Shadow of The Fox
(Shadow of the Fox #1)
Genre: #YA #Fantasy #Adventure
My Rating: 4
Publication: October 2nd 2018
Read: December 18th 2018
POV: First-person dual perspective
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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.
This book was so cool! Very interesting plot and something we haven’t really seen in YA books before.
Shadow of the Fox was such a fun ride. This book really was like an anime and I loved that. Yumeko was such an interesting character, being half yokai she had two sides to herself: the yokai and the human. I loved that she was half kitsune of all yokai. Being an avid watcher of anime many of the terms and myths in this book were familiar to me, but I think someone who has no knowledge of Japanese mythology will have a really hard time getting through this unless they have the patience for it. The plot is also very slow. The journey they take as well as the romance is very slow burn. If you are not a fan of slower paced books than this probably is not the book for you. I loved how more characters were brought to the forefront of the story as the book went on (just like an anime). Yumeko, Tatsumi, Okame, Daisuke, and Reika are great characters and I cannot wait to see more of them. This book reminded me of Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. The whole adventure/traveling and magic aspects of the books were very familiar. Even The Darkest Stars was one of my favorite reads of this year so I am happy to read another book like it.
Yumeko is very innocent for someone who’s nature it is supposed to be quite mischievous. We saw most of her mischievous side at the beginning of the book but once Tatsumi came along her kitsune nature practically disappeared. She just appeared to be a naive human and was fairly tame and righteous the entire book. It was Tatsumi who really struggled with the dueling nature thing. Being the carrier of the demon sword he was always battling the demon for control and was pretty much forced to be emotionless which I didn’t mind. I rather liked him and it was fun to see Yumeko slowly chip away at his walls.
Okame is the typical comic relief character but he was a light to the darkness that was Tatsumi. I love how he kind of took on this big brother role to Yumeko and was always looking out for her. I also really like that he wasn’t just a useless character, he was actually a decent fighter/archer and came in handy a lot. Daisuke was an interesting character. Ever since he appeared in the first chapter I wondered when he would pop up again in the book. He is very kind and honorable, not to mention an incredibly skilled swordsmen. We did not get too much of him in this book so I am excited to see what he will be like in the next one. Reika is literally Rei from Sailor Moon nobody can fight me on this. She is bad ass, strong willed, and takes nothing from anyone. She is the coolest shrine maiden you will ever meet. I love that a female was added to the group.
This book was not a romance, it was about a girl carrying out the last will of her master and journeying across the empire to try and save the world. Yes there are romantic elements but it is very very VERY slow burn so if you were looking for something faster you won’t find it here. I am personally a fan of slow burn romances so I really had no issues.
The reason this book is not a 5 star rating is because while I really enjoyed this book it did not feel like a 5 star to me. The story moved very slowly. While there was plenty of action throughout the book there would be some parts where it felt like the book was dragging. Also I wished Yumeko’s kitsune nature came out more than it did. Nonetheless I cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy. How I am supposed to wait six months, I do not know.
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