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Soul of the Sword

(Shadow of the Fox #2)

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One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.


Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summo
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Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Hamad
Oct 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
All those cover reveals are not good for my TBR!!!
megs_bookrack
What is this?
An ARC!!!!



Thank you so much, Harlequin TEEN!!
I guess I shall be shuffling around my TBR in order start this immediately.
I would do anything for Julie Kagawa.



Original: Preorder placed...

...only one month, only one month, only one month...one WHOLE MONTH!!!!

Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I JUST FINISHED SHADOW OF THE FOX AND I AM NOT OKAY.

I might cry.

EDIT 10/20/18: OMG this is the best thing to come home to. WE HAVE A COVER AND IT IS PRETTY AF.


EDIT 5/2/19: HI I JUST WOKE UP TO AN AMAZING EMAIL AND MY REQUEST ON NETGALLEY GOT APPROVED. MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Wow! What a ride! Full review to come.

*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*
Kagawa has an amazing ability to bring her fantasy worlds and characters to life. So much so that they seem to breath off the very pages you are reading. You get completely immersed into her stories, into their lives, and into the danger that always seems to lurk in the dark and magical realms she is so good at creating.

I fell in love with Shadow of the Fox and couldn't have been more anxious or eager to get my hands on Soul of the Swo
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Laurie
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Harry Potter, fox shape-shifter Yumeko has come to town. I just finished this cinematic YA fantasy sequel to SHADOW OF THE FOX and I want the third book RIGHT NOW (I didn't think it was possible for Julie Kagawa to pull off a sequel that was even better than the first book, but she has - in spades). This book has the visual splendor of a Miyazaki film (think SPIRITED AWAY), the brilliant characterization of the Harry Potter books and the action-excitement of an Avengers movie. Author ...more
Kelly Brigid ♡
Nov 11, 2018 marked it as immediate-tbr
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Sahitya
When I read Shadow of the Fox a few weeks ago, I was just going by my dear friend’s recommendation and wasn’t sure what to expect. But to my pleasant surprise, I completely fell in love with it and my excitement doubled when I got approved for the ARC of this sequel. Second books of beloved series can always be tricky but I’m so delighted that this book exceeded all my expectations.

Just like in the first book, the world building in this one too is phenomenal. We get introduced to more creatures
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Tucker
Nov 27, 2018 marked it as not-released-tbr
do you hear that? That's me hyperventilating because I need this book. RIGHT! NOW!
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

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*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This was a great sequel to the first book in the series! This one had a somewhat darker tone than the first book, but that was to be expected after how that one ended. It still managed to keep some of the fun of the first one though, which was a pleasant surprise.

The plot continued on where the last one left off. Without spoiling anything for either book, I can say the characters were still on their
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Karen
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Soul of the Sword picks up where Shadow of the Fox ends off, with the consequences of the final battle between the main characters and Hakaimono. This book follows the remaining characters' trek to the Steel Feather Temple, to retrieve the other piece of the scroll, and to save Tatsumi.

This book was a lot more action-packed than the last one, which had a lot of travelling interludes. I will say t
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LOVING this cover!
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
***I received this ARC from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review***

This book was incredibly boring.

I vaguely remember having the same feeling with the last book because I had just read a book (Red winter by Annette Marie) that felt similar, so it kind of threw me off. I had hopes that with the ending of book one, this will pick up. I was wrong. It seems the pace even got slower.

This book picks up after Hakimono's success in pushing Tatsumi out. So basically we had to listen to the demon d
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Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
My most anticipated releases list for 2019 is growing yaasss

Come to me book aahhh
Clephiro (The Book Coven)
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, ya
It was a solid adventure story if you're nostalgic for the 90s/00s anime. Going into this, you know what to expect, it's an adventure story set in Japan, with all the hallmarks of a fantasy story set in Japan aimed at teens: kitsune, shrine maidens, demon possessions, and samurai. You get exactly what you expect here. The writing is decent enough, and if you're willing to deal with a pretty overdone plotline, it's an enjoyable enough ride.

The MAJOR issue I had was that my ARC was absolutely ridd
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Ricky
Sep 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The ARC I got of the first book lists the title as Demon of the Blade, but GR has something different...either way, I'm just super psyched this book is coming!



And super mad that I have to wait after that bloodydamn cliffhanger from Book 1!



(Edit: No, I didn't get an ARC of the second book, that was a silly slip of the type on my part!)
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

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Soul of the Sword is the second installment in author Julie Kagawa's Shadow of the Fox series. Soul of the Sword picks up right where Shadow of the Fox ended. One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono. Now he has broken free and a mighty hero has been consumed by the demon.
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Danielle
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
~ I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

“Much like your illusions and foxfire, magic itself cannot be evil. It is how you use your powers that determines the intent.”

‘Shadow of the Fox’ was one of my unexpected favourites of last year, so needless to say I was thrilled to get my hands on the sequel.

One of the key points as to why I enjoyed the first novel so much was the exciting mythology within, and this one continues to enthral. The creatures co
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Kelsea
Let’s just start by acknowledging that middle books in fantasy trilogies are really tough for me. They don’t hold the magic and discovery that comes with starting a series or the satisfaction of concluding a story. So take my review with a grain of salt. Sadly, though, this book was no exception to my usual second book reading experience.

What I did like about the book: the world-building and the mythology! Soul of the Sword was just as creepy and full of interesting demons as Shadow of the Fox.
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Kibby
This ARC was sent to me by the publisher at my request. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and not influenced in any way. Thank you Inkyard Press for the opportunity to read and review this book early.

You can read my full (Non-Spoiler) review at Something of the Book.

In Soul of the Sword, the second book in the Shadow of the Fox series, Kagawa continues the atmospheric story of Yumeko and Kage Tatsumi with a new journey filled with adventure, action, and ALL
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Beth
The Soul of the Sword is the 2nd installment in Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox series. Following a Kitsune Yumeko and her band that she has collected in the first book in this series and Tatsumi, a shadow clan warrior now possessed by Hakaimono, a demon of the highest powers.

Yumeko and crew are trying to secure the piece of an ancient scroll, Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, away from the demons and people with nefarious intentions reach.

Hakaimono, in Tatsumi’s body, joins up with the Master of Demons
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Elle Gutierrez
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arcs
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are exclusively my own.

I have so many, SO MANY mixed feelings about this sequel. Did I enjoy it? Did I not enjoy it? Honestly, I’m still kind of conflicted. There were parts I enjoyed, and the Japanese folklore fascinates me. However, there were many areas I was genuinely annoyed at. A lot of the events and planning of the entire book were thro
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Jackie
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, 2019-reads
This was a toss us between a three and four star rating but it played into one of my biggest pet peeves which sealed its fate with a lesser rating.

“Soul of the Sword” finds our group dealing with the fallout of book 1 where the demon was released from the sword and possessing Tatsumi. Swearing to rescue him at whatever cost, Yumeko vows to follow Hakaimono to the ends of the Earth all the while learning to embrace her Kitsune magic in a showdown that promises to see more than a few of our heroe
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Bex
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s, reviews
I have to start with the elephant in the room: How is it possible that an ancient mythological being communicates like a twentieth century normal dude? I just don't buy it. This really pulled me out of the story on a number of occasions and severely limited my rating. Shadow of the Fox was my least favourite book of last year, but the Japanese folklore really interested me and I hoped Soul of the Sword might be able to pull it back. It did, I liked this book much more than the first and was real ...more
Jen
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last year, I read Shadow of the Fox, the first in this series. The story continues in Soul of the Sword as kitsune shape-shifter Yumeko and her companions continue their journey to the Steel Feather Temple.

But--the demon Hakaimono escaped and possessed Tatsumi, the young warrior who was protecting Yumeko. This complication, which occurred at the end of The Shadow of the Fox, continues to make things difficult and dangerous. (I found the added pov of Hakaimono actually slowed things down a bit.
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Meghan
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) - Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I have read the first installment of this series Shadow of the Fox and was very intrigued by the legend of the shadow warrior and the trials and tribulations they had to ensue. Now in Soul of the Sword there was sword created to kill the demon Hakaimono but was kept in a sacred place until the demon was awake
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Isabel Ibañez
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this next installment—but didn’t love it the way I loved the first book. Let me elaborate: in between the amazing plot points were moments of slow pacing, lots of information shared (sometimes more than once! This happened when a character would recount learned info to another character who wasn’t present the first time the info was revealed). I confess that I sped read to get to the amazing parts, which truly made the book shine! I LOVE the romance between our main character and the b ...more
Isabel Ibañez
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this next installment—but didn’t love it the way I loved the first book. Let me elaborate: in between the amazing plot points were moments of slow pacing, lots of information shared (sometimes more than once! This happened when a character would recount learned info to another character who wasn’t present the first time the info was revealed). I confess that I sped read to get to the amazing parts, which truly made the book shine! I LOVE the romance between our main character and the b ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Julie Kagawa returns to the Shadow of the Fox trilogy with Soul of the Sword as Yumeko’s journey to deliver the final piece of the Dragon’s Prayer to the temple where it can be kept safe from demons and other evil entities that are wanting to call forth the dragon for the wish. Except now Yumeko has a new mission, one that will take her slightly off course and that
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Natalie
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2nd books are always tricky. I loved Shadow of the Fox & was worried the 2nd would not live up to the predecessor.

This book did not disappoint! I think I liked it better than the first. So many feels!

Now if only I could have book 3 already! Or at least a title. Or a release date!
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