Monday, 19 November 2018

Blog Tour: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa [review]

Title: Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Shadow of the Fox #1
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Publication Date: 1st November 2018

Tell Me About It
A single wish will spark a new dawn.
Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish.

As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure - the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?
My Thoughts
From the beginning of Shadow of the Fox we are introduced to some very important characters, one who will make a change both for good and bad. But the main focus of the story are Yumeko, who is also at kitsune, and Tatsumi.
Yumeko has been tasked with the job to take their part of the scroll to another temple, whilst Tatsumi has been tasked with claiming it. Both keeping their secrets this duo begin this journey together, as they travel across the land to complete their own tasks.

Shadow of the Fox is told in alternating points of view between these two characters, as well as a few chapters told from others. We follow this duo as they learn more about each other and the creatures that are ever present, whilst we also get to learn more about what their role means, as well as these mystical creatures and what they do. The journey this duo take isn't an easy path and they often find themselves in the middle of trouble, which often brings a helping hand or an extra body for protection.

Even though I've previously read Julie's books, going into Shadow of the Fox I wasn't sure what to expect but I quickly found myself getting drawn into this new world, and really wanting to know more about the ways of the characters and the different classes. I liked that we get to follow the characters as they journey together, but see both sides to the story, and I really enjoyed learning about the culture that surrounds them. Each new character that we meet has their own story to tell or own reasons for what they do, and I liked that Yumeko made an effort to help as many as she could, even roping an unwilling Tatsumi in too.

Shadow of the Fox was an enjoyable book, and it really builds this world for you, setting everything up so you're ready to dive into the next instalment with a clear idea of who is who and what is happening, but I would have liked to have had a little less info dumping on me a certain points. There are characters I'm still not sure I trust 100%, and characters that I instantly liked, and I'm intrigued to see where this goes from here and if the characters will have a change of heart.

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