Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Julie Kawaga’s Shadow of the Fox, a fantastical fantasy novel set in Japan during a time of Samurai’s, Demon Swords and shape-shifting foxes.
A single wish will spark a new dawn. Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns… and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret. Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure – one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.
Star Rating – 3.5 Stars
A fascinating start to a fantastical series. Thoroughly enjoyed this action packed series and excited to see what happens next.
As always, I have to make a comment about the cover… this one is so so pretty! It was probably the first thing that drew me to the book, not gonna lie.
I also liked the story idea, reminds me of the whole ‘kid goes on a quest with a bunch of characters’ kind of story, which I really enjoy. It’s full of action-packed adventure, scary bad guys and silly sidekicks all makes for an interesting read.
The story is rather fast paced, rushing through a fight before thrusting the main character into a quest (yes, a quest!), it reminds me of a kind of video game – running through the world collecting the team before you can take on the bad guy.
We’re given the point of view of the Yumeko – brought up in a quiet temple away from EVERYTHING! Pulling pranks on the monks and using her powers for good and then there’s Kage Tatsumi a demon hunter with a demon sword – could they be any different?
The ending is very surprising and I was totally not expecting it – it also sucks that it ends on a cliff-hanger! But a fab start to a new series and definitely one to check out if you like action-packed reads.
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