Title: Soul of the Sword
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Release Date: June 7th 2019
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
*May contain spoilers for previous book in the series*
This Asian-inspired fantasy picks up where the last book finished. Tatsumi has been overpowered by the demon Hakaimono who now possesses his body and is determined to gain revenge on the Shadow clan for the hundreds of years he spent trapped in the sword. Yumeko is determined to save Tatsumi whatever it takes but first her and the rest of her group must deliver the second piece of the Dragon Scroll to the Steel feather Temple before it falls into the wrong hands.
I fell more in love with the characters in this one. I loved Yumeko’s determination and watching her growth throughout this especially in learning to accept her Kitsume. I also really love the side characters in this in particular Okame and I adored his developing relationship with Daisuke
Julie does a brilliant job at bringing this world to life and I loved getting to see the world expanded in this and getting introduced to more Japanese mythology.
This book is also a lot more action packed than the first book and faster paced, which I feel works really well for this as they are racing against the clock in order to protect the to protect the scroll before the Dragon rises.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing where the concluding book takes us. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
4 thoughts on “Soul of the Sword Spoiler Free Review”
aaagh, I can’t read to wait this one! I’m glad you liked it and thought it was a worthy sequel! one of my fears is falling in love with a book and then being disappointed with the follow up, so it’s good to know that’s not the case here!
I completely understand how you feel it’s always such a let down but I’m really glad that wasn’t the case here 😀💜
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Really glad you enjoyed this- I absolutely loved the characters too 😀 And it definitely felt more action packed! Awesome review!
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Thank you, I’m really glad you enjoyed it too 💜💜😀