I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Julie Kagawa
Released: October 2nd 2018
Series: Shadow of the Fox #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
“I highly recommend picking this book up.”
~ Under the Covers
I don’t read very much young adult, it’s a genre that I struggle with and I don’t often find books I like. So why pick up Shadow of the Fox you ask? I have had some Julie Kagawa books on my shelf for years, but until now haven’t read anything of hers, so when I saw this gorgeous cover pop up I couldn’t resist. I am so pleased I grabbed it, I really enjoyed this young adult adventure.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the world Kagawa had crafted. The book is set in ancient feudal Japan and packed full of Japanese mythology come to life. I am completely unfamiliar with Japanese mythology or mysticism so I can’t account for the accuracy, but I found it fascinating and a refreshing change from the usual Greek or Norse mythology that usually populates the paranormal books I read. But, as well as the paranormal elements, we have more familiar figures, such as samurai, ronin and shinobi – more colloquially known as ninjas – populating the book.
Although the world itself was, for me, interesting and new, the journey itself follows a fairly standard and well-trodden format. But, just because it was familiar, that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. As Yumeko and Tatsumi, our two main characters, journey through Japan they meet new companions and run into trouble as their enemy tries to stop the party reaching their destination. I enjoyed reading about their journey and I especially liked the budding relationship with the dark and sinister shinobi Tatsumi and the mischievous and innocent half-kitsune Yumeko.
If you are after a fantasy young adult adventure which has an emerging romance, then I highly recommend picking this book up. However, although it didn’t end a cliffhanger per se, it definitely left you desperate to pick up the next book and to see what happens next!
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?