“Shadow of the Fox” by Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, 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.
Sincerest apologies to Shadow of the Fox. I read this during forced social distancing which affected my reading and my enjoyment of any books I read.
Recommended for fans of: the grumpy one loves the sunshine one; motley crews; quests; manga.
I love that Kagawa pulls from her heritage to create a rich fantasy world of Japanese mythology and lore. You can feel the love in the story. I struggled with fully immersing myself in the story and had a hard time fully enjoying it (see above note). The back included a glossary of words and terms. Those never work for me. I prefer explanations in text or enough clues that I can figure it out from context.
The story was good and the adventure was fun. Even without my ‘issues’ (see above), I think the pacing of the book was still a problem. It felt like it drug on. I felt like some of the book could have been cut to keep things moving along.
If you enjoy Japanese lore or manga, I think you’d love this book.