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.
I requested Shadow of the Fox from Netgalley because I love reading about kitsunes and the cover is awesome.
The one thing I really liked about this is that the beginning had references to a musical instrument in the book. The instrument in question was a flute, and while it wasn’t the focus of the book it was exciting to see the word in the book as I am planning to learn the flute by myself!
I do wish that more time had been spent on Suki as she was a fascinating character to be introduced to in the first few pages, but then she seemed to serve mainly as a plot device.
I liked how all the characters were portrayed and the in-depth characterisation and development that they had. Nevertheless, in my opinion too much time was spent on introducing the characters and there wasn’t much plot.
I feel like the book could have been a little longer. The book felt like a build-up to the actual story and by the time we got to the interesting part the book had finished. I really wish that it had felt more complete in itself.
This book was okay. I liked the setting and the idea, but as I mentioned in my review, I feel like it was too much of a build-up to the series and did not have enough plot.
Trigger warnings: racism against mixed people.
Have you read Shadow of the Fox? Would you like to?