Book Title: Shadow of the Fox
Book Author: Julie Kagawa
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: YES!
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!