A magical #ownvoices Wizard of Oz tale anchored in Japanese Mythology โ€“ check out my review of Julie Kagawaโ€™s Shadow of the Fox

An #ownvoices Wizard of Oz Tale Anchored in Japanese Mythology

A magical #ownvoices Wizard of Oz tale anchored in Japanese Mythology โ€“ check out my review of Julie Kagawaโ€™s Shadow of the Fox
Click on cover for the bookโ€™s description.

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I was completely entranced with this magical, rich and often dark fantasy world that Kagawa has created, in particular, her heroine and the other yลkai characters introduced. Though seemingly naรฏve, Yumeko undergoes great development and has the uncanny ability to improve and uplift those around her, no matter how deceptive and irredeemable they are and I liked her general attitude.

The parallels this book holds with the Wizard of Oz didnโ€™t become apparent to me until we had collected our fourth companion and the book, though containing a lot about walking and travelling, did hold the feeling of adventure and mystery.

The mythology and world building were perhaps my favourite parts as the romance arc and several plotlines were a tad tropey and predictable. I know that these things donโ€™t often impact my own enjoyment of a well-written book but I know other reads who would be put off by several of the clichรฉs subscribed to in Shadow of the Fox. For instance, the dark, brooding (not to mention tragically good looking) assassin with demonic ties with no apparent emotions simply had to fall hopelessly in love, despite it going against his very character makeup; it was practically pre-ordained.

My only problematic area stems from the above point in that I wish YA fantasy authors would appreciate the significance of mixed gender, platonic relationships. This book does, in fact, have a reasonably good one โ€“ despite one of the characters being a bit more than questionable in terms of morals โ€“ but it felt like a default rather than a planned and meaningful relationship.

Despite these few issues, I did enjoy the story and I think I would like to read a sequel if only to know how it all turns out.

I received a copy of this book from HarlequinTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

A magical #ownvoices Wizard of Oz tale anchored in Japanese Mythology โ€“ check out my review of Julie Kagawaโ€™s Shadow of the FoxA magical #ownvoices Wizard of Oz tale anchored in Japanese Mythology โ€“ check out my review of Julie Kagawaโ€™s Shadow of the Fox

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3 thoughts on “An #ownvoices Wizard of Oz Tale Anchored in Japanese Mythology

  1. Actually, have you ever read The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell? Elena Vicens claims an inheritance from her Japanese mother only to discover that her father is a Greek god. . .this is book 1 of The Protogenoi Series, and sees its protagonist seeking shelter and aid from Japanese youkai and Celtic deities as ancient gods from varying pantheons seek to finally end her father’s bloodline. You might find and appreciate a different portrayal of some of the youkai.

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