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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) (Paperback)
Indigenous fantasy is a much needed genre and one that is, if Trail of Lightning is any indication, full of rich, fascinating mythology. Set in a world where Indigenous people and their land are the only survivors in a post-apocalyptic United States and monsters and gods roam the land, Roanhorse blends real world, current day atrocities with fantasy in Trail of Lightning and gives readers a fast paced, POC-driven fantasy that doesn't disappoint.— Ciera B., bookseller
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel
“Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” —The New York Times
“An excitingly novel tale.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight Crossroads series
“Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” —Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and Star Wars: Last Shot
“[C]rafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape.” —Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives and Black Wolves
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 best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
About the Author
Rebecca Roanhorse is speculative fiction writer and Nebula, Hugo, and Sturgeon Award Finalist. She is also a 2017 Campbell Award Finalist for Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning is the first book in the Sixth World series, followed by Storm of Locusts in 2019. She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug. Find more at RebeccaRoanhorse.com and follow her on Twitter at @RoanhorseBex.
A NPR 2018 Great Reads Selection for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy
A Library Journal Best Book of 2018 Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Best of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018 Selection
An Amazon Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018 Selection
A B&N Sc-Fi & Fantasy 50 Greatest Debut SFF Novels Ever Written Selection
A Tor.com Best Book of 2018 - So Far Selection
A B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Best Book of 2018 So Far Selection
Selected as a Highly Anticipated Summer Read by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month Selection
“Someone please cancel ‘Supernatural’ already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick."
— - The New York Times
“What an astonishing tour de force with thrilling action, fascinating characters and a near future vision of America that I've never seen before. Urban fantasy just got a whole new lease on life.”
— -- Charlie Jane Anders,
* "Roanhorse vividly depicts Navajo land, legends, and culture in her marvelous fantasy debut."
— - (STARRED REVIEW) Publishers Weekly
* "This exciting postapocalyptic debut, with its heady combination of smartly drawn characters, Wild West feel, and twisty plot, is a must-read."
— -- (STARRED REVIEW) Library Journal
"Super great! It is so exciting to read such a fresh take on Urban Fantasy."
— Ana Grilo,
"It’s the perfect book to pack for the beach or on a summer trip.”
— – Andrew Liptak
“Roanhorse is indigenizing the future of science fiction and fantasy.”
— – SYFY Wire
“What’s not to love about Trail of Lightning? It’s a frakking awesome novel and a fantastic prelude to what is sure to be a thrilling series.”
— – Alex Brown
"This is a fast, fun read."
— - Liz Bourke
"Trail of Lightning has set a new standard for speculative fiction."
— - BookPage
"Roanhorse writes this page-turner with visceral clarity."
— Santa Fe New Mexican
“A sharp, wonderfully dreamy, action-driven novel.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"I could have read about Maggie, her badassery, her damage, and her perseverance for hundreds more pages."
— , Anomaly
"It's tense and exciting, and a wholly new turn on post-apocalyptic tropes."
— John Scalzi, New York Times Bestselling author of The Consuming Fire
"Riveting and relentless."
— Victor Lavalle, World Fantasy Award-Winning author