Blurb (as on Goodreads):
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
Fantasy is a genre I adore. But Fantasy+Adventure makes it a whole lot better. ‘Shadow of the Fox’ is a ‘kitsune’ [fox]’s quest to find an ancient scroll (The scroll of a thousand prayers). Now, as usual, this scroll holds immense power and every evil on land whats to get their hands on this.
But Yumeko, a fox raised by monks has been entrusted to keep one half of this scroll safe and find the other. This quest of hers takes her to faraway lands, and he partners in crime is Kage Tatsumi- a demon hunter with a possessed sword and a goal to retrieve the scroll.
The first and foremost thing I loved about this story is the world building. It’s fascinating and scary at the same time. The story also gives us some powerful and dangerous monsters, and the fight scenes are beautifully written.
The story also gives us a hint of a possible romance, but that doesn’t overshadow the actual goal. The book feels like a solid foundation for many more secrets and adventures. The characters are well written too. Yumeko’s secret, Kage’s detachment from the world, and a demon’s obsession with gaining power has been depicted with precision.
I am obviously, looking forward to the next book in the series. A great fantasy that does compete with the best.