Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. I’ve been trying to catch up on both my goodreads challenge (can I say, YIKES, I’m 43 books behind) and on ARCs and I’ve only barely started to make a difference. School sucks 😭
I’ve read a few fantasy books in a row now but believe me as soon as I’m done with Night of the Dragon (sequel to Soul of the Sword) I am going to read so many contemporary and romance novels. I don’t know about you, but these days, I’ve really felt like reading contemporary/romance novels.
Tell me in the comments if you feel the same, if you’re feeling like reading another genre lately of if you just don’t care! Also, has quarantine changed that answer? For me, I’m not sure, I think it’s been that way for a while. Maybe I’m just craving love (I want cuddles 🥺)
Anyway I’m gonna stop talking now, let’s get into the review! Read my review of the previous book in this series here.
*this review contains mild spoilers for Shadow of the Fox (link to Goodreads). Proceed with caution!*
Title: Soul of the Sword
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Shadow of the Fox #2
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Date published: June 25th 2019
Rep: Japenese setting (all characters are POC), gay side couple
Length: 304 pages
Content warning: graphic violence, death, death of an animal companion
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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 end of the last book, I needed answers, okay? I’m going to try to write this review with the least possible spoilers for Shadow of the Fox (because I really hate when a review contains spoilers) but I mean there are some things I just can’t discuss about the book without giving away a few things. Nothing major, but still!
This book, just like the last one, was really good. However, since the book was pretty short for a fantasy book (and because of something else I will mention later), I’m going to write this review a little differently today.
Things I liked:
- The writing is still as nice as in Shadow of the Fox – I really love Julie Kagawa’s writing.
- This book (at least a part of it) was action packed, and that action was also very well written.
- The characters – still love them!! It was very nice to get to know the group a little bit more than we had in the previous book.
- DAISUKE. For obvious reasons you know of you’ve read Shadow of the Fox, you know Tatsumi – who was my favorite in the last book – wasn’t so present in this one. But Daisuke oh my god I LOVED HIM in this book!!! Such a god.
- Daisuke and Okame DaisukE AND OKAME DAISUKE AND OKAME. I predicted it you guys. If you’re friends with me on Goodreads (please be I love friends 🥺) you know I predicted them!!! And even though we didn’t see much of it they GIVE ME LIFE
- Yumeko actually getting to use her powers!!!
- Yumeko and Tatsumi’s relationship! The slow burn is still here but we’re getting thereeeee
- Suki. FINALLY WE GET TO KNOW WHY SHE’S THERE. Also the other mysterious dude I want to know who he is he is so cool
Things I didn’t like so much:
- The beginning-middle of this book was SO BORING. If you’re planning on reading it, I would say the end is worth getting through the beginning, but wow some parts were boring. I didn’t want to give up – and I’m glad I didn’t – but ugh
- In relation to point one, while Hakaimono’s parts could be interesting, I just… didn’t care. oops
- I miss Tatsumi. But that’s nothing against the book. I just,, miss him
- This book honestly felt like a filler for the series. While it was still interesting and the plot still moved on, the book is clearly so short because well, not MUCH happened in the book. It was a necessary filler, but definitely still was a filler and felt like one.
- Why add a gay couple to the series to kill them off? (I’M NOT SAYING THEY DIED. MAYBE THEY DID. MAYBE THEY DIDN’T. NO SPOILERS. YOU DON’T KNOW) I mean I guess the whole tragic gay story is a common thing but come on. Please don’t.
- Someone’s death in this book (I will not disclose their name) felt very unnecessary. I didn’t know them or connect with them enough to feel sad and while I understand it basically was to make their journey a little harder… It was just very unnecessary.
- One last thing. I talked about this in my last review (Moonscript by H. S. J. Williams – where this was actually done well) but why? WHY? Do teenagers in YA who are 16-17 act so old? I understand life circumstances are different in fantasy settings, but still. It does get a little ridiculous at times. I forgot Tatsumi and Yumeko were 17 and 16 respectively and it was a shock when I was reminded of it. This has started to bother me recently and it’s not fun 😂
In the end, I still really liked the book and am glad I was able to push through the other parts. I definitely didn’t like it as much as the first book, but it’s totally worth the read.
Thanks for reading!
So tell me, have you read this series? If yes, what did you think? If no, do you want to? These covers give me life tbh. Also tell me if you, like me, are feeling like reading very genre-specific reads recently or if you just don’t really care. I’m genuinely interested to know!!