracted waiting for the reunion moment waiting for the other character to show up on page Either I m growing out of that phase of my life or Rebecca Roanhorse RR wrote a great enough story that while yes, I wanted to get to Kia, I was having enough fun in the Girl Gang that I didn t really notice.Maggie teams up with not one, but two other very special girls and a cat The cat is like a demigod but still a cat in all the ways that matter Clarissa s brother has gone missing with Kia and is also believed to be with the White Locust and Ben, well Ben is just the cutest Ben also has clan powers and is a fantastic tracker She also has a slight hero worship thing going on for Maggie and could totally have been her little sister They all go off looking for Kia, Caleb and the White Locust and get into plenty of trouble along the wayI thought you were turning over a new leaf, Rissa says to me Trying not to kill people I was, but that was yesterday Today, with the whole captured and drugged thing I m feeling pretty aggro Rissa gestures to Aaron like there s nothing she can doI loved the girl gang Sure they have some issues but once they learn to trust each other a little Rissa and Maggie make an awesome team and Ben is a ton of fun and trouble as well In this new world, you just never know what kind of trouble, or help you are going to run into Between compounds offering human body parts to the highest bidder, casino s housing forgotten gods, Coyote lurking around somewhere and the White Locust and his people there is trouble around every corner as the girl gang opens up evenof this world to the reader.I definitely enjoyed this book eventhan the first RR s writing has much improved and the pacing is on point Trail of Lightning felt a little choppy in places but Storm of Locusts never did and I really loved how she is able to bring the Indian culture to live in this book I m very much looking forward to the next book of the series, especially after what the very last chapter revealed.Cultural Diversity Note I m not a huge reader of books with Indian culture in them and the few I have read have always seemed a little bashing of other cultures sometimes and some left a bad taste in mouth But I really like how RR is able to bring the beauty and wonder of the culture and native American mythos to life in a very positive and way that doesn t discount the past, but also doesn t dwell on it Narration I m so glad I got this one on Audio The Indian names are words I d have no real hope of pronouncing even close to what they are, so I definitely appreciate Tanis Parenteau s ability to bring those characters and the culture of the book to life I feel like she also captured the tone feel of every character in her performance.Listen to a clip