Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I originally received this book as a free download from Netgalley months ago but I never got around to reading it. I know, I know…but I have so many things I want to read. I'm a mood reader and I go where the wind takes me.
It finally took me here this week. This book was really good. I'm so glad that I pick it up in time for the second book to come out.
Shadow of the Fox follows Yumeko as she attempts to save the last piece of the Dragon scroll from evil forces conspiring against her. Along her journey he acquires three traveling companions prior to reaching her destination.
I have to say, the author got me. Wrapping up the Wizard of Oz in a Japanese folklore package? Genius. I didn't even make the connection until Yumeko ended up with her third companion on her journey. The story is dropping in the typical fantasy elements. Monsters and demons and magic; OH MY!
Yumeko's optimism and logic stand out in stark contrast to literally everything around her. While I won't go so far as to call her a Mary Sure, she does (at times) seem to be able to just talk her way out of any situation she comes across…and everyone just agrees with her. It's a bit odd, but in keeping with the plot it tends to make sense. The battles are epic and the details described are nothing short of vibrant. It's a world I'd like to spend a lot more time in and luckily for me, there are more books on the way (as of this writing, book two was just released)
The only thing that I wished I had known at the initial reading of this book…was what some of the Japanese words and titles meant. There IS a Glossary in the back of the book, but I didn't know that since I didn't want to ruin anything for myself. That would have been helpful for the first go around, but it'll definitely come in handy for the second. This book made me want to know more about Japanese culture and folklore in general and is a great addition to my fantasy novel collection.
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