Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

MY RATING: ★/ 5 

“It’s easy to lose yourself in the idea of a person and be blinded to their reality.”
Jay Kristoff, Stormdancer

I was very excited to read this novel giving the fact that I’ve loved AIDAN in The Illuminae Files and I knew that Jay Kristoff was the one behind it. Unfortunately, this wasn’t for me.

At first, I found it weird  that I couldn’t like it because the concept and ideas are VERY GOOD. We have a bad-ass heroin set in Japan, telepathic samurai, a search for a griffin, super skills in martial arts, may mystical creatures and a worldbuilding out of this world. 

But I was very out this world building… 

As I was reading the novel, I didn’t feel connected to the story nor the characters. I thought maybe because I was traveling a lot and couldn’t focus. Then, I finished the book peacefully in my room and thought : IT WASN’T ME. It WAS YOU, THE BOOK.


The writing was too overly descriptive, I can understand that the author tries to give us as much information about Japanese culture but this is too much. Imagine all the stereotypes putting into a book.  I’m not saying I’m a Japanese culture specialist, I just felt it was heavy to read.  You know that feeling when you have to reread the same sentences several times to really get everything the author is trying to say? Yah, not good.

Sometimes, I feel the speech is odd. You don’t need to add sama at the end of the sentence everytime, like a word on his own. But from what I understood, correct me if I’m wrong, Sama is often added to a name, like an honorific. The Japanese added here and there often put me off. I don’t know what it means!! Imagine a sentence writing in two different languages. I often do that when I’m speaking english and French, but those are the languages I comprehend. But Japanese? What about the readers who don’t know it? It has a glossary but when you have to turn to glossary everytime…It’s a problem. It gets to the point where I don’t even bother reading it anymore.

There’s a series for this book but I think my adventure ends here ahah 🙂 Did you read the book ? What did you think about it ? 

Big thank you to Raincoast for sending us a copy review for that book 😀

P.S:  I’m still in Saigon for now, I will answer the comments shortly!! 🙂 Thank you all for the support and travel wishes ❤





  • Wow, it’s a total bummer when you can’t connect with the characters. I hate Wordy books too! I loved Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight but I never gave this series a try and now I never will. Great Review! 🙂


  • Sounds about right 😀 I only ever tried reading ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff but was annoyed more than anything. The language was too flowery, the narrator too smug and the footnotes killed me. So much unnecessary information. I won’t touch any more books by the author, and this seems like I wouldn’t like it either.

    I think you are right about the -sama ending, it gets added to the end of people’s names.

    Enjoy Saigon! I only ever was at the airport there on my way to Australia. I had 12 hours but didn’t mind. They were showing those overly dramatic Korean soap operas on a big screen and I watched it for hours, not understanding a word, but being captivated! There were burning cars, people jumping through windows etc! Good times 😀


  • I think this is the first time I have seen somebody not love this book! XD It’s seriously too bad that you didn’t enjoy it, the premise of this book sounds very interesting and promising. I haven’t read it yet, or anything by this author so I have no opinion on that. Great review! 😀


  • Hmm…I’m looking forward to this one too, since I own it. Chances are I won’t mind how descriptive it is but I, too, don’t like having to flip to the glossary every time.


  • Ah shame about this- cos I love AIDAN too and I do like the premise… But I don’t like when the sentence structure is so convoluted that I have no idea what’s going on :/ I think I would give this a miss. And hope you’re still having fun in Saigon!!


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