September 1, 2012
A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
Shall I go over the "I love Japan, I love the culture, I love the chopsticks, I love tofu, yadda yadda yadda" spiel again?
I didn't think so.
Suffice it to say that, anything involving my favorite culture + my favorite genre (steampunk! History and inventions and awesome-sauce heroines who wear long dresses but know how to throw it down!) must be positively AMAZING.
That's plain logic. Didn't you learn about it in school?
Also, it's coming out under Tor. I've learned pretty quickly to trust them and the authors they choose.
Do you have this title on your shelf yet? What do you think?
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