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Shadow of the Fox

(Shadow of the Fox #1)

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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
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ebook, 454 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Diana Braxton There was very little swearing in Shadow of the Fox. I only recall a single instance where a character said H311, otherwise, there was pretty much non…moreThere was very little swearing in Shadow of the Fox. I only recall a single instance where a character said H311, otherwise, there was pretty much none at all. (less)
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Emily May
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc, 2018
The monks at the temple would often train or meditate bare-chested, so I was used to seeing male upper bodies, but they'd all been so familiar I'd never given any of them a second thought. Kage Tatsumi was a different story.

I feel sad writing this review. I absolutely loved Kagawa's The Immortal Rules trilogy and also enjoyed her The Iron King series, but after Talon and Shadow of The Fox, I think I have to admit that we're growing apart.

I'm not sure if Kagawa's style changed or if I did, bu
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Melanie

(My amazing friend Courtney, at Curly Book Owl, gave this to me as a birthday gift!) 💖

“…The tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehend.”

Shadow of the Fox is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy! Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and was more captivated than I have been reading any other book this year. Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to w
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jessica
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just reread this to prep myself for the sequel (i finally got my hands on it!!!) and decided this is a good time for a little PSA - if you havent read this yet, what are you waiting for?! your life will be so much better because of it, i promise you.
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fantasy is a genre that i have really gotten into over the past year or so and i have come to realise that i enjoy it so much more when the story is rooted in cultural folklore. and japanese tales and traditions are amon
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megs_bookrack
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
MY FAVORITE YA BOOK OF 2019!!!



This book stole my heart. My whole damn heart!

I went into this wanting one thing, a lush Japanese-inspired fantasy, and it delivered. I was hooked from the very first chapter.



The tone of the writing, the incredible world and the highly entertaining characters. All of it!



This is Anime brought to the page in the best way imaginable.



In the land of Iwagoto, the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, has the power to bring forth the Kami Dragon.

The dragon is capable of grantin
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Mary S. R.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kubo and the Two Strings, or anime
Recommended to Mary by: Melanie
(4.5 ★’s)

An ownvoices Japanese traditional epic fantasy that is exactly as it sounds: slow, light, and rich; food for hardcore fantasy fans.

“The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings.”

You know me: a girl of dark tastes with an aloof, wicked heart whose favourite genre is grimdark, who rolls her eyes at talk of honour and righteous fools, who sneers at naive, trusting little humans prattling on and on about the powe
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
Recommended to Tucker by: Jesse (JesseTheReader)


This book has restored my faith in fantasy. You see whenever people asked me what my favorite genre was I always said fantasy. But slowly, after reading a ton of other genres, I realized how challenging it is to read fantasy. On top of character arcs and plot types, you have to shove through the world building. All in all, reading fantasy books are no easy task.

With this knowledge, I took it upon myself to get the audiobook. And I am so glad I did because 1) The audiobook was amazing as it was c
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Kayla Dawn
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This was surprisingly entertaining!

Tbh, there were a few cliches but they were written in a relatively good way (Some parts were a little cringy though.. especially towards the end).

For example the characters themselves all had pretty cliche rolls (The guy with no feelings, the naive and way too trusting/friendly girl, the comic relief with his sarcastic comments and an I don't give a shit about anything attitude, etc.) but they were written with enough depth and personality to make them feel r
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I loved this world and the characters!! That ending though!!! Need the next book!



Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
There was so much to love about this book. The vast detailed world building, the Japanese legends and lore, the moral dilemmas that were faced...it was so fully fleshed out and enjoyable. The characters were what truly sold me though. I loved each of them so much for so many different reasons. I can’t wait to read the next book because I need to know what happens to them!
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
"Once every thousand years… a wish will be granted and a new age will dawn."

4.5 stars

*I received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion*

Shadow of the Fox is an #ownvoices YA fantasy that was inspired by Japanese mythology, and essentially revolves around the search for The Scroll of a Thousand Prayers which has the power to call upon the great Kami Dragon who will grant its summoner a wish. A lot of folks are after this thing, and they’ll do anything to get
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Natalie Monroe
“He might be young, with the face of an angel, but there was no mistaking the truth in his eyes. He was a killer.”




Guess what happens next. Go on, guess!

Yes, my dear stranger on the Internet. They fall in love.

It's a hardly a spoiler. You know it's going to happen the instant Yumeko notices Tatsumui's chiselled abs.

Honestly, Kagawa's work of late is extremely predictable and derivative. Which makes me equally disappointed and annoyed because I love, love, love her Iron Fey series. I want Pu
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Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thank you so much to everyone who told me I would love this book- you couldn't have been more right! Shadow of the Fox is a pleasure to read- I would go so far as to say that it's one of the top books I've read this year. I saw everything playing out so clearly in my mind in anime form and I just couldn't possibly love it more than I did. The story is well crafted, the characters are new favorites of mine, the fantastical setting is a dream and I'm most certainly dying for book two. I am definit ...more
NReads
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
This is going to be so so good. I am calling it.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
originally read: 10/28/18 - 11/17/18
*re-read: 03/06/2020 - 03/15/2020
Vibur
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I won't lie—a part of me did love Shadow of the Fox. I loved the world that Kagawa created, from its fierce samurai and enigmatic shinobi, to its playful kitsune and ferocious oni. There were rustic teahouses and moss-furred shrines, whispering bamboo forests and verdant rice paddies.

Ah, the plot. Honestly? There was more padding stuffed into it than a feather pillow. But hey, I was kept entertained, at least! And I admit Shadow of the Fox serves up a much-too-bountiful buffet of tropes—and gues
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Hamad
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating 3.5/3.75 stars

“ I was simply a weapon. A weapon did not question the intent of those who wielded it. ”

🌟 Reading Shadow of the fox was like watching an anime movie/ series and I always liked those.

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🌟 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this or not but I really wanted to read something by the author and I am glad I did request it! The opening line was great and I knew it would be good at that moment.

🌟 I love
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monica kim
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
omg this was good. like GOOD good. like wow can’t believe i waited THIS LONG to read this good. if you like anime, you HAVE to read this book. honestly, if you like fun adventures and wonderful characters, you should read this book.
Samantha
Mar 13, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF’d at page 102:

- I hate that this book is told in two POVs, that aren’t labeled, both in first person. The narrative voices aren’t very different either.

- There’s a lot of tell instead of show.

- A lot of the setup already doesn’t make sense.

- I wasn’t overly invested in this book to begin with and assumed it would be a 3 star read or less, but hoped to be surprised. I can already tell where this book is going to go, so I have no motivation to continue. I thought the world may be enough to
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Kelly Brigid ♡
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
2) Soul of the Sword ★★✰✰✰
“It is very hard to be human, little fox. Even the humans themselves don't do a great job of it.”

Shadow of the Fox is the perfect fantasy novel that my little Asian heart has been craving! It reminded me of Avatar: the Last Airbender and Beyond the Boundary - two of my favorite cartoons/animes in existence! The flow of this story felt like a living, breathing anime, and I couldn't have been happier! Of course I devoured it in a few days! An absolutely wonder
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
TYPICAL YA PLOT AND CHARACTERS, SPRINKLED WITH JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY
actual rating: 2.5

You could shorten this book to half its length and probably wouldn't notice the difference. I mean, honestly, you could probably already guess how this book would go just by reading the synopsis... and majority of your guess would probably be right.

🐺 Shadow of the Fox is told from two perspectives--from an innocent, childlike half-fox-half-human hybrid, and from a brooding, murderous samurai. Neither really ha
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
1.) Shadow Of The Fox ★★★★
2.) Soul Of The Sword ★★★
3.) Night of the Dragon ★★★.5

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"One step at a time, little fox. The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because they simply...start."

This book would make an INCREDIBLE anime or animated series along the lines of Avatar The
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Lena
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Update: 05/30/20
reading the final book right now and dreading how the story will eventually wrap up. i have a slight feeling that not all of these precious characters will receive a happy end and it scares me -__-
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“The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because the
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may ➹
Oct 06, 2018 marked it as need-to-finish
sometimes I think I’m getting faster at reading and then I realize that I’ve been trying to read this book for a month and only gotten 23% through
may ❀
ayyyyy, this is my 150th book of the year, completing my reading challenge feel honoured @ book

my feelings on this book really fluctuated throughout the course of reading it. at first, i found the main character, yumeko, to be very trusting and juvenile. it irked me that she literally played into the hands of her enemy while knowing like sis???

but i have to admit, she did grow on me. as the chapters progressed and we got to see the characters more, i found myself growing a little soft for her an
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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
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Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

“You are a weapon; attachments will only slow you down and make you question your objective. Remember, your loyalty is to the Kage, nothing else.”


My first ever read by Julie Kagawa, and let me tell you that I was not disappointed. I was so intrigued when I read the synopsis, and as I predicted I truly loved this book! The setting, characters and story line reminded me so much of an anime. The book has
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shady boots
May 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: covergasm
PLEASE don't disappoint me again like you did with Talon, Julie. My heart won't be able to handle it.
Angelica
Ok, so I lost some serious hours of sleep, but I finished it!

RTC.
Alaina
Third time read & review.

I am loving my reread of the Shadow of the Fox series. If you ever read it, or wanted to, I highly recommend the audiobooks! I feel like I've never been so focused on what was happening until this time around. So weird but it's like everything was better or made me open my eyes. I blame the quarantine for sure.

In it, you will meet a ton of wonderful characters that you will either fall in like or dislike with. For me, personally, I fell in love with them all and their en
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ambsreads
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a physical copy of Shadow of the Fox. Another thank you goes to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy as well. All thoughts are my own and receiving copies of the book did not impact this.

FIND MY REVIEW FOR SHADOW OF FOX ON MY BLOG

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa was a difficult book to get through. Fantasy novels for me are a little heavier for me to power through. I struggle to get through them but I knew I had to push through this o
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chan ☆
Apr 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, ya-fantasy, dnf
did i give this an honest chance?

not really.

do i care?

also no.

instantly did not care for the writing style or the main character so i'm just gonna move on to something i'm genuinely excited for
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