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  • Foxy...

    I am a fan of the Iron Fey series, so going into this book I had high hopes and I was not disappointed. Yumeko was the perfect combination of naive and cunning. Kage wasn’t brooding, he was introspective and because of the way the book was written we got to see what he was feeling and why. They were both well rounded characters, there was so much more than surface appearances both physically and mentally. Their companions were also well fleshed out characters. The world building was extremely well done, and I enjoyed the lead characters journey. The only criticism that I have is that the villains could’ve been a bit more fleshed out. Because everyone is after the scroll and therefore the ultimate wish the villain’s motivations aside from the obvious were left out, and we got bad guys who were bad because they are bad. But there was a twist at the end that may not justify their lack of development, but it excuses it. The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, because the first part of the journey is over. However there is so much mystery left for both the characters and the readers. I can not wait for the next book.

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  • Very fun and interesting read!

    I absolutely loved Shadow of the Fox! My book slump may have stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have, however, this was a very nice read. Let's talk about Julie Kagawa's writing first, because wow. From the beginning, the prose is just so flowery (in the best way), the descriptions are beautifully done and it was able to draw me in immediately. No spoilers – but I do have to admit the change after the first chapter startled me. I wasn't expecting it, and I was actually quite sad (which, I mean, was probably the point). But sad after only one chapter?? The power. And I do have to mention the fact that the book is written with two POVs (well, two and a half) and that was also incredibly well written. The worst thing for me is if I'm reading and I just cannot remember for the life of me whose POV this is, and I did not have that problem once in Shadow of the Fox. The way the two character's voices are as different from one another as their personalities are made is so easy to tell who was speaking. So props to the author for that!! The characters. Yumeko was such a fun character follow through all her adventures. Because she has been sheltered in a temple her entire life, we get to discover the world through her (quite naïve) eyes from the beginning. This, paired with Julie Kawaga's writing, really made me feel as if I had been plunged into a world full of Japanese myths and culture in general. I also adored the whole kitsune thing. Honestly, not only do I find it really, really cool, it added a whole other dimension to the story. All in all, Yumeko is a very interesting character who is lost and young and yet determined and very clear about her objectives. You find yourself rooting for her immediately!! Tatsumi... ah Tatsumi. Long story short, Tatsumi is a sort of shadowy samurai (listen I'm bad at explaining things) who wears a sword cursed with the spirit of this super-scary-wants-to-kill-everyone demon. He has been trained all his life just to be a weapon for the Kage and to repress his feelings in order not to lose control of the super-scary-wants-to-kill-everyone demon. *insert cute lost girl who really needs his help* It's very hard to choose a favorite between Yumeko and Tatsumi. I loved them both, but maybe Tatsumi wins by a little bit just because well... he's a tortured boi (totally my type. sorry not sorry). Tatsumi's character development, while not huge and in your face, was very well written. I feel like if he had started changing any sooner – or any more – it just would not have fit his character. He was conditioned to be a certain way all his life; you really can't expect him to be a drastically different person in just a few weeks. Okame!!! Okame was honestly such a breath of fresh air. He was the one who brought the humor to the book – something very appreciated. Okame is a ronin, a samurai without a master and that doesn't follow the code of honor. He is very self deprecating, and yet, he puts it off as a joke (don't lie. we all do it. it's bad. we're awesome). He is loud and funny and pretty obnoxious and definitely a character I can't wait to read more about. (He's the Kenji (Shatter Me) of the book.) The rest of the characters were fine. They weren't bad but they weren't great either. I just feel they all came into the story a bit late so I feel like I haven't really gotten to know them yet. That said, I really cannot wait to read more about them in the next book that I will be reading ASAP! I've already kind of said this, but the world in Shadow of the Fox was marvellous. I loooove cultures other than western and this book delivered. The mixing of the myths and prophecies and demons, monsters, etc was done very well and it was a pleasure to read. I especially loved the particular attention the author payed to the fact that something isn't always what we think it is, that evil isn't always evil. The romance was pretty non-existent in this book (although I do predict more of it in the next one) and that was perfectly fine for me. A little wink at what's to come here and there made me smile, and I honestly cannot wait to see how that's gonna develop in the sequel. But for now, slow buuuurrrnnnnn So I did give this book four stars. I believe the only thing that stopped me from giving it five was the predictability. This book (at least for me) did not leave me at the edge of my seat. Now, while that may change in the sequel, it was pretty easy to guess what was going to happen – no surprises.

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  • Amazing!

    As a huge fan of julie kagawa's previous book (the talon saga) I was not dissapointed at all! The characters are all so well written, and i cant wait for the next book!

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  • Magical MUST READ

    This is currently my favourite book. I just finished it, and all I want to do is read the next book. It's absolutely fantastic, and I would argue one of the best of Julie Kagawa's stories so far. It's a breathtaking adventure filled with action, monsters, deception, magic, blossoming romance, lore... I really could go on! The story itself is exciting, with grand battles and trials around nearly every corner. The world is absolutely gorgeous and filled with all kinds of Japanese monsters and creatures. There were so many open storylines that I'm dying to see resolved, so many backstories I need to hear. The characters are stellar. I loved the side characters like Okame and Daisuke, but my full attention was on the main characters of Yumeko and Tatsumi. Both of them are strong on their own––with Yumeko's curiosity and determination, and Tatsumi's inner struggle––but together they are a force to be reckoned with. His moments defending her are almost as thrilling as her genuine kindness to him, no matter what he does. While I completely adore this book for everything it is, I would come back for their relationship alone, especially after that ending! I have so many questions and theories about this story and its mysteries, and I'm genuinely biting my nails in anticipation for what comes next. This group of unlikely heroes has a long journey ahead of them, and I can't wait to see where it goes.

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  • Pretty good

    I love the japanese diolauge at the end. A mortal/fox how cool is that!

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