Today I am going to be doing a mini book review of The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a book full of Japanese legends and lore, Its a fun ride of a book.
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. (Goodreads)
While reading this book all I had pictured in my head was anime. This book would make an amazing anime, like a really good anime.
I absolutely loved the main character Yumeko, she was really innocent and mischievous, and if she finds or sees a tough situation she would try to fix it. I loved all her interactions with the characters in this book. She just always seemed to disarm people, it was hilarious. I loved her mischievous side which was her Kitsune side and, she was just a strong main character.
Tatsumi, was interesting and was the opposite of Yumeko, he was very broody and quiet. he had such an interesting story he is a ninja for the shadow clan, he has been trained to not show emotion, as he carries a sword with a demon trapped within it and if he lets his in to much emotion the demon could take over his body, this sword also makes him the best Demon slayer in the world. He had a lot of character growth within the story.
The ending for this book was amazing! it had me on the edge of my seat. I need to get the second book like now.
Another thing with this book, there were a lot of Japanese words used, but if you didn’t know what they were there was a guide in the back of the book.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, fast paced, YA fantasy book.
Goodreads – 5 stars.