Book Title: Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: 1st November 2018
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The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because they simply…start.
Why I chose this?
I have had this book in a Hardback from Owlcrate for what seems like forever but haven’t got around to it. With bleak times ahead there is no time like the present.
What it’s about
A single wish will spark a new dawn. Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns…and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret. Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure – one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.
I have seen different versions of this cover as I have the Owlcrate exclusive and the Kindle book. Now The one on my Kindle is the one from above. Now even though there are cross katanas (I think), the colours used are rather calming. The cover does have a Japanese feel to it not only with the cross swords but the flowers and in a way the cover looks kind of like an inverted Japanese flag.
In regards to the synopsis, it sounds amazing and I don’t usually read stories set in Japan. I think the last one was Memoirs of a Geisha. So I am looking forward to it.
What I Thought
I’ve got to say this book started slow to me and I found it difficult at first to gage which chapter was from which characters POV.
I do like the character Yumeko she seems quite fun and her innocence did show once she left the temple. However, she did seem to revert to a pre-teen stage once she was out of the temple and I think this was a good way of showing her sheltered upbringing by the monks. I think the way she was written showed her naivety rather well. She also seemed to be up for anything on their long road trip to the temple.
The dark brooding male we typically find in YA is Tatsumi. Tatsumi seemed a little too okay with doing whatever Yumeko wanted and is a slow-burning love thing going on here. Although he doesn’t clearly show it he does care for the Kitsune, then again he probably doesn’t know how to show it.
I loved that during their journey the seemed to acquire more members to the party which I thought after a while was quite funny as the other members of the party are the complete opposite to Tatsumi.
Through everything that happened I was surprised by the ending as I wasn’t expecting where it led. I did like the epilogue and how it would flow into the next story. Either way, it was definitely something I would recommend reading.
In addition, I really appreciated the glossary as I was tempted to look up these words after it had all ended as I would then be more prepared for the next two books in the series.
Have you read Shadow of the Fox? Let me know in the comments