Shadow of The Fox

Shadow of The Fox

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...

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Title:Shadow of The Fox
Author:Julie Kagawa
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Shadow of The Fox Reviews

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    There was so much to love about this book. The vast detailed world building, the Japanese legends and lore, the moral dilemmas that were faced...it was so fully fleshed out and enjoyable. The characters were what truly sold me though. I loved each of them so much for so many different reasons. I can’t wait to read the next book because I need to know what happens to them!

  • Melanie

    (My amazing friend

    , at

    , gave this to me as a birthday gift!) 💖

    is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy! Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and was more captivated than I have been reading any other book this year. Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to want to i

    (My amazing friend

    , at

    , gave this to me as a birthday gift!) 💖

    is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy! Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and was more captivated than I have been reading any other book this year. Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to want to immediately buy it. Goosebumps. Tears. Perfection. Those are the three words that come to mind, and I just continued to fall even more in love with this story as it progressed.

    This is an ownvoices Japanese inspired fantasy about three people who come from very different backgrounds, but their stories get interwoven regardless of what they wanted. And they are forced to work together, while a demon army is set to destroy everything.

    - Her chapters are sprinkled throughout the book, even though I completely believe she is going to play a much bigger role in the upcoming books. Her father is a flute maker who sent her away to become a royal maid so that she could live a good life. Sadly, she now works for one of the cruelest women in all of literature.

    - Half kitsune who is very good at illusions! She has lived her entire life with monks in the Silent Winds temple. But her home soon comes under attack by demons, and she is the only hope to save the world, by safely bringing part of an ancient scroll to another hidden temple.

    - Samurai of the Shadow Clan, and one of the deadliest warriors and demon slayers ever, even though he is very young. He wields a blade, Hakaimono, that gives him even more power but is constantly testing his willpower. He has been sent on a mission to retrieve that ancient scroll, but instead finds Yumeko and promises to get her to the hidden temple. Little does he know, this little kitsune is holding what he’s after the entire time.

    And when the scroll is combined together to be whole again, a dragon will rise and the person that summons it will be have any wish they desire granted, as long as their heart and soul are pure and good. If not, well, things are going to get real messy. But needless to say, many people are after these pieces of the scroll so that they can combine them to have their wish granted. And remember, a demon army is trying to end the world, so some people really need their wishes to come true. You know, for the sake of humanity.

    One of my favorite things in all of literature is reading about a group of people traveling from place to place, performing smaller quests, while trying to get to their final destination. And friends, that is what

    is. I fell in love with every new town and every new adventure that Yumeko and Kage experienced together. I loved seeing so much Japanese folklore and mythology celebrated and woven into each town and adventure, too! Seriously, Julie Kagawa blessed us so much with this book! And I loved the few friends and companions that Kage and Yumeko unexpectedly met along the way.

    At the heart of this book, is always friendship. And how kindness and unconditional love are two of the most powerful forces in any world. Yumeko and Kage's dynamic is one so beautiful that I don’t even have words for it. And this is the start of an extremely slow burn romance, but I’m so here for it, you all! They completely stole my heart and captivated me for all 400 pages of this story.

    This book also holds a very heavy message about how we always have a choice to do right. No matter what we’ve done in our past, and no matter the sins of our family, we have our own choice to do good or to start doing good. And how sometimes a little kindness can completely change everything. And how it’s never too late to right your wrongs, apologize, and forgive. Hate is a very heavy thing to carry, but so is revenge.

    Overall, Julie Kagawa gave me the (ownvoices) Japanese fantasy I’ve been searching my entire life for. I fell so deeply in love with this story, with Julie’s beautiful prose, with these characters, and with all the important messages that were so seamlessly woven in. This will for sure be on my best of 2018 list come December, and the next book for sure is now one of my most anticipated releases for 2019.

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  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)

    is an

    YA fantasy that was inspired by

    , and essentially revolves around the search for

    which has the power to call upon the great

    who will grant its summoner a

    . A lot of folks are after this thing, and they’ll do anything to get it.

    This i

    is an

    YA fantasy that was inspired by

    , and essentially revolves around the search for

    which has the power to call upon the great

    who will grant its summoner a

    . A lot of folks are after this thing, and they’ll do anything to get it.

    This is my second

    book. I reread

    this year and even reviewed it

    a couple months ago, so it was inevitable to draw a comparison between these two books to see how the author’s style and skill have progressed. I’ve said it in my other review that her book gave me a feeling of going through

    , and I felt the same way with this newest release. One event follows the next like mini contained arcs of story that go towards a bigger one. I feel like this could throw some people off and make the pacing seem a bit chunky or

    at times, but personally that wasn’t something that bothered me because, like in a video game, I always knew something with

    would be coming up next.

    Both books made me feel like they were much more about the

    and how it changed the characters, than actually getting to the

    .

    is a

    book, and because of that it took me a few chapters to get going, since I had to meet the main characters first, but once I did I was into it. The first 3 chapters are from

    , but for the majority of the story we follow only two, which are told in first person. I know a lot of people are not fans of multi-perspective, but I feel like for this story that was the right way to go. Since characters have

    concerning the scroll and come from such

    , this helped paint a bigger picture for the situation and made the stakes go higher. We even get glimpses at

    , and I think that was for the book’s benefit. There’s also the plus that you get to know the characters better, and the world view and impressions on newcomers was not limited to only one perspective.

    I came to really like these people and appreciate the development of their

    , because thank goodness the author took its time to build them properly. That was a complaint I had about

    , the need for more

    , but I’m happy to say that Julie gave much more attention to that aspect this time around. I loved the main characters, and the fact that there’s

    to be seen in this book.

    is a

    – half-girl, half-demon

    – who was raised in a temple by

    . She could be naive at times, but she was also clever and a badass in her own way. She’s not a fighter, but she’s also not the kind of girl who sits around and hopes people will solve things for her. If she sees a tough situation that needs fixing, she will try to do something about it. Even if it’s a small thing, she always makes an

    to help out in any way she can, and I absolutely love that.

    makes a few mistakes, but she mostly gets it right, and for all her effort she’s earned my respect.

    is a

    (literally

    in japanese) of the

    , but he lets most people think he’s just a

    warrior – which makes sense, if you’re a

    people shouldn’t know that about you. He’s quiet and kind of

    , but he’s hella good with a sword and actually quite interesting as an individual (that’s funny since

    is highly discouraged by his masters, to say the least). As the

    of the

    and bearer of the

    ,

    – whose

    that is sealed in it frequently

    if he loses control of his emotions -, is no wonder that this dude keeps it to himself. Due to his super strict and brainwashy upbringing, it’s very interesting to see him being forced to interact with other people and work with them in order to complete his mission. I particularly loved the fact that

    had a big

    and he

    . If he thought you were a threat or if he was ordered by his clan to

    you, I really felt he

    , and that he

    do it, even if he didn’t

    to.

    About the

    , I think it was atmospheric and interesting. The country of

    really felt like a

    from the

    . There was a lot of

    interwoven in the narrative, and because of that I feel like the author tried her best to

    things for the most part, but there was a lot for people to understand, so she also used a certain amount of

    to quickly explain things. Nothing that really bothered me, though. I do recognize that the frequent use of japanese could get confusing for people who, unlike me, aren’t really

    , but honestly, I don’t think that goes as far as hurting the comprehention of the story. If you’re a fantasy reader, you should already be used to getting acquainted with a bunch of

    anyway, but perhaps there’s a

    in the finalized edition.

    If there’s

    , just know that essentially

    come

    like in

    , and not "

    ", also that

    are often used

    people’s names when adressing them (so you’ll see a lot of

    ,

    , and

    here),

    (nasai) means

    ,

    (gozaimasu) is

    ,

    is

    ,

    means

    ,

    (gozaimasu) is

    ,

    is

    ,

    is

    , and you should be mostly good to go.

    About the

    , this is a journey, so don’t expect everything to be resolved here. This is part one of a

    , after all. The general idea is simple, get from

    to

    , then get to

    , but with a lot of deviation and trouble along the way. Here we only go as far as

    , though.

    I’m very excited for the sequel,

    , and I can’t wait to get a finished copy of

    as soon as possible. This book became a

    of mine, which was kind of unexpected to be honest. It’s great being surprised sometimes. Oh also I love watching

    , and this book had elements that reminded me of a few ones like

    (Akatsuki no Yona),

    , and even

    (hello collecting artifacts to summon a dragon who can grant you a wish), which I really appreciated.

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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    This book would make an INCREDIBLE anime or animated series along the lines of Avatar The Last Airbender or something, because it seriously played out like a tv show in my head! It was so awesome! I loved all of the c

    This book would make an INCREDIBLE anime or animated series along the lines of Avatar The Last Airbender or something, because it seriously played out like a tv show in my head! It was so awesome! I loved all of the characters and how, one by one, we were introduced to amazing additions to this badass group trying to slay demons and save the world! I did find it a little slow at times with all of the travelling to different towns and stuff, but other than that I really enjoyed it!

    This book is in stores now and I highly recommend you check it out, it was super fun!

    Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a review copy!

  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 Reading Shadow of the fox was like watching an anime movie/ series and I always liked those.

    🌟 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this or not but I really wanted to read something by the author and I am glad I did request it! The opening line was great and I knew it would be good at that moment.

    🌟 I love a

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 Reading Shadow of the fox was like watching an anime movie/ series and I always liked those.

    🌟 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this or not but I really wanted to read something by the author and I am glad I did request it! The opening line was great and I knew it would be good at that moment.

    🌟 I love anything and everything Japanese and there are not many books with Japanese settings that are written in English. I was immediately in love with the world and the mythology and I wanted more.

    🌟 Sadly my enjoyment of the book decreased a bit, it started really good but then there were clichés and tropes and I felt like I have read (watched) this before. I can’t say that it was predictable given that most of the story was not for moving the original and main plot. It was like a large adventure with mini obstacles that our “heroes” face along the way. Once again, something that reminds me of anime. And in terms of anime, I can say that this was a great show but with many fillers that all we all know how to feel about.

    🌟 I like that it started with two main characters with changing POVs and other side characters were added to the crew as we move on. It was better than starting with a whole team of characters. The characters were unique and I could tell whose POV was I reading as they had distinct voices! The only problem that I had was the trope of the tough, muscular cold guy falling into the clumsy, cute and kind girl and that happened fast!!

    🌟 Despite that, I think it was cool, fresh and it was not short of action which left me curious and attached to the book.

    🌟 Summary: A typical YA book with an Atypical Japanese settings, it had a good cast of characters that you are sure to love. And despite the tropes it had, it was very enjoyable and I don’t regret reading it.

    🌟 Prescription: For fans of Anime and Japanese culture!

  • Emily May

    I feel sad writing this review. I absolutely loved Kagawa's

    trilogy and also enjoyed her

    series, but after

    and

    , I think I have to admit that we're growing apart.

    I'm not sure if Kagawa's style changed or if I did, but

    I feel sad writing this review. I absolutely loved Kagawa's

    trilogy and also enjoyed her

    series, but after

    and

    , I think I have to admit that we're growing apart.

    I'm not sure if Kagawa's style changed or if I did, but I do know that this book is a long, boring journey, fuelled by a weak plot that doesn't mask the fact everything is about the inevitable developing romance between Yumeko and Tatsumi. Though the setting and supernatural creatures are atypical of YA,

    .

    We move between the two perspectives of Yumeko and Tatsumi. The beginning sees the destruction of the temple where half-kitsune Yumeko has lived her whole life. The dying request of the monk who raised her is that she deliver part of an important scroll to another temple, which also holds a part of the scroll.

    Meanwhile, shadow clan samurai Kage Tatsumi receives a mission to retrieve the scroll himself. He and Yumeko make a pact-- he will offer her protection in exchange for her leading him to the other temple.

    This all happens in the first few chapters and it will be

    of finding the scroll. In between, the two characters travel to the temple, having what feel like various mini adventures along the way. The characters from Japanese mythology are fascinating, but the story meanders, name-dropping creature after creature - such as oni or gaki - in order to prolong the weak plot.

    And though the romance is left pretty tame in this book, the journey feels like nothing but a set-up for love angst. Because, of course, Tatsumi is injured and must remove his shirt so Yumeko can admire his muscles. I feel like I've read versions of the two of them hundreds of times: aloof warrior dude and a beautiful naive girl who requires protecting-- what could possibly happen?

    The ending does pick up and an explosion of action awaits (with some surprises added too), but I still felt like I read maybe 100 pages of plot progression and 300 pages of filler. And it seems like the big bad at the end leaves the main characters alive for no other reason than to necessitate a sequel.

    I was so excited for this book, especially after enjoying the author's short story in

    , but it was a really disappointing start to the series. I will check out reviews of the sequel before continuing.

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  • Natalie Monroe

    Guess what happens next. Go on, guess!

    Yes, my dear stranger on the Internet.

    It's a hardly a spoiler. You know it's going to happen the instant Yumeko notices Tatsumui's chiselled abs.

    Honestly,

    Which makes me equally disappointed and annoyed because I love, love, love her

    . I want Puck

    Guess what happens next. Go on, guess!

    Yes, my dear stranger on the Internet.

    It's a hardly a spoiler. You know it's going to happen the instant Yumeko notices Tatsumui's chiselled abs.

    Honestly,

    Which makes me equally disappointed and annoyed because I love, love, love her

    . I want Puck to show up at my window, make flowers bloom from my bedpost, and carry me off to a quiet meadow somewhere.

    , though rather unmemorable, was a good read and most importantly,

    .

    The Talon Saga is where is all starts to go downhill and Shadow of the Fox, unfortunately, is a sad continuation. It also reaffirms my belief that most authors who hit it big during the Paranormal Romance craze are slowly becoming obsolete. We're seeing it with Lauren Kate, Alexandra Adornetto, Becca Fitzpatrick... The ones who continue to thrive, like Kiersten White, do so because they're willing to evolve with the times. No longer is YA willing to put up with rapey love interests and Mean Girls. It's become bolder, more diverse, more mature, more willing to push the envelope.

    Tatsumui is broody and emotionally closed off, so essentially a clone of the soldier guy whose name I can't remember from Talon and to a lesser extent, Ash from the Iron Fey. Yumeko is Meghan and Talon's heroine mushed together. Kind-hearted, sweet, naive with a mild independent streak. The ronin Okame is a sarcastic rogue and a comic relief caricature along the lines of Puck, the vampire guy from Blood of Eden, and the snarky dragon from Talon. And then there's a fourth miscellaneous character whose personality varies, but is always male.

    Seriously,

    There's the heroine, but that's it. Kagawa always insists on surrounding her with prominent male characters. And the villain is usually female. Make of that what you will.

    Did I like anything? The Japanese mythology elements are interesting. Though it did get increasingly annoying when words like "hai" or "ano" are casually slipped in. Yes, yes, authenticity, but it's cheapened by so many anime fanfiction that do the same.

    If you're going to read a Kagawa book, go for The Iron King. At least there's Puck and killer world-building in it.

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  • Nick

    This is going to be so so good. I am calling it.

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