Review: Shadow of the Fox

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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.

 

Warning! Mild spoilers below.

 

 

I was a bit sad that the Talon series ended but Julie Kagawa got me smiling again with her new series! I’ll admit when I saw the cover I was instantly drawn to it and I know its not good to judge a book only by its cover but I could not help it. It was risky but I’m glad I took it because Shadow of The Fox was enjoyable to read! I cannot wait for book 2, Soul of the Sword!

Shadow of The Fox introduces us to our heroine Yumeko who is half kitsune and half human. Yumeko was raised by monks the Silent Winds temple who also trained her to hide her yokai nature. However, Yumeko is forced to flee the temple when it is attacked by demons and everyone but Yumeko is killed. The reason? The demons were after part of a scroll known as the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. A scroll that grants the wish of the holder. Now Yumeko has part the scroll and she has to take it to another hidden temple so it will not fall into the wrong hands. There’s just one problem. Yumeko has lived all her life in the Silent Winds temple and she has no idea how to interact in the outside world. Luckily, Yukemo meets Kage Tatsumi, a samurai of the Shadow Clan who also carries the Hakaimono which is a cursed sword because there is a demon inside. Tatsumi agrees to help Yukemo but what he does not realize is that Yukemo has in her possession the item he was sent to search for: part of the scroll.  Not to mention that he does not know she’s half kitsune and as part of a clan of demonslayers it is his duty to kill them.

Overall, Shadow of The Fox was a great start to a new series! At first I was worried because the pacing was a bit slow but all first books are like that so I continued on. I’m glad because the story soon picked up and I did not want to stop reading. Yumeko was such a sweet character! Normally, I’m not a fan of innocent and naive heroines but her mischievousness and clever nature made me love her. Julie Kagawa made the right decision when she chose Yumeko to be half kitsune. I’m looking forward to see her grow throughout the series. Now Tatsumi is a interesting character. Due to his upbringing and clan, he has a lack of sympathy and compassion which is something we do not see much in a hero. Of course, we do see him slowly start to change due to his traveling with Yumeko and the other characters. So he’s another character I look forward to see his development. As I said before, the story line looks promising and with that cliffhanger ending I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next with Yumeko and Tatsumi!

 

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