Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Book One in the Shadow of the Fox Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published By: Harlequin Teen (October 2, 2018)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
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.
Beautifully written and executed, Shadow of the Fox was mesmerizing.
With it's delicate weave of both fantasy and lore, it kept me turning the pages eager for more. Rich in legends, danger, demons, and magic, this truly stood out not only in it's genre but sub-genre as well.
A story that is every bit as captivating as it is imaginative. With beautiful imagery that made you feel like you were right there in the adventure with demons and witches around every corner. Never knowing quite what was real and who you could trust.
Told in alternate point of views, Shadow of the Fox was unlike anything I have read before. It will leave you with your heart racing and your lungs gasping for breath.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*