Book Review: Shadow of the Fox

Book Title: Shadow of the Fox

Book Author: Julie Kagawa

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend: YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday! 🙂

After a month hiatus from my local library,  I went and visited last week. (I racked up a hefty fine over the holidays because I had SO MANY books out even though I was only four days late.  I didn’t want another one so soon so I took a short break, but I’ve returned, finally.)

I’ve seen Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa on bookstagram lately, so when I saw it at the library I decided to give it a go.  I LOVED her Iron Fey series.  Not so much the Talon Series, and I haven’t even attempted the Immortal Series yet. (I’d love to know if any of you’ve read it though, and what you thought of the series!)

I’m SUPER HAPPY I decided to check this book out! 😍 The synopsis sounded amazing, and so I decided to dive right into as the FIRST book to read on my 2019 TBR pile.  Even though I made up my mind about only reading 4 books a month which I already planned out, I just couldn’t RESIST reading this one.

It was AMAZING!  I must say that this is my favorite book of hers that I’ve read so far and I loved EVERY minute of it! It involves Japanese folklore (which I love learning about!) – specifically a kitsune (a.k.a. fox or fox spirit) as well as other yokai (supernatural spirits, demons, and monsters, etc.), ninja, samurai, and ronin!   This book had my past anime and manga loving-self squealing with delight! 😍 (Also my dear anime friends – does this not have an Inuyasha vibe to it? Because I keep picturing it!)

It’s written mainly from two, but sometimes three point of views and I’ve read that in so many books lately I sort of expect it these days! 🙂

I absolutely ADORED the two main characters, Yumeko and Tatsumi, SO SO VERY MUCH! They were very well-written fleshed out-characters.  There is a lot of character development and set-up, and it is all so very cute! Also, there are a lot of character introductions and the pacing is done extremely well.  I loved the side characters and villains too!

Needless to say, I loved the fantasy world-building and thought it was done fabulously.  I was immediately immersed in this world.  Some might say the story is a bit slow, but I disagree. I’ve read books in this type of setting that were much, much slower.  I thought this one was set at a good pace, and I wasn’t bored for a second! I thought that there was plenty of action throughout the book and a lot of risk-taking on everyone’s part. Everything is super-exciting and fun to read.

And again, there’s a cliffhanger!!!!! Aaah! I want the next book in my hands asap!

So, overall I absolutely LOVED this book so much I have the heart eyes and all. 😍😍 It’s going to be a difficult reading year, because all the books I read in the future now need to live up to this standard! I loved the world building, the characters, the pacing, the action, the plot, and pretty much everything else about the book!  I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Japanese folklore or culture, and anime and manga fans. And people who like fantasy. (Basically everyone, because I loved this okay?)

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Shadow of the Fox
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Julia Kagawa

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