Shadow of the Fox

Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of The Fox #1) 

4 out of 5 stars

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 chaos.

Shadow of The Fox
Shadow of The Fox

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.

As I mentioned in 6 New Releases: October Picks, Julia Kagawa is the author of one of my favourite young adult series, Blood of Eden. It was raw and gritty and everything I love to read about. 

Shadow of The Fox really caught my attention because of Yumeko, who is half Kitsune. Now, Kitsune have always been of interest to me so when the blurb for Shadow of The Fox dropped, I was on the ‘YES’ train from day one. 

Combine that with Japanese mythology? I was lost. 

I don’t know if it is because Blood of Eden is a bit darker but I was not expecting the humour in Shadow of The Fox. Don’t get me wrong, there are still gruesome bits. I mean, the first chapter depicts a horrific murder of a girl being torn in half. Fun, I know. (Is it bad that I am not being sarcastic? All of you that feel books have turned you into a psychopath say ‘Aye’.) That being said, it reminded me of Marvel’s ability to always slide in a little joke at the most serious moment. 

It was surprisingly refreshing. Julia Kagawa wasn’t trying too hard with the humour and it offered just the right amount of comic relief. 

It also felt like I was reading anime, which I will NEVER complain about. We have the stoic softy, the cute kitsune (that can kick yo’ ass!!), the drunken disgraced ronin, and the honorable imperial samurai. And a ghost. 

That, coupled with a badass sword, a few demons, AND a giant killer centipede? You got yourself an anime! 

Another thing I loved was the characters. Yumeko, especially. I feel like the last couple of years have ushered in the age of ‘I don’t give a fuck’ characters, especially with female characters. Now, I understand wanting to get away from the feminine stereotypes but I also kinda miss having characters that honestly just care about the world. 

Yumeko, to me, was a perfect blend of badass mischief and caring. Seeing as she was raised by monks, she holds a type of caring and calm wisdom that makes her instantly likable. 

Tatsumi is also just… gah! I love him. He is a bit emotionally stunted and his reaction to feelings is adorable. I also can’t wait to see what he will do about his clan and his place in the world. 

There is romantic tension but it isn’t forced and it DOESN’T DOMINATE THE WHOLE BOOK. I LOVED IT! 

Last, but not least, was the mythology. I am no expert on Japanese mythology so I can’t tell you if everything was portrayed right and if all the words were correct. What I can tell you is that Shadow of The Fox was captivating. The descriptions were gorgeous and brought the whole story to life, and the mythology is fascinating. 

The only reason I’m not giving Shadow of The Fox 5 stars is because this is the first in the series and I want to leave room for growth. I also wish that the ending had been a bit more. A bit more of Tatsumi and of his reactions to what happened. Just a bit more, if that makes any sense?  

Shadow of The Fox is a great read and I can’t wait for Soul of the Sword because CLIFFHANGER! Would I recommend Shadow of The Fox? Hells yeah. 

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