Book Review – Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

shadow of the foxOne 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.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-Star

I’m giving Shadow of the Fox 3.5 stars – there are bits I loved, and the way it weaves in Japanese culture and myths is excellent, but I have finally found a questing book that doesn’t make me fall over with joy. Sad face.

I think, for me, it’s a little because not a lot happens. And possibly the writing style? I actually am struggling to define why I didn’t love it, I just… didn’t. 😦

However, there are things I really did enjoy (which makes it more confusing that I didn’t love it!) – Yumeko is quite an entertaining main character. In fact I think I would have preferred if the whole book had been from her perspective. I love her Kitsune side and how she struggled with what that meant.

I also like the band of misfits they put together along the way, it’s always a nice element of the questing stories. I did like Tatsumi, but less. He’s quite rigid and that makes him hard to like. His upbringing and life in the clan sounds awful, but when the inevitable happens I was “meh”.

The romance is light too – no insta love. Interest, but both avoiding it. I enjoyed that, but suspect it will frustrate me when it plays out further!!

Overall I like the story, but I didn’t find that spark I was hoping for in it.

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Buy The Shadow of the Fox from Amazon UK.

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