Shadow of the Fox
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Format Paperback ARC from publisher
Pub Date 24th September 2018
Price $19.99 AUD
Purchase at: https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781489267368/shadow-of-the-fox/
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shadow of the Fox was a really cool Japanese inspired fantasy that was fast paced and kept me wanting more. I really enjoyed it and read it entirely in one sitting. It was easy to read, and both the language and story flowed really well. Initially I had trouble keeping track of different names, characters, places and legends but once I wrapped my head around the numerous Japanese names I really got into the story. This story was filled to the brim with all kinds of magic and magical creatures. I haven’t read many Japanese inspired books before but I really enjoyed learning about all the different myths and magic associated with Japanese culture. Not only was there a fantastic number of magical creatures in this book but demons were thrown into the mix and the dark twist on this fantasy was interesting and captured my imagination from the very beginning. Yumeko was a really awesome main character. I liked that she wasn’t timid, she stood up for herself and fought for what she believed in, no matter what anyone else said, she stayed true to herself. I really love when this happens. She wasn’t indecisive, she knew exactly what she wanted and who she was. The romance was a slow burn and build, and just enough to keep you wishing for more. The side characters were funny and were written very well. The only issues I had with this book is one, it is told from two different POVs and the chapters in my version were not labelled, sometimes I found the voices hard to distinguish from one another. Two, that although it is full of action and the plot fast paced, the storyline doesn’t move forward as much as you expect. Despite the outcomes and revelations throughout the book, it seems to me the characters are in a very similar place at the end of the book compared to the start. However, that being said, the ending was a great way to keep readers engaged, curious and desperate for more. I’m excited this book is part of a series and will be looking forward to the next book!
Thanks to Harlequin Australia for my advanced copy of Shadow of the Fox, in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not represent the author or publisher.