Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review.
I had heard great things about this book so I just had to request it and I really loved it!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
This is an ownvoices book so I was really looking forward to reading this. The main characters are Native Americans and the story is rich with their culture and folklore. This was one of my favourite parts of the book. I especially found it fascinating because unfortunately I don’t know much about their culture but from my understanding it felt like it had really great rep.
It’s a dystopian world set in the future, a future where climate change has caused catastrophic damage to the earth and the world is not like the world we live in now. There are water shortages and not much technology like we’re used to now. And the gods walk among us and so do the monsters.
Maggie is a monster slayer and is well known amongst Dinetah, right from the beginning we see her fight a monster and her abilities that make her such a lethal monster killer. We are thrown right into the action and I loved that. She makes difficult decisions and is brave yet she has difficulty with expressing how she feels. She has a great character arc and grows to learn to accept herself.
We also get a lot of information about the history of the clans and tribes and the stories and at times it felt a little info dumpy at times but I understand why the author felt it was necessary and I actually really enjoyed reading about the stories and history.
We are also introduced to another character, Kai, who joins Maggie to try and figure out where the monsters are coming from who keep killing people all over Dinetah. I loved Kai from the moment we meet him and my love for him just grows as we learn more about him and see what type of person he is. One of my favourite things about Kai is that he is kind and supportive and doesn’t push Maggie to do something she isn’t comfortable with. He also helps Maggie learn that she is more than just a killer and deserves more in life.
The story was really interesting and can get quite dark and brutal at times. There are some plot twists and although I had an idea of what they could be I still enjoyed the revelations. I really enjoyed learning more about Ma’ii and his trickster ways. He was such a complicated and interesting character and you can’t quite figure out his motives. Both Maggie and Kai are complex and mysterious and there is more to both of them than we see initially.
I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to be able to read book two because I really need to know what happens after THAT ending!