Julie Kagawa is best known for her Iron Fey series, but my introduction to her work was the Blood of Eden trilogy, a dystopian/vampire adventure that I really enjoyed.
The Shadow of the Fox is the first in this fantasy series with creative mythological elements.
from the description: Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near...and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.
Yumeko, half-human and half-kitsune, has an important role to play in keeping the forces of evil at bay, but she is half-kitsune and is inclined to pranks. Raised in a monastery, Yumeko is truly naive about the wider world, but she is good-hearted and aware of what she owes to the monks. When the temple is destroyed by demons, Yumkeo finds herself charged with a great responsibilty: she must deliver the fragment of the scroll entrusted to her to the Steel Feather Shrine. Her experiences have been limited to the sanctuary of the monastery, but now she must undertake a journey into a world she knows little about.
The second pov comes from Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan, whose life has been circumscribed by his clan leaders. His current mission it to dispatch anyone who stands in his way of obtaining the fragment of the scroll that Yumeko carries. Unaware that she is carrying the fragment, Tatsumi believes Yumeko can help him locate it and aids her in her journey.
Villains, demons, samurai, ronin, shape-shifters, kami and more. A little slow at the start, the pacing increases with the destruction of the temple that sets Yumeko in her prophesied role.
Read in May; blog review scheduled for Sept. 13.
YA/Fantasy/Folkore/Adventure. Oct. 2, 2018. Print length: 400 pages.