Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Shadow of the Fox #1)
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover | Audiobook | e-Book
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
Shadow of the Fox is the first book in a new Japanese folklore inspired fantasy adventure from the author of acclaimed Talon and The Iron Fey series, Julie Kagawa.
I can’t begin to express my love for this book. There were so many highlights that I feel would please any type of reader. Kagawa blends an exciting plot line with a wide variety of fun and complex characters.
Probably my favorite part of Shadow of the Fox was the rag tag group of travelling companions that continue to get added into the adventure for this dragon scroll. You get everyone from a kitsune, to a possessed demon slaying shinobi, to a disgraced samurai, a royal prince, and a temple maiden. I just want to put them all in my pocket and protect them from the evils in this book. And let me tell you, there are some shady characters that are threatening our MC’s.
The adventure Kagawa takes us on is a magical fantasy ride through ancient Japan. She blends her culture seamlessly with the fantasy aspects and is perfect for readers that are interested in Japanese folklore.
Overall I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to see where the series takes us. I wanted to end on a side note for all the fans of Teen Wolf that feel wronged by how they treated Kira (the Kitsune in the show), that YOU should all read this novel. It’s the story that I feel the show robbed us viewers from experiencing with the Kitsune storyline. That is all.
Have you read Shadow of the Fox? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them!
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