Having been swept away by Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, I knew I had to check out the sequel, Storm of Locusts. And I was not mistaken. The sequel is phenomenal and everything I could have wanted for the series.
It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a young girl with a strange clan power.
Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, rescue Kai, and make things right between them both.
Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods, and, ultimately the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Storm of Locusts is a fabulous sequel to the powerful and action packed Trail of Lightning. The Sixth World is a series that I know I’ll be reading and re-reading in the future. There’s such a wealth of rich world building, fantasy elements, and character development. Maggie is as clever, sarcastic, and powerful as ever. And in Storm of Locusts she is joined by some other fabulous comrades – Ben (who’s bisexual) and Rissa.
I have nothing but good things to say about Storm of Locusts and it’s amazing story lines. Roanhorse has a fantastic way of writing sequels that wrap up loose ends while still leaving us wanting more. Storm of Locusts picks up right after the first book and Maggie is still very much reeling from the events of the first book – not to mention her new sword.
And a common theme within Storm of Locusts is that Maggie is trying not to kill people, to incapacitate people, and throughout the entire book Maggie shows so much character growth in the way she deals with the antagonist, all the way to her new allies. Even though she’s guarded, a little prickly, and carrying a giant sword, Maggie forms fierce loyalties. We witness her tenderness, vulnerabilities, doubts and fears. And at the end, we love Maggie for them.
I could go on an on about Maggie, because, for me, Storm of Locusts was about Maggie’s growth. Maybe it’s because we already know who she is from Trail of Lightning, but this book solidified a place in my heart for Maggie – her strengths and weaknesses. Storm of Locusts seems to ask Maggie just what she is willing to do, to sacrifice for the people she loves, and what that might cost her. It’s full of witty conversations between Maggie and Rissa, tender conversations of loss between Maggie and Ben, and enough of a hook to start a countdown for book three. It’s a book about choice, consequences, situations, and what we can do with them.