{Review} Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

Soul of the Sword

Shadow of the Fox #2

Julie Kagawa

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.

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Published: June 25th 2019 

Review: Shadow of the Fox

“All souls have a destiny. Some are simply brighter than others.”

I won’t call this one disappointing, because I still enjoyed it and am looking forward to the finale. However, I can say I wasn’t as invested as I was reading book one. 

I don’t have too much to say about this one, so we’re going to keep this review kind of short.

We’re one another journey, coming in right after the events of book one trying to save Tatsumi and… nothing new really happened. We’re romping through the woods, we run into trouble, we get out of trouble, interject some light humor and there you go. 

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And as much as I love found families going on adventures… this one lacked the charm of book one. It wasn’t the characters per se, I’d argue they were the best part of the story; it dragged a bit and it had more POV’s that I… didn’t really care about reading? Every time we’d go inside the villains head, I’d count down the pages until we were back on the main track of the story.

I understand why his POV was needed, the main two are separated for the majority of the book and we need to see what Tatsumi is up to from said villains perspective, but it’s really heartbreaking when a villain doesn’t intrigue me enough to want to stay with him. And this villain wasn’t grabbing me by the shirt and dominating my attention.

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But, I’m harping on the negative after just saying I enjoyed this book… yikes. I did like our little group of saviors and the diversity between them. They’re all so different and work so well together. Not once did I think one of them were unnecessary— they were a unit and they were perfect together.

The mythology, again, continues to be a strong point in the series. We’re introduced to even more creatures and beings and the breathe life into the world-building. Some were sneaky, some were helpful and some were down right dangerous they’re all pretty dangerous but you get my point, but when they made an appearance, I was there for it all of the way.

There were more risk! And the stakes were higher! And there was a cliffhanger! And despite all of my harping, I’m intrigued to see how it ends… but I can’t lie and say my excitement went down a few notches.

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