Book Review: Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (sequel to Shadow of the Fox)
Published: 27th June 2019 by HQ
Keywords: YA, Fantasy, Japan, Anime, Adventure, Demons, Gore, LGBTQ
SPOILER WARNING FOR SHADOW OF THE FOX
One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.
Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.
After reading Shadow of the Fox last year and loving it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel! The end of the book was a bit hazy as it had been months since reading it and I was slightly worried about jumping back into this world but it was made very easy for me to pick back up and get straight back into the story.
The book keeps the same charms from the first book that I fell in love with, and of course the characters are some of my favourites. We really get a better look at Tatsumi and his relationship with Yumeko which was just heart warming. We also get a real good look at the demon Hakaimono and learn more of the general backstory and the role he ends up playing in this book I thought was really interesting and not something I saw coming.
I will say there is a LGBT romance in this book that I really didn’t see coming and it did felt a bit forced but that might just be me. As with book 1, the ending of this really left me not able to put the book down until I had finished it, I actually feel like the end of this book was even better than the first book with a great twist.
I really love how Julie writes her fight scenes, some I have read previously in other books felt messy and hard to picture what is happening but she writes it in a way that you can see it playing out which is awesome.
For those that havn’t read Shadow of the Fox, it very much feels like watching an epic Anime which is a big part of it’s appeal for me and this carries over to the sequel. Same great humor and characters, highly anticipating what comes next!
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
THIS eARC WAS SENT TO ME FOR REVIEW VIA NETGALLEY