SHADOW OF THE FOX, by Julie Kagawa, Harlequin Teen


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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.

Out October 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in an Owlcrate box and I just had to tell you all about it.

First off, what a gorgeous cover! It’s shiny and red with silver accents and lettering.  Just a stunning design.

This is my first Julie Kagawa and I had no idea what to expect.  So I jumped in blindly hoping it would not disappoint.

So let’s see, a heroes journey, a love at first sight trope, but still cute and interesting, and yup the ending I could see long before it happened. Set in Japan, full of Japanese myth and well-developed cast of characters, especially the multi-layered main characters, how could you go wrong?

Well, there were a few spots that dragged and slowed right down.  I think there’s a good twenty-five or so pages that I could have lived without. I loved the setting, excellent world-building enough to overlook all of this.

It’s a fun read, full of exciting moments and excellent action and dialogue moments. My copy is signed and an added bonus… I GOT A FLIPPIN EXCELLENT BOOKMARK WITH THIS BOOK!!!!! 🙂

I gave this book:

4stars

 

 

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