Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

shadow of the fox

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Fantasy Series ( 1 of 3 )

3/5

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published October 2, 2018.

This is a story about a mischievous half-fox who promises to protect 1 part of a magic scroll that summons a dragon who will grant the summoner one wish, be it for good or evil.

I liked the idea of the story, but not the execution of it. The mischievous fox would have been such a wonderful and loveable character if she hadn’t been so naive and intent on hiding her half-fox nature. I mean… who doesn’t know what sarcasm is? Also the super secret spy samurai just did not feel real to me either. The only character I really liked was the “filthy ronin dog” from which all the sarcasm comes from.

Overall the story progression was meandering and yet it felt very predictable at times.

There were some redeeming qualities, though. The sarcastic ronin added some humor to the story. Also, the Japanese language, culture, and folk tales included in the story were fascinating. I’ve never read another book with all of those elements in it, and they were interesting even when part of the explanations started to feel like reading a text-book.

Finally, I was surprised by the ending and, despite being periodically distracted by staring off into space while reading book 1, I am curious about what will happen in book 2 and I will probably read it.

I abandoned my usual format for this book review. Comment below if you have a preference for one method or another. (You could also just comment on the book… will you read it?)

I’m feeling like I need a change, but I also want to keep things quick and simple. 

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