Title: Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: 1st November 2018
Number of Pages: 409
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
I have no excuse as to why this review is so late as I had the book finished by the release date so I would like to apologise for the lateness of this.
This is an own voices Japanese inspired fantasy that I loved. The novel follows three characters from completely different backgrounds but each of their stories is woven together in ways they could not have imagined.
First we have Suki who has the smallest part in this novel but I have a feeling she will become more important in later books. Works in the Emperor’s place as a servant to Lady Satsumi, the Emperors favourite concubine and someone who you do not want to cross.
Next we have Yumeko who is half kitsune (fox) and has spent her whole life living at the Silent Winds temple where she was raised by the Monks after being abandon at their door step. When the temple is attacked by demons Yumeko is given a piece of the Dragon’s scroll and tasked with getting it to the safety of a lost temple and in order to get there she must travel to the capitol and find a priest who is the only one who can tell her the way to the temple.
Lastly we have Tatsumi who is the demon slayer of the shadow clan and has been tasked with collecting the pieces of the Dragon’s scroll for his clan leader. He finds Yumeko after the attack of her home and after she lies and tells him the scroll had already been sent on to the hidden temple he promises to get her there safely. However, the journey there will not be easy as Tatsumi is not the only one after the Dragons scroll.
The worldbuilding throughout this is phenomenal and I adored learning more about Japanese culture and mythology and really look forward to this being expanded on in the next novel.
This also ends on a cliff hanger that leaves you begging for more.
Overall, this was an amazing novel and if you are interested in learning more about Japanese culture then I highly recommend it. I gave this 4 out if 5 stars.