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, Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    Loved this, can't wait for the sequel, GIVE ME MORE KAI AND MAGS (SORRY, MAGGIE)
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Charlie Anders
    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. The character of Maggie Hoskie grabbed me from the very first page, and her unfinished business with her former mentor, an immortal badass, is super compelling. This book surprised me over and over. While I was reading it, I kept saying it reminded me of ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Allyson
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Veronica
    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 interes...
  • 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.
  • Allison
    OH MY GODI was fortunate enough to read a super early copy of this and HOLY SHIT.
  • Sunny
    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 terri...
  • Lucille
    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...
  • 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, mytholog...
  • Cort
    2.5 Stars. I wanted to love it.