The Lotus War book series by Jay Kristoff can definitely be described as incredible. I just finished reading the entire series and am most amazed at Mr. Kristoff’s ability to create evocative imagery without slowing down the pace.
As a child, I took piano lessons. Each week, three of my siblings and I would get dropped off at our piano teacher’s house. As we waited for our lesson, we got to watch her TV. This was a real treat since we didn’t have one. Our teacher lived a bit off the beaten track and because of this, she didn’t have much in the way of TV reception. To exacerbate the situation, she only had two movies for her VCR. One was a taped copy of Shogun television series and the other was The Sound of Music.
We watched the Shogun series a whole lot. I can also sing along with nearly every song from The Sound of Music–and I’m never sure if this is something to admit or not.
The Lotus War series takes place in a Steampunk Japanese Dystopia which brought back a lot of memories from my time watching Shogun waiting for my piano lesson. Kristoff does a great job creating a believable world which has all the expected issues such as class warfare, a rigid hierarchy, and a Samurai class obsessed with honor.
This book series felt a lot like Shogun with some significant differences. Think feudal Japan with chainsaw katanas, flying airships, and even a bit of magic mixed in for good measure. Kristoff handles this mash-up with professional ease. The characters are compelling, the imagery incredible, and the action is fantastic.
If you are looking for an enjoyable read that sits a bit off the standard beaten track of fantasy book–give these books a try. I rate them a solid 5 out of 5.