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As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation-a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayaAs civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation-a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth....

Title : Endsinger
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ISBN : 9781447259480
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Number of Pages : 661 Pages
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Endsinger Reviews

  • Jay Kristoff
    2019-03-05 12:12

    This was my editor after reading ENDSINGER:This was my wife:My crit partners:My copy editor: My agent:Some kid I met in the street who looked like Toby MacGuire:And this was meSo . . . enjoy!<3

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-03-18 12:25

    Stormdancer = PerfectKinslayer = Nerve wrackingEndsinger = Tears, snot and comfort food.And we know this. We know this is coming and yet, and yet, and yet.BREAKING NEWS:I received these words of comfort from Jay Kristoff regarding the ending of Endsinger:"I didn't kill the puppy at least."With that, I hope you sleep well at night until November.

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-03-06 18:37

    Here are just a few gifs that describe how I felt while reading this book:(Okay, I know that last one isn't a thunder tiger, but it seemed appropriate enough.)In case you didn’t get the picture, this book broke my feels. Wow. A fantastic conclusion to the trilogy. Not for the faint of heart.This trilogy wasn’t really an “easy” read. Sometimes I had to push through and many times, the pacing didn’t pick up until about 40% in. But the world-building was amazing and the characters were REALLY brought to life. It ended up being very much an ensemble cast. It wasn’t just about Yukiko and her thunder tiger. It’s about good vs. evil, freedom, family, friendship, loyalty, and many other things. If this book doesn’t make you cry by the end (or at least tear up a bit), you may be a robot. It was a freaking BLOODBATH, but also hopeful. Even though all my favorite characters didn’t make it out, it was written so well that I could be content with the ending. I have to say, from right around the 60% mark, this book did not stop. It was one WTF moment after another. Fantastic action scenes, plenty of didn’t-see-that-coming moments. I loved it. Favorite characters: Buruu, Hana, Kin, Michi, Yoshi, Akihito... Kaori, I broke up with you in the last book, but you impressed me in this one. We can be friends again.We find out all the answers, everything that has been building for the last two books explodes in a fireball of kick-assery, grief, and hope. So many heroes in this. *cry*Buddy read with the Buddies Books and Baubles group starting October 10, 2016.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-03-06 13:18

    Hah, look at this placeholder description:Final Chapter of The Lotus War TrilogyLike Kristoff's not dead set on ripping our hearts out and making bloody soup with the remains.

  • Sara
    2019-03-12 12:35

    5/5La verdad es que ahora mismo sólo quiero hacerme bolita y pasarme el resto del día llorando en un rincón. No estoy muy capacitada para hacer una reseña coherente, pero lo intentaré.Si Imperio ya me hizo daño, este libro me ha dejado destrozada. Da igual que se trate de personajes secundarios o principales, de animales o humanos, el autor consigue que todos y cada uno de ellos se queden en tu corazón de alguna manera. Y lo mejor de todo no es el cariño o la empatía que puedan transmitir, sino su actuación como mensajeros de una serie de valores que hacen llegar al lector. La trilogía está cargada de crítica social y ambiental, resalta el amor, la amistad, la lealtad y el respeto hacia cualquier persona con independencia de su procedencia, así como a la naturaleza y la necesidad de ser conscientes y responsables de los actos del ser humano. Es una novela cruda, narrada con una prosa única y cuidada, que ataca directamente al lector. El autor no escatima a la hora de describir escenas cruentas, duras y desagradables, pero tampoco faltan la alegría, el amor y muchas escenas enternecedoras. Te enseña las dos caras de la misma moneda, lo peor y lo mejor de las personas, y pone en mano del lector la capacidad de elegir qué cara quiere representar.Definitivamente, Las Guerras del Loto es una historia que me ha calado muy hondo, tanto por la profundidad de la historia y sus personajes, como por el encanto de éstos. En mi corazón siempre habrá espacio para Yukiko, Buruu, Kin, Hana, Kaiah, Akihito, Michi, Kaori, Hiro, Yoshi, Rhaii, e incluso algunos como Kensai. Jay Kristoff, gracias por regalarnos una historia tan maravillosa.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-03-14 10:18

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum is worth noting that I listened to the audiobook version of this, whereas I read the print or ebook copy of the previous two books in the trilogy. I mention this because it probably affected my rating. For some books the reading versus listening experience can vary greatly, and this is one of those cases. But more on that later.First, I want to start off by saying that Endsinger is a great conclusion to the series. After all that buildup in Kinslayer, I was skeptical that author Jay Kristoff could wrap it all up in one more book because there’s so much ground to cover, but he pulls it off magnificently. There’s a lot going on here. Without revealing any spoilers, this is just a taste of what we’re dealing with – 1) the Shima Imperium is in chaos, practically tearing itself apart in a civil war, 2) in the last book it was revealed that the Lotus Guild is poised to take over the empire with a secret weapon at their disposal, namely a colossal steampunk giant machine called Earthcrusher, 3) the Kage rebellion is now in shambles and it’s up to Yukiko and her storm tiger Buruu to rally and unite them, 4) somewhere out there, we know there are more of these storm tigers but getting their help would be difficult as they all seem to hate Buruu due to something awful he did in the past, so there’s that mystery to consider, 5) there’s the whole ongoing “gaijin war” happening outside of Shima, and the captured prisoners who are enslaved and subjected to the most horrific fates, 6) and finally, the biggie – Yukiko will have to deal with a major bombshell that was dropped on us in book two. Not going to say anything more than that, except what she learned about herself is a life changing event which would stay with her both emotionally and physically forever.Then of course there are all the little side plots involving the secondary characters, like Kin and Hana and Yoshi. Everyone is focused on working towards the goal of toppling Shima’s tyrannical reign as well as the evil, blood-soaked lotus industry that drives it. I won’t lie; there’s so much to wrap up here that I was half expecting the news along the way that this series would end up being a quadrilogy. And yet somehow, impressively, Kristoff manages to tie all of this together without leaving loose threads. That in itself is pretty amazing.There’s a lot to like in this volume. For one, we have the return of some fantastic characters, and as always the relationship dynamics make this one a great read. The story itself is enhanced by the drama of friendships and animosities between characters, the most obvious example being Yukiko’s bond with Buruu, which is one of the highlights of this series. Seriously, it’s a partnership to rival all the classic tales of interspecies friendships through the ages. And obviously, no epic saga is complete without secrets and devastating betrayals – as well as redemption. Plus, there’s also love. We mustn’t forget romance and passion, even in war. This book has all that and more.The story, however, has a few hitches. I was poised to write about the awesome twists and turns in this novel, until I stopped to really think about that. Sure, there were several hugely significant events that happened in this novel, but could I honestly say I didn’t expect any of them? Not so much. Unlike the last book, a lot of the “surprises” in this one were actually quite predictable, even when it came to some of the major character sacrifices or deaths. I also found the pacing of the storytelling frustratingly uneven. The beginning held me rapt, to the point not even a looming bedtime could have stopped me from listening, and indeed there were several nights where I stayed up late just to get an hour or two farther in the audiobook to find out what happened. Around the middle of the book though, I lost that enthusiasm. The story here started dragging its feet, and it’s a real shame, because unfortunately I never got the momentum back after that.Now is probably a good time to talk about why I think listening to this in audiobook format affected my experience. I believe it had nothing to do with the narration (which was brilliant) and everything to do with the writing itself. While I think that in general Jay Kristoff is a good writer and an engaging story teller, he does have a tendency to sometimes go overboard with very flowery and ornate descriptions. This has been my experience with the last two books in this series, and in some ways that has prepared me well for going into Endsinger, knowing to expect some of these rough patches and passages. In spite of this, what I didn’t anticipate was how jarring and distracting it is when this kind of purple prose was read to me through an audiobook. As beautiful and detailed as some of Kristoff’s descriptions are, sometimes they go on for far too long, breaking the flow of the story.I don’t think the effects were so noticeable when reading the actual print books, because my eye may have naturally skimmed over these big paragraphs and walls of text without me even being aware it was happening. This is not possible to do with an audiobook; instead, the audience has no choice but to be swept up into the entire text.A talented voice actor or actress can make a book come to life (and narrator Jennifer Ikeda certainly delivered an incredible performance in this case), but hearing the writing read aloud can also sometimes clue a reader in to parts where the author is rambling, focused too much on the irrelevant, or losing his or her grasp on the scene. It happened more times than I would have liked here. It was doubly frustrating to have to constantly skip back a minute or two every time I realized my mind had wandered while listening to a particularly long section devoted to overly embellished descriptions.Still, this trilogy is excellent as a whole, and I have no qualms recommending it to young adults and adults alike (though make that older young adults, as even though the first book started off as more YA, I felt the series grew progressively darker and more mature with each installment). Was the conclusion absolutely epic and completely worth it, though? Yes and absolutely yes!

  • Tabitha (Pabkins)
    2019-03-25 11:23

    As delicious as drowning in a river of despairWhat are you saying that doesn't sound appealing to you? Then Endsinger and the rest of The Lotus War trilogy may not be what you are looking for because this trilogy brings the PAIN! And none of them quite so much as Endsinger does. I especially like fiction that takes you to the darker side of things. These books were a masterpiece of fantasy fiction in that they made you feel so much and Endsigner was the coup de grace. You won't find a summary of events in this review because that would spoil...well everything - you must read for yourself!A more amazing cast of characters you'll be hard pressed to find!Yukiko - A girl with the weight of a country's future on her shoulders. Strong and determined and capable of inspiring othersBuruu - Valiant and noble and a total smart ass that is not without his flaws but is willing to try to correct themKin - a genius and gentle natured young man whose love spurs him forward. Capable of so much.Hiro - Sad, Angry and full of wounded pride and shattered honor, can he ever see past his own selfishnessHana - Orphan, waif and half breed she is touched with the kenning, and yearns for love and has some larger role yet to playYoshi - brother of Hana, another hilarious smart ass and tormented by his lost love. He seeks revenge and yet at the end of it finds he is capable of more then just the hate he thought himself left with.Akihito - a protector, friend and soul who seems to endear to him all who know him. He is a true friend that any person would be lucky to haveKaori - twisted by her hatred and anger she rarely ever can see past the awful emotions that seem to drive everything she doesDaichi - tortured by all of his many misdeeds performed in the name of service and honor to his lord, he has spent the remainder of his life trying to make things rightMichi - Dedicated to the cause of bringing Shima a brighter future no matter the cost to herself and her own happiness.I've spent the past two books getting attached to these characters and trying to figure them out as I watched them grow and stumble through the troubles of their complicated lives. I must say all of the heartache was well worth it. The author spent the perfect amount of time with each character and built their own back stories in such a way that I literally felt a connection with each one. No character felt like they were there simply as a plot device or a token bit of the story. Each had their own unique voice, personality and tragedy to bring to the journey. This kind of storytelling and the level of detail given to the reader was the icing that got you invested not just in the overall bigger picture that was happening in the land of Shima but the struggles of each of the characters.An epic fantasy of the darker persuasionI would definitely consider this a great epic fantasy as in my mind it meets all the criteria that I usually equate with epic fantasy. I'm not as widely read in the epic fantasy sub-genre but of the ones I have read in the past these things always stand out to me.- A large cast of characters whose point of views we get to read from- An in depth and rich world with a major struggle that encompasses all of it's populace- A wide array of various subplots that all tie together in the end- And war, oodles of death and tragedy (that's probably not really part of any criteria but hey it fits)Beauty and Tragedy make for marvelous bed fellowsUltimately, what makes Endsinger and The Lotus War trilogy so great to me was the way that all of the darkest tragedies in life and the evils people are capable of were paired with their opposites of the people's capacity for love, compassion, understanding and the setting aside of differences. This final book wasn't just of how things end but a lesson in life and a tale of how things can begin. This trilogy is going to remain among my favorite reads every as each book was even better and more poignant then it's predecessor. Read if you dare and prepare to be moved.

  • Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
    2019-03-06 14:38

    Actual rating 4.5 starsFor quite a while I hadn't been doing a lot of reading on this not because it was boring or anything but because I'd been quite busy.But first the cover of my edition was the prettiest of all the feeling of being transported to a far eastern setting was definitely there...Heck it was there on my editions of the second and first books too21Many other people were saying they preferred these covers..I can see how these covers make the story look more badass but that's not really what I go for in a book. I mean yeah I do like strong characters but I prefer a more darker mysterious feel in books like these which is what the top set of covers portrays while also giving me a feel of wonder for a far away place. These covers make the story look like a manga cartoon rather than a dark and powerful struggle.So putting cover lust aside, there were a lot of lose ends from the last book that needed to be tied up for a satisfying ending. I along with a few others thought there was no way the author could manage this in one book (and secretly because I love the world and mythology in this book I was kinda hoping for more books in the series). Anyway the author does manage to wrap things up with a nice conclusion but because this series is very dark some strong good characters don't get their happily ever afters..The writing style was as descriptive as ever with good pacing and good action. The cast of characters were as strong as ever and I really liked how no matter how bleak things were, no matter how many deaths they saw they refused to break and give up. I also loved getting to know more about some characters and we finally get to find out the origin and purpose of the Guild and blood lotus. That was totally unexpected. The reason I decided to deduct half a star was because of the repetitive in depth descriptions of hand to hand combat. I found these a bit boring and thought they could have been edited a bit more but perhaps that was because I had big gaps between reading chunks and like I said I haven't been doing a lot of reading on this lately.At the end we are left with a satisfying ending like I said but....... oh gawd I love this world like SO SO much and despite all the loss, despair and brutality I really was sad to be leaving it. I was hoping that the author would write another series in the same world but set generations later with a totally new cast of characters. But I also know more books will mean more problems and at the end things turned out pretty good for both the characters and environment of this world.... Oh well :P I would really love it if Jay Kristoff wrote more cultural high fantasies because he's really good at it! (Some people would beg to differ on that one because of all the claims that the Japanese customs in this series was used incorrectly, like I said I'm no expert but one thing for sure is that the author truly managed to create a really strong asian essence in his works which I loved not to mention how it felt real, correct customs or not).

  • Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
    2019-02-22 13:21

    Short review, yada yada yada...Endsinger tells the beautifully heartbreaking story of Yukiko and Buruu, her Arashitora "storm tiger", and how they save the world together. I won't go into details, but...The trilogy is worth reading, as you can see. I would've given it 5 stars, but the Kin-Yukiko romance was tender, but far in between. But, given my past review of Kinslayer, i owe some apologies.Kin, i am sorry. I should've trusted you. You made a promise, and i didn't believe it would come true. And Hiro, well, you ended better than expected, considering the circumstances (view spoiler)[Death!! (hide spoiler)]. And most everybody rectified their mistakes.And now, quoted by Yoshi, obviously... “And at the last, with empty pockets and empty chest, he paid a visit to the man who’d taken all of it away. Because good or bad, favors are just like kisses. They taste sweeter when you give them back.”

  • Ferdy
    2019-03-22 15:15

    SpoilersA pretty decent conclusion to the series, there were a lot of entertaining parts, great characters, and quite a few twists and turns. Unfortunately, there were also some boring and predictable parts in between all the goodness, not to mention the odd insufferable character or two.-I didn't enjoy how long it took for things to really kick off, everything was so slow and there was way too much set up/build up to the last part of the story. Also, some of the action scenes were really dragged out and described poorly, I had to keep re-reading to make sense of what was going on. -I liked most of the characters, they all had their own little missions going on and weren't just there to run around after the main character. Yukiko, Burruu, Michi, Kin, Akhito, Kaiah and Hana were all great. I despised Kairo, Kensai, and Hiro though, they were so pathetic and easy to hate.-I was so pissed that Burruu, Michi and Akhito died, they were the best characters. They deserved happy endings more than anyone else, I guess they had to die though since their deaths would be sadder than anyone else's.-I loved all the various relationships between characters, especially the friendships and bonds between Yukiko/Buruu, Hana/Kaiah, Yukiko/Hana/Michi, Kin/Shinji, and Blackbird/Michi. The romantic relationships paled in comparison to them (though they were still good).-I didn't think I'd like Kin again after his backstabbing in the second book, but he more than redeemed himself when it turned out he didn't actually betray Yukiko or the Kage. Kin was a little irritating though when he got all upset about Yukiko not trusting him, after the stunt he pulled he shouldn't have been surprised at her thinking the worst. Only someone truly daft would have had blind faith in him.-I loathed Kairo, she was a rubbish Kage leader, she cared more about her own pain and revenge than the greater good of her people, she was a bitter cow who could have easily caused many deaths, she was just lucky that no-one died because of her pettiness. What made her worse was her acting self-righteous, hard done by, and as if everyone else was in the wrong when it was actually her who was. She did pull through at the end and start to care for other people but it was too little, too late for me.. She was still an insufferable twit.-Why the fuck did Hana have to lose her powers when she lost her virginity? I'm sick of all these female characters in fantasy type books whose powers are tied to their virginity - and if they ever deign to have sex they lose them. As if them having sex has ruined them or made them less worthy or less of a person. I've never read the same thing happening to a male character. Ugh, it's such sexist bullshit.-I actually felt quite sorry for Lady Izanami. I didn't blame her for turning evil and bitter after she gave birth to Shima, died during childbirth, ended up in hell for some reason, and was then found by her husband who refused to rescue her just because she was no longer beautiful. Why wouldn't she be vengeful after all she'd done for the world only to be cast aside by her shallow husband? I was actually kind of rooting for her. -For a YA book the world building was actually quite rich and detailed. -I wasn't crazy about the multiple POV's, there were way too many, I would have preferred only a few. -Liked there being a summary at the beginning of who all the main characters were and what they'd been up to. It really helped jog my memory of what happened in the last book. The glossary at the end was helpful too.-The main issue I had with this was was the poor editing, so many parts were needlessly dragged out and messily written. I have to say I wasn't a fan of the writing in general, it was a bit too embellished and dramatic at times, and it made things unclear. Although, I wasn't a huge fan of the first two books, I would still recommend the series as a whole (well, to YA fantasy lovers anyway) as the story and characters did end up being quite engrossing and engaging.

  • shady
    2019-03-18 11:09

    what's the point of anything anymore

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-07 13:18

    The last in the series and it certainly ended in style! A huge battle where many favourite characters died and then a chapter which nicely rounded everything off by showing what happens in the future. Plus a really sweet last page which should bring a happy tear to most reader's eyes. Those things I liked. On the other hand the book was over padded with lengthy descriptions which occasionally made it boring and easy to put down. And I felt that Yukiko was lost in the busyness of the whole book. She became just one of the many characters instead of being the main feature. Nevertheless that last page made up for much and I reached for a tissue as a I closed the book.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-03-07 12:24

    This is the conclusion to the Lotus War series which I have been totally loving recently and a bit absorbed in, so I am sad that it's over now. I think that this is one of the coolest stories I have read recently with all the awesome ideas, the wonderful relationships and friendships, and the cool plot and world. Basically if you like the first two in this series then this is just as epic, if far more war like and brutal. There's a lot of very dark, sad and twisty moments where I didn't guess what was coming, and I'd have to say that this series just was so different from a lot I've recently read.This is the story of Yukiko and Buruu in a world where everything is corrupt, everything is broken, and behind the scenes the ruling powers may not be who or what they claim to be. Yukiko and Buruu are unlikely friends, and they have a bond which I couldn't help but to adore because they helped one another and bounced off of one another so often in this story. By far Buruu is my favourite character from this book, he's utterly stunning to imagine, visually beautiful, witty, kind, loyal and heartwarming. He's also feisty, bright, fun and firm when he needs to be, and you see him in all sorts of situations over the series where all of these qualities are displayed.Yukiko is an amazing young woman too and she has a whole load to deal with over the course of this series so she too shows us various different facets of her personality and charisma. I have to say she's a wonderfully strong and engaging main character and I loved seeing not only her external battles but her internal ones too.Together the two of them were just plain awesome and I couldn't help but smile or cry along with them (and yes, I do mean that one section of the book did make me cry!)We also follow a whole load of other wondeful, fully realised characters such as Kin, Hana, Yoshi, Daichi, Kaori, Michi, Hiro and Akihito. Each one of these has their own struggles, their own stories, and they truly are well developed, complex and believable characters. I love the fact that Kristoff has the ability to make us question the actions of not only the 'bad' characters but also the 'good' and that each character has their own minds, opinions and troubles. Everyone is convincing, everyone is complex, and each one is stick in a crazy world and story where so much is going on around them.Some of those whom I most enjoyed seeing were Hana, for the self-discovery and excitement of her story. She really developed from when we first met her and I couldn't have guessed where her story would lead.Also Kin whose plot and motives are some of the most complex and difficult to know which way to go, At times I adored him, at others I hated him, but always his tough choices and firm beliefs made me intrigued.All of the characters are amazing, that's what I'm trying to say :)Then we have the plot of this book and the plot in this one compared to the earlier is fully more bloody, sad, corrupt and crushing in all senses. There's a whole ton more magic, a lot more myth and legend, a few new cultures and a lot more clashing. The large majority of this book is a large scale war and battle and all of the threads which are leading into it, however despite the complex battling there's still a whole load of character development and realisation between all of this, and it was very cleverly woven at times.I don't know if the ending was what I expected, but it was wonderfully done, and I won't say if it's bad or good (I don't want to give anything away as I think you should see for yourselves) but it made me think Kristoff is a firm favourite author for this series! I'm sad it's over as the world and the characters are so wonderful, but it is nice to read a series which is only 3 books for once (instead of 6, 10 or 14) and I will certainly be on the look out for future Kristoff books.Overall a very satisfying and heart wrenching ending with SO much that happens I can barely begin to describe it. A very firm and highly recommended 5* read and more people certainly need to pick this series up :)

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-02-26 13:28

    For more reviews, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.The Lotus War is coming to an end, one way or another. I’m here to assure you that Jay Kristoff’s trilogy doesn’t prat fall in the final volume. Endsinger is everything I hoped and dreamed it would be, only more. For the uninitiated, here’s my pitch: Kristoff’s fantasy is sort of like Joss Whedon combined Game of Thrones, and will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. That’s really the best way I can sum up the pain and wonderfulness that The Lotus War trilogy has in store. Now, at this point, I’m going to urge people who haven’t read Stormdancer and Kinslayer to head on out (though don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the review), because there will be spoilers for the first two books and this is not a series where you want to be spoiled. Any spoilers for book three will be within spoiler tags.Alright, it’s just those of us who have read the first two Lotus War books. You know what that’s like. You know how Jay Kristoff stabbed his authorial pen into your heart and twisted it around. You’re probably a little bit afraid.No, really. Endsinger is as bad as you’re expecting it to be, if not worse. By bad, of course, I mean absolutely gorgeous and utterly painful. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be chewed on by an arashitora? It’s probably pretty similar to the feeling of my heart. Just saying. Jay is an evil, evil human being who feeds off the tears of his readers.Endsinger has probably the swiftest pace of the trilogy. By book three, shit is going down consistently. There’s no lull here, no calm. War has arrived. Sure, the battles haven’t yet begun at the very beginning of the book, but something intense happens in every single chapter. People often mention books leaving them breathless and this is one book where it’s actually true. At no point is any one of these characters safe.One thing that I do want to comment on is Yukiko’s pregnancy. That was the main concern I had about Endsinger. Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe babies as a plot device. It is true that Yukiko’s new status as an impending mother is important in Endsinger, but it doesn’t change who she is. Yukiko remains every bit as brave. In fact, if anything, being pregnant makes her stronger and more determined to save her world. The twins do make others treat her differently sometimes but she is in no way weakened or lesser. I feel like society tries to tell the badass women in this series that having sex made them unworthy and they were like “I’ll show you what the fuck I can do” and that’s pretty much the best.In some spots, Kristoff truly surprised me; there were twists that I did not see coming. Endsinger shocked me in being a book full of redemption: (view spoiler)[Kin’s a good guy after all! I did not see that coming AT ALL. Holy shit. And Hiro has some good left in him. Another surprise (hide spoiler)]. The characters in this series are so dynamic, constantly changing and learning and growing and struggling. This is precisely why they’re so real to me and why it hurts me so damn much when they die. A character suddenly becomes amazing and you’re so happy for them and in comes Jay Kristoff with his murderous pen.What’s funny though is that the one thing I was able to see coming with pretty good accuracy was the death. I was chatting with Meg (Cuddlebuggery) early on in my reading and I started guessing who would die. I was actually pretty damn on target. I’ve got you figured out, Kristoff. Even so, it hurt. Being fairly sure that X character was going to depart the world really didn’t make the actual moment any less impactful. Plus, though I saw the event coming, there’s never knowing HOW or WHEN and oh the pain. The takeaway of this review? Jay Kristoff is a mean man and I love it.Seriously, this series is everything I want. A vivid setting with a diverse cast, magical powers, powerful female characters, incredible odds, characters all in a shade of gray, pain, and beauty. Sure, there are a couple of small goofs I noticed, like modern slang (ex. “fuck this noise”) or Captain-san (which is sort of like saying Mr. Captain), but honestly I don’t care about these things. I love the book so much, even when it’s punching me in my heart. Especially when it’s punching me in my heart.I’m not really sure what else to say except that I love this and ouch over and over, so I guess I’ll stop. The Lotus War series is one of my favorites of all time. The prose is luscious, the characters nuanced, and the plot so good that it makes me swoon. Pretty sure I will love these books and characters for all my life, just like Yukiko loves Buruu.

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    2019-03-10 12:22

    *cries* that ending!!!' NOOOOOO I'm suffering from extreme book hangover.. *sniffs*--If I can describe this book in one word, I would have to say brutal. It’s the book we were all waiting for. The last book where we find out what happens when Shima goes to war. Who will help? What sacrifices will be made? Who will die? We all find out and I’m still trying to pull myself together to write this review.As always with Jay’s books, he includes several different plot-lines with all the characters and ends each one with a cliffhanger. Do you know how many heart-pounding minutes I had to endure? You finish with one plot-line only to be bounced back into another where it’s almost always life or death. So many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming!There’s also a bit more world building questions being answered, as well as a back-story to Buruu. We also find out what it means to be a “Kinslayer.” I loved the pacing and the intricate details of each character. And the crazy hoops that they go through, especially Yukiko. There was one part where I didn’t even recognize her. Her power for the Kenning grew ten-fold and we see it in use at the end. Eeps.So much heartache! Endsinger punched me in the feels! Assaulted my heart and broke me apart. I loved it so much. If you are looking for a high fantasy Japanese steampunk read, pick up the Lotus War trilogy. I know you won’t be disappointed. One of my favourite reads of the year, hands down!

  • Leon Enciso
    2019-03-22 12:11

    SÉ QUIÉN ERES¿Y quién soy, poderoso Khan?ERES YUKIKO

  • Elena
    2019-03-25 13:20

    I don't even know how to feel right now.

  • Rayne
    2019-03-04 11:24

    It's been close to a month since I finished reading this book, and I still haven't been able to completely fill the void this book left inside of me. The ending is absolutely heartbreaking - of course it is! If you expected anything else from Kristoff, either you've learned absolutely nothing from Stormdancer and Kinslayer, or you are unbelievably, almost psychotically optimistic, in which case, may the gods bless your foolish little heart because this book is going to rip it out of your chest, set it on fire, piss on it to put the fire out and then set it on fire again. Basically, the whole series can be summed up with:But that's not the point, I'm trying to make. Yes, the ending is sad, but the thing is, I am really, really, really going to miss this series. I've championed this series since the beginning. My first really big arc as a blogger a couple of years ago was Stormdancer, and I still remember dancing and jumping in excitement right in the middle of the airport when I got the notification, and then spending almost the entire trip glued to my Nook reading a novel I fell deeply in love with almost immediately. This series had quite an impact on me, and as much as I fangirled about Stormdancer from the very first moment I knew about it, and as much as I would've expected to love it simply because it combined so many things I loved already, the truth is that I never actually expected for this series to mean so much to me. I'm well aware that the series is far from perfect and I'm conscious of the very valid issues some other reviewers have pointed out. It might surprise you, but I've found myself agreeing with some very negative reviews several times, even though my ratings never lowered from 4 stars, and I've had some of my own problems with the series as well. But I think it takes a pretty amazing work to leave such an impact in your life, to make you love it so strongly throughout the years in spite of any problem you might have had with it, and to break you so thoroughly when the moment comes to say goodbye. Endsinger is every bit as bloody, brutal, merciless, action-packed, exhilarating, freaking epic - and did I mention really fucking bloody? - as I expected it to be. Plus, it's also really emotional, almost overwhelmingly so, because, when the story already has your nerves frayed and overworked with all the action, tension and the anticipation for the horrible end that will inevitably come, why not go the extra mile and also fuck up your heart? Welcome to the world of Stormdancer, ladies and gentlemen. This book is really big, but I can't say I was ever bored. There were some admittedly slow parts, but, for the most part, the novel kept up a really good rhythm, balancing really nicely the fast-paced action scenes with the necessary, slightly quieter moments of dialogue, development and romance. The story has a lot of twists and turns spread throughout the novel, and I was actually surprised at a couple of really earth-shattering ones that were revealed early on in the story. It quickly became evident that the pace the story has was absolutely necessary, and so were the timings of the big reveals. At this point in the series, the story had gotten a bit too complicated and the novel really needed its time to attend to each and every single one of its plot points carefully. I think Kristoff did a really good job at addressing all of the issues that were raised in the earlier installments in the trilogy and balancing them with the complications from this one. It was a very complex story and it sometimes felt like it had way too many things going on at the same time, but the novel took its time to tie together (or brutally cut through with a freaking chainsaw katana - however you want to see it) all the threads in the story. All the different character arcs were given the necessary attention and a proper end, the mythology in the novel was explored to its full potential and finally brought to the forefront of the plot, and all the different layers of antagonists and conflicts collided in one explosive, breathtaking finale. If you've read anything else by Kristoff, then you know how the writing works. It is elaborate, wordy, and prone to long passages of descriptions, but still very evocative and beautiful. Sometimes it got really close to being "too much", but I've grown to really love his writing style. Since the beginning, Kristoff set himself apart with a very singular writing style that's very rare in YA, but he's continued to develop it and has grown with each new book. And, of course, the world building is magnificent. Whenever I thought he couldn't possibly come up with something else, he completely surprised me, taking this gorgeous, ravaged world even further and introducing savage, ugly, beautiful, and unbelievably original things with each new installment. I don't want to give away much of the plot, mostly because it'd be really hard to talk about it without spoiling it for others, but there were things I really, really loved, some things I didn't expect and enjoyed, others I didn't - and I'm being really generic here, I know. Okay, I'll try to explain myself without giving anything away. For the most part, I really liked the events that took place in the novel. Kristoff didn't waste a single moment in this plot and used every single word to develop the characters or the plot itself, which was great. But. I wasn't entirely sold on some of the events or plot twists, mostly because some depended entirely on highly unlikely chances, others on unrealistic changes of heart, and others were a bit too convenient overall. And then, there was this kinda offensive scene that involves a young woman's virginity and the widespread belief that she'd been ruined because she'd lost it. I was very put off by that. I understood its relevance for the plot, and I am very well aware that there was no bad intention behind it, but it quickly became my biggest issue with the novel. Endsinger is a fantastic ending to a series that consistently delivered great action, amazing storylines and unforgettable characters with each installment. Stormdancer was a bold departure from mainstream YA, Kinslayer a risky, mature and absolutely compelling follow-up, and now Endsinger closes beautifully a really amazing series that pushed on the boundaries of multiples genres in YA and dared to be so much more than anyone could've ever expected it to be. The Lotus Wars trilogy was far from perfect, but, in spite of everything else, this series forged its way into my heart and it seems like it'll stay there for a long time to come.

  • Jaime Arkin
    2019-03-22 12:11

    Oh. My. God. Yup... that was my reaction upon completing this book. I was tempted to just leave it there all by itself and call it a day, but then I realized I was on the blog tour and I'm not sure that would work for a review. I will tell you, I binge read the Lotus War series. I had had Stormdancer on my to read list since before it came out and for good reason, but I just kept not reading it...even though all the reviews I'd seen and read about it claimed it was amazing. And I'm not going to lie... it really is amazing! This series has everything... mystery, intrigue, romance, political upheaval, betrayal and heartbreak, all set in an incredibly fantastic world. I'm not going to tell you a single thing about what happens in this book, but know this.... do not get emotionally attached to anyone or anything at all in this series. NO ONE IS SAFE. Book 1 started a bit slow for me, so when you start this series, keep that in mind and please don't let that stop you. Setting the stage for all that happens is a necessity and Kristoff does an amazing job. This series as a whole is not just Yukiko's story either. She starts the story in Stormdancer, but there are so many people we get to meet and grow to love in this series that it's hard to list them all. From Akihito to Michi to Hana and Yoshi to Buruu and Kin if you're like me, your feelings will be all over the place but one thing is guaranteed... Don't believe me?? Just check out this review from Jay Kristoff himself.If you haven't started this series, I can't tell you how much you need to. I can't believe I waited this long to dive in, and now that I've finished it, I can't wait to reread it. Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy, and thank you to Jean Booknerd for letting me be a part of the tour!

  • Pingüina Fría
    2019-03-23 10:22

    RESEÑA COMPLETA AQUÍ -> leer la página final de "Última", y llorar -ese llanto feo, ruidoso y en el que las lágrimas te impiden ver- largo y tendido, me gustaría poder conocer a Jay Kristoff, abrazarlo, y agradecerle la historia que ha creado. Porque me ha cambiado. Porque me ha hecho abrir los ojos ante la realidad que hoy en día vivimos. Porque llevaré a Yukiko, Buruu, Kin, Michi, Kaori, Akihito, Hana, Kensai, Hiro, Daichi, Yoshi, Kaiah y muchos más en mi corazón durante muchísimo tiempo. Algunos como ejemplos y baluarte de conducta y comportamiento, y otros como ejemplo del tipo de persona que nunca quiero llegar a ser.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-24 15:11

    Okay, so you know how sometimes when you have a fever and you’re all achy and you have the chills, your skin is like, really absurdly sensitive? And it hurts to wear clothes but if you take off your clothes you’ll be cold and get the fever shivers, so you wear the clothes, and you can feel everything, from all over your arm hairs and back hairs (and all the other hairs, too), and after a while all of the sensations together actually start to hurt collectively, because it’s just too much sensation? But you can’t stop moving because the fever is also making you antsy, so it’s either jiggle around and twitch because you just need to, meanwhile agitating all your fevered hairs and starting that whole process over and over again until you just want to rip all of your skin off and say BE DONE WITH IT, or go the other way and not move at all and stay perfectly still and die of boredom and also from all the ants crawling around under your skin because you just. have. to. move. You have to? All you have are bad choices, and everything hurts and you’re all alone and your eyeballs are hot and you can feel everything and it’s all horrible. It probably all ends in tears of one kind or another.That’s what it was like to read this book.Not gonna spoil plot details (until maybe the end), but here are some things I have to say:(Regardless of spoilers, this review probably won’t make much sense to you if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, Stormdancer and Kinslayer).1. This book made me feel like I was being pulled in two different directions in a variety of ways, which was ultimately exhilirating but emotionally exhausting. The disjointed, short chapters. The way that something BIG happened in every chapter. Everything was BIG after a while, which meant nothing was really big anymore (as we all know, when everyone is super, NO ONE WILL BE). The way the plot kept moving at all times, sometimes yo-yoing between good and bad events (but more often than not, between bad and very bad events). One second a character is finally getting together with another character, the next one is dead, and it turns out them getting together also ruined some other shit. Or a character dies. Or another character dies. Then another one! And then a revelation of bad things to come. And then another one! This was effective the first couple of times, but as the hits kept coming, I just got to the point where I was like, okay, stop. Enough. You’ve made your point. If you do it again, I’m checking out of this motherfucking hotel, and I am NOT coming back.2. The pacing was off, making some of the big moments hit less hard. Also, in my opinion, Kristoff needs to work on the writing in those big moments, which is either overwritten or cheesy and cliched. Or both. I’d cite examples, but I had to return the book to the library. For me, the short chapters and the constant back and forth between characters in various plights had benefits and disadvantages. They push you through and give you an urgency to rush through the book and find out what happens, but they also leave you feeling tired, and don’t really give you a chance to inhabit the book. You’re too busy rushing through. Good pacing is all about contrasts. You have to have the slow and steady in order to appreciate the fast and furious (and vice versa). His sentences also tend toward the overdramatic, both in terms of the actual words chosen, and the way he constructs them. Subtle is not a watchword in this book. I wish he’d have pulled back on a lot of it, and I know there were multiple instance in the book where he would say something, and then follow it up with a sentence that was completely redundant, I guess for dramatic effect? It just made it feel overwritten. (Again, sorry I don’thave examples*.)*I vaguely remember one sentence from near the end, after (SPOILER!) Buruu dies, sacrificing himself to close the doors of hell. Yukiko is thinking, and the narrator is narrating something along the lines of how “the hellhole that was just there is gone now, but there’s still a hole inside of her.” And if Kristoff would have stopped there, it would have been perfect. But then he continues on with something like, “Where he used to be.” Which is a fragment, first of all. And second, we already got that part, it didn’t need to be said. It’s actually less moving the more words he adds on there, less powerful for having said it than if it had remained implied.3. I’ve read interviews with Kristoff where he states he doesn’t believe in happy endings, but all the same, this book did deliver some cliched (and tonally off, almost cheesy) moments, that all tied in to a (relatively) happy ending. I say relatively, because I think we’re supposed to think the ending isn’t happy because, well, the book is basically one big blood bath. Almost everybody dies. By the end, I was so sick of it, there was one character who I thought was dead, and I was seeeeeriously done with the book. I was ready to write it off and be really pissed. It would have been the character death that broke the camel’s back, that finally pushed the book into TOO MUCH territory (which it’s probably in anyway . . . seriously, everyone everyone everyone dies). It’s almost like Kristoff thinks all those deaths and the horror and terror of the war disguises all those other moments where he totally gives in to the fantasy cliches. The speech that Yukiko gives at the end falls into this category, as is what happens to Buruu–both events feel manufactured and predictable, which sucks because up until the ending, this series was good at not doing the thing that other fantasy books have done before. Luckily for Kristoff, he backed off the character death and I was able to escape the book and still think well of it. Just, frustrating opposing things. Like, how there are basically two epilogues, and one was cheesy and pat as hell, tying up stuff that was implied and didn’t need to be said. And then one that was gorgeous and moving and made me cry. It’s maddening, frankly.4. Disregarding all that other stuff I just said up there, the overall experience of reading this series (and this book) was a positive one. The fact that I was so mad at certain character deaths (and the way the series shortcut some endings into cheesiness) means that I cared enough about the characters to be upset. The fact that I was a little let down by the ending, and pissed at the ending, and lots of other things at the ending, likewise means I cared enough to be pissed and let down and lots of other things (yes, including crying, but those tears were cried under protest, dammit). The fact that parts of it were overwritten only stood out so much because the rest of the book was so solid. Kristoff may be exuberant as a writer now and overdo things a little, but I feel like if this joyful (and not so joyful) mess is what he can accomplish as a debut author, I kind of can’t wait to see what he’s going to do in the future. (I’m totally in for the sci-fi series he’s co-writing with fellow Aussie Amie Kaufman, due for release later this year, and for the weird fantasy/horror thing he’s got coming out the year after.)

  • Linda Bakker-Zwakhals
    2019-02-24 11:10

    I cannot even begin to describe the things I feel right now. With a little more world building, some extra background story, lovable characters, life and death and gore on almost every single page, this book brook my heart in so many pieces. It is the perfect ending to this series, one of my top favorites of all times.

  • Skip
    2019-03-20 16:19

    The stunning conclusion of Jay Kristoff's "The Lotus War" trilogy. The book starts slowly, although I do like the way he summarizes the prior two installments via a review of characters, recapping developments and stating where they are now. As momentum builds, there are more twists and turns than San Francisco's Lombard Street (and dare I say it, a Harlan Coben novel.) There are incredible highs and lows, both literal and figurative for an almost too larger cast of characters. Endsinger does not shy away from the brutal realities of war. There is action, adventure, love, sadness, humor, politics, betrayal, violence and horror. At the core remains the story of the unbreakable bond and love between Yukiko (Stormdancer) and Buruu (thundertiger) although similar ones develop in this novel. The backstory of how Buruu became the Kinslayer and estranged from his species is revealed, and Yoshi's loss and redemption is special. I was aghast with the Lord of the Rings-movie reunion towards the end, but Yukiko's message about humanity spoke deep and meaningful truths, and the last chapter was nothing short of epic. What is next Jay?

  • Darkphoenix
    2019-03-18 18:19

    Update:I finally finished the series and I am still processing everything that happened in Endsinger. Finishing Endsinger was a bittersweet experience tinged with equal parts frustration and heartache. While the two previous installments had moments of levity, there were precious few to be found here. I can see Jay Kristoff's evil laugh at his readers' despair as the characters that they have come to know and love are lost one after another.To call Endsinger brutal would be an understatement, it was that and then some. The stakes were even higher (if that were possible). What struck me was that no one was safe in this world. Every character had close shaves and not all of them made it. Like Kinslayer, the pace of the narrative here was just as frenetic. The narrative is also chaotic (and not always in a good way) because of the sheer number of character POVs, there were far too many that made, sometimes, for a disjointed narrative. It really hampered the pace, breaking the flow as the chapters flowed from one POV to another and they were often unrelated. This was especially frustrating when the chapter ended on a cliffhanger.Where Endsinger really shines though, is its characters. They are all so well realised and so flawed. Every single one made mistakes (some more horrible than others) and yet they were always relatable. There were some characters who were more interesting and some who, while not as interesting as the others, still had their moments to shine.Remember the heartache bit I mentioned (and this is where the things get a tad spoilery) well, it was because of the characters we lost in this journey. Notably among them Michi, Akihito and Buruu. Michi was easily one of my favourite characters, ferocious and capable and yet never cruel. She fought even when the odds were stacked against her. I loved her. Then there was Akihito, the big bear of a man but one who was kind and gentle. The last remnant of Yukiko's past and then even he was gone. It was so sudden that I had to read the paragraph twice to make sure what I had read was correct. And the most heartbreaking of all, Buruu. The heart of the series and another favourite. The bond between him and Yukiko was the real love story here. Their love for each other and the fact they each protected the other from both physical injury as well as emotional. I hated these three deaths above the rest of them simply because of how much I loved these characters.Now, onto the ones who lived. Yukiko, the principle character, one of the better YA Fantasy heroines I've read in a while. I loved her spirit. That she kept going even when it would have been easier to just fly away and leave the war behind her. She was unselfish but also cautious on the battlefield. And she was fierce. She didn't lose her humanity and compassion when it would have been so easy to do so, to lose herself in anger and hatred. And yet, she was flawed and made mistakes like the rest of them and she always learnt from them. She was a warrior and a hero.I always had a feeling that there was more to Kin's betrayal than met the eye and I was happy that he hadn't simply switched sides. That he was willing to let everyone think that he was a traitor if it meant that he could help win the war and also protect Yukiko in his own way. His was a selfless love, one where he willing to do anything for her even when he wasn't certain that she loved him. I didn't always like him and I was wary of the romance sub-plot but it was well done and at the end I didn't mind it at all.Hana and Yoshi were the other Yokai-kin and they both had important parts to play in this final showdown. Hana was the other stormdancer and had another power not yet discovered. However, she lost that other power when she slept with Akihito. I was more than a little irritated by this. Why she had to be a virgin to be a Priestess I don't understand. I expected better than that. As for Yoshi, he was as irreverent as ever but also tempered by what he had done and almost become in Kigen City. He never fully recovered from losing Jurou the way he did and that pain didn't dull. In the end, his actions made sense and while it was sad, it was also a release for him.I actually liked the chapters that were from Hiro's perspective. It gave an insight into how torn he was and that he actually did see that was happening was wrong. And while he had gone too far in his pursuit of vengeance against Yukiko, I was happy that he had a chance to redeem himself to a degree. I actually liked him.Kaori was another character who got a second chance. After her terrible decision that almost got the Guild rebels killed, it was a pleasant change to see her realise that she made a horrible mistake and make a conscious effort to repair what she had almost destroyed.If I had to pick a favourite from among these 3 books, I would have a very hard time because they are all quite different, each installment getting darker as the series progressed. The trilogy actually warrants a reread simply because there was so much packed into these books. The Lotus War Trilogy was a great mix of fantasy and steampunk with a ingenious plot and characters you can't help but fall in love with. Honestly, it's almost as if I am in withdrawal, thoroughly enjoyed the series.

  • fyt
    2019-03-16 14:30

    ////// UPDATES //////4.5 Starsexcuse me while I//////Previously///////SOON.

  • Darren Hagan
    2019-03-02 16:38

    There are not enough words to describe how much I have loved this trilogy. The story is awesome, the characters are incredible, but my favourite thing is possibly just the writing. It's so beautiful. It is very rare when I'm reading books that I'm like "damn that is a good quote" but it's happened so much throughout the trilogy. I will forever love these books and will - without any doubt - read them again in the future.

  • Polly Moser
    2019-02-26 14:25

    Okay so this was quite possibly one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I have ever read. Every second of the book either had my heart beating quickly, me screaming for joy, or tears filling my eyes. At this point in the series I LOVED every single character. They were gorgeous and complex and flawed and so human (even the storm tigers). This book delves so deeply that there are no secrets left, and every thing becomes so breathtakingly clear. This is like the Hunger Games on steroids if half the characters died and all the black and white was filled with shades of gray.There is not a single character that deserved to die in this book, and yet.... they drop like flies. I'm pretty sure the library is gonna be upset by the tear stained pages. This is the kind of book thats going to haunt me for a very long time. Yukiko and Buruu and little Rhaii made me so happy and so sad at the same time. But the ending is perfect. I do not think anyone could have written a better ending. An ending where the broken stand tall, where all stand equal, and there is some semblance of joy. But its gonna make you cry in the same way the epilogue of Harry Potter made you cry. Yet most of all I think this book shows hope. A hope that grows out of the dirt and blood and tears and ends up meaning more than anyone could have ever imagined and I don't know if I'll ever read a book as beautiful and unique as this again.ALSO: there are soooo many badass Yukiko and Hana moments you will love it.If I could I'd give this infinite stars.

  • Meg
    2019-02-27 18:39

    In theory I’m supposed to review Endsinger but I’m going to be honest with you guys, I don’t really know how. If you love this trilogy, you’re going to love the conclusion. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to examine your life and your choices and if you’ve tried it and don’t like it, I don’t understand but okay.Much like the previous books in the The Lotus Wars books,Endsinger is brilliant, complicated, beautiful and very, very painful. The pages of this book are probably made from shredded people hearts soaked in the tears of unicorns before said unicorns are herded off and slaughtered so their blood can be used to craft the ink Endsingerr is printed with.Here are a list of things that are probably less painful than reading Endsinger:- Dropping a cinderblock on your hand- Lighting your pants on fire while you’re wearing them- Papercutting yourself all over your body and then swimming in the ocean.- Sticking a fork in your eye and wiggling it around- Rolling around in a pit of broken glassYou see where I’m going with this? Jay Kristoff is clearly some kind of demonic fiend who feeds off our pain and grows stronger. I’d hate him for it if he weren’t so damn good at it.There's more to this review (like fun visual aids depicting re-enactments of me reading this book) but you're going to have to wander over to Cuddlebuggery to see them.

  • Yossra kerkeb
    2019-03-14 12:17

    This book is a masterpiece.TheLotus Waris a wonderful series, set in a futuristic Japan, with a kick-ass heroine and mythical creatures! What more could a girl ask for? Reading this book was emotionally challenging. I read the whole 1000 pages in less than 3 days, I couldn't sleep, eat or do anything else. I cried at the most inappropriate places ( during my uni lectures LOL) and people were looking at me like a crazy person. Basically, everything about this book is amazing -- the only tiny problem I had with it was its length. Don't get me wrong, I didn't want this book to end but the final battle, that last epic scene, it had a 500 page build-up so that was kinda stressful. The emotional growth of the characters was amazing, the writing well-paced and so intense, the world building? A KILLER. All the characters: Michi, Akihito and YOSHI ( OH YOSHI) were just so... so.. I HAVE NO WORDS! The one thing I could't understand was the fact that Kin and Yukiko end up together. I was not expecting that, since at no part during the entire novel did Yukiko once think about Kin in a romantic sort of way. Also, it felt like the whole reason Kin was doing the whole revolution thing was just because he loved Yukiko. Otherwise, he had no personal interest in the whole thing. Bittersweet ending to my favourite series of the year. RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!

  • Shelley
    2019-03-04 18:14

    *Genre* Fantasy, Steampunk*Rating* 4-5? *My Thoughts*"An avalanche starts with one pebble. A forest with one seed. And it takes one word to make the whole world stop and listen. All you need is the right one."Without spoiling anything, here is what you need to know about Endsinger, the final installment in The Lotus War trilogy. Kristoff nails the ending! The story is absolutely brutal. Brutal in cost of human lives. Brutal in Yukiko's emotional turmoil of bringing children into a world that is filled with darkness, betrayal, and the unknown. Brutal in how many people continue to underestimate her, or betray her because they think they know better. Brutal in that you really shouldn't feel sorry when you suddenly feel the need to wipe your eyes. Brutal in the number of sacrifices that are made. *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews**Published: November 25th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books