Shadow of the Fox
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 ...more
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…more"Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, first in a series starring a fox shapeshifter and inspired by Japanese mythology."
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, but ...more
(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 want to ...more
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 ...more
This book stole my heart.
My whole freaking heart!
I went into this knowing one thing: Japanese-inspired fantasy.
I was hooked from the very first chapter.
The tone of the writing, the lush world, 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 granting the summoner a single ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Once every thousand years… a wish will be granted and a new age will dawn."
*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 it.
“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 Puck ...more
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.
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 ...more
I have mixed feelings about the plot. Because the thing is, 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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 has ...more
“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 wonderful Japanese ...more
2.) Soul Of The Sword
"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 Last Airbender or something, because ...more
“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.”
My little anime heart can die in peace now.
This book has E V E R Y T H I N G I look for in Fantasy: Fast pacing, sympathetic, relatable characters, badassery, action, royalty and a natural flow to the storytelling. No kidding, the storytelling ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
It’s received so much praise already - often from other reviewers who I really respect and whose book opinions or recommendations I usually agree with or find helpful - yet despite that, it largely fell flat for me. The prose and the dialogue, in particular, were the reading equivalent of listening to nails on a chalkboard.
What went wrong? Am I just an alien from another planet, operating on an entirely different wavelength from both Julie ...more
YA has grown so much since I was a ‘young adult’ myself. It’s now fast paced, ambitious and not afraid of telling hard hitting stories in a number of unique and exciting ways. Because of this I’ve become incredibly tough on the YA I read and in a saturated market I want to be blown away. Shadow of the Fox promises so much. Asian culture and mythology, fantasy and a strong female lead. But unfortunately it didn’t really deliver on ...more
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