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Shadow of the Fox [PDF / EPUB] Shadow of the Fox 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 chaosNow, for whoever holds the Scroll of a T 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 chaosNow, for whoever holds Shadow of MOBI :ß the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted A new age is about to dawnRaised 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 scrollThere 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 apartWith an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko s secrets are than a matter of life or death They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

    Shadow of the Fox MOBI ☆ Shadow of MOBI :ß brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple s greatest treasure one part of the ancient scrollThere 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 apartWith an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko s secrets are than a matter of life or death They are the key to the fate of the world itself."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 409 pages
  • Shadow of the Fox
  • Julie Kagawa
  • English
  • 20 July 2018
  • 1335145168

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  1. says:

    The monks at the temple would often train or meditate bare chested, so I was used to seeing male upper bodies, but they d all been so familiar I d never given any of them a second thought Kage Tatsumi was a different story. I feel sad writing this review I absolutely loved Kagawa s The Immortal Rules trilogy and also enjoyed her The Iron King series, but after Talon and Shadow of The Fox, I think I have to admit that we re growing apart.I m not sure if Kagawa s style changed or if I did, bu The monks at the temple would often train or meditate bare chested, so I was used to seeing male upper bodies, but they d all been so familiar I d never given any of them a second thought Kage Tatsumi was a different story. I feel sad writing this review I absolutely loved Kagawa s The Immortal Rules trilogy and also enjoyed her The Iron King series, but after Talon and Shadow of The Fox, I think I have to admit that we re growing apart.I m not sure if Kagawa s style changed or if I did, but I do know that this book is a long, boring journey, fuelled by a weak plot that doesn t mask the fact everything is about the inevitable developing romance between Yumeko and Tatsumi Though the setting and supernatural creatures are atypical of YA, the story and characters are formulaic We move between the two perspectives of Yumeko and Tatsumi The beginning sees the destruction of the temple where half kitsune Yumeko has lived her whole life The dying request of the monk who raised her is that she deliver part of an important scroll to another temple, which also holds a part of the scroll Meanwhile, shadow clan samurai Kage Tatsumi receives a mission to retrieve the scroll himself He and Yumeko make a pact he will offer her protection in exchange for her leading him to the other temple This all happens in the first few chapters and it will be almost 300 pages before the book gets back to the main plot of finding the scroll In between, the two characters travel to the temple, having what feel like various mini adventures along the way The characters from Japanese mythology are fascinating, but the story meanders, name dropping creature after creature such as oni or gaki in order to prolong the weak plot.And though the romance is left pretty tame in this book, the journey feels like nothing but a set up for love angst Because, of course, Tatsumi is injured and must remove his shirt so Yumeko can admire his muscles I feel like I ve read versions of the two of them hundreds of times aloof warrior dude and a beautiful naive girl who requires protecting what could possibly happen Protecting the girl was becominganddifficult not that I cared what she did, but she was beautiful and naive and, by his own admission, the ronin had no honor left to his name. The ending does pick up and an explosion of action awaits with some surprises added too , but I still felt like I read maybe 100 pages of plot progression and 300 pages of filler And it seems like the big bad at the end leaves the main characters alive for no other reason than to necessitate a sequel.I was so excited for this book, especially after enjoying the author s short story in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, but it was a really disappointing start to the series I will check out reviews of the sequel before continuing Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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    My amazing friend Courtney, at Curly Book Owl, gave this to me as a birthday giftThe tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehendShadow of the Fox is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and wascaptivated than I have been reading any other book this year Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to w My amazing friend Courtney, at Curly Book Owl, gave this to me as a birthday giftThe tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehendShadow of the Fox is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and wascaptivated than I have been reading any other book this year Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to want to immediately buy it Goosebumps Tears Perfection Those are the three words that come to mind, and I just continued to fall evenin love with this story as it progressed This is an ownvoices Japanese inspired fantasy about three people who come from very different backgrounds, but their stories get interwoven regardless of what they wanted And they are forced to work together, while a demon army is set to destroy everything Suki Her chapters are sprinkled throughout the book, even though I completely believe she is going to play a much bigger role in the upcoming books Her father is a flute maker who sent her away to become a royal maid so that she could live a good life Sadly, she now works for one of the cruelest women in all of literatureIt was raining the day Suki came to the Palace of the Sun, and it was raining the night that she diedYumeko Half kitsune who is very good at illusions She has lived her entire life with monks in the Silent Winds temple But her home soon comes under attack by demons, and she is the only hope to save the world, by safely bringing part of an ancient scroll to another hidden templeIn this vision, I have seen blood and flames and death, demons shrieking and rivers of bones, and the world grows dark with fear But a single fox stands above it all, untouched, a great dragon cast in her shadow Her name is Yumeko, child of dreams, for she is our hope against the coming darknessKage Samurai of the Shadow Clan, and one of the deadliest warriors and demon slayers ever, even though he is very young He wields a blade, Hakaimono, that gives him evenpower but is constantly testing his willpower He has been sent on a mission to retrieve that ancient scroll, but instead finds Yumeko and promises to get her to the hidden temple Little does he know, this little kitsune is holding what he s after the entire timeI am a weapon in the hands of the Kage My life exists only to be the bearer of Kamigoroshi and to obey the orders of the Shadow ClanAnd when the scroll is combined together to be whole again, a dragon will rise and the person that summons it will be have any wish they desire granted, as long as their heart and soul are pure and good If not, well, things are going to get real messy But needless to say, many people are after these pieces of the scroll so that they can combine them to have their wish granted And remember, a demon army is trying to end the world, so some people really need their wishes to come true You know, for the sake of humanity One of my favorite things in all of literature is reading about a group of people traveling from place to place, performing smaller quests, while trying to get to their final destination And friends, that is what Shadow of the Fox is I fell in love with every new town and every new adventure that Yumeko and Kage experienced together I loved seeing so much Japanese folklore and mythology celebrated and woven into each town and adventure, too Seriously, Julie Kagawa blessed us so much with this book And I loved the few friends and companions that Kage and Yumeko unexpectedly met along the way At the heart of this book, is always friendship And how kindness and unconditional love are two of the most powerful forces in any world Yumeko and Kage s dynamic is one so beautiful that I don t even have words for it And this is the start of an extremely slow burn romance, but I m so here for it, you all They completely stole my heart and captivated me for all 400 pages of this story This book also holds a very heavy message about how we always have a choice to do right No matter what we ve done in our past, and no matter the sins of our family, we have our own choice to do good or to start doing good And how sometimes a little kindness can completely change everything And how it s never too late to right your wrongs, apologize, and forgive Hate is a very heavy thing to carry, but so is revengeIt is very hard to be human, little fox Even the humans themselves don t do a great job of itOverall, Julie Kagawa gave me the ownvoices Japanese fantasy I ve been searching my entire life for I fell so deeply in love with this story, with Julie s beautiful prose, with these characters, and with all the important messages that were so seamlessly woven in This will for sure be on my best of 2018 list come December, and the next book for sure is now one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for graphic violence, graphic murder, graphic death, loss of a loved one, physical abuse, threat of rape, talk of suicide, war themes, and a scene that might be hard for people with arachnophobia I am sorry, Julie Buddy read with May at Forever and Everly Jen at Pinot and Pages

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    just reread this to prep myself for the sequel i finally got my hands on it and decided this is a good time for a little PSA if you havent read this yet, what are you waiting for your life will be so much better because of it, i promise you _____________________________fantasy is a genre that i have really gotten into over the past year or so and i have come to realise that i enjoy it so muchwhen the story is rooted in cultural folklore and japanese tales and traditions are amon just reread this to prep myself for the sequel i finally got my hands on it and decided this is a good time for a little PSA if you havent read this yet, what are you waiting for your life will be so much better because of it, i promise you _____________________________fantasy is a genre that i have really gotten into over the past year or so and i have come to realise that i enjoy it so muchwhen the story is rooted in cultural folklore and japanese tales and traditions are among some of my favourite but honestly, everything about this is so just so fascinating i dont think the story would be half as interesting if it wasnt for the writing its magical in its own right and there is a really smart array of characters, each one so unique and different and adds something of value to the story in their own way and the world building is simply stunning i just got so caught up in the sight and sounds of the different cities and villages, which is amazing considering its all just words on paper but that makes me really appreciate how visual the storytelling in this is its been awhile since i have come across a book that has created such vivid imagery in my head it honestly felt like i was reading an anime and even gave some avatar the last airbender vibes in a couple of places brooding tatsumi is basically zuko and no one can convince me otherwise it definitely added that extra element of fun to my reading experience and i love that this is such a promising beginning to what i can only imagine will be a terrific series i cant wait for sequel 4.5 stars

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    MY FAVORITE YA BOOK OF 2019 This book stole my whole freaking heart I went into this wanting one thing, a lush Japanese inspired fantasy, and it delivered I was hooked from the very first chapter The tone of the writing, the incredible world and the highly entertaining characters All of it This is Anime brought to the page in the best way imaginable In the land of Iwagoto, the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, has the power to bring forth the Kami Dragon The dragon is capable of granting the MY FAVORITE YA BOOK OF 2019 This book stole my whole freaking heart I went into this wanting one thing, a lush Japanese inspired fantasy, and it delivered I was hooked from the very first chapter The tone of the writing, the incredible world and the highly entertaining characters All of it This is Anime brought to the page in the best way imaginable In the land of Iwagoto, the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, has the power to bring forth the Kami Dragon The dragon is capable of granting the summoner a single wish If they are pure of heart, theoretically, all is well, if they are not, all hell will break loose In order to protect the land, the scroll was divided and the separate parts hidden away to prevent such disastrous consequences from happening, as it had in the past People are always searching for the parts, however, as combining them again could grant the summoner unrivaled power.Yumeko, has been raised in the Silent Winds Temple where one piece of the scroll has been hidden When the Temple is attacked by demons, Yumeko is forced to flee, with the scroll She promises the monks she will transport it to another hidden temple where she will receive further directions.Trained her whole life to hide her Yokai nature, Yumeko, half kitsune, half human is a master of illusion and mischief She is also one of the sweetest and most pure characters I have ever read I love her so much On the run, Yumeko meets up with Kage Tatsumi, a samurai of the mysterious Shadow Clan Tatsumi has been sent out in search of the scroll He finds Yumeko close by the now destroyed temple and promises to get her to her destination safely Of course, he has no idea, she actually carries what he seeks.They meet up with another character along the way, Okame, a ronin, basically a traveling samurai without a master He begins to travel with them and quickly became my favorite character A source of almost constant humor, I just cannot imagine this story without him.One of my most loved tropes in literature is a quest I heart a quest all day long A ragtag group of characters trying to get from Point A to Point B, overcoming obstacles along the way, nothing keeps me turning pages faster.This was a great set up for a fantastic quest The stakes, the secrets, the magic, the world, I fell head over heels for it all And don t even get me started on the hella SLOW BURNING romance I am actually happy I didn t read this right when it released because I would have been in agony waiting for the next book Now I only have to wait two monthsWait a minute, two months That still feels like an extraordinarily long time.Maybe I will have time to read this one again

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    This book has restored my faith in fantasy You see whenever people asked me what my favorite genre was I always said fantasy But slowly, after reading a ton of other genres, I realized how challenging it is to read fantasy On top of character arcs and plot types, you have to shove through the world building All in all, reading fantasy books are no easy task.With this knowledge, I took it upon myself to get the audiobook And I am so glad I did because 1 The audiobook was amazing as it was c This book has restored my faith in fantasy You see whenever people asked me what my favorite genre was I always said fantasy But slowly, after reading a ton of other genres, I realized how challenging it is to read fantasy On top of character arcs and plot types, you have to shove through the world building All in all, reading fantasy books are no easy task.With this knowledge, I took it upon myself to get the audiobook And I am so glad I did because 1 The audiobook was amazing as it was cast with three narrators and they all did an amazing job and 2 I probably never would have gotten through this book without it The Characters YumekoShe is a kitsune which means that she is half magical fox and half human I think she was my favorite character because I could relate to her so much She was rather awkward and uncultured because she never leaves her home Just like me.Kage TatsumiI thought I hated Tatsumi I m referring to his last name because that how he is reffered to in the book but then I realized that I didn t hate him I hated the people who raised him I can t go into much because I don t want to give anything away but he was basically a male rapunzel He was taught that he was a weapon and nothing else He is basically a slave And it broke my heart Though it breaks my heart evento know that stuff like that still happens.The Plot I considered copy and pasting the synopsis but no I am turning over a knew leaf Basically, Yumeko lives at a palace with a bunch of monks and they get attacked by demons who are trying to steal the scroll Now, Yumeko has to find other monks to protect the scroll.As I mentioned, it s a tad bit well as my grandmother would saySlow as molasses in January Not to say it isn t good the plot Not molasses Molasses is NASTY it s just slow so I recomend the audiobook My one complaint is that all the name sound relatively the same to my really dumb ears soo I kept getting super confused Oh, and that cliffhanger JUST EVIL Bottom Line 4.5 Stars Fantasy novel of legendsAge Recommendation 13 Creepy themes, and creatures Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram

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    This was surprisingly entertaining Tbh, there were a few cliches but they were written in a relatively good way Some parts were a little cringy though. especially towards the end.For example the characters themselves all had pretty cliche rolls The guy with no feelings, the naive and way too trusting friendly girl, the comic relief with his sarcastic comments and an I don t give a shit about anything attitude, etc but they were written with enough depth and personality to make them feel r This was surprisingly entertaining Tbh, there were a few cliches but they were written in a relatively good way Some parts were a little cringy though. especially towards the end.For example the characters themselves all had pretty cliche rolls The guy with no feelings, the naive and way too trusting friendly girl, the comic relief with his sarcastic comments and an I don t give a shit about anything attitude, etc but they were written with enough depth and personality to make them feel real and believable The basics of the plot itself were nothing special either It s your typical YA fantasy we need to save the world story But the Japanese influenced world building made it interesting and Kagawas descriptions added a lot of creativity I didn t really like the ending that much though As I said before, it started to get cringy and some stuff that happened felt a little forced and rushed Nonetheless, I m really looking forward to reading the sequel

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    4.5 STARS An ownvoices Japanese traditional epic fantasy that is exactly as it sounds slow, light, and rich food for hardcore fantasy fansThe spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wingsYou know me a girl of dark tastes with an aloof, wicked heart whose favourite genre is grimdark, who rolls her eyes at talk of honour and righteous fools, who sneers at naive, trusting little humans prattling on and on about the po 4.5 STARS An ownvoices Japanese traditional epic fantasy that is exactly as it sounds slow, light, and rich food for hardcore fantasy fansThe spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wingsYou know me a girl of dark tastes with an aloof, wicked heart whose favourite genre is grimdark, who rolls her eyes at talk of honour and righteous fools, who sneers at naive, trusting little humans prattling on and on about the power of kindness and whatnot.Naturally, I should hate this book, butI B L O O D Y love this book.So let it be written, let it be known Yumeko turned me into helpless mush with her sincere, clever mindThe tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehendIf you want your fantasy to craft an intricate, dainty, and dazzling world of blood mages, demons, samurai, and spirits that wears the adjectives unique and ethereal as if they were sewn for its curves, marching on with the utmost leisurely stroll pick this up.If you want adventure after adventure, a book which nimbly dives back into the traditional style of writing fantasy honour bound and glory seeking and feverish for mastership with a plot revolving around elfin, little tales and trials on the road, each driving home a lesson of kindness, morality, and generosity, each picking up stray after stray, all in the path of an ultimate quest that shall have our wild hearted kitsune on the road for pages and pages and books upon books pick this upTrust no one Believe nothing but what your senses tell you Humans manipulate Yokai deceive Everything has ulterior motives, and the second you let your guard down, they will slit your throat from behindIf you want a trope turned on its head, a warrior boy protecting naive girl made a lonely boy that can wield blades and a kind girl that can wield hearts and actually save their lives, a romance so slow and in the background that it becomes something else a celebration of humanity and imaginary but real souls with their pains and loves, vulnerabilities and strength, failings and victories pick this upLife is suffering Fun is a fleeting waste of time You must stop these foolish games, and strive to work hard without fail Only in suffering, dullness and boredom can you find true happinessIf you seek a tale of tales that takes the clich s of the fantasy genre and stepping unapologetically into those shoes fills them with life, of tropes turned into tangible people that jump out of the page, of characters and their journeys, hopes and beliefs and dreams, brimming with heart and magic pick this up What do you know Maybe it will melt your icy heart, too, because god knows it did mine.May I also recommend you pepper your reading experience with the tasteful sound of music Check out my playlist at the end of this review CW graphic violence, threat of rape briefly , self harm intended for blood magic , physical abuse mentioned , and arachnophobia a scene at the start StorylineAbsolute power can corrupt even the purest of hearts Such is the folly of menYumeko, a wild and mischievous half kitsune, has spent all her life at the temple, raised by the monks after she was left at their doorstep with naught but a letter and a heritage of deceit Outside those walls, the land is in chaos Men fight each other for power, unnatural things stir and rise, drawn by blood and violence, and the world grows dark with fear And Yumeko stares, wistful and craving, at the horizon That is, until she is forced to flee to protect the object the temple was built to guard.Tatsumi is a weapon Well, no, he s a boy, but he was raised to be a weapon, his only purpose that of wielding the cursed blade of the Kage, resisting its claws and temptations And he is doing just fine, alone and unfeeling, thank you very much for asking Of course, only until he is sent to retrieve an object hidden in a temple in the woodsThe Dragon is rising The Harbinger of Change approaches Another thousand years have passed in this realm of horrible light and sun, and the night of the wish is nearly upon usA secret object A forgotten prayer A world changing scroll to summon the Dragon to grant a human s wish Well, a piece of it anyways Yumeko s purpose Keep the scroll safe and out of the hands of greedy men and women Tatsumi s order Find the scroll, at any cost, and bring it to the immortal, old woman with the greediest of hands,It is by the girl s wit and lies that they end up traveling through rough terrain together, demons and witches and monsters dogging their steps at every bend in the road sent by the generals, the major players, the ones with perfect knowledgand these two the pieces on the board pawns in a shogi match, being moved by unseen forces, going where they were directed without any knowledge as to whyAnd now we re talking about oni, said Okame Oni, blood mages and demons Should I start screaming now, or should I wait till you get to the part with the eighty foot skeletonStorytelling This was my very first book by Julie Kagawa, and I will admit that I am impressed by the deft hand that delivered the info in the most showing way possible and shaped the world expertly, bringing the atmosphere, the creatures, the sounds and sights into such sharp focus I could see the magic ripple and hear the kami whisper, I was there, with them, every step of the literal road.And such is the power of Julie s immersive story telling that had me feeling and falling, shamelessly and proudly in love The perfect banter definitely didn t hurt eitherWhen it comes to food among thieves, Yumeko chan, it is every man, woman and dog for themselvesMy only complaint would probably be that, perhaps, some descriptive paragraphs could ve been cut shorter, as I did find my eyes glazed on occasion, having to go back and reread the paragraph I hadn t been present while reading Don t get me wrong, I love long descriptive paragraphs I mean, my fave author is George R.R Martin, master of writing heavy grim poetry instead of descriptions but that s also the very reason for this point The descriptions were simply descriptions well written, but not exceptional and thus not capable of keeping my attention CharacterisationYumekoI should say this upfront I hate naive, clueless, and soft hearted characters, no kidding I simply can t stand them I might have fantasised about throttling a few of them on certain occasions But this girl This wild eyed clever fox She is so muchthan that, and I adore her.True to old school epic fantasy genre, our main character possess the telltale traits of the heroes an orphan and a peasant, she starts as a childlike figure, and matures throughout the series Butthan that, she is not just a brave and immature little girl yes, she is trusting and unassuming, but she is also smart, wicked, playfully deceitful, and possessing of glorious wits that turn her into the precious gem of this book.Not to forget hilarious Yumeko is absurd and thus straightforward, which makes sense since she was raised away from the rest of the world for example, you would find her excited by dangerous, fascinating creatures, while honest enough to note that this ruthless killers don t act pleasant She deserved the heart she stole from meWell, I learned that you really shouldn t climb onto the temple roof at midnight during a rainstorm And that if you re going to pop out of a closet to scare a martial arts master, be ready to duck And if you have to flee an angry bear in the forest by climbing a tree, you should first check that there aren t any hornets nests hiding under the branches TatsumiKage Tatsumi, the demonslayer of the Shadow Clan A boy who hadn t been taught the first thing about kindness, compassion or mercy Who is ruthless, dangerous and would kill anyone human, demon or yokai that got in the way of enacting the order he d been given But again, he isthan that a trope turned flesh and blood, life breathed into its creases, the arc of understanding emotions managed so expertly.With the help of small details and personal experiences, thoughts and triggers, Julie builds a person who might have had fear and emotions purged from him to be able to defeat the demon that has him half possessed, might be the antisocial, don t bother me or I ll kill you weapon with the do not touch me look in his cold purple eyesin the end, if he lets himself feel, he s just a sad, lonely boy.But there is a reason he doesn t, and it s not the usual I m hurt and bitter and refuse to feel warmth bc I hate y all path that Tatsumi walks his makes muchsense and consequently fits better He doesn t let himself feel because there is literally a demon watching his every breath, waiting for any glimpse of emotion, to latch on to and take over And that makes his character evenfascinating Just think about it It s no longer just a person s struggle with, say, not giving in to anger and turning into a metaphorical monster If Tatsumi gives into anger, he will literally turn into a monster A demon So control comes first, always I relate to thatthan I ll probably ever admitWho are you Nothing Nobody A shadow on the wall, empty and unimportant.Okamemy obnoxious, uncouth, dishonoured barbarian of a ronin who I simply cannot not love excuse the double negative because I m weak for the sarcastic, annoying ones And oh is he a master of sarcasm and witty comebacks his sense of humour is seriously wasted on these two shaking my head One might say the arrogant, sarcastic guy who doesn t care for honour is another clich I d say that person doesn t know why clich s become clich s it s because they keep happening Yes, there s a point when it s not happening naturally and is as fake as paper thin as can be, but that s not the case here So you can call it a clich , while I d calk it a clich turned flesh turned human turned unforgettable companion He is genuine, and that makes all the differenceThere is no honor in the world, especially among samurai It just took my becoming a ronin to realize itRelationships I won t divide this section into Romance andFriendshipbecause the romance of this book is also a friendship at its core And there is much friendship woven in this tale of trust and forgiveness Yumeko, Okame and Tatsumi s shared dynamic is hilarious, how the former two exasperate the latter with their absurd exchanges But most important among the relationships is that of Yumeko and Tatsumi And I have much to say about itWe were raised very differently, I think He tilted his head, regarding me with appraising violet eyes You weren t punished for showing weakness while injuredThis isn t a mere warrior protecting helpless girl dynamic, because Yumeko is not helpless, and neither is Tatsumi a warrior He is a quiet shadow following her footsteps, rather than a warrior taking up space and air, if you know what I mean She is a sharp flame whose softness and unassuming and trusting approach to life takes nothing away from her sharpness She isn t dumb, only inexperienced.Yumeko isn t the naive protected flower, she s saved his life as many times as he s saved hers She orders him around to act kinder andmerciful, just as he reprimands her for being so trusting Their relationship is resoundingly profound and simply exquisite It takes a long time to be built, brick by brick, and it s only at the end of the book that glimpses of the romance are caught And I like it best this way Worldbuilding I won t be expanding much on this topic, because nothing can capture its magnificence quite like the book itself.To put it briefly, the world is based on Japanese folklore, featuring four classes of supernatural creatures demons, hailing from Jigoku, the realm of evil e.g the oni and amanjaku , and yokai, with mostly animal forms e.g kamaitachi and kitsune , kami spirits of nature of elements as well as deities e.g Jinkei, God of Mercy, and Doroshin, God of Roads , and yurei, formerly humans now turned restless ghosts that can be vengeful or not e.g gaki aka zombies , the latter three classes being residents of Ningen kai, the mortal realm.On top of that, there exist various types of using and accessing magic one could be yokai, kami touched, a ki practitioner, or using ofuta ormorbidly blood magic, with each manifestation of magic having its own differing feel to it.The world of Shadow of the Fox is absolutely mythical, rich in mythology and culture From the trickster kitsune to swords of power and demons, from sometimes ridiculously honourable samurai to the kami touched shinobi who dwell in the shadows every syllable stands out of the page Thank you, Julie Kagawa, for blessing my shelves with this jewel of loreMay your journey to the other side be swift and clear, and may Jinkei light your way so that you will never stumbleCompanionsBook playlistSpotify LINK

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    There was so much to love about this book The vast detailed world building, the Japanese legends and lore, the moral dilemmas that were facedit was so fully fleshed out and enjoyable The characters were what truly sold me though I loved each of them so much for so many different reasons I can t wait to read the next book because I need to know what happens to them

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    Once every thousand years a wish will be granted and a new age will dawn4.5 starsI received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinionShadow of the Fox is an ownvoices YA fantasy that was inspired by Japanese mythology, and essentially revolves around the search for The Scroll of a Thousand Prayers which has the power to call upon the great Kami Dragon who will grant its summoner a wish A lot of folks are after this thing, and they ll do anything to getOnce every thousand years a wish will be granted and a new age will dawn4.5 starsI received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinionShadow of the Fox is an ownvoices YA fantasy that was inspired by Japanese mythology, and essentially revolves around the search for The Scroll of a Thousand Prayers which has the power to call upon the great Kami Dragon who will grant its summoner a wish A lot of folks are after this thing, and they ll do anything to get it.This is my second Julie Kagawa book I reread The Iron King this year and even reviewed it here a couple months ago, so it was inevitable to draw a comparison between these two books to see how the author s style and skill have progressed I ve said it in my other review that her book gave me a feeling of going through phases of a video game, and I felt the same way with this newest release One event follows the next like mini contained arcs of story that go towards a bigger one I feel like this could throw some people off and make the pacing seem a bit chunky or episodic at times, but personally that wasn t something that bothered me because, like in a video game, I always knew something with high stakes would be coming up next.Both books made me feel like they were muchabout the journey and how it changed the characters, than actually getting to the end goal.Shadow of the Fox is a multi perspective book, and because of that it took me a few chapters to get going, since I had to meet the main characters first, but once I did I was into it The first 3 chapters are from different povs, but for the majority of the story we follow only two, which are told in first person I know a lot of people are not fans of multi perspective, but I feel like for this story that was the right way to go Since characters have different goals concerning the scroll and come from such opposite backgrounds, this helped paint a bigger picture for the situation and made the stakes go higher We even get glimpses at what the bad guys are doing, and I think that was for the book s benefit There s also the plus that you get to know the characters better, and the world view and impressions on newcomers was not limited to only one perspective.I came to really like these people and appreciate the development of their risky relationships, because thank goodness the author took its time to build them properly That was a complaint I had about The Iron King, the need forcharacter moments, but I m happy to say that Julie gave muchattention to that aspect this time around I loved the main characters, and the fact that there s no love triangle to be seen in this bookIt is very hard to be human, little fox Even the humans themselves don t do a great job of itYumeko is a kitsune half girl, half demon fox who was raised in a temple by monks She could be naive at times, but she was also clever and a badass in her own way She s not a fighter, but she s also not the kind of girl who sits around and hopes people will solve things for her If she sees a tough situation that needs fixing, she will try to do something about it Even if it s a small thing, she always makes an effort to help out in any way she can, and I absolutely love that Yumeko makes a few mistakes, but she mostly gets it right, and for all her effort she s earned my respect.Tatsumi is a shinobi literally ninja in japanese of the Shadow Clan, but he lets most people think he s just a samurai warrior which makes sense, if you re a ninja people shouldn t know that about you He s quiet and kind of broody, but he s hella good with a sword and actually quite interesting as an individual that s funny since individuality is highly discouraged by his masters, to say the least As the demonslayer of the Kage family and bearer of the cursed sword, Kamigoroshi whose demon that is sealed in it frequently tries to take over his mind if he loses control of his emotions , is no wonder that this dude keeps it to himself Due to his super strict and brainwashy upbringing, it s very interesting to see him being forced to interact with other people and work with them in order to complete his mission I particularly loved the fact that Tatsumi had a big reputation and he lived up to it If he thought you were a threat or if he was ordered by his clan to kill you, I really felt he could, and that he would do it, even if he didn t want to.About the world, I think it was atmospheric and interesting The country of Iwagoto really felt like a fantasy Japan from the samurai period There was a lot of japanese words interwoven in the narrative, and because of that I feel like the author tried her best toshowthings for the most part, but there was a lot for people to understand, so she also used a certain amount oftellto quickly explain things Nothing that really bothered me, though I do recognize that the frequent use of japanese could get confusing for people who, unlike me, aren t really familiar with the language, but honestly, I don t think that goes as far as hurting the comprehention of the story If you re a fantasy reader, you should already be used to getting acquainted with a bunch of new words anyway, but perhaps there s a glossary in the finalized edition.If there s not, just know that essentially family names come before first names like in Kage Tatsumi, and not Tatsumi Kage , also that honorific suffixes are often usedafterpeople s names when adressing them so you ll see a lot of san, chan, and sama here , gomen nasai means sorry, ohayou gozaimasu is good morning, baka is idiot, kami means god, arigatou gozaimasu is thank you, mahou is magic, mahou tsukai is mage, and you should be mostly good to go.About the plot , this is a journey, so don t expect everything to be resolved here This is part one of a triology, after all The general idea is simple, get from point A to point B, then get to point C, but with a lot of deviation and trouble along the way Here we only go as far as point B, though.I m very excited for the sequel, Soul of the Sword, and I can t wait to get a finished copy of Shadow of the Fox as soon as possible This book became a new favorite of mine, which was kind of unexpected to be honest It s great being surprised sometimes Oh also I love watching anime, and this book had elements that reminded me of a few ones like Yona of the Dawn Akatsuki no Yona , Hiiro no Kakera, and even Dragon Ball hello collecting artifacts to summon a dragon who can grant you a wish , which I really appreciated.Blog Review 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