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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 A Thousand Beginnings and Endings , but it was a really disappointing start to the series.
I will check out reviews of the sequel before continuing. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 13 comments.
My amazing friend Courtney , at Curly Book Owl , gave this to me as a birthday gift! 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 Courtney , at Curly Book Owl , gave this to me as a birthday gift!
Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to want to immediately buy it.
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 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. 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.
But a single fox stands above it all, untouched, a great dragon cast in her shadow. Her name is Yumeko, child of dreams, for she is our hope against the coming darkness.
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.
My life exists only to be the bearer of Kamigoroshi and to obey the orders of the Shadow Clan. 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 Shadow of the Fox 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. They completely stole my heart and captivated me for all pages of this story.
This book also holds a very heavy message about how we always have a choice to do right. And how sometimes a little kindness can completely change everything.
Hate is a very heavy thing to carry, but so is revenge. Even the humans themselves don't do a great job of it. This will for sure be on my best of list come December, and the next book for sure is now one of my most anticipated releases for Content and trigger warnings for graphic violence, graphic murder, graphic death, loss of a loved one, physical abuse, threat of rape, talk of suicide, and war themes.
View all 31 comments. 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 The characters were what truly sold me though.
I loved each of them so much for so many different reasons. This is my second Julie Kagawa book. One event follows the next like mini contained arcs of story that go towards a bigger one.
Both books made me feel like they were much more about the journey and how it changed the characters, than actually getting to the end goal.
Shadow of the Fox is a multi-perspective 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 different povs , 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 different goals concerning the scroll and come from such opposite backgrounds , this helped paint a bigger picture for the situation and made the stakes go higher.
I came to really like these people and appreciate the development of their risky relationships , because thank goodness the author took its time to build them properly.
She could be naive at times, but she was also clever and a badass in her own way. If she sees a tough situation that needs fixing, she will try to do something about it.
As the demonslayer of the Kage family and bearer of the cursed sword , Kamigoroshi — whose demon that is sealed in it frequently tries to take over his mind if he loses control of his emotions -, is no wonder that this dude keeps it to himself.
I particularly loved the fact that Tatsumi had a big reputation and he lived up to it. About the world , I think it was atmospheric and interesting.
The country of Iwagoto really felt like a fantasy Japan from the samurai period. There was a lot of japanese words interwoven in the narrative, and because of that I feel like the author tried her best to 'show' things for the most part, but there was a lot for people to understand, so she also used a certain amount of 'tell' to quickly explain things.
Nothing that really bothered me, though. This is part one of a triology , after all. The general idea is simple, get from point A to point B , then get to point C , but with a lot of deviation and trouble along the way.
Here we only go as far as point B , though. This book became a new favorite of mine, which was kind of unexpected to be honest.
Oh also I love watching anime , and this book had elements that reminded me of a few ones like Yona of the Dawn Akatsuki no Yona , Hiiro no Kakera , and even Dragon Ball hello collecting artifacts to summon a dragon who can grant you a wish , which I really appreciated.
Blog Review Twitter Instagram View all 8 comments. Oct 03, Nick marked it as to-read. This is going to be so so good. I am calling it. Sep 25, Hamad rated it really liked it Shelves: A weapon did not question the intent of those who wielded it.
The opening line was great and I knew it would be good at that moment. I was immediately in love with the world and the mythology and I wanted more.
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.
It was better than starting with a whole team of characters. 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!!
A typical YA book with an Atypical Japanese settings, it had a good cast of characters that you are sure to love.
For fans of Anime and Japanese culture! 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 It was so awesome!
I loved all of the c "One step at a time, little fox. 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!
My heart won't be able to handle it. View all 5 comments. Aug 22, Noura Khalid theperksofbeingnoura rated it really liked it Shelves: Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Remember, your loyalty is to the Kage, nothing else. I was so intrigued when I read the synopsis, and as I predicted I truly loved this book!
The setting, characters and story line reminded me so much of an anime. The book has Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
The book has many references to Japanese mythology, including: Kitsune, Oni, Yoki and much more. The story is told from alternate points of view.
The first being from the point of view of Yumeko, a half-human half-kitsune girl. The other being Tatsumi a Shadow Clan Samurai. Yumeko is a bit of a naive character.
Since she was raised in a temple and has no knowledge of the outside world. While Yumeko is sweet and open aside from the secrets that she must keep Tatsumi is dark and mysterious.
I quite liked his character. He grappled with his emotions a bit in this book. Always trying to shove down his emotions in order to stay on track.
I liked all the characters in a different way because I felt like they all added a little something special. I found the pacing a little slow at first.
A hundred pages into the book is when I felt like the story picked up. More action scenes and a few things to deal with on the way.
Overall, I have a feeling this wont be my last read by the brilliant Julie Kagawa! View all 10 comments. Oct 03, Natalie Monroe rated it it was ok Shelves: He was a killer.
Yes, my dear stranger on the Internet. They fall in love. It's a hardly a spoiler. You know it's going to happen the instant Yumeko notices Tatsumui's chiselled abs.
Honestly, Kagawa's work of late is extremely predictable and derivative. Which makes me equally disappointed and annoyed because I love, love, love her Iron Fey series.
I want Puck to show up at my window, make flowers bloom from my bedpost, and carry me off to a quiet meadow somewhere. Blood of Eden , though rather unmemorable, was a good read and most importantly, different from her previous novels.
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. 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.
Shadow of the Fox is basically a mashup of familiar Kagawa tropes. 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, what is with the lack of important female characters?
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. ARC provided by Edelweiss View all 4 comments. Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a physical copy of Shadow of the Fox.
Another thank you goes to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy as well. All thoughts are my own and receiving copies of the book did not impact this.
Fantasy novels for me are a little heavier for me to power through. I struggle to get through them but I knew I had to push through this o Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a physical copy of Shadow of the Fox.
I struggle to get through them but I knew I had to push through this one and I am so glad I did. Julie Kagawa crafted an incredible Japanese fantasy that is a beautifully intricate world.
The characters are seamless and the way they flow with the world around them is just positively beautiful. I think the best part about Shadow of the Fox is that it is an own voices Japanese fantasy.
The stories of these people who would otherwise never come together exploring new towns and getting to know each other, and have a shit tonne of turmoil.
The story ultimates from three perspectives: Yumeko, a half-kitsune who has lived in a temple her entire life but is now forced to protect a super precious scroll and travel to new lands.
Kage, a samurai with a sword that is possessed by a demon that eats at him each time he uses it. Yumeko and Kage are unlikely acquaintances who pick up a few other friends along the way.
They experience countless other demons and danger that is enough to send goosebumps down your spine in fear.
I feel like this is one of those stories where you need to be unaware in order to enjoy it as much as possible.
Hence why I want to keep this review as short as possible. At times I found the pacing of this a little haphazard, some parts dragged and others flew by but I typically find that in books where a journey takes place.
I feel that this was would be absolutely enchanting on audiobook. It also would have been incredibly interesting to hear the pronunciation of the Japanese words.
I studied Japanese for a few years in high school so some words were familiar, but I still think hearing the words would be amazing.
Overall, I am really excited to see where this series goes. It is clear that Julie Kagawa has created an absolutely intricate world with awe-inspiring characters.
It is something I feel blessed to have read earlier. View all 3 comments. I cannot emphasize enough how descriptive the creatures of the fantasy realm were written.
Among the various fantasy characters we see: On the quest to find the dragon scroll and defeat the spreading army of demons and black magic -while battling their own darkness- the story weaves itself through the lands of dynasties and magic.
Aug 12, Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: A thousand years before, a wish was granted and the land of Iwagoto suffered. Now is the time for a new age, a new wish and a new world, but that wish will only be granted to the holder of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers.
One half-kitsune raised by monks will be tasked with a part of that precious scroll and a quest to find the rest.
The fate of her world will rest on her shoulders, but she will not journey alone as an unlikely group of allies join with her, unaware she hides a piece of the pri A thousand years before, a wish was granted and the land of Iwagoto suffered.
The fate of her world will rest on her shoulders, but she will not journey alone as an unlikely group of allies join with her, unaware she hides a piece of the prize.
Mystery abounds, suspense hangs heavy and demonic danger will nip at their heels as good races against evil for the future of the world.
An amazing journey, a captivating read and incredibly likable characters makes this tale a strong foundation for what promises to be an entrancing series!
Shadow of the Fox - Book 1 Publication Date: October 2, Publisher: YA Fantasy Print Length: Jul 09, L.
Perry is currently reading it. View all 6 comments. Jul 09, mo rated it liked it Shelves: Shadow of the Fox has me at a loss for how to review it.
The prose and the dialogue, in particular, were the reading equivalent of listening to nails on a chalkboard.
Am I just an alien from another planet, operating on an entirely different wavelength from both Julie Shadow of the Fox has me at a loss for how to review it.
Am I just an alien from another planet, operating on an entirely different wavelength from both Julie Kagawa and all the reviewers who loved Shadow of the Fox?
Am I just a ship passing in the night, completely missing this hype Am I disappointed by this book because I had unrealistic or misguided expectations for it?
Can I even hope to pick apart my complicated feelings of disappointment and ambivalence about this book?
Additionally, one question which I feel is important for me, as a white person, to ask myself is this: Am I harming initiatives to increase diversity in literature by not liking this book?
I love a good slow-burn. It actually reminds me a lot of how the main group in Inuyasha came together, and from my own point of view, it seems like that was the authorial intention.
The pastoral nature imagery, in particular, was well-done and written with a nice balance between simplicity and flowery descriptions.
It was truly a great book- and series-opener, and instantly drew me into the setting though I was initially confused to be reading about a human girl, Suki, rather than a monk-raised kitsune named Yumeko.
I was interested enough in the plot at the end to not completely write off reading future books at the series, despite all the stuff I perceived as flaws in this one.
Now it's time for me to discuss what didn't work for me, at least not completely. I liked her well enough and enjoyed her unflappable optimism.
Sometimes it can be a breath of fresh air to read from the point of view of a genuinely sweet, funny, and hopeful protagonist.
I did feel she was a bit one-note but I would bet money on her having a nice character arc over the course of the series as a whole.
He also, for being an incredible sneaky shinobi, is maybe the most oblivious character in the book. I was waiting for him to have a moment in which he discovers a thing, and it felt like he never bothered to really check on that spoilery thing or investigate it because it was more narratively convenient for him to not do so.
The plot of the novel definitely did her dirty, because she really did feel entirely like the mere ghost of a character. They seemed engaging in the way recognizable anime archetypes can be used to build interesting but familiar first impressions of a character roster.
I don't count that as a bad thing - there are tropes in literally any work of fiction - I just hope they get developed more fully in the future.
I genuinely hope the final published version has some of these edited out. Am I just too picky??? I do think English-speaking otaku will be totally fine with the dialogue or even prefer it like this, though.
The good - that it was filled with action scenes and snappy character dynamics. The bad - the feeling that much of the plot was filler.
It read like a compilation volume of a manga with separate, individually-published stories contained within it. In thinking about this book for several days after finishing it and in the process of writing this review, I mostly just feel like this was a case of misguided expectations on my part.
I blame myself for not enjoying it more. Despite my own misgivings, I definitely think that this will be a fun and engaging read for many, and I encourage you to check it out if its premise or synopsis interests you.
I think this will be an excellent read for a large number of people, and it might be extra exciting for young Japanese-American teens in particular.
Thanks for joining me for another episode of Mo Overthinks Things, and thanks as well for reading all the way to the end if you made it here.
Any quotes are taken from a pre-release copy and may be subject to change in the final published version. Review copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Shadow of the Fox was a fun ride through a lush Japanese inspired landscape and not at all what I was expecting!
I loved so much of this story and found it completely entrancing. If you're looking for a thoroughly developed fantasy world, enchanting mythology and lore, morally grey characters, and a centuries old mystery to unravel THIS is the book for you.
Yumi is part human, part kitsune fox in Review copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Shadow of the Fox was a fun ride through a lush Japanese inspired landscape and not at all what I was expecting!
Yumi is part human, part kitsune fox in a world that both revers and fears her kind. Raised amongst monks, she has little experience with the outside world but dreams of experiencing everything.
After a massacre upends her whole world, Yumi is thrust into the world she has so dearly mused over. Tatsumi is a samurai and demonslayer, tasked with retrieving an ancient artifact for his clan.
Raised to be cold and unquestioning of his orders, Tatsumi is the perfect warrior, provided he keeps control over his darkness.
Fate brings Yumi and Tatsumi together and with similar goals in mind, they choose to travel together. However, neither has been honest with the other and its only a matter of time before their ruses begin to unravel.
From the very first chapter of this story I was absolutely captivated by the world Kagawa has created! So much happens right from the start, I was totally invested in Suki's story and feeling SO upset for her!
Way to reel your readers in! If you can read it and NOT want to devour the rest of the book, you must be in the worst of all book slumps.
Her naivety about the outside world and desire to help everyone is so sweet! That said, her curiosity and disregard for danger was a little taxing at times.
Tatsumi is by-far the most complex and fascinating character in this story. He's my favorite are we surprised? Tatsumi harbors some very Shadowsinger-esque abilities and I was like: