Trail of Lightning

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Trail of Lightning (2018, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)

304 pages

English language

Published Aug. 16, 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.


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4 stars (3 reviews)

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Review of 'Trail of Lightning' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

TRAIL OF LIGHTING is a bright light in my reading life, a book with urban fantasy feels but nary a city in sight. Maggie is conflicted and messy, with a supernatural ability to bring death (helped by her gun and very large knife) and not much help reconciling that with the rest of herself. 

It's about legacies of trauma and the nature of monstrosity, as Maggie grapples with her understanding of herself. Is she a person who kills monsters? Or a monster who's trying to take other monsters down with her/ Part of this is shown early on when she deliberately withholds her expected part of a culturally important greeting, not wanting to show this part of herself to people she is technically in community with. She feels alienated from them by her deeds. Complicating this is the fact that she's useful to them for the very thing that makes …

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