Blog Tour Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Blog Tour Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review: Endsinger by Jay KristoffEndsinger by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #3
Published by Thomas Dunne on November 25, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. 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 tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. 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.

There is nothing a mother will not do to keep her children by her side.


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.

gif Addams family be very 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.

gif ursula evil laugh
Kristoff, during the writing process

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 ». 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.

gif why would you do this to me

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.

gif i just got punched right in the feels

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.

Favorite Quote:

“Feel no shame she used you, Kin-san. She has a gift for making men look like fools.”

“I think perhaps it is men who have a gift for it, great Daimyo,” Kin finally said. “Women simply stand aside and leave us to it.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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29 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff”

  1. Shelley says:

    Yukiko is by far my favorite character with her kick ass side as my second. I would be flying all over the world causing havoc where ever we went. You want some of this? Come get me!
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  2. Meg says:

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  3. Ty says:

    My Thunder Tiger friend and I would wander the Earth, righting wrongs, offering hope to the hopeless, and drinking deep from the wellspring of life all around us.

  4. Carl says:

    First thing, Thunder Tiger and I are off to PetSmart to buy some kitty food and a bed for the little beast. Then I guess its time to go bring peace to the Middle East and Ukraine. That should fill up day one. Thanks

  5. Anita Yancey says:

    I have not read the series. But my Thunder Tiger friend and I would battle to bring peace to the world.

  6. Jessica says:

    I’m super relieved you didn’t think Yukiko’s pregnancy was an issue, because I don’t really like the babies as plot devices thing either. Now I can be unhesitatingly excited for the horrible emotional torture!

  7. Jessica says:

    Forgot to mention that my favorite character is Buruu. Or maybe Hana. Or Yukiko. Or all of them. And if I had a thunder tiger I would give him a bluetooth or something, so I when I was annoyed or bored I could just call him and be like, “Pick me up, please.” And I would throw on a pair of sunglasses and hop on the thunder tiger all like, “Bye, monkey-children, enjoy your math test.” We’d go on adventures from there, naturally.

  8. My favorite character of the series is either Yukiko’s cat or Masuru. I also like Daichi and Yukiko. Actually the Father/Daughter relationship is intense to say the least.

    If I could bond with a Thundertiger the way Yukiko did with Buruu, I’d love to fly to all those places on my bucket list like New Zealand, Australia, Africa, South America, etc. I’d want to travel everywhere.

    Thank you for the chance to win ENDSINGER. I’m eager to begin my punishment.
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  9. Ariadoin says:

    I have loved this series. Jay is a gentle giant who morphs into a diabolical genius with a pen.
    This is a must read for any fantasy fan.

  10. Buruu! And I’d just fly around and enjoy myself. Maybe get payback on some people that have annoyed me, lol.
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  11. Kori says:

    So beyond excited for this book!

  12. Trevin says:

    Hana has to be my favorite and I cannot wait to see more from here.
    As to where I would travel with my own ashitora, I would want to fly and explore Shima

  13. Kristen says:

    I dont know how your favorite character can be anyone but Buruu.

  14. David says:

    Favorite character has got to be Buru, I love how simply he sees the world.

  15. kevin says:

    Until his infuriating betrayal in book 2, my fave was Kin. Rat Fink!

  16. Maisoon says:

    I need this so so bad.

  17. Diane says:

    Yea! Thanks for the great review…just what I was hoping to hear. But, man, I’m even more scared now too. The feels!!! I love this series so much and have been known to order people to read it.

  18. Diane says:

    Oh. I didn’t see the questions before posting. Buru Is definitely a favorite character. Also Hana. But, man, I love them all.

  19. Kassandra says:

    I have the first of this series waiting for me on my bookshelf. Really looking forward to diving into it!

  20. Becca says:

    Clearly we would travel the world and take over civilization. Muahaha

  21. Wayne D'ava (@WretchedDreams) says:

    First things first, Buruu is the realest!

  22. I am soooooo conflicted on this book. Kinslayer was SO dark and SO graphic that it quickly became horrifically un-fun to read. And I knew even without reading your (really, really good and compelling) review that Endsinger would bring even MORE pain. But ugh, I need to know what happens to everyone. Especially Buruu. Gotta love me some Buruu.
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  23. Buruu says:

    this is pretty much what I expected to hear. Reading these books is the most painful, awesome experience every time and I expect nothing short of total annihilation from this last one. And Buruu beats everyone

  24. Kayla Beck says:

    Okay, I’m about to listen to Kinslayer this week because I swore to myself after Stormdancer that I would not let myself wait a year after the second one. And Buruu is my favorite at this point!
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  25. Craig Blkack says:

    This series is EPIC!

  26. Craig Black says:

    Buruu is the best and my Thunder Tiger and I would walk/fly the Earth like Caine in Kung Fu. walk/fly from place to place meet people and have adventures. 🙂

  27. Maddy says:

    Buruu is easily my favorite character. He’s gloriously sarcastic and also adorable. I want a thunder tiger. To be honest, if I did have one I would spend a lot of time just hanging out with it. Maybe we would work as assassins.

  28. Emily says:

    Yukiko is my favorite!

  29. Most definitely, without hesitation or scratching around in the dirt looking for an answer. Yukiko is my favorite!
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