Sunday, June 09, 2019

REVIEW: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Title: Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Number of Pages: 384
Format Read: UK Kindle ebook

Book Blurb: A single wish will spark a new dawn.

Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish.

As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure – the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?

My Review: I have many thoughts about this book. Initially, I wasn't even going to read it but it has gotten so many great reviews that I decided to give it a chance. This book did not disappoint me at all. I loved the Japanese mythology and culture of the samurai and shinobi that are in the novel. I really enjoyed all the characters even Lady Satomi (though she does meet her death at the end). Even all the yokai that showed up were just perfect.

I did read a review that complained about how they kept helping people (mostly at Yumeko's insistence) on their way to the capital but if they didn't do anything on the journey the book would have been boring. Obviously, that reviewer was just impatient for the book to end. I really enjoyed this book and I'm eager to jump into its sequel Soul of the Sword.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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