Book Review: Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

Maggie's mentor ditched her months ago, leaving her heartsick and feeling like she's nothing more than a killer because of her supernatural gifts. But when monsters suddenly start showing up in Dinétah, she can't help but get involved and teams up with a young medicine man to try and stop whoever is creating the monsters before they can kill anyone else.

Book Review: Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse | reading, books, book reviews, urban fantasy, native american
Title: Trail of Lightning
Book Number: Book 1
Pages: 305
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


I enjoyed this book but don’t have a ton to say about it, so I’ll make this short and sweet.

The ownvoices Native American rep was really cool! This book was so immersed in Navajo/Diné culture and mythology. Everything from the language to the setting to the supernatural powers to the beings of legend, like the trickster Coyote. It’s not a culture I know much about, but I enjoyed getting to read about it.

The protagonist was one I felt for. She felt like she was just a killer and a monster and nothing more, but she still wanted people to see more in her, even though she pushed them away. She had a tough outer shell, but her heart was in the right place, and I really did feel bad for her every time she revealed to the reader just how much she was hurting.

There was also monster fighting in a post-apocalyptic setting and a bit of romance. I was expecting the book to be more fun for some reason, but it actually had quite a serious tone, what with Maggie’s brutal past and her reclusive nature.

I can’t say the book left a huge impression on me, but I think it was just one of those “it’s me, not the book” things. If this sound good to you, I say give it a try!


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  1. Maxine

    I recently read this one myself and really enjoyed the setting, culture and mythology. I loved Maggie too, I just wish I had of read it at a different time. I was visiting family so read it in little broken up spurts and so I didn’t get the most out of it.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It is hard to figure out how to rate and review those. No, I think this just isn’t a series for me, though I wouldn’t try to turn other people away from reading it.

  2. Maggie Tiede

    This is at the top of my TBR! I especially can’t wait to read it because the main character’s name is Maggie, lol. It’s interesting that you say it has a more serious tone, because I feel like all I’ve heard about is how funny and quip-y it is. That’s helpful to know going in.

  3. Greg

    Ooh you read this one! I still haven’t gotten to it yet, but it looks fabulous. Although something’s been holding me back… it’s not like demanding I read it, you know? But I still might… I do like the monster slaying angle, and the post apoc feel.

  4. Lola

    The native American rep sounds interesting. It sounds very well done too, with how you got a feel for the culture thanks to this book. I haven’t read many books with native Americans. I read one earlier this year which might count as one of the main character was native American and he also had these cool dream walk powers.

    The main character of this book sounds interesting to read about with her hard outer shell, but her heart on the right place. That’s too bad it had a more serious tone when you were expecting fun. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I like when books are really immersed in a culture. That book sounds cool 🙂

      I did feel for this MC, although I just had my expectations a bit off! Thanks!

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I remember seeing a lot of hype around this one and couldn’t justify buying it but now you’re like ‘it’s ok’ I’m a little put off from buying it. It sounds like a decent read but the fact it left no major impression makes me think I should wait a little while before investing.

  6. Olivia Roach

    I remember closer to the release date seeing a lot of mostly 3 star reviews like yours. Where they pretty much liked everything, but it wasn’t too memorable or iconic either. So I think it isn’t going to be one for me. But I am glad there was some really good Native American rep in there for the readers to enjoy!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Really? I feel like I’ve only seen rave reviews, so I know some people loved it. Just not quite for me though. But yeah, it’s great to see Native American rep!