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Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 2nd, 2018 by Harlequin Teen

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.

My Review
Shadow of the Fox is amazing! I love Yumeko-san the Kitsune. Kitsune is a Fox with magic abilities that mostly trick people into seeing things that aren’t there. They are demon like but Yumeko isn’t a bad kitsune, she doesn’t use her powers to harm anyone. She is useful.
The books intrigue begins and ends on a mysterious note surrounding a very young and seemingly ordinary servant girl named Suki, who lived and died in the royal palace chambers of Lady Sitome, the king’s concubine, who is also a powerful blood witch. In fact, she kills Suki for insubordination. Now Suki is a ghost aka a Yurei, who sticks around for reasons unknown, probably because she wasn’t ready to die, and she wants vengeance on Lady Sitome. It appears the ghost succeeds when the very same handsome flute player she meets, in the beginning, ends up stabbing Lady Sitome in the heart. I thought Shadow of the Fox was so well written, I never saw that coming.

The story takes us on a journey of sorts with Yumeko-sans being entrusted with a piece of a Dragon’s Prayer in the form of a small scroll. It is an important piece of paper because Legend has it, that every one thousand years, a mortal is given the opportunity to summon the Dragon and ask to grant 3(?) wishes for good or bad, only the person’s heart has to be pure, otherwise the dragon will tear its soul to shreds. Or something like that lol.
There are evil beings who are trying to find the 3 parts of the Dragons Prayer for themselves as well.

Anyway, Yumeko is given specific instructions by her Monk Master to find a certain man in the feather temple in a city far away. He will give her what information she needs, and where to take the scroll. I can’t remember the exact names and places off the top of my head, so you just have to bear with me 🙂

Yumeko encounters lots of trouble with weird creatures who would kill and destroy her. She knows she is being followed. She also meets a couple of travelling companions, who unbeknownst to each other have their own agenda for accompanying Yumeko along her way. Her companions are quite remarkable and if I am not mistaken one of them is the flute player guy that Suki met? I could be wrong. I haven’t checked but I am almost certain he is.

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Shadow of the fox - Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa is a great author. I’ve had Shadow of the Fox on my kindle that I received from Netgalley as an e-arc for awhile. Recently it has been made available on Audiobooksync for FREE, so if you are looking for a fantasy title you can listen to, I’d get it there while you can. I love the story so far as I am only at 22% but the protagonist is quite impressionable.
 

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by Julie Kagawa | Narrated by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller
Published by HarperAudio
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.

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In the month of May, we are reading and reviewing fantasy books. Tiger’s Dream is the continuing Saga about Kelsey, Kishan and Ren, two brothers who were cursed to become Tigers. When Kelsey applied for a job at a Circus, she meets her lovely tiger, Ren. When she discovers his true human form, she is smitten and falls in love with him because he is so beautiful. Tiger’s Dream is the 5th and final book in the Tiger’s Curse series. I have waited so long for it. 6 years? Idk exactly, but, when it was available I jumped. The cover is gorgeous and it probably is one of my favourite series of books I own. Now, is the right time to read it! Yay! I have the large print edition but I am also listening to the audiobook. I just hope it is worth the wait.

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Review:

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I came to realize the Prologue and Epilogue are written about the same time of night inside the Waystone Inn. Kvothe had red hair which was of some significance apparently. He obliges to tell his story to the Chronicler, Devan Lochees. Both parts end with the same words

…”It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die”.

Kvothe is both a legend and a myth. He and his Fae-student Bast, are posing as InnKeepers for reasons I don’t know about yet.

Kvothes’ story begins when he was a child before he enters University.
He was orphaned after losing his parents and his entire travelling troupe on the road. All his life he has made it his business to seek the culprits who killed his parents. He believes them to be The Chandrian because of the ‘Blue Fire.’

Patrick Rothfuss’ story fluctuates back and forth to the present at the Waystone Inn and is told as a retelling of Kvothe’s past to The Chronicler Devan Lochees. It is quite good and interesting. I liked it a lot. I liked both time periods.

Kvothes parents used to be singers and played music. Kvothe learns to play the lute that belonged to his father. One day as he was practicing, his lute strings break. Determined to find new strings in the city, he finds someone who he catches a ride with and climbs aboard a caravan headed for Tarbean.

I thought it was a shame that he didn’t earn money by playing his lute but external circumstances prevented it. He becomes a beggar and gets into trouble with another group of kids. Pike breaks his lute, unfortunately. It was all he had left of his parents. He gets pretty beat up too and for the rest of his time in Tarbean, Kvothe is tormented and lives in fear of this kid called Pike. It was brutal living on the streets begging for money but he learns to survive with some luck.

He is taken in by Trapis the monk who cares for the poor and the sick children. Trapis tells a story about Tehlu and Encanis which I found fascinating lol. Living in Tarbean was a dark, unpleasant and painful time for Kvothe. He learned things he never would have known otherwise like Denner resin bleaches your teeth! lol

There are many things and reasons as to why I loved this book and I actually think it is amazing. Denna was Kvothe’s love interest and even though she might’ve liked Kvothe back, she becomes more elusive and difficult to track down when other prospects vie for her attention time and time again. I am quite curious to know what happened to her over the time we don’t hear anything from her. She would be an interesting story as well.

 

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Every week of summer starting in April through July, Sync Audiobooks delivers two audiobook titles for your listening pleasure. This week’s FREE audiobooks are Shadow of the Fox and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Once downloaded it’s yours to keep.

shadow-of-the-fox-150747-sync2019-2400x2400Description
by Julie Kagawa | Read by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller
Published by HarperAudio
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.

AudioFile Review
SHADOW OF THE FOX
This YA fantasy celebrates Japanese folklore and the legend of the Kitsune. Subtle cultural influences abound in the descriptions, but what really brings the atmosphere to life are the slightly accented performances of narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Brian Nishii. While Joy Osmanski’s portrayal of main character Yumeko is sweet and earnest, making her more relatable, her American accent distracts listeners from the setting of the story in a way that the other two performers’ deliveries do not. While the simplistic dialogue and slow pace of all the narrators make the story come across as meant for a much younger audience, the plot has plenty of exciting demon-battling moments to keep listeners’ attention. N.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]

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I’m thinking of embarking on another long journey through a fantasy novel. Being that we are in the month of May, means a month-long celebration of all things fantasy in Wyrd and Wonder. The Name of the Wind pretty much fits the description. Just the cover alone emits dark and sinister things. I think it is about the devil telling his story -history as it were. I don’t know but that is my first impression.

What do you think?
Have you read it?
Did you like it?

There are mixed reviews on Goodreads, enough to pique my curiosity.

 

Chapter One – A Silence of Three Parts
Something like a black spider as large as a wagon wheel called a scraeling, was met by Carter on the road and it killed his horse. He was hurt in the scuffle but manages to bring it back to the Waystone Inn. I think it was dead. But Kote, the innkeeper, is keeping a dark secret that nobody else knows about. It involves demons I’m guessing.

Ah, here is what I found about The Name of the Wind on Wiki. . .

“In the rural town of Newarre, the Waystone Inn is managed by an innkeeper named Kote and his assistant Bast. It is revealed that Kote is actually the renowned Kvothe: an unequaled sword fighter, magician, and musician, rumored to have killed a king and caused the present war in which the civilized world is embroiled. Bast is Kvothe’s assistant and student and a prince of the Fae. Kvothe has gone into hiding and assumed the identity of Kote in order to keep a low profile. Kvothe saves a traveling scribe known as Chronicler from spider-like creatures called scrael, whereupon Chronicler, recognizing Kvothe, asks to record his story. Upon consenting, Kvothe tells Chronicler that this will take three days (corresponding to the planned trilogy of novels).

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Friday Face Off is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy and run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This weeks theme:
“How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue” – A cover that is predominantly blue

The book that attracted me solely because it was blue was The Golem and the Jinni. The cover is gorgeous and I like fantasy and magic, only the story wasn’t all that great IMO.

 

The Golem and the JinniThe Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What attracted me was the colour of the cover and the title. I love reading about supernatural creatures but I’d never read a book like this before. I thought the characters were boring and it had nothing to do with the Jewish and Arab elements. It lacked dialogue.

I will be going over this book in October. It took me near a week to finish since most times I fell asleep while listening to it. I missed a few chapters. At first, the story was captivating enough and I wanted to know what would happen to the Golem but as the story progressed it kinda got boring and sidetracked too much. I didn’t care for the Jinni’s past with Fadwa al-Hadid [missed a lot of it] I think because I felt nothing for the characters I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It’s sad. I also didn’t enjoy how it ends.

Religion is a touchy subject area and unless you have a good understanding it’s hard to please everyone. I don’t know about what Muslims believe a Jinn to be but I was under the impression that Jinns were evil. In this story, I’m not so sure what to think about the Jinni. He didn’t appear to be all that ‘evil’ to me even though the author infers him to be hot, dark, and fallen. He was selfish though, but Boutros Arbeely was just irritating. Nobody’s perfect not even the Golem. I would’ve liked to see the Jinni show us what he was made of rather than blurring the lines of good and evil. Yehudah Schaalman, who created the Golem is the one who paid the price for being the ultimate evil one. I suppose for who he was, he deserved it. coward.

¶ Here are some other ones published in various languages and styles, however, I prefer the one I own in paperback for which I wrote my review above.

Which one do you like best?

Veal-TerrineVeal & Spinach Terrine is a recipe I got from Dr. Bernstein’s newsletter. I haven’t tried it yet but it looks pretty good and easy to prepare, even though I do not follow the diet anymore, it works with Keto. However, I am wondering if I can substitute a whole egg? instead of just the egg whites. It will make it Keto approved regardless.

Ingredients

• 1 lb 8 oz or 680g Veal, Lean – ground
• 11 oz or 310g Spinach – frozen, chopped
• 2 Egg Whites – raw
• 5 oz or 140g Tomatoes – sliced
• 1 clove Garlic – crushed
• ½ tsp or 2.5 ml Rosemary – dried
• 1 tsp or 5 ml salt
• dash of pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, pressing out all moisture.
  2. Combine spinach with remaining ingredients (except tomato) mixing thoroughly.
  3. Pack mixture into small loaf pan.
  4. Lay tomato slices along the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 40 to 45 minutes. 6. Cool and slice into 7 equal portions. Serve
“Do you think America is ready for an openly gay person 
to be elected to the office of President of the United States? 
Explain your opinion.” 
If you are not from the States, 
do you think the country in which you live 
could have a gay person 
in the highest office in the country?

The Bible tells us not to judge in Luke 6:37-42 and “Judge not, lest ye be judged” also ‘let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. So, in light of that, are we to judge another for being gay? Wouldn’t that be a hate crime?

So my answer to a gay person elected as president is YES.

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