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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 was captivated 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 even in 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 even power 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 FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR This book stole my heart My whole freaking heart I went into this knowing one thing Japanese inspired fantasy I was hooked from the very first chapter The tone of the writing, the lush worldAnime 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 goes well, if they are not, all hell breaks loose This has happened before and in order to protect the land, the scroll was divided and the separate parts hidden away to prevent such disastrous consequences from happening again People are always in search of the parts, however, as combining them whole 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 the most sweet and sticky baby cinnamon roll I have ever read in my whole life and I just love her to the moon.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 carries on her what he seeks.They meet up with another character along the way, Okami, 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 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 much when 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 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 even to 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 Twitch Pinterest Reddit Buy October Owlcrate Click the link below the picture to see the goods 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. 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 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 Than A Matter Of Life Or Death They Are The Key To The Fate Of The World Itself. 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 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 much about 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 for character moments, but I m happy to say that Julie gave much attention 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 Twitter Instagram This is going to be so so good I am calling it.