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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1)

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  39 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, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Saga Press
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jul 12, 2017 marked it as releases-2018
Shelves: arc-wishlist
"an indigenous Mad Max: Fury Road" whom else is crying
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
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
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
Mad Max: Fury Road.

Native American cast.

Hunt for monsters.

I have only 3 words: PLEASE BE GOOD.
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
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
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
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
I'm not huge on urban fantasy, but I am really looking forward to this one
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was fortunate enough to read a super early copy of this and HOLY SHIT.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't read very much fantasy at all in adult literature but I picked this book up due to a glowing review from a dear friend...and I LOVED IT!!!
I read it in one evening...I couldn't put it only complaint is that I have to wait a whole year to see what happens to Maggie and will I survive Rebecca Roanhorse :(
While reading it I found myself wishing that I knew Navajo so I could pronounce some of the words...I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't pull myself away to lo
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review is now up! Go request this book if you can before it comes out. Don't miss this!
Jan 28, 2018 marked it as anticipated-release-tbr
This book looks so dope!!!!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time getting into this story. I'd read, lay it down and have to re-read again because I couldn't remember what I'd read. I'll probably read it again sometime in the future if I get the next book in the Sixth World series. Part science fiction, part apocalypse ending of the known world. Maggie is a monster hunter who joins with Kai to search for a missing girl. Lots of Native American myths and lore. Blends of witchcraft and old world technology aid or deter their search. Not my usua ...more
georgia ☽
Oct 03, 2016 marked it as not-out-yet
mad max, diversity, monsters.

me: *is completely sold*
Rebecca Roanhorse's debut novel does not disappoint. Billed as an "Indigenous Mad Max," the book boasts an entirely indigenous cast and follows monster hunter Maggie Hoskie as she teams up with an unconventional medicine man for a post-apocalyptic adventure of gods, tricksters, witches, magic, and Navajo pride.

The character of Maggie is strong physically, yet suffers trauma from a previous relationship that shadows her every action (and the plot of the book). I was particularly impressed with h
Kira Schumacher
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vielleicht werden's noch fünf Sterne, muss ich sacken lassen, aber wow. This has been a hell of a ride. GOTT. SO VIELE GEFÜHLE. Wie bescheuert, es jetzt gelesen zu haben, wenn ich jetzt so lang auf weitere Teile warten muss. :o
Ivy Deluca
Jan 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
01/12/18: Haven't read it, but this cover? Stunning. Adding to TBR, stat.
Loved it. Full review pending until closer to the release.
Jan 16, 2018 marked it as to-read

That "Mad Max: Fury Road with Navajo cast" pitch was enough, but look at that cover!
Damn, that is a good cover. I love her moccasins.
Alex Can Read
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This review first appeared on my blog Alex Can Read.

Trail of Lightning is the first book in a new Urban Fantasy series by Rebecca Roanhorse, author of the multiple-award-winning short story “Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience (TM)”. Trail of Lightning is her debut novel and what a debut it is!

Trail of Lightning was absolutely fantastic. Even brand-new to the field Roanhorse’s writing is easily on-par with Urban Fantasy veterans such as Seanan McGuire, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maggie Hoskie is supernaturally gifted by her clan ancestry to kill monsters in the former Navaho reservation, now a refuge in a post-apocalyptic water world. The Sixth World has begun, and in addition to monsters, gods and heroes of legend walk the land again. Against her better instincts, Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, a medicine-man-in-training to learn about a witchcraft that is creating a new breed of flesh-eating monsters, one of which kidnaps a little girl.

Squarely in t
Alice, as in Wonderland
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think it's mentioned enough how underrepresented Native authors are in the literary world, but this year looks to add a few more to the pond, and I couldn't be happier. And in scifi no less!!! Yaaaay!!

After the floods of the Big Water, the North American continent is survived by the Dinetah. In this new but old world, the supernatural has returned, bringing immortals and trickster gods and monsters. Maggie is recovering from an It's Complicated relationship with an immortal monster hunte
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! A powerful young woman with a troubled past and a hardened heart, Maggie Hoskie fights monsters both literal and metaphorical, all the while fearing the potential monster inside herself. The writing whizzes along and the plot doesn’t ever quite succumb to its own tropes—a vibrant cast of secondary characters both human and not flesh out the story and give Maggie plenty to worry about besides herself. The magic is really cool, the world feels energetically alive and varied in a way ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic debut. I felt I was reading something out of the wonderful folklore of the Navajo people. Mingling a heroine that is powerful beyond measure with the troubling all to familiar past of a hero finding their way. Set in a “post-apocalyptic” region of what is a different version of the current Navajo Nation. Where magic and gods are not just stories but hand in hand with every human. Where gifts of clans awaken and give life as well as identity to the characters of this rich tale. I ...more
Joe Jones
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great start to a new fantasy series that continues the trend of exploring different mythologies and settings. This time we feature Native American myths and folklore set in a dystopian world. Maggie is a great character full of flaws, but also with the heart of real hero if she just can accept who she really is. Perfect for fans of Katherine Arden's Winternight books or S.A. Chakraborty's City of Brass.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good start to a whole new science fiction and fantasy series. This series has both a post apocalyptic feel and fantasy elements. I received a digital arc of this copy through edelweiss and it did not disappoint. Wonderful world building. I would have given it five stars but it had a bit of a slow start to it, and towards the end it started to develop into a very rich tapestry that I cannot wait to visit again.
Tina Christopher
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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AM Cerce
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing! I can't wait for the next book, Storm of Locusts. I love the world building, very original and richly described. Maggie is tough and complex. Not the usual 2 dimensional "kick ass" heroine. I stayed up way too late to finish the book and only regret having to wait for the next installment of Maggie's story.
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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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