Hello everyone! Yesterday, the sequel to Shadow of the Fox, Soul of the Sword is finally up on Netgalley to request! I hit the request button so hard and am crossing all fingers. Why am I excited? Well, let me tell you why I loved Shadow of the Fox so much.
Reasons to Read
- The World: One thing I always love about Julie Kagawa is she’s a master at creating any world. Whether it’s a world of fey, vampires and now Japanese influenced fantasy, she builds something that’s easy to understand, rich in detail and so REAL.
- The Characters: Not only is Julie a master at worlds, her characters are always perfect. Every character no matter how big or small, they are fully fleshed out. This book has broody samurai, snarky jokester, a powerful warrior, and a main character you’ll fall in love with!
- Japanese mythology: I love all the diversity in YA these days and I always love learning more about mythology I didn’t know! I felt this way while also reading The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (highly recommend!!!) that featured Chinese mythology. Shadow of the Fox has demons, yokai, kitsune (shapeshifters), glowing swords, and so much more!
- Julie’s Writing: Julie is one of my absolute FAVORITE authors. She’s honestly, the best.
- Rag Tag Team: I loooooove groups of people traveling together, especially when the chemistry is perfect. Yumeko and Tatsumi pick up others on their journey to find the scroll and it’s fab.
- Action Packed: If you like action from demon fights to sword fights to adventure, you’ll love this book!
If you’re looking for the perfect YA fantasy full of Japanese folklore, magical creatures, a fantastic ragtag team, action-packed adventure and likable characters, this book is for you! Julie Kagawa is a master of creating worlds and characters that’ll suck you right in and leave you wanting for more!
Here is an aesthetic board I created!
I loved this book so much, I had to make a trailer for it! I’m also sharing the book trailer Harlequin Teen made.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
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.
Sword of the Soul releases June 18th!!!
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a