Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu.
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.
Loved book one.
Loved book two.
Hated book three.
I LOVED IT BUT IT RUINED ME.
MY HEART IS CRUSHED AND I AM UNSURE IF I CAN READ ANOTHER BOOK AFTER THIS ONE.
But, now that I’ve let you know that this book crushed my heart -and soul- I will get onto a more refined review, haha.
The continuity between each book has really pleased me, and this time we are once more picking up where we left off. With the group going forward to try and stop Genno from claiming the wish, every odd is against them.
There are all of the elements I adored in books one and two, and more. There are things added in this that I didn’t even know I needed in my life, such as watching Tatsumi trying to figure out what parts are still him and what parts are Hakaimano where his soul is concerned, watching our Ronin and Noble become more affectionate, and getting some unexpected answers to Yumeko’s past! [Can’t say what, you know, spoilers, but, whoaaa!]
Kagawa is a straight-up BEAST with how she handles descriptions for battles and man this book really got my blood pumping with all the action and fighting scenes that it brought to the table. I felt so invested and was so scared for all of them, time is running against them and they hold the fate of the world in their hands. It’s scary times, and Kagawa breathes life into that.
The pacing wasn’t my favorite of the three, but, this is all down to the wire and there’s no need to rush it, so, I can see why she paced it the way she did and well, she’s the author here, not me. [I’m so sure the pacing was done this way to make sure you couldn’t stop crying before she made you cry again *peers accusingly*]
Seriously, this book was a heavy roller coaster ride on your emotions, and really, I almost didn’t forgive her, but that epilogue sent things right, and oh my heart, it’s still in ribbons, but, this was definitely a top favorite conclusion for me, and this trilogy has been added to my favorites shelf.
If you’re looking for the perfect conclusion to basically the perfect trilogy, I give you this amazing, heart-crushing, fantasy dipped in glorious mythology.
5/5 Cups of Coffee from me, thank you so much to HQ [And NetGalley] for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and Shadow of the Fox series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian Shepherds that have more Instagram followers than she does.
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