One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.
Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
Its great to be back!
I have been looking forward to Soul of the Sword since the cliffhanger ending of Shadow of the Fox. Luckily, Soul of the Sword picks up with immediately after the events of the first installment. We get to learn from Master Jiro how and why the demon Hakaimono was sealed into the sword and became the Kamigoroshi. Hearing the tale makes Yumeko determined to save Kage Tatsumi from the demon who has possessed his body. However, deep down, Yumeko knows she first travel to the Steel Feather temple to protect part of the scroll she was entrusted with. The problem is Hakaimono has decided to work with Genno, the Master of Demons, to get the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to break the curse and be set free.
Overall, Soul of the Sword was fantastic! Julie Kagawa did an excellent job because this installment was great followup to Shadow of the Fox. We finally return to these wonderful characters who are each unique in their own way and bring that into the story. We get to see more of Yumeko’s kitsune side which she is no longer afraid of hiding which means she uses her powers a lot more. Yes, although she still has her innocent moments, we are starting to see a mature Yumeko. Also, even though we do not get to see much of Tatsumi, the times we do see him show us that he has also changed and grown from the Tatsumi we met in the first installment. That being said, I cannot wait to see what Julie Kagawa has planned for Tatsumi and Hakaimono in the next installment because that was something I did not see coming. So fans, if you loved the first installment then you will love this one as well.
*I received Soul of the Sword from Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*