You guys!!! I finally finished this series 😭I have to admit it was a wild ride, with its ups and downs, but it was so worth reading.
Read my review of Shadow of the Fox – here
Read my review of Soul of the Sword (#2) – here
*beware of minor spoilers for the two books above*
Title: Night of the Dragon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Shadow of the Fox #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: either HQ Young Adult or Inkyard press, Goodreads and Netgalley say two different things…
Date published: March 31st 2020
Rep: Japanese (all characters are POC), gay side couple
Content warning: lots of death
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Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.
*Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Oh god I will try to keep this review short because I want to keep it spoiler free and also because my brain flew out of my body the moment I finished this book.
I’m afraid of repeating myself – my thoughts about the setting and the writing have pretty much been the same all throughout the series; aka it’s been phenomenal. Read this series if only for the rich and amazing Japanese culture and the really great writing!
One thing I did notice though (that doesn’t really have anything to do with the book itself) is the similarities between Shadow of the Fox, more specifically Night of the Dragon, and Mo Dao Zu Shi (it’s a Chinese novel and you better dm me for the links if you haven’t read yet). I guess it’s more about the similarities between Japanese and Chinese culture which, although very different, unique, and fascinating in their own way, definitely have some similar points. At the beginning of the book there’s a scene where they find a whole city turned undead and I thought I was back in Yi City with Wei Wuxian, Lan Wanji, and the juniors. It was awesome!
Overall, the characters were also amazing. I GOT TATSUMI BACK, BLESS. I had missed him so much. I fell even more in love with both Okame and Daisuke (and both of them together), and even though Reika never got completely through to me I still really liked her. We didn’t really get to know Suki that well, but I liked she got a bigger part of the story in this book. Also I remember writing in my review of the previous book that I thought Seigetsu was cool. I take it back.
This book was really action packed from beginning to end. You definitely never got bored!!
But… that was also a little bit of a bad thing for me. On the one hand, it was great, but on the other, the climax of the book lasted for so. long. It just got a little tiring. I felt like the author dragged out some scenes that could have been shorter and cleaner.
Otherwise, I was about the throw my book (kindle) out the window at the end. Like seriously I was so angry.
But the epilogue fixed everything (thank god).
This book was hovering between a 3.5 stars and 4 stars the entire time, but then the very end made me give it a solid 4 stars.
In the end, this series was a really great one and I really recommend it! While it might not have been (at least for me) a book you just can’t put down – and I’m not really sure why that is? Once, I read it, it was fine, but I wouldn’t necessarily be aching to pick it back up after I put it down – it is still sooo worth the read. I will definitely miss all of the characters a whole big lot!
“I’ll be your strength,” I told her softly. “Let me be your weapon, the blade that cuts through your enemies.”
She was going to be the death of both of us, and I suddenly didn’t care.
Have you read this book/series? Please tell me what you thought if you did! If you didn’t, do you plan to? I mean if not for the amazing characters and setting, do it for the covers. They give me life.