Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Title: Shadow of the Fox
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!



Book Description:
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.*

38 comments:

  1. Wohoo! I'm so glad you liked it! I'm desperate for more!

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    1. You are the whole reason I decided to read this one! I figured it would be good but when I saw your review I knew I needed to read it. ;)

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  2. I just love it when a new series dazzles me! I've read this author a long, long time ago. I need to check this one out. :)

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    1. It had been a really long time since I had read anything by her as well so I'm glad I tried her again for sure.

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  3. Just the masquerade mask on the cover makes me want to stare at it all day Lol!

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  4. I have only heard excellent things about this one! Definitely need to get to it soon. Great review <3

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  5. I used to love this author but it's been a while since I haven't read one of her books

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    1. It had been for me as well. So glad I took a chance on it.

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  6. Sounds like a winner!! That's awesome.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. This book would be an awesome anime that I would love to watch. I'm thrilled that it lived up to your expectations.

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    1. I was telling one of my girls about it and that is exactly what she said! She said it sounded like an anime or manga series and she wanted to read it as well now.

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  8. I've never read her but I can see why you liked it.

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    1. It was so good and the lore and legends were even better!

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  9. Oh Kindlemom this looks really good. I wish I was more into YA fantasy and Harlequin Teen puts out some great stuff. Maybe I'll try again :) thanks for the rave review

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    1. They do have a great list of books to offer for sure.

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  10. Great review. It worked. Makes me want to read it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. I enjoyed this one too! Cant wait for the next book. Great review!

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    1. Me too! It will be interesting to see where it goes from here with everything that happened at the end.

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  12. That's some recommendation. All I know is the cover is gorgeous. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  13. i have heard about the author, but never read any of her books. This like an awesome read.

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    1. I've only read her Iron Fey series besides this one, but I've loved them both! I do have her other books, I need to put them on my kindle and read them as well.

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  14. Ooo I do love Kagawa. Maybe I should grab this on audio. Great review, you've got me wanting it.

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  15. Oh I have one of hers on audiobook that I keep forgetting about. I might have to do that on an upcoming car trip!

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  16. This sounds cool! I read & loved her Blood of Eden series. I wanted to try her Fey series, but just couldn't find myself interested enough.

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    1. I read her Fey one when it first came out years ago when Fey was the thing to be reading but yeah, it isn't as much now but it was a great series. I need to try her Blood of Eden and her Dragon one, Talon I think it is.

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  17. The beautiful imagery definitely has me eager to try it.

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    1. I loved the setting and the whole atmosphere. It really made the story stand out, especially in this genre. ;)

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  18. I love beautifully written books :D sounds atmospheric going to hopefully give this one a shot when I can get back into reading more.

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  19. This was so good! Makes me want to go and pick up all her Iron Fey series!

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    1. You should! They are super good as well and I've heard her Blood of Eden and the Talon series are as well. I think I have both and so need to make time for them now.

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