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Shadow of The Fox

(Shadow of the Fox #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,316 Ratings  ·  559 Reviews
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
ebook, 409 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Diana Braxton There was very little swearing in Shadow of the Fox. I only recall a single instance where a character said H311, otherwise, there was pretty much…moreThere was very little swearing in Shadow of the Fox. I only recall a single instance where a character said H311, otherwise, there was pretty much none at all. (less)

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Emily May
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc, 2018
The monks at the temple would often train or meditate bare-chested, so I was used to seeing male upper bodies, but they'd all been so familiar I'd never given any of them a second thought. Kage Tatsumi was a different story.

I feel sad writing this review. I absolutely loved Kagawa's The Immortal Rules trilogy and also enjoyed her The Iron King series, but after Talon and Shadow of The Fox, I think I have to admit that we're growing apart.

I'm not sure if Kagawa's style changed or if I did, but

(My amazing friend Courtney, at Curly Book Owl, gave this to me as a birthday gift!) 💖

“…The tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehend.”

Shadow of the Fox is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy! Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and was more captivated than I have been reading any other book this year. Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to want to i
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
There was so much to love about this book. The vast detailed world building, the Japanese legends and lore, the moral dilemmas that were was so fully fleshed out and enjoyable. The characters were what truly sold me though. I loved each of them so much for so many different reasons. I can’t wait to read the next book because I need to know what happens to them!
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
*I received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion*

"Once every thousand years… a wish will be granted and a new age will dawn."

4.5 stars

Shadow of the Fox is an #ownvoices YA fantasy that was inspired by Japanese mythology, and essentially revolves around the search for The Scroll of a Thousand Prayers which has the power to call upon the great Kami Dragon who will grant its summoner a wish. A lot of folks are after this thing, and they’ll do anything to get it.

This i
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
This is going to be so so good. I am calling it.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Actual Rating 3.5/3.75 stars

“ I was simply a weapon. A weapon did not question the intent of those who wielded it. ”

🌟 Reading Shadow of the fox was like watching an anime movie/ series and I always liked those.


🌟 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this or not but I really wanted to read something by the author and I am glad I did request it! The opening line was great and I knew it would be good at that moment.

🌟 I love a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Natalie Monroe
“He might be young, with the face of an angel, but there was no mistaking the truth in his eyes. He was a killer.”

Guess what happens next. Go on, guess!

Yes, my dear stranger on the Internet. They fall in love.

It's a hardly a spoiler. You know it's going to happen the instant Yumeko notices Tatsumui's chiselled abs.

Honestly, Kagawa's work of late is extremely predictable and derivative. Which makes me equally disappointed and annoyed because I love, love, love her Iron Fey series. I want Puck
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
"One step at a time, little fox. The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because they simply...start."

This book would make an INCREDIBLE anime or animated series along the lines of Avatar The Last Airbender or something, because it seriously played out like a tv show in my head! It was so awesome! I loved all of the c
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PLEASE don't disappoint me again like you did with Talon, Julie. My heart won't be able to handle it.
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

“You are a weapon; attachments will only slow you down and make you question your objective. Remember, your loyalty is to the Kage, nothing else.”

My first ever read by Julie Kagawa, and let me tell you that I was not disappointed. I was so intrigued when I read the synopsis, and as I predicted I truly loved this book! The setting, characters and story line reminded me so much of an anime. The book has
may ➹
Oct 06, 2018 is currently reading it
sometimes I think I’m getting faster at reading and then I realize that I’ve been trying to read this book for a month and only gotten 23% through
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a physical copy of Shadow of the Fox. Another thank you goes to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy as well. All thoughts are my own and receiving copies of the book did not impact this.


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa was a difficult book to get through. Fantasy novels for me are a little heavier for me to power through. I struggle to get through them but I knew I had to push through this o
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Jan 11, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2018
may ❀
Oct 29, 2018 is currently reading it
just a fraction into the book and its REALLY good, im taking really atmospheric and lots of action, excited!!!

buddy read with the sweetest, kat
✨    jamieson   ✨
Sep 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2018
a heroes journey (legit mt fave trope) featuring a girl who's half kitsune and half human?? good shit thats some Good Shit right there
•Melanie Elizabeth• {To tea, or not to tea? ☕️}
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa was probably the most surprising 5 Star Read I’ve had this year. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The writing style was SPECTACULAR and easy to follow.

I cannot emphasize enough how descriptive the creatures of the fantasy realm were written. Among the various fantasy characters we see:
•Dynasty Nobility
•Tree Spirits

The story is seen through three main characters: Yumeko, half kitsune/half human, Kage Tatsumi, the dark samurai, and a
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thousand years before, a wish was granted and the land of Iwagoto suffered. Now is the time for a new age, a new wish and a new world, but that wish will only be granted to the holder of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. One half-kitsune raised by monks will be tasked with a part of that precious scroll and a quest to find the rest. The fate of her world will rest on her shoulders, but she will not journey alone as an unlikely group of allies join with her, unaware she hides a piece of the pri ...more
L.C. Perry
Jul 09, 2018 is currently reading it


And not only that but this blurb sounds awesome! Gimme!
Shadow of the Fox has me at a loss for how to review it.

It’s received so much praise already - often from other reviewers who I really respect and whose book opinions or recommendations I usually agree with or find helpful - yet despite that, it largely fell flat for me. The prose and the dialogue, in particular, were the reading equivalent of listening to nails on a chalkboard.

What went wrong? Am I just an alien from another planet, operating on an entirely different wavelength from both Julie
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Review copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Shadow of the Fox was a fun ride through a lush Japanese inspired landscape and not at all what I was expecting! I loved so much of this story and found it completely entrancing. If you're looking for a thoroughly developed fantasy world, enchanting mythology and lore, morally grey characters, and a centuries old mystery to unravel ... THIS is the book for you.

Yumi is part human, part kitsune (fox) in
Kelly Brigid
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It is very hard to be human, little fox. Even the humans themselves don't do a great job of it.”

Shadow of the Fox is the perfect fantasy novel that my little Asian heart has been craving! It reminded me of Avatar: the Last Airbender and Beyond the Boundary - two of my favorite cartoons/animes in existence! The flow of this story felt like a living, breathing anime, and I couldn't have been happier! Of course I devoured it in a few days! An absolutely wonderful Japanese inspired fantasy with
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Also, so excited it got moved from October 30th --> October 2nd =D
Asian protagonist, sea dragons, kitsune and magical scrolls? I am in!
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A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book requires a great deal of imagination and Google search.

That is if you are unfamiliar with Japanese folklore. Granted, things and creatures mentioned in this book are described. There's even a glossary at the end of the book (which I found out too late). But sometimes, our imagination cannot measure up to the real thing. So if you ever read this book and you have no
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Raised by monks in the 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 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 of a Thousand Prayers. Whoever holds the scroll will be granted a w
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not know how I am going to do justice to the awesomeness that is SHADOW OF THE FOX - which I've just finished and my mind is officially blown. It is SO FANTASTIC I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START (and am resorting to yelling about how great this is all in caps, apparently). BUT IT'S THAT GOOD! As many exciting twists and turns as Game of Thrones (OMG - the most BRILLIANT surprise POV shift I have EVER SEEN) AND this exciting, cinema-ready fantasy action/adventure is gloriously steeped in Japanes ...more
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
*This review can also be found on YA Books Central & The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen for the ARC in exchange of my honest opinion.*

Julie Kagawa NEVER disappoints. As a fan who has been following her writing since The Iron Fey series came out, I can truly say that each new work PROVES why she is one of my top favorite authors. Shadow of the Fox is the first installment in a new series full of epic Japanese folklore, humor, adventure, action, and some very subtle but pow
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
SO THRILLED for Julie to finally publish a Japanese fantasy. Oh, and it has a super hardcore Inuyasha feel to it ;)

Full review to come!
Shadow of the Fox was a very unique and fascinating book to read. Set in the world of Japanese mythology and culture, this book drew me in and kept me glued until I finished reading the glossary. And it was a fascinating glossary, too!

When half human/half kitsune (fox) Yumeko's only home and family is destroyed by demons, she is set with a task - to get one of the four pieces of the dragon scroll over to a lost temple that has the second piece. As Yumeko (a.k.a. Yumeko-san, a.k.a. Yumeko-chan) r
Vicky Who Reads
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, drcs
4.5 stars

I so enjoyed reading this one! It was really nice and refreshing to have an entertaining fantasy with a strong plot arc and endearing characters.

Shadow of the Fox was first and foremost a really engaging read. It kept me wanting to read, and it had a likeable main character that I wanted to see more of.

I wanted to keep reading, and I wanted to find out next. More and more, I'm seeing books I'm not 100% invested in, but with Shadow of the Fox, I really felt invested in the characters and
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“It is very hard to be human, little fox. Even the humans themselves don’t do a great job of it.” 3 likes
“He told me that the tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehend.” 2 likes
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