New Release Review | Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

Storm LocustsStorm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Sixth World #2
Urban Fantasy
Saga Press | April 23, 2019

About the Book: 

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

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Once again Rebecca Roanhorse has written an Urban Fantasy novel unlike anything else I’ve read before. Trust me when I say, there’s never been characters like these before!

Storm of Locusts was action packed, from the first page to the last. We lost some characters, but we also gain even more beloved ones! Deeper connections are forged, and some are tested.

It was everything I expected going in, and more.

Where Trail of Lightning built the friendship between Maggie and Kai, in Storm of Locusts Kai was mostly absent which gave the author an opportunity to build bridges between Maggie and others. I missed him; surprisingly, not as much as I thought I would. Maggie needs more in her life than romance, she needs family. I feel like that’s what this book gave to us. It gave us a family for Maggie.

In the first book we were introduced to the Goodacre clan. It was obvious Maggie had a history with the family, otherwise she wouldn’t have felt she could go to them for help, however it was tenuous. She wasn’t sure how much she trusted them, and vice versa. I felt like in Storm of Locusts Rebecca Roanhorse built on that tie, and in the best way. It forced Maggie and Rissa Goodacre to deal with each other. Two similar, powerful women are bound to be explosive together. They can be explosive enemies, or they can be explosive friends.

I like where they ended up.

Maggie was also given someone to be responsible for. Female, 15 year old, Ben was a very welcome addition to the group. While being the guardian of a much younger, also badass, female is a plot twist done before, I wasn’t bothered by it in Storm of Locustus. In Ben Maggie is able to see herself at the same age, and maybe it’ll help her get a grip on her unhealthy hero worship she has on her former mentor. I’d really like that.

With the characters of this second book being Rissa, Maggie and Ben, we get a fantastic Fantasy novel of full of woman warriors. Not to mention, we finally get to see just how badass Kai is. You don’t have to be violent to be powerful, and he was proof.

Once again The Sixth World knocked it out of the park.
Absolutely fantastic.
I want more.


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