Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Night of the Dragon

 

Author: Julie Kagawa

 

Book Series: Shadow of the Fox Book 3

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: March 31, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, death, slight love and romance)

 

Publisher: Inkyard Press

 

Pages: 384

 

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Synopsis: Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.

Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.

But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.

 

Review: I thought this book did amazing! I loved the relationships and how the characters interact with one another. I think that’s one of the best things about this series, the author realistically portrays relationships between others in a way that anyone can relate. The plot did well and the book continued well from the second to this. The ending was amazing and this will definitely be a series that I reread!

 

My only issue is, again, the world building, but it was better than the first two books.

 

Verdict: I recommend this series!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Disclaimer: I got this book from Owlcrate. Aka I bought it. All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, death, brutality, slight sexual content)

 

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

 

Pages: 409

 

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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.

 

Review: Okay so for the most part I thought this was a well done novel. I thought that the book was great, especially if you’re a fan of manga or anime. I also felt that the characters were pretty well developed and the story was very intriguing.

 

However, I do feel that the world building wasn’t as well done and the pacing was everywhere. I also felt that the book was kind of hard to follow. The book introduced a lot of different monsters and legends, but didn’t explain in the writing. There was a glossary in the back, but there was still a lack of description as to what the monsters looked liked and acted, etc.

 

Verdict: An okay book, but great for manga or anime lovers.