Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff Favorite Things and Giveaway!

Title: Kinslayer
Author: Jay Kristoff


The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.

Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past


Top 10 Favorite Things with Jay

What are a few of your Favorite Things:

1. What is your favorite song? Daaaamn. So hard to answer this one. I’ll go with “Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness” by the Smashing Pumkins (it’s the music playing over my wedding video. Makes me think of my wife and smile)

2. Favorite Weapon? The pen.

3. What is your favorite type of food? Free.

4. Favorite Tattoo design? The Stormdancer tattoo I got on my arm. You can see the blow-by-blow here:

5. Favorite writing utensil? Macbook.

6. Place to write? On my couch in the sunshine with my dog on my lap.

7. Favorite Quote? “You anger is a gift” – Aristotle.

8. Your Favorite Phrase? “There is only one internet.”

9. The part of a story you like writing best? Chapter 41 of KINSLAYER was pretty fun to write. You’ll understand when you get there J

10. Favorite Book? “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

Jay Kristoff is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based author. His first trilogy, THE LOTUS WAR, was purchased in the three-way auction by US publishing houses in 2011. He is as surprised about it as you are. The first installment, STORMDANCER, is set to be published in September 2012 in the US, UK and Australia.

Jay is 6’7, has approximately 13870 days to live and does not believe in happy endings.


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  1. Hi there, who do we tag in the profile picture part? :/

    1. The author (this rafflecopter giveaway was set up by the author) sorry for the confusion

  2. This man reminds me of Dave Grohl. I have yet to read his books. what the heck am I waiting for? Lol.


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