It was Tammy at Books, Bones and Buffy that first enthused about this one and had me scurrying to track it down – to find it was only available as a paperback. So I was thrilled when subsequently, I discovered that not only was it about to become available as a Kindle edition, it was also a Netgalley arc…
BLURB: 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.
There’s a snag to a highly anticipated read – it might not live up to my excited expectations. So I was very relieved when I quickly discovered that for all her edges, I really cared about poor, damaged Maggie and wanted her to succeed. This is important, because she spends a great deal of time pushing away those she cares about, convinced that she is also a monster.
In this post-apocalyptic world, everyone has edges. As catastrophic flooding swept away civilisation and families, those that survived had to become tough and resourceful. Roanhorse’s descriptions of this aftermath is well done. I loved the setting of a parched land that has been reshaped once more for the rise of the Native American nations and their gods – the Sixth World.
I was quickly completely immersed in this world and spend a happy afternoon relaxing while the pages turned by themselves as I was caught up in Maggie’s adventures. Alongside the monster-hunting and killing, she is also trying to cope with her own emotional problems. Actually, that’s not quite true – all she wants to do is get on and kill the monsters, but those emotional issues won’t leave her alone, as she has to confront those messing with her head.
If you enjoy richly drawn fantasy landscapes with plenty of action featuring a sympathetic, nicely complex heroine, who battles all sorts of odds without becoming whiny or pathetic, then this one comes very highly recommended. Thank you, Tammy!
Glad you enjoyed it! This one was a miss for me in a few places, but I still do want to continue with it. I think Roanhorse is really talented so I’d like to see where she goes with the series.
Yes, I’m looking forward to reading the next slice of this adventure – I think the premise is just so cool and original and she has managed to produced a nuanced, interesting heroine.
So glad you loved this, and thank you for the shout out😁 I’m hoping to read book two this month, perhaps?
The second book isn’t yet available on Netgalley – fingers crossed I get the arc when it is:))
I loved this book! I am glad you enjoyed it, and can’t wait til you can get your hands on the next one because I’d love to hear your thoughts – personally I thought it was even better 😀
Ooo… that’s a great prospect:)). Thank you for the encouragement! I’ll keep looking for the arc and if it doesn’t appear, I’ll consider buying it, Mogsy.
Loved it. One of my top books of 2018.
Yes – it’s scored a solid 10 from me, so it’s definitely right up there on my Top Reads list…
I’m very happy to see you enjoyed this just as much as I did: it’s true, Maggie is all rough edges and brusque manners, but it’s so very easy to care for her… And the world-building is beyond intriguing.
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Yes, there’s a vulnerability about her, despite her toughness and it’s difficult to write that type of contradiction well. And you’re absolutely right about the worldbuilding – it’s so original and effective!
I agree with Mogsy – No.2 is brilliant.
And now I’m desperate to get hold of it…
Oooo, when old deities walk the earth, you know there’ll be some fun stories afoot!
This is a remarkable, intense read, for sure…
I liked this one although not quite as much as you. It is unique and fascinating world-building.
It certainly is, Anne:). Glad you liked it, too.