Book Reviews

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) by Julie Kagawa

Night of the DragonTitle: Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Rating: ★★★★

Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu.

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.

For whatever reason, this novel tugged at my heart strings. I knew how everything was going to turnout, but putting myself in Yumeko’s shoes, dang, I’m not sure how I’d be able to accomplish what she is. I love her! She is such a great dynamic character, her growth from the first novel to the last was so significant and she is so pure of heart, full of doubt, and hopeful that you can’t help but like her.

Next…the supporting characters who are super supportive and selfless, but also main characters. The story just wouldn’t be the same without them. Usually, there are multiple characters I dislike, but man, Tatsumi (*heart eyes*), Daisuke, Okame, Reika, and Suki are all such good friends. They all have their own personalities, but are willing to risk it all for the better of Iwagoto.

The magic system intertwined within Iwagoto is unique in of itself. The Japanese mythology woven throughout the trilogy is refreshing and animating. I find myself wanting to look more into the history. Now I know where Eevee and Ninetails came from!

What I didn’t like was the predictability of the story. While I liked the outcome, I like a little suspense. One thing I didn’t find believable was the demons being “good” or turned off by the protagonists. I don’t think demons would react that way. However, none of this ruined the plot by any means.

“you’ll know it’s me because our souls will recognize each other”

Night of the Dragon is a tale of friendship, love, and the power of good. Readers who like a story where the good guys win and the bad get what they deserve will love this novel.

See my review for Shadow of the Fox here.
See my review for Soul of the Sword here.

On my honor, I will find my way back to you.

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Six for Sunday – March 29, 2020

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Six Characters Who I’d Like to be Like


1. Yumeko, Night of the Dragon, Julie Kagawa

2. Maia, Spin the Dawn, Elizabeth Lim

3. Wren, Girls of Paper and Fire, Natasha Ngan

4. Fie, The Merciful Crow, Margaret Rogerson

5. Veronyka, Heart of Flames, Nicki Pau Preto

6. Fiske, Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

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First Lines Friday – March 27, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

Leon hated Vahrian airships, but since unloading them put beers on his table, he faked a smile as he picked up the crate.
“Good evening, Captain”, he said.
I hope you fall in the sea and drown, he thought.

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Across the Broken Stars

Title: Across the Broken Stars
Author: Jed Herne
Rating: ★★★★

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim …

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

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April 2020 Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers

FairyLoot
Memories

About the box:

Memories are precious things, aren’t they? They play a significant role in our featured book of the month and this theme revolves around memories, whether they’re good or bad, forgotten or unforgettable, hidden or exposed.

In this box you can expect items inspired by Throne of GlassThe BeautifulHarry PotterDaughter of Smoke and Bone and more! This box will also include Volume III of the collectible secret book designed by @noverantale, and this is the most beautiful one yet – Nova has outdone herself!

Our featured book of the month is set in a world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain, where magic is feared and rebels are trying to overthrow the crown. This tale of revenge, love and magic had us hooked from page one and we are still reeling from the twist at the end. The FairyLoot exclusive edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVERSPRAYED EDGESARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET by @taratjah and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!

My Guess:

Incendiary

From Goodreads:

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.


LitJoy Crate
Ride or Die

April Theme: Women Warriors; Theme art by @maggie.rose

About the Box:

This April, LitJoy is kicking butt and taking names! We are riding horseback into battle, yielding our sword, and saving our kingdom. With our cunning mind we will overthrow a full space station. The courage in our hearts will aid us in our quest to destroy a darker evil. Our royal bloodline will be preserved and our family honored by our heroism. Yes, this April is a full celebration of iconic literary Women Warriors!

About the Book

Our April title is a triumphant stand-alone epic fantasy that you will not be able to put down! It begins with a tragedy that leaves our heroine without a family, home, or royal prestige. When all hope seems lost, she hatches a plan that will win her back her destiny and reveal the true danger in her path!

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Tip-in Artwork by @taratjah
  • Reversible Dust Jacket Artwork by @taratjah
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

In this crate, you’ll find items representing these fandoms:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Game of Thrones
  • Sorcery of Thorns
  • Mulan

My Guess:

Empire of Dreams

From Goodreads:

New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson makes a triumphant return to the world of her award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy in this extraordinary stand-alone novel. With action, adventure, and a heroine set on destroying the patriarchal limits meant to keep her in her place, The Empire of Dreams once again proves that Rae Carson is a master of epic fantasy.

Even though Red Sparkle Stone is a foundling orphan with an odd name and a veiled past, she’s about to be adopted into the royal family—by Empress Elisa herself. Sixteen-year-old Red can hardly believe her luck. Then, in a stunning political masterstroke, the empress’s greatest rival blocks the adoption, and Red is left with no family and no future.

Grieving and lost, but determined to find her place, Red hatches a daring plan: she will prove herself as a recruit for the world’s most elite fighting force, the legendary Royal Guard—something no woman has done before. But it’s no coincidence that someone wanted her to fail as a princess, someone whose shadowy agenda puts everything she loves at risk. As danger closes in, it will be up to Red and her new friends—and maybe some new enemies—to save the empire. If they can survive recruitment year.


OwlCrate
Full Moon Magic

About the Box:

We know this is quite early, but we couldn’t wait to share our upcoming April theme with you!
The theme of the April box is… FULL MOON MAGIC!

The book we’ve chosen for April is an addictive fantasy all about a group of women and girls who use the power of the moon to help the souls of the dead pass over. It’s filled with fierce female friendship, forbidden romance, interesting magic and more. This book is a March release, but we fell head over heels in love with it and knew we simply had to feature it in a box!

We are including an amazing exclusive edition of the book, which will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER and SPRAYED EDGES. The book will also be SIGNED and come with a letter from the author.

There will be items inspired by Professor Lupin (Harry Potter)Oscar WildeWinterwoodShatter Me and more. We designed these items so that any bookworm could enjoy them, and they feature some lovely minimalist artwork. We truly think these goodies will appeal to everyone! We can’t wait to share sneak peeks next month!

Yayyyy! There is so much epic bookish fun coming your way over the next few months. We seriously can’t wait to see what you think of what we’ve put together. Thank you all so much for continuously inspiring us to make our boxes better and better.

My Guess:

Bone Crier's Moon

From Goodreads:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


Are you purchasing any of these boxes?! Do you agree with my guesses or do you think something else?! Comment and let me know! 🙂

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WWW Wednesday – March 25, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) by Julie Kagawa,  All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, and The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Just Finished:

The Shadows Between Us

I recently finished reading The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller.

Reading Next:

The Chisholm Trail Bride

Next, I will be reading The Chisholm Trail Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #12) by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!