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Crown of Thunder

By Tochi Onyebuchi
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In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary--including using the most deadly magic--to track him down.

Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima's dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.

With Arzu's help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik--sin-eaters with Taj's same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik--one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.

Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She's immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima's magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny--a future she's not sure she wants.

As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj's true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he's hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her most deadly weapon--Taj's former best friend, Bo.

26 Reviews

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“Much like the first book, I loved the lore, but it felt like constant pacing issues. I struggled to get into the book at first, and then by the end the plan and the solution changed three or four times in the span of about two or three chapters and it simply felt rushed. I think the book could have benefited from having parts of the story told from perspectives that weren't Taj as well, as I often felt like I was missing a lot of information- which, so was Taj, but then when he was informed or figured it out, it was over with in a very short timeframe which made even important aspects feel very much downplayed and made it feel as if certain aspects were being pulled from thin air (even if I know they weren't). All in all, by no means an awful book - but needed to be fleshed out more, with enough uniqueness to the lore to fill far more than just 300-odd pages.”

About Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi holds a BA from Yale, an MFA in screenwriting from Tisch, a master's degree in global economic law from L'institut d'études politiques, and a JD from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction and Ideomancer, among other places. Tochi resides in Connecticut, where he works in the tech industry.

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