Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mini Review: Soul Of The Sword (Shadow Of The Fox #2) by: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: June 25, 2019
from Inkyard Press
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

After the way Shadow Of The Fox ended, I was excited to see where the story went in Soul Of The Sword. Julie Kagawa is an author that just loves hurting her readers (I’m looking at you ending of The Iron Queen) and I just had to know how these poor characters would come through. And man Soul Of The Sword puts them through the wringer and of course the ending leaves the reader READY for the next book. Kagawa always kills it with her endings. I do think Soul Of The Sword suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. There was some of it that I just felt dragged a bit and there were a few side steps that I was meh about, but all in all I enjoyed it and I am really looking forward to the next book. The way this book ends has me so curious about how Julie Kagawa is going to pull it all together. I have come to love Yumeko so much and she is a great heroine. Honestly, this whole case of characters is great and they really balance one another so well. It is such a rag tag group of heroes and they have some really fun banter. I will admit that my favorite POV to read from was our demon Hakaimono's because sometimes it is just fun to be in the head of a character that truly does not care and is plain evil… it’s also just outside the norm which makes it intriguing. All in all, Soul Of The Sword really set this series up for an exciting conclusion and I am excited to see what Julie Kagawa delivers next.

2 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to read Julie Kagawa forever! I have a few of her books on my kindle, but haven't read anything by her. She seems really popular. I'm glad you were able to enjoy Soul of the Sword, even though it suffered from middle book syndrome. Great Review Teresa :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  2. I love Julie Kagawa's books as well, but I'm so behind on so many books and series I haven't started her latest series. I was very excited about Shadow of the Fox but haven't read it yet. I'm glad Soul of the Sword was a good edition to the series. I'm sorry it dragged in places but I'm glad it didn't turn you off the whole series. Thank you for writing such a great review!

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

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