Book Title: Sowl of the Sword
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: June 25th 2019
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“Is this an ‘I’m sorry I tried to assassinate you’ tea ceremony?”
Why I chose this?
I have just finished Shadow of the Fox and I was left on that cliff hanger. So I’ve started my blog post before opening the book so I can get my thoughts down ASAP.
What it’s about
One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.
Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.
Now, this looks more like the Japanese flag but the cover doesn’t seem to give much away at this stage. It’s so simple and unassuming but I do like the use of the clouds presumably for the sky clan. I was hoping for a sword on this cover but I’ve looked and it’s on the alternative cover. Seems a bit off to have a story about a sword and not make it a prominent feature on the cover.
This book to me feels like it’s going to have more excitement and action to it, especially where Hakimono is concerned. Wonder how our little fox will cope with the onslaught of what happened in the last book.
What I Thought
Before I start with anything else. This book had the name of the character whose POV it was underneath the name of the title. No more confused Laura. Well in this instance anyway, it doesn’t take much to confuse me it seems.
Also, I am so glad I waited to read this series because I don’t think I could have been one of the people who have had to wait a year for the finale to the story.
I love Yumeko the Kitsune who doesn’t seem to let anything offend her but that’s probably because she is still a naive girl who grew up in a temple where she has been told to be more human than Kitsune. I love that we got to see the story from the demon Hakaimono and how he was handling his journey to the Steel Feather temple.
I am still feeling Yumeko’s little band of guardians and how they strive to protect her in their little ways. All in all, I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see how it all ends.
Have you read Soul of the Sword? Let me know in the comments