**Disclaimer: There are spoilers ahead if you have not read the first book in this series, Shadow of the Fox.**
Title Soul of the Sword
Author Julie Kagawa
Section Covered Part II (Chapters 23-end)
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.
I said in my Part I Read Along that it was a slow read for me. Well, I read all of Part II in one sitting. One of the things I wanted was for the plot to pick up and I totally got my wish.
Hakaimono — I can hardly believe it myself but I actually grew to like him in the end. Yes, he’s totally a monstrous villain but, I think Tatsumi and Yumeko might be growing on him.
This is the first time that a villain is my favorite character (from a book, you all know how I feel about Darth Vader.) But, I found Hakaimono’s story to be both interesting and very sad. I want redemption for him and I can see him sacrificing himself to save Tatsumi and Yumeko (as long as he kills Genno first!).
Some Things I Liked
- Everbody survived! I’m so glad there won’t be a total turnover of the cast for the last book in this series.
- There are still so many unanswered questions. I love that there was a conclusion to this book but yet there is so much more that this trilogy needs to expand on.
- I think I know who the white fox is and that makes me so happy. I love when authors include super subtle details in books. I could be totally wrong, but I like thinking I know who it is.
Some Things I Wasn’t Crazy About
- So close on the romance between Tatsumi and Yumeko. So close! They were almost there and they made amazing progress, but, now Tatsumi is a weird Tatsumi/Hakaimono hybrid person and all of my hope for Tatsumi and Yumeko kinda went down the drain.
Hopes for Night of the Dragon
I don’t have any specific hopes for the last book in this series. Well, I do have one. Let’s get over this slow burn thing happening between Tatsumi and Yumeko – it’s killing me.
But, in general, I just want to see an epic conclusion to this series and I have no doubt Julie Kagawa will deliver.
Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) is hitting shelves on March 10, 2020!