Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning

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One of TIME magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

'Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick' The New York Times

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinetah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinetah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

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

Welcome to the Sixth World.

'An excitingly novel tale' Charlaine Harris

'Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant." Daniel Jose Older

'Crafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape' Kate Elliott
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 216g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529346665
  • 9781529346664
  • 332,976

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Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse deftly adds new layers to post-apocalyptic tropes * TIME Magazine, 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time * What's not to love about Trail of Lightning? It's a frakking awesome novel and a fantastic prelude to what is sure to be a thrilling series * * Super great! It is so exciting to read such a fresh take on Urban Fantasy * Kirkus Reviews * This exciting postapocalyptic debut, with its heady combination of smartly drawn characters, Wild West feel, and twisty plot, is a must-read * Library Journal, Starred Review * It's the perfect book to pack for the beach or on a summer trip * The Verge * Roanhorse vividly depicts Navajo land, legends, and culture in her marvelous fantasy debut * Publishers Weekly, Starred Review * What an astonishing tour de force with thrilling action, fascinating characters and a near future vision of America that I've never seen before. Urban fantasy just got a whole new lease on life * Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo Award-winning author of All the Birds in the Sky * Roanhorse is indigenizing the future of science fiction and fantasy * SYFY Wire * Someone please cancel 'Supernatural' already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick * The New York Times * ~~~~~ A Library Journal Best Book of 2018 Selection A Kirkus Reviews Best of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018 Selection A Best Book of 2018 - So Far Selection A B&N Sc-Fi & Fantasy 50 Greatest Debut SFF Novels Ever Written Selection An Amazon Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018 Selection
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About Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is speculative fiction writer, winner of the Locus Award and Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy and Sturgeon Award finalist. She is also a 2017 Campbell Award Finalist for Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning is the first book in the Sixth World series, followed by Storm of Locusts. She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug. Find more at and follow her on Twitter at @RoanhorseBex
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