For September, we decided on a debut novel, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Rebecca is a Nebula, Hugo, and Sturgeon Award Finalist. She has written several short stories published in Apex Magazine and Uncanny Magazine, and is a contributor to several collected works including New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color and Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF. Trail of Lightning is the first book in her The Sixth World series, followed by her newest release, Storm of Locusts. Trail of Lightning received the 2019 Locus Award for Best First Novel.
The story follows Maggie Hoskie, a Dinétah 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, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors 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.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of September.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
"Rebecca Roanhorse on Which Aspects of Dine Culture Are Featured in Trail of Lightening" -- Tor.com
"Trail of Lightning" -- Kirkus Review
"Rebecca Roanhorse: From Legend to Fantasy" -- Locus Magazine
"A Breathtaking Native American Urban Fantasy Adventure" -- The Verge
"Rebecca Roanhorse Interview: Natives and the Future" -- Females in Fantasy Podcast
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on September 26th at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
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