Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

36373298While 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.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

There’s a certain type of characters that I like. Hard as nails, take no shit, a little cynical and jaded. They’re a deadpan snarker with a dark past, with a few scraps of a conscience left, but not much. They’re here to drink, fight, and try to forget a whole lot of shit. And they’re almost always men.

Not anymore.

Maggie Hoskie is literally everything I ever wanted from a main character. She’s a jaded badass, with just the right amount of anger and sadness and AHHHHHH SHE’S JUST SO GOOD. She’s very reluctant-hero but still treated like a human being and a fully-rounded character. She’s complex and nuanced and all these things that female characters so rarely get to be. I cannot gush enough about Maggie Hoskie.

I did find the plot a little hard to follow. It feels very episodic at times and I honestly did not really understand why everything was happening when the finale came. Certain plot points felt very loosely connected, to the point where character’s actions felt a little arbitrary. But, when I looked past my confusion, I tore through the book, driven by the characters and the setting. The action scenes were also really well written so, even if I couldn’t understand why exactly everyone was fighting, I could picture it very clearly.

The setting is also really cool. I love books where myth and folklore crosses over into the real world and people talk with gods and hang out with magical creatures. (See: American Gods, The Bear and the Nightingale.) Rebecca Roanhorse made her world feel so real and lived-in, and I can’t wait to learn more about it in the next book.

Honestly, I need a Supernatural-style TV show based on this. Maggie and Kai driving around Dinétah, saving people and hunting things. Meeting creatures of legend. Having adventures. All of it. More please. Yes, yes, yes.

Verdict: somewhere between borrow it and buy it, TBH

Have you read Trail of Lightning? What did you think? Are there any books you wish they’d adapt to TV shows to replace Supernatural with? (I’m sorry, I loved the early seasons of Supernatural, but a show either dies a hero or lives long enough to see itself become the villain and Supernatural became the latter a long time ago.)

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