Posted By Punkettes on October 18, 2014
This is the sequel to the book I raved about in this post.
Book one focused very much on Yukiko, a young woman with the ability to speak telepathically with animals. She’s bonded with an Arashitora – a Thunder Tiger, or Griffin.
Book two, in contrast has as many, I think, viewpoint characters as one of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, but like I said, he handles them better. He never sacrifices pace, and yet there’s no shortage of character development or mood.
In Kinslayer, Yukiko is in mourning after the events of book one, plus suffering from some awful headaches as a result of her telepathic abilities being amplified. She leaves on a search for a clue to the cause of her crippling condition, and for much of the book is far from the rest of the action.
Instead of being trapped on the ground, wings clipped, though, we get to spend lots of time flying this book. I’m a pilot; I liked that part. Kristoff returns to her just often enough to satisfy me, but there was so much going on in the capitol city, and in the rebel village, there was no telling the story with a single point of view like book one.
Now, there’s a character from the first book who’s name was Kin, who was a totally sweet boy, who doesn’t deserve to die, and based on the first book, I didn’t trust Mister Kristoff at all not to kill him. In The rebel village, we got Kin, who’s crushing on Yukiko. That subplot is kind of set up to be a classic love triangle, except then Kristoff pretty much goes “Oh, you think this looks like a which-girl will-he-end-up-with story? HAHAHAHA!” And…oh my. Yeah. I won’t spoil anything.