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Night of the Dragon

nightofthedragon Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
Released: 31st March 2020
Keywords: YA, Fantasy, Japan, Anime, Adventure, Demons, Gore, LGBTQ



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.

eARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

I have loved this series since reading Shadow of the Fox back when it was released in 2018 and have been lucky enough to have recieved advanced copies for both of the other books in the trilogy.

I already had a very strong attachment to the characters before going in to this final book and was a bit scared knowing this was the end and what might happen to them. Without giving too much away, the book was more final than I anticipated but I feel like it worked for the story and was perhaps the only way this was going to end.

I really loved the hope left behind in the prologue though and wish the author would write more stories set in this world. As per the previous 2 books, they are so action packed from start to finish and I love how the fight scenes are written, we also got to meet some new characters and I feel the handling of the fate of other characters was done really well. I will dearly miss these characters and this trilogy will definitely be one I will revisit in years to come.

My rating: 5/5 stars

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