Soul of the Sword

Shadow of the Fox, Book 2
Series: Shadow of the Fox, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One thousand years ago, a wish was made and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. A weapon powerful enough to seal away the formidable demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful Scroll of a Thousand Prayers 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. But she has a new enemy now, more dangerous than any she has yet faced. The demon Hakaimono is free at last, and he has possessed the very person Yumeko trusted to protect her from the evil at her heels, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has only one goal: to break the curse of the sword and set himself free to rain chaos and destruction over the land forevermore. To do so, he will need the scroll. And Yumeko is the only one standing in his way.

©2019 Julie Kagawa (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Wonderful Continuation of the Story

This installment was definitely a continuation of the previous story. I’m not sure it would really make sense if you hadn’t read the first book. We learned more about the history and geography of Iwagoto in this book. I loved how much more we learned about the characters in this book. I love getting the first person narrative from different characters as it gives you a unique perspective, and the multi-narration cast really helps to distinguish each section.

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Influence of a Dragon's Prayer

Many twist and turns through country, emotions, friends and enemies. Can't wait for the third book.

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Good sequel, a bit slower than book 1

Wow, this book has a lot going on. It's a good sequel, although I didn't like it quite as much. Yumeko and Tatsumi are separated for most of the book so their romance doesn't progress much unfortunately. We did get a surprise pairing that, while not hinted at all in the first book, I enjoyed immensely! I loved getting Hakaimono's point of view throughout the story, he's so evil but I kind of like it. And the way we saw Tatsumi trapped inside himself was pretty cool too. The pacing was off in this one, it didn't flow as nicely and had a couple slow spots. I still liked the plot and overall I was engaged and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all ends!

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Frustrating and will not continue the series

A protagonist who is often described as cunning keeps making emotional, selfish, and reckless decisions. Kagawa manages to keep scenes in high tension but writes tedious scenes in those places of high tension that has me screaming for the protagonist to get moving and keep the goal and mission in mind instead of wasting precious time. I have no interest in a romance that developed only because of proximity and not because of character traits, deeds, or actions. The series has an interesting storyline. It is the stupidity of the characters that has me quitting. Continue the series if you like dumb luck, unlikely scenarios, and villains letting the heroes live while the heroes are vulnerable and doing emotional things.

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A wonderfully woven story. One horrid voice.

Fascinating story. But the whiny voice they chose for suki's chapters was cringe worthy to the point of making me want to fast forward her chapters. I get its voicing a ghost but she sounds like shes crying as she reads it.

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worse than the first one

the lore is fantastic for this stuff, I will say first. other than that this book was underwhelming compared to the second one and has very random acts of love seemingly out of nowhere. as I liked the first one this one threw me off of the series. might not try the third unless it goes on sale or something.

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Need next book now

Julie Kagawa has done it again. I was not disappointed with the second book of the Shadow of the Fox tale. It reads like an anime and I just love that. The narrators were awesome. The characters were great. The story was amazing. The ending, OMG I need the next book now. Can't believe it's almost over.

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awesome!

loved it! love the folk lore and the plot. couldn't put it down. cant wait for the next one

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Entertaining story, excellent production

The story was gripping and never dull nor predictable . Exceptional world building with balanced adventure and character building . Once you start listening you won’t want to put it down. The performance was as good as it gets. Unlike some performances you could easily discern who is who. The performance was the right tone to remain interesting throughout .

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  • Ross H
  • 02-25-20

Read it already!

This was a great sequel, full of action, yokai, ghosts and samurai. Though there is romance it is not heavy handed which i like. Love the twists and turns, cant wait to read the next one!

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  • Horsin' Around
  • 08-29-19

Ripping good yarn!

if you are looking at this, you already have read the first book and loved it. I often struggle with sequels, but this fits so seamlessly to the first, it's as though it is one book split, for some reason, in two. Brian, Joy and Emily elevate this story by their flawless and sensitive narration. Again! my only issue is a need to wait until next year for the next installment. sigh...

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  • Hayley, Escape Into YA Books
  • 08-04-19

Another Great Read (or Listen) by Julie Kagawa

The second book in the Shadow of the Fox series sees Yumeko and friends try to complete their original quest while still hoping to rescue Tatsumi from being possessed by Hakaimono. During the battle at Satome’s castle, Yumeko’s real nature was revealed. Tatsumi was so shocked and betrayed that he let his emotions overwhelm him allowing Hakaimono - the demon imprisoned in the sword Kamigoroshi – to possess his body. Now Hakaimono is free to ravage the land, wreaking his vengeance on the Shadow Clan. But he can still be killed thanks to his mortal form and so he seeks a way to return to his true oni body. The Kage Clan nip at his heels, desperate to kill him – and his host – and return Hakaimono back to  Kamigorishi. Meanwhile, Yumeko, Okame, Daisuke, Reika, Mast Jiro and the two dogs must navigate the intricate schemes of the Shadow Clan and travel to the Steel Feather Temple to deliver the scroll piece. But with the chaos of Hakaimono other demons crawl out of the shadow, new enemies rise and Iwagoto is more dangerous than ever especially for the group travelling with the world’s most precious treasure. This book built on the themes and characters well and I loved seeing more of Iwagoto, especially the Kage Clan. It was fascinating to see this literally shadowed place that produced such dangerous, emotionless killers and it definitely lived up to the hype. I was desperate to learn more about Lady Hanshou, the mysterious Clan leader. Daisuke was great at showing the intricate politics and social etiquette of the courts – he continually returned one witty, veiled insult for another – and I enjoyed watching him face off with the various nobles he encountered, even the snooty Kage nobility (I was surprised such a military-centric clan even has nobles). The torment poor Tatsumi endured while inside Hakaimono was heart-breaking, especially to see him suffer such torture simply because he allowed himself to feel. Though I must admit Hakaimono’s perspective on the various oni, yurei and yokai were fascinating. Their continued struggle, and later battle of wills, was fascinating and really made the climax even more tense and shocking. Plus it was entertaining to watch their two goals – kill Tatsumi’s friends or help them – paired with the legendary struggle of human spirit versus demonic continue from the first instant to the very last. We learned more about each of Yumeko’s friends and I loved the layers they each had. Daisuke and Okame were my favourite side characters and I loved learning more about them and watching the two completely opposing characters interact. Well, my other favourite side characters were Chu and Ko – who wouldn’t love cute little dogs that transform into enormous battle-ready beasts! There were a few twists and surprises with the characters, which I really enjoyed, and there was one that had me gaping then screaming with joy. Suki has joined up with the strange, mysterious man, Lord Seigetsu. He was odd, he knew so much about everyone in Iwagoto and showed such a distinct interested in Yumeko and her friends. Even dangerous oni and yokai seemed to fear him and I couldn’t help but wonder who – or what – he was and why he cared. Along with Suki he is accompanied by a small, one-eyed demon named Taka. He was cute and naïve and so loyal to his master. It was intriguing to see how Seigetsu, Taka and Suki would impact on the story. As always I really loved how Yumeko and Tatsumi have such a strong, unbreakable bond – even separated by thousands of miles and demonic possession. It was truly epic how they still fought for each other, especially how Yumeko, a small half-kitsune, was willing to stand up to the powerful and monstrous First Oni. One of the main reasons I love their relationship is that both are so naïve when it comes to relationships and the fact that they didn’t just instantly love or feel attracted to the other, they don’t even kiss! It was a fantastic change to standard YA books, and I love how realistic it was, especially given both character’s backgrounds. As always with Kagawa’s books, I loved it and it is definitely my favourite series by her and is one of my all-time favourite series! The mythology is straight out of Japanese legends and I loved seeing them used in a modern-day version. Kitsunes are one of my top five mythological creatures and Yumeko is great at embodying the mischievous, fun-loving nature of the fox yokai. I give it 5/5 and am so very excited I have a signed copy of both of books in this series!