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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
This is the sequel to Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, you can read my review of the first novel here. The synopsis and review might include spoilers for the first novel.
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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 the sudden and climatic ending of Shadow Of The Fox I dove straight into the sequel without hesitation! I needed to know what was to become of my beloved characters! The sequel was again told through multiple POVs, however due to Tatsumi’s current predicament, it is Hakaimono who narrated their chapters. We glimpsed into the inner thoughts of the evil demon who was determined to wreak havoc on the world!
This novel contained everything I loved about the first book, the multiple POVs, inclusion of Japanese legends & folklore, entertaining and diverse characters and an important quest! But there was also more drama, more risks, more action, more emotion and more tension! I was on the edge of my seat whilst reading most of this novel!
It’s not often that a sequel can blow me away as much as the first book but I really think Julie Kagawa succeeded. The world the author has created was so vivid and detailed, I felt immersed in Yumeko’s world of mage’s and demons, of magic and samurai! I thought the plot of this novel flowed much more easily and steadily than the first, I was interested throughout.
The thing I loved the most about Shadow of the Fox as well as in the sequel was Yumeko’s group of travelling friends. They were all characters with brilliantly individual personalities but together they formed a solid friendship built on trust and loyalty. I would love to be part of that group!
If you’re considering picking up this series or read the first one and are considering buying the second, I definitely recommend it!!
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