Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Shadow of the Fox - Book 1
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 416 pages
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.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Shadow of the Fox, #1)
A thousand years before, a wish was granted and the land of Iwagoto suffered. Now is the time for a new age, a new wish and a new world, but that wish will only be granted to the holder of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. One half-kitsune raised by monks will be tasked with a part of that precious scroll and a quest to find the rest. The fate of her world will rest on her shoulders, but she will not journey alone as an unlikely group of allies join with her, unaware she hides a piece of the prize.
SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa is a beautiful tale of magical beings, mystical places and a journey that will test the mettle of all who take it. Mystery abounds, suspense hangs heavy and demonic danger will nip at their heels as good races against evil for the future of the world.
Julie Kagawa has used fabulous descriptions to draw readers in while deftly twisting her tale just enough that the “light at the end of the tunnel” is just out of reach, keeping readers guessing at what will happen next.
An amazing journey, a captivating read and incredibly likable characters makes this tale a strong foundation for what promises to be an entrancing series!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Harlequin Teen!