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Shadow of the Fox

Magazine article School Librarian

Shadow of the Fox

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Kagawa, Julie

Shadow of the Fox

HarperCollins, 2018, pp464, [pounds sterling]7.99 978 1 848 45739 3

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox)

HarperCollins, 2019, pp384, [pounds sterling]7.99 978 1 848 45740 9

Set in the mythical world of Iwagoto, this epic fantasy is infused with rich descriptive layers of Japanese mythology in a land inhabited by spirits, monsters, witches and immortals. Shadow of the Fox begins with the legend of the mighty Kami dragon who can be summoned to grant your heart's desire providing the summoner has perfectly recited from the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Last time the dragon wish caused the world to plunge into chaos and so the scroll was torn into fragments and hidden. Now a thousand years later, someone or something is searching for the scroll pieces with deadly and evil intent.

Our heroine is the likeable Yumeko, a girl who is half kitsune yokai, a playful fox spirit shapeshifter. Her sheltered existence growing up in the Silent Winds Temple is shattered when all is destroyed in a demon raid. Forced to flee with the head priest's dying wish ringing in her ears, she must search for the Steel Feather Temple and deliver the part of the ancient scroll she carries. A quirk of fate brings Yumeko and Tatsumi a stern samurai warrior together and they form an alliance. The dual narrative reveals how they are drawn to one another. He has been tasked by his clan with seeking the scroll and thinks Yumeko can lead him to it not realising that she has part of it in her possession. …

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