Here is the summary of the book:
A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
In literature, Japanese customs, the jargon, the mannerism and the history.....most specifically Oriental tradition..... without a good foundation and goo explanation don't bode well....but by God Mr. Kristoff made sure to maintain a brilliant ratio throughout his book and procured success with us. You want Japanese, you want dystopian, you want mythology, you want steampunk...... or you want the post-apocalyptic.... well then this is the book for you..... Yes I mentioned all these sub-genre.... may be sounding weird but God Kristoff makes it bloody amazing.
A dystopian-post-apocalyptic Japan, destroyed by war, and the materialistic greed to gain comfort even if it leads to the destruction of the mankind itself. A chance adventure. A chance capture(or hunt or whatever). A chance airship crash. A chance bonding, braving the storm, over throwing the tyranny. Yukiko's chance encounter, befriending and bonding of the arashitora and eventually becoming the stormdancerwas vivid dazzling, sometimes hilarious and highly engaging. Jay Kristoff not only gave life to an incredible idea but created some amazingcharacters to go alongwith the motion that made it so amazing. Yukiko, Buruu, Kin, Masaru, Akihito and Kasumi. Oh! amazing you....... But most of all the bond between Yukko and the storm tiger she named Buruu..... The bond they developed, the common understanding, their endeavor in this lotus war... it was simply excellent and so engaging. Stormdancer simply..... just amazing. You can actually visualize what takes place through the lines from Mr. Kristoff's pen...... Amazing.
"Steampunk, mythical creatures, strong female protagonist, Dystopia and a growing civil unrest.... AROUND JAPAN? IS THAT RIGHT?..... OF COURSE ITS RIGHT..... ITS BLOODY BRILLIANT IT IS"