Shadow of the Fox Book Review

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Shadow of the Fox
Julie Kagawa
Fantasy, Young Adult
Harlequin Teen
October 2nd 2018
Hardback
409

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 best anime I’ve read

I had constantly kept hearing about this book. Upon deciding to purchase the Owlcrate special edition (signed and red cover), I knew right away it would be a “soon-tbr” book. Then I received a copy of Shadow of the Fox for my kindle from the publisher on NetGalley and knew then that I needed to read the book asap.

It is such an incredible book. The story layout and atmosphere throughout Shadow of the Fox is so intense. Packed with Japanese folklore with culture, demons, blood magic, the works. There is not a moment in the book that I found to be dull. Chapter upon chapter I was inhaling the plot, the outstanding world building and everything to do with Japan. This book is practically a journey and I was all for traveling along with it!

The characters in Shadow of the Fox are also super well written and every single one plays an intricate role in the enjoyment of the story. Yumeko is a badass half-kitsune girl (half-fox, half-human) who is raised by monks in a temple. The way her character progresses throughout Shadow of the Fox is so endearing. Even though she is not completely perfect and makes some mistakes, she always tries her best to make things right. Yumeko held my heartstrings for the entire story!

Tatsumi is the character I fell head over heels for. Throughout his chapters, I kept visualizing him as Kirito from Sword Art Online which made him even better. Although he is a shinobi, he allows people to think of him as a samurai warrior – fewer questions. It is very interesting to see how he handles being around and dealing with people when is it supposed to work alone. He is super broody and quiet but god I love him so much.

It is like reading a good anime/manga

The main thing I enjoyed throughout Shadow of the Fox was the feeling of reading a manga or watching an anime. It is so visually pleasing that while reading, you can see what was being said. The places, the people and the action is all there to enjoy.

I also did not realize when I started that this is the first book of a Trilogy. Needless to say, I am super excited and now I cannot WAIT to read the second book. A must-read for anybody who enjoys action filled Japanese stories!

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