Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018
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.
First let me start by saying I love Japan and Japanese culture (well I’m really fascinated by all cultures and mythologies) and have enjoyed every visit there. I think I’ve said many times that I wish more cultural inspired fantasies would come out and that, but I will say Japan has been one of my favourite holiday destinations in Asia over the past decade and how I wish there were more YA books like this when I was younger! 😛 But anyway, those reviewers who have managed to get an advanced copy seem to be really pleased with this series starter mostly due to what they say is a well crafted setting and well researched folklore that the author has woven her own tale in. Just looking at the cover made me realise I need this book in my life… and I’m also intrigued by what the yokai are so I just HAVE to somehow get this book once it comes out and if I take a trip to Japan again… one can dream…