Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)

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—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and m...

Details Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)

TitleTrail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Paranormal, Adult, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Mythology

Reviews Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)

  • Bradley
    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 th...
  • Gary
    Originally posted at 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 t...
  • Celeste
    You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. Actual rating: 3.5 starsRepresentation 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...
  • Hannah
    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,...
  • Elena
    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 defin...
  • Peter Tillman
    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 wa...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse is an amazing book! Set in the future after multiple Earth changing disasters and population decimating events, this has terrific world building! It's a fantasy with monsters, and people with "clan" given gifts born into them. Our main Gal of the story is good at monster killing. The native Indian lore of the Coyote is in here as a character, the trickster. This book has a lot of Indian...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum of Lightning welcomes us to the “Sixth World”, a post-apocalyptic future in which our planet has gone through a number of drastic changes. Rising sea levels and devastating tsunamis have wiped out most of the earth’s coastal cities, killing billions and leaving only the inland regions and high elevations above water. In the southwest of what was once the United ...
  • Justine
    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 stor...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    Loved this, can't wait for the sequel, GIVE ME MORE KAI AND MAGS (SORRY, MAGGIE)
  • Christina
    ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! And Kai 😍😍 Ugh, I hate that I have to wait so long for the next book to come out 😭😭 I wish this one would have been longer because I couldnt get enough! Full RTC =======================================Pre-reading Thoughts:This book looks so dope!!!!
  • Aila
    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...
  • Spencer Orey
    Wow, this is tremendously exciting and action packed urban fantasy. The Sixth World is awesome. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!
  • Kathy
    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 Nativ...
  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    Let me commence this review with a frank statement: I, as a white woman, have grown utterly tired of stories centering around white characters in literature, and I cannot begin to imagine how minorities must feel about this issue we have going on across all genres.That being said, Trail of Lightning by an author of Native American heritage was a much-needed addition to the Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic Fantasy genre. It is, however, not without is...
  • Chris
    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 bo...
  • Jenia
    Trail of Lightning is clearly one of this summer’s fantasy book “blockbusters”: fun, fresh, and exciting.This Urban Fantasy takes place on what was once a Navajo reservation in the United States. After the Energy Wars, and multiple terrible natural catastrophes, there’s little left of the US though. Instead, the Navajo homeland Dinétah has been reborn – complete with old gods and old magic. And old monsters.Maggie Hoskie hunts those m...
  • R.F. Kuang
    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!
  • Merphy Napier
    Video review where I give three pros and three cons:
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    TRAIL OF LIGHTNING is the first book in The Sixth World series. The world has drowned after a climate apocalypse and the Navajo reservation, now Dinétah has been reborn. It's a new world where gods and heroes walk the land. But, it's also a world filled with monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monsters hunter. She survived an attack by monsters when she was young and was trained by Neizghání the Monsterslayer of legend. The son of two holy p...
  • Alexandra
    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 afte...
  • Jennifer
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    Okay- I think most of the buddies who were reading this are finished now so I’m going to get my thoughts down before I forget them all.For starters- this is YA/NA and suffers many of the problems I have with YA. The romance for one. I don’t have a problem with romances themselves- I have a problem when the heroine stops to admire how handsome the hero is, or anguish about past lovers when there is other really important crap going on. I don...
  • Karima chermiti
    The Loosely Bound Book Club PICK FOR THE MONTH OF SPTEMBERFull review posted The sad truth you do not wish to face, Magdalena, is that sometimes the ones we call our heroes are the greatest monsters of all. I think I jinxed myself when I said that all the urban fantasy books that I read this year were great ones because Oh, man where do I start with this one? I’m perplexed over this book that was a giant mess that had no direction and made li...
  • Denise
    4 stats for an original world for UF. Fast paced and interesting blend of post apocalyptic world with Navajo/ Dine mythology.
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    Well, this did not do it for me overly much. I struggled and it took me for what felt like forever to finish this. And I was glad, when I finally did.I’m pretty good at saving myself, but even badass Diné warriors need a little help sometimes.The first person present tense and at first fairly emotionless story telling took some getting used to. I liked the story better a little further in, although I still didn‘t like the main character. Hal...
  • Lukasz
    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.
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
    This book is full of images that linger in my head after I'm finished. I am eager for the second book.