I finished up Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse in the early hours of the morning.
I had delayed starting this because I was under the mistaken impression it was YA. It is not. It is full on adult fantasy/Urban Fiction that would greatly appeal to fans of Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series and Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson books.
Maggie is a Navajo/Diné monsterslayer alone since her immortal hero mentor abandoned her. Lured out of her isolation by disturbing reports of vicious monster attacks, she gets caught up in the mystery and unwillingly acquires a charming but secretive partner, Kai, a medicine-man-in-training whose clan powers might be as dangerous in their own ways as her own.
Creatures and gods of Navajo mythology populate the story, set in post-Apocalyptic future, The Sixth World, where the Big Water has drowned most of the US.
The Intense story will keep you guessing. Loved the tension/heartbreak between Maggie/Kai and their secrets and the past they both must reckon with.
I loved the Audio and was happy to see that book two, Storm of Locusts is out and available on KU and audio, so I can immediately start it. (cw: past trauma (violent death of loved ones), violence, sexism, guns)