Book Review : Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Shadow of the Fox #1)

Reading Time: 4 minutes

This book is truly an experience. You have to read the book to know what I mean. At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy the book much but eventually, the book completely dragged me into it and proved to be a worthwhile experience. I loved the story and the theme. It was very different and everything was a surprise and discovery for me. Not because of the plot twists but because the entire theme was new to me and so I had no idea how things were shaping up. It was a completely new world and hence provided me with a new thrill so that is why I loved the book

Shadow of the FoxShadow of the Fox Official Synopsis

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Shadow of the Fox RWAT Take

When I picked up the book and had started reading it, I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to enjoy it much because as I said, the whole world and theme were different. Since it was different, everything was confusing and to top that everything was being presented to you in snippets. To make it worse, it was difficult to understand who the narrator is. This was a thing that drew me to insanity. Imagine you are reading a chapter in the first person, but have no idea which character is it. So it was chaos through the first few chapters where so many characters were barging in, giving just snippets and with no idea who is running the show. So it kind of took me a while for the characters to settle down and to have the narration switch between two characters to eventually get a sense of everything

In the beginning, All the Japanese culture and names and folklore, also kind of gave me a hard time to have a grip on the story. When lines like “and the amanjaku howled as they were sent back to Jigoku.” you could literally see my brain melting and the lights go off but thankfully the story got interesting by the mid-run and then there was no stopping it. Every chapter was a new adventure and I simply couldn’t stop.

The treatment of the book is amazing. It’s like you are watching a new episode or adventure with each chapter but yet all running parallel to the main core plot. The book takes a while to settle down. Partly because the initial chapters are all from the point of view of entirely different people and there is no indication of the identity of these characters until you read through the whole chapter and this kind of kept breaking the flow of the book. So it takes a while for the book to concentrate on two central characters and for you to be able to focus. once you get the hang of it, the book is amazing. The plot is unlike anything you usually come across because of the new cultural backdrop and a whole new world for you to discover.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I would advise anybody who is picking up the book to give it a bit time as the initial chapters are all chaos and you might feel like pulling your hair. But give it a bit time and you will be rewarded for your patience. The book just gets better and better as it proceeds. All you need is to hang in there through the initial chapters and eventually it is a fun little ride

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