Monday, April 06, 2020

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa ~ Review

Title: Night of the Dragon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: HQ Young Adult and Inkyard Press
Release Date: March 31st, 2020
Number of Pages: 384
Version Read: UK kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Book Blurb: All is lost.

To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must make one desperate final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call the Great Kami Dragon and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos.

Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko to stop a madman and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.

But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.

My Review: I went into this book almost immediately after reading Soul of the Sword. That book ripped out my still-beating heart out of my chest. This book took it and just stomped all over it. Most of the book takes place during the final battle but before that, we finally find out who Yumeko's mother is. During the last half of the book we find out who Yumeko's actual father is. Which you can guess who it is from like a mile away. Also what was up with all the character death in this book? Like I get some of the deaths but some were just not necessary. But that epilogue... Why did it have to end like that? I need more. Even a novella would work. 

I really do recommend reading this trilogy if you love reading books based in feudal Japan with romance, adventure and the supernatural. 

Rating: 4½ stars 

About the author: Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and Shadow of the Fox series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian Shepherds that have more Instagram followers than she does.

Social Links 
Author website: http://juliekagawa.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Julie-Kagawa-author-252661891438654/
Twitter: @jkagawa
Instagram: @juliekagawaauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2995873.Julie_Kagawa

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