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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  679 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
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—and best—
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Saga Press
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jul 12, 2017 marked it as tbr-perhaps
Shelves: 2018-releases
"an indigenous Mad Max: Fury Road" whom else is crying
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Early in Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut urban fantasy novel Trail of Lightning, protagonist Maggie Hoskie is talking to a couple whose daughter was stolen by a monster. The girl’s mother asks Maggie is she can save their child. Maggie responds only that she can find her, a distinction the desperate and grieving woman recognizes. Our first impression of Maggie is of a woman who believes that once evil touches you, it gets inside you and stay
I think this novel has been a LONG time coming and I'm glad it's here. Now.

My only concern is that this UF series came out so late in the whole UF cycle thing. I needed this a decade ago. I needed a full American Indian mythological romp with Coyote and so many fantastic supernatural additions to my reading schedule!

Not just fae and vamps and druids and wizards... I needed THIS!

That being said, I really liked it. :) Flooding took out most of the world and it was like coming back home to New Me
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Representation is so important in fiction.. It’s much easier to sink into a character’s story when they resemble you in some way. For centuries there was very little healthy representation of anyone outside of heterosexual white males of European descent. Characters who fell outside of these restrictions tended to be only secondary characters, and were often portrayed as two-dimensional caricatures of the race or sex or
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have been excited for this book ever since I found about it – and it did not disappoint me at all. Rebecca Roanhorse has created a seriously cool, very much needed different Urban Fantasy here that makes me very excited for what is to come.

Living in a post-apocalyptic Dinétah (formerly the Navajo Reservation) where gods and demons walk the world, Maggie is a grim, lonely, super strong woman. She is a monster hunter with not much to live for, she is snarky and broken, and while I found her fair
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars and going on my list of favourite reads for 2018.

Trail of Lightning was one of my most anticipated books in 2018, and happily, it did not disappoint. A few months ago I read Roanhorse's most amazing short story, Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience, and it made me excited to see what she would do with a full novel.

Trail of Lightning delivers a fast-paced story in a completely unique setting. Roanhorse has taken a familiar UF storyline and remade it with a fresh telling from an i
Peter Tillman
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A promising debut. The author has done her homework (and life-work!), knows the territory, and her award-winning "AUTHENTIC INDIAN EXPERIENCE" shows off her writing chops. Her heroine is a Monster-Slayer! How cool is that? (OK, it's gory.)

Always a pleasure to find a new writer of merit. Even better if she is from an underrepresented group. The novel's framework is boilerplate post-apocalypse. Oh, but the details, the lovely details!

Things are warming up with the new boyfriend (who's something o
A dystopic urban fantasy set in a future where a good part of the world has drowned, resources are scarce and violently fought over, monsters and supernatural entities of various nature prowl around, with a Native American heroine written for a change by a Native American author? GIMME. And also... look at that cover! And that title! What could possibly go wrong with this one, right?!


Well, ok - admittedly, nothing went wrong: this is definitely a very nice addition to the genre and a much
While this is only the first book in a series, I’m confident that Trail of Lightning will debut as a top Urban Fantasy book. The writing is absolutely captivating and my eyes were glued to the pages until 2 am in the morning, when I finally got to that climactic ending. Roanhorse does a fabulous job of creating three-dimensional characters in a refreshing dystopian world where ancient powers have come back after a multitude of natural disasters throughout the globe. I loved seeing the Navajo sto ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this, can't wait for the sequel, GIVE ME MORE KAI AND MAGS (SORRY, MAGGIE)
I had an incredibly hard time sorting out my feelings on this book and I don’t know if I can say that I succeeded. There are many aspects of it that I absolutely loved, but also ones that I really disliked. And the two overlap one another, leaving me conflicted and with a frown line that’s about to become permanent.

Let’s just begin with all the things that I loved. A Trail of Lighting is a post-apocalyptic fantasy that revolves around Native American culture and history, written by a Native Amer
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
Mad Max: Fury Road.

Native American cast.

Hunt for monsters.

I have only 3 words: PLEASE BE GOOD.
This was excellent!

It straddles the line quite nicely between comfortable urban fantasy, and unique and different- with diversity in cast, and setting, that a lot of us are looking for.

For me, the use of the Navajo legends to build the magic and setting was a huge draw and satisfied my love of folktales. This was paced well and not over-done. I was excited every time we got a new story or some world building and also, the post/apoc/flood water scenario was something that with the current envir
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1018
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review and lots of fangirling can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

If you've been following my reading progress then you know why I am going to rant about this book. As a historian with a tiny obsession with mythology, the first thing that drew me to the book was not only the cover but also the summary. The gods and creatures of the Native American mythology have risen again after the apocalypse, which also took the form of a fl
R.F. Kuang
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never read anything by Roanhorse that I didn't like. Completely lives up to the hype, and then some. It's not the sort of book you savor slowly over a few days. You read it all in one shot, and then put it down feeling like you've been hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

Thanks to Saga for an ARC on netgalley!
One cannot emphasize how important this book is in terms of representation in dystopian/urban fantasy literature. It is one the few UF novels set in America I’ve read where all the characters are poc. L. A. Banks’ work is the only other work that springs readily to mind. It is the only one I’ve read where the characters are all Native American/Indigenous/First Peoples.

I am quite well aware that my perspective is limited, that there are books I am either forgetting or don’t know about. Please f
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well written with strong narrative voice. Immersive, original and engaging.

Longer review will probably come soon but in case it doesn't (because I'm lazy / too busy with work) the hype is real, guys.

It's worth trying.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author through a Give Away and I'm so excited! I wanted to sit down and read this is one sitting but life kept getting in the way. This just meant I got to savor every moment of the journey. A lot of people are describing this as a Mad Max Fury Road esque book and I definitely agree but it made me think that this is where the Western Genre should be going. Righteous Women traveling the land striking out against those who would mean to do harm.

I think the ultimate descri
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
First, a confession: I haven't been reading much in the UF genre lately, outside of the established series I’ve been following for years. Mostly though I’ve felt a bit burned out on vampires, werewolves, witches, shifters, and the like so I’ve generally taken passes on the new offerings in the genre. I liked the cover on this one though and the idea of a Native American female as the main protagonist piqued my dormant, urban fantasy interest. The gamble paid off because I ended up liking this st ...more
Ben Babcock
Sometimes Twitter really, really comes through. I’m thinking, “I would love to read more works by Indigenous writers” and also “I would love to read some more science fiction and fantasy this summer” and the people I follow must have picked up on that because everyone was all, “You have got to read this.” Well, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning lives up to the hype. It’s an intense, richly presented urban fantasy adventure that leaves me wanting more.

It’s the near future, and the Big Water
Cathy (cathepsut)
This sounds really good! Have a look at this article, where the author answers some questions:

If you want to check out her writing, read this free short story:
Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience, at
TRAIL OF LIGHTNING by Rebecca Roanhorse is an exciting start to a new series by debut author, Rebecca Roanhorse. This urban fantasy/dystopian story takes place after the Big Water – a catastrophic event that destroys much of the Earth with unending rains and subsequent flooding. It marks the end of the Fifth World and ushers in the Sixth. The Diné, or Navajo People, are able to maintain their sovereignty and their lands, but within their territories, monsters attack the human population. Maggie ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were lots of amazing things in this novel, but also some that left me meh.

I love the post apocalyptic world (giant flood), the setting on a native american reservation separated from the rest of the US by a big magical wall, the supernatural monsters and gods walking and talking with humans, the monster slayer main character that was really cool and engaging.

I was not a big fan of the present first person but I got used to it, same goes for the romance(s) (though I kinda like how it turned
Amy Sturgis
My expectations for Trail of Lightning were extremely high, and this wonderful story exceeded them all. Rebecca Roanhorse ticks all the boxes: compelling, authentic characters (including a mighty but damaged heroine whose self-image is more than a bit problematic); exquisite world building (with a Navajo people who fittingly thrive after the Big Water decimates North America, because, after all, this wasn't their first apocalypse); lush, mythological storytelling (including monsters, witches, an ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was fortunate enough to read a super early copy of this and HOLY SHIT.
Mary Robinette Kowal
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, recommend, sf
This book is full of images that linger in my head after I'm finished. I am eager for the second book.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The very first thing that struck me about Trail of Lightning is how smart and spirited out main character, Maggie, is. Maggie immediately grips you because of her honesty, her narrative tone, and her development as a character. My experience reading Trail of Lightning is only heightened by seeing Roanhorse speak at BookCon on the need for diverse books.

full review: http://utopia-
TW: child death

Trail of Lightning is perhaps the most anticipated urban fantasy release of the summer, and I’m here to say that it doesn’t disappoint.

When climate change caused the oceans to rise faster than anyone expected, Dinétah (once the Navajo reservation) was reborn. It’s gods walked back into the world, but along with them came the monsters.

After Maggie Hoskie’s grandmother was killed by monsters and the witch who raised them, she was taken under the wing of a legendary hero Neizghani an
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m ignorant when it comes to indigenous people and culture (shameful, I know), so I jumped at the opportunity to read a fantasy novel where indigenous culture was the focus. Trail of Lightning is an exciting introduction to an interesting world with a kickass main character.

One aspect of the novel that doesn’t work as well as it should is the world building. The world is so deeply entrenched in Navajo legends, myths, and stories that having a basic working knowledge of their history is almost r
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-net-galley
Trail of Lightning is the first book in the Sixth World series, set in a post-apocalyptic America (our America as we presently know it would be the Fifth World) in which a reformed Navajo nation, Dinétah, tries to forge a future. Resources, including fresh water, are scarce. Magic, gods, and monsters of legend thrive. Maggie Hoskie, the central character, is a monster hunter endowed with the magical abilities of her clan, K'aahanáanii, the Living Arrow, a kind of preternatural ability to kill th ...more
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Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula Award-winning speculative fiction writer. She is also a Hugo/Sturgeon/Locus Award Finalist for her short fiction, WELCOME TO YOUR AUTHENTIC INDIAN EXPERIENCE(TM), as well as a 2017 Campbell Award Finalist for Best New SFF writer. Her debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING Book #1 in the SIXTH WORLD SERIES (Saga Press) drops June 26th, 2018. Book #2 STORM OF LOCUSTS will follo ...more
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