Soul of the Sword

Soul of the Sword

by Julie Kagawa


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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: 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: 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335184993
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Series: Shadow of the Fox Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 20,063
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at

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Soul of the Sword 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
JianYi 25 days ago
Love the writing, world building and characters. If I had to choose one sentence from the book to describe the first half of the book it would be “...making vows and being honorably dramatic,” because that’s exactly what happened the first ~200 pages. After that the story picks up like no one’s business in the second half - it was filled with history and lore, followed by action, suspense and a bucket of surprises. I would really like the third book now, thanks.
Nickie-T 3 months ago
Soul of the Sword begins where Shadow of the Fox left off. Yumeko is still traveling with Daisuke, Okame, Reika and Master Jiro to get to the Steel Feather Temple. While the group agrees this is to be their main priority, Yumeko is feeling torn. Tatsumi's body has been taken by Hakaimono, while his soul continues to be aware of the atrocities committed, and Yumeko would like nothing better than to try and get him back. Hakaimono is not the only one who would like to get in the way of Yumeko and her protectors. They find themselves embroiled in assassination attempts and politics, making their journey to the Steel Feather Temple even more dangerous. Julie Kagawa creates a beautifully detailed world.and characters. It's easy to become immersed in her story and perfectly see what she means for you to. She creates myths, legends, and lore creating a rich background for her stories. Yumeko continued to be a favorite character of mine, and I felt that she really grew in this second book. She's coming to terms with her Yokai half, even embracing it, when she's always been taught how evil it is. Yumeko is finding her companions accept her half-fox self, which allows her to accept herself as well. She's funny and mischievous, keeping her readers and companions on their toes, waiting for what trouble she will get into next. I'm hoping the third book will answer some more questions about Yumeko and her past. What stands out most about this trilogy is the group dynamic. Each character is different and unique, with their own complete identities. Yumeko who is mischievous and fun-loving as well as sweet and a little naive. Okame, the ronin, who uses sarcasm and wit, to cover up the pain of his past. Okame who believes in honor above all else. Reika, who is steadfast and no nonsense. These characters are the driving force behind what makes this story so good. Their interactions are witty and engrossing. I really missed Tatsumi's POV in this installment. I thought he helped to create an even more well-rounded group dynamic. His POV was taken over by Hakaimono, which did not hold my attention as well. I also missed the books constant focus on the main group from the first book to this one. In Shadow of the Fox we were able to follow their journey through two separate POVs, where as this story is now separated between three POVs, each following a separate group of travelers. To me, it made it seem like there wasn't as much action and excitement, and as though the story was missing something from the first book. Overall, I think Soul of the Sword was an excellent follow-up to Shadow of the Fox. From the ending of this book, I think the final installment is set up to be the most exciting yet.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Soul of the Sword returns with all my favourite characters. Suki's ghost is still hanging around and Lady Satomi has been murdered. Less darkness to have to deal with. We see Okame and Daisuke's mutual attraction deepen and blossom for one another. Yumeko has kept the piece of the dragon scroll safe and is still on her way to the Steel Feather Temple to deliver it as she journeys with her friends. Reika, the temple maiden and Master Jiro are travelling with Yumeko to protect her. The demon Hakaimono has been set free from the sword Kamigoroshi and possessed Tatsumi the demon slayer. Yumeko wants desperately to save Tatsumi. Lord Genno the master of demons is in search of a body so that he may come back to life in the land of Iwagoto. The 3 witches messed up a necromancy spell having only Genno 's head without a body. Hakaimono thinks it hilarious but makes no promises to join forces with Genno. Lady Hanshou and Lord Seigetsu are another story. Lord Seigetsu appears more like a puppet master pulling the strings behind the entire story. It is interesting to know he has so much power. So far it looks like he is a force for good and not evil but he's still a mystery.
Anonymous 4 months ago
First off, HUGE thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. The following opinions are mine alone. This was my first time having the opportunity to read and review a book that has yet to be officially released, and I will be forever grateful. Now, onto the review. My babies Yumeko, Daisuke, and Okame are back and still getting into trouble. Now, they are tasked with saving Tatsumi from Hakaimono and ya know, saving the empire from the Master of Demons. I enjoyed Soul a lot more than I did Shadow. I think I got more comfortable with the Japanese terms and language – along with what it means for the story line. On the flip side, the author added even more terms to this book than Shadow, which was a lot. She added at like 10 more types of demons/ghosts/undead spirits. My head was spinning trying to keep them straight. Soul went the usual path I feel trilogies take, much of the plot line was spent setting up the third book. This can generally lead to a more boring book, but I felt that Soul traversed this ground well and never felt boring. She managed to set up the final book while also providing enough action and drama to keep you hooked through the book. It crushed my heart that Tatsumi was so sad during this book! He just wanted to save Yumeko after she managed to elicit emotions in him for the first time in years – but he was powerless to help her through 99% of the book! And poor Yumeko had no concept that he had feelings for her (or that she had feelings for him) because she had no experience with this. My favorite part? We have an LGBTQIA relationship sighting!! It took me COMPLETELY by surprise but I absolutely love it. Especially in a culture that is traditionally non supportive of such relationships and when one half of the couple is part of the noble, ruling family. But Daisuke was very forward thinking in pursuing the relationship and going for what he wants – regardless of their culture and the expectations of him. The romance melted my heart and I will ship Daisuke and Okame forever. The few tiny aspects that took Soul below a 5 star read for me was the final fight scene, cliffhanger at the end, and the mysteriousness of Seigetsu. The final fight scene was very anticlimactic (though props to Yumeko for that fake out) and had me wanting more. I am just not too happy with how the book ended, and am hopeful that it is all sorted out in the final book. And who is this Seigetsu person acting like the puppet master? It’s starting to irritate me, because I can’t tell if he is a “good” or “bad” character. For these reasons, I couldn’t give it a whole 5 stars. Thanks for reading, friends
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great Story, It moves fast, love it
Anonymous 7 months ago
Ok, first of all-- this world is amazing! It is nice to have a second book that is just as good (maybe even better) than the first. I loved picking up right where the last book left off and need more ASAP! I got anime feels and will be letting my friends know to read this soon.
HugsandKissesforBooks 8 months ago
Menagerie of Japanese characters! Thanks to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review The Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa! The book opens with a thousand-year-old legend of a sword known as Godslayer. Tatsumi wielded this sword when it contained the demon Hakaimono. Since then, the demon has possessed Tatsumi, who continues to fight for survival against Hakaimono. Yumeko continues her mission to the Steel Feather Temple but has been waylaid with her companions to try to save Tatsumi, even though a pact was made centuries ago that if Haikaimono possessed a person, that person would be killed to stop destruction that the demon might cause. As everyone tries to thwart the demon’s plans, he shows his power and what he’s willing to do to get what he wants. The plot twists as the rivalry changes and the enemy of both becomes the focus of all. Genno, the demon who wants the scroll pieces so he can summon a Kami for the wish to rule all, will be the focus of the third book in this trilogy. At times, Yumeko seems a bit dim but then she manages to pull off some amazing feats, with the help and inspiration of others; go teamwork! I also found myself struggling to keep names and descriptions straight and I’m sure that’s because I need to learn more about the Japanese culture. 4 stars for a Japanese fantasy full of a menagerie of characters! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
TheBookRefuge 9 months ago
Julie Kagawa creates a stunning, rich environment that I love spending time in. I ate up Shadow of the Fox last year, and I felt so lucky to get a pre-release of this sequel. The beautiful world continued with the heartbreaking consequences at the end of the first. We rejoin Yumeko and her rag-tag group of companions as they try and complete her mission to get the Dragon Scroll to the safety of the Steel Feather Temple, but she cannot bear to leave Kage Tatsumi trapped in the demon sword, Kamigoroshi. Wielded and trapped by Hakaimono, who has some serious revenge on his mind after being trapped by the Kage for so long. Its brutal and it hurts me, but I loved every minute of it. I did think it took a little while moving forward, especially the time with Yukemo and crew. I feel like they were moving through sand to get on their way and Hakaimono was just cruising all over the country. I cannot wait for the third novel after this trilling ending. I need more! 4 stars for me.
Kibbyra 9 months ago
In Soul of the Sword, the second book in the Shadow of the Fox series, Kagawa continues the atmospheric story of Yumeko and Kage Tatsumi with a new journey filled with adventure, action, and ALL THE FEELS! I absolutely loved the first book in the series, Shadow of the Fox, but Soul of the Sword dialed my love up for this series up to 11. Steeped in Japanese mythology, Soul of the Sword manages to balance tortured emotions, whimsy, humor, and some seriously creepy moments. The threads of the story weave together into an explosive finale that left me begging for the next book! Soul of the Sword is not only one of my favorite books of 2019, but one of my favorite sequels of all time.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I was very excited to receive a copy as this is one of my anticipated sequels of the year. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it as much as the first book. There’s a spark that is missing and I believe the lack of Tatsumi is to blame. The book picks up where the first leaves off where Tatsumi has been taken over by Hakaimono and Yumeko vowing to get him back. Even though the whole group (minus Tatsumi) is traveling together it feels like we don’t get as much dynamics between the characters as much as the first one. Side charcters do get shown to have feelings for one another but it’s done in an almost creepy stalker why as this story is told in first person. Things I did love is the lore and mythology it’s been captivating and wonderful to read. It was fun to see the world expand as the group traveled. Yumeko is finally learning all the things she can do with her magic and embracing her Kitsune side. The last quarter of the book was the most engaging with the twists and a few face palms it sets up the next installment for higher stakes. I am very much looking forward to seeing how everything concludes and how many casualties we endure. Arc provided by Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Eloise_In_Paris 9 months ago
I love the first book, and I loved this book as well. This book did feel a bit shorter than the first, but I guess that’s good because I read it quickly and was left wanting more. There is no way for me to really talk about what I liked about this book without revealing spoilers. So I’ll just say the twists, turns, reveals, and new beings were a joy to read. I will say that I am so glad this is as much a story about friends who become family as much as it a love story. I’m also glad that Tatsumi isn’t a jerk, and his aloof behavior was for very good reasons but he never treats Yumeko like trash (which is a problem in YA). I enjoyed learning more about Tatsumi and that ending was one I did not see coming. The third book cannot come fast enough.
ToucanPie 9 months ago
This book is every bit as good as the one that precedes it. The action continues apace, and there are a couple of twists I didn't see coming. The tone is a bit darker than that of Shadow of the Fox. I am anxious to see how the story resolves in book 3.
Hawtmess 10 months ago
3.5-4 stars. Ahhhh, Lets just say I've been ruminating on my review for as long as I dared. I'm on the fence.. not because I didn't like but because I did and at the same time I didn't get the answers I wanted here in book 2. So now I'm here we are on the cliff edge.. again... still wanting answers from book one and now having to wait till next year? to get the answers. Gah. I love the anime feel and it definitely continues into book 2 of the Shadow of the Fox series. However, now that I think back on my anime experiences.. I remember several times in which it took an entire season in order to defeat one monster. I'm hoping that is not the case here, I feel like our characters are having more and more problems heaped upon them and hope is but a speck on the horizon, or an almost forgotten memory. Like there is some deja vu of hope here.. Got me all twisted! In the second book, Yumeko's journey continues to the Steel Feather temple but her heart is set on saving Tatsumi. Yumeko's dreams are haunted by a white fox who says he can teach her the way to save Tasumi, but the cost is so great. The journey is quite perilous and there was quite a bit of action and intrigue but at the same time Tatsumi is getting farther away. Hakaimono it seems has some ideas of his own and he wants nothing more than to be free of the sword. He teams up with the master of demons with a deal to get the scrolls for him even though demon's cannot summon the dragon, if the Master will free him from the sword. Yumeko has also been summoned by the Shadow Clan the head Diva herself. It seems there is dissension in the shadow clan revolving around the lost Kage Tatsumi and the Lady wants Tatsumi saved if possible and returned back under her thumb. All the while Yumeko's entourage grows closer together, and begin to face the trial after trial including which priority is more. Saving Tatsumi? Saving the Empire? Saving the world? The pieces are being arranged if only we knew who the main players would end up being. The ride has been really great but I need some info stat! I really want answers about Yumeko's past. Who are all these players? I really loved how in this book Yumeko's magic got to come out and play for bit. I would LOVE to see more of that. Show us what a Kitsune is really capable of and why they are one of the most revered spirit messengers in Japanese culture. There are just so many mysteries and book 2 just rode us along and didn't answer any of my questions. As a messenger of the gods shouldn't she be a tad more on the BAD A side? Bring it! I can't wait to see where the next book takes us! *I requested and received an AR copy of this via NetGalley and Harlequin Teen/InkYard Press in exchange for an honest review.*
abcas100 10 months ago
I loved this book. It is a great 2nd installment in the Shadow of the Fox series. Yumeko must get the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers to the Steel Feather Temple. There are many obstacles in her way, but she has loyal companions who are willing to risk their lives to help her. She is also determined to save Tatsumi from the demon, Hakaimono, who has possessed him. Will she be able to accomplish both of these quests? You will have to read this book to find out. If you read Shadow of the Fox, this is a must read. Some second books in a series fall into the 2nd book syndrome. This book does not. It is every bit as good as the first book, maybe even better. There is action and adventure, enemies lurk at every turn, and death follows our heroes relentlessly. We get to see inside the mind of Hakaimono, which I found very interesting. There is plenty of sword fighting and magic. Demons and monsters abound. The first book reminded me, a little bit, of the author's Iron Fey series, but this one reminded me of the Blood of Eden series. I really liked the characters the author has created. I loved seeing this glimpse into life in feudal Japan, including the fairy tales and monsters. If you have not started this series, I highly recommend it. In fact, I highly recommend any book by this author. I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bookyogi 10 months ago
Shadow of the Fox was such a fun book and this month’s release of book 2 was an anticipated read for me. So here we go: I love Yukemono’s people, funny, loyal and all fiercely interesting. I didn’t want for any of them to fall. In book one I came to love the relationship between Tatsuni and Yumeko; the earned trust and tension between the two made the story. With Tatsuni possessed by Hakaimono, I missed that storyline, but that loss was tempered by Hakaimono’s interesting, violent, evil but in a non emotional sort of way, character. I just wish they weren’t one person so I could enjoy them both. Not to give any spoilers, but with that ending, I can’t wait to see what happens next and Kagawa may have just given me the best of all worlds.
Verkruissen 10 months ago
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa is the second book in the Shadow of the Fox series and in my opinion even better than the first book. Yumeko and her plucky band of hero's continue their journey to save the scrolls before the enemy can get them all. This story is beautifully written and so descriptive you easily loose yourself in this amazing story taken from Japanese mythology. I cannot wait to read the third book since this one leaves with a huge cliffhanger that truly leaves you on the edge of your seat. Definitely one of the most original series I've ever read.
Kenia Rojo-Mamo 10 months ago
This is the sequel to Shadow of The Fox, in the first book we left off on Tatsumi having lost control of Hakaimono. The Soul of the Sword picked up from where we left off. I think the book was paced out well, we learned more about Hakaimono and we also got to see Yumeko’s and Tatsumi’s feelings grow for each other. This part is interesting because neither of them have a good understanding on what those feelings mean. They grew up, one suppressing those feelings and the other being sheltered and naive to the concept of love. This was action packed and tense with a bit of fluff. Not too much that things stay focused on it but enough to be enjoyed. This had me on the edge and I could not put this down. I highly recommend this series, Julie did an amazing job at keeping me hooked from book one! I can’t wait to read the final book to this series!
Dee's Reading Tree 10 months ago
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa transported me to a warm campfire under a starry night, while a bearded old man told this mythical tale in between puffs of smoke from his old wooden pipe. Suddenly, I was in a world in which emotions like grief and despair had smells, and everything from the scenery to the food was described in poetic detail. I particularly found the Forest of a Thousand Eyes terrifying, even when described from Hakaimono's demon perspective, who tried to make everything sound amusing. I liked the different points of views in each Chapter, and the fact we had a glimpse into the mind of the demon Hakaimono. We got to see what the human condition is like from a demon's perspective, and how living inside humans for hundreds of years has changed him. The demon catches himself missing his "home" in Jigoku (a version of the underworld or hell), and wondering if his fellow demons have missed him as well. I really enjoyed Yumeko's humor and wit, but I especially loved her determination to complete her quest and to offer a helping hand to all who needed it along the way. As always, Yumeko's point of view was full of mischief, true to her fox or "kitsune" nature. The dialogue between Yumeko and the band of misfits she has acquired in her journey was very entertaining. One of my favorite side characters continues to be Okame, who despite being a ronin, or disgraced samurai, has shown to be a very honest and loyal companion to Yumeko on her journey. The story had a nice feeling of adventure, as our group of unlikely heroes, each with their own special skills, are taken from one predicament into the next. The plot was action packed, and the characters were all spurred into action by a single unifying quest to save the empire from certain doom. I adored the first book in this series, Shadow of the Fox, and this second installment was no exception. I recommend this story to all YA/Fantasy fans, and to all those who enjoy adventure and quest driven tales.
marongm8 10 months ago
This book was received as an ARC from Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) - Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have read the first installment of this series Shadow of the Fox and was very intrigued by the legend of the shadow warrior and the trials and tribulations they had to ensue. Now in Soul of the Sword there was sword created to kill the demon Hakaimono but was kept in a sacred place until the demon was awaken and it is up to Yumeko, the Kitsune shapeshifter to find this sword and kill Hakaimono once and for all. This book had suspense, drama, and action through and through. I especially loved this book so much because it had similarities to the Wonder Woman plot which made it easier to grasp the concept and enjoy the story more. Our community did enjoy Shadow of the Fox and I know they are bound to love this one. We will consider adding this book to our YFantasy collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
NicolaJR 10 months ago
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 I loved the Japanese folklore, episodic- anime feel, and the amazing world building. The story picks up after Shadow and the Fox but with a darker tone (some of the fight scenes with Hakaimono were extremely graphic and gory). Overall it was brilliantly written. Yumeko and friends' adventure was a up-all night fun read and can't wait for the next book! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
TeresaReviews 10 months ago
I would like to thank NetGalley, Julie Kagawa, and Harlequin TEEN for the opportunity to read Soul of the Sword in exchange for an honest review. This is the riveting second book in the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. It is fast-paced, exciting, action-packed, and full of Japanese demonic folklore and language. Like the previous book, it has a heavy Inu-Yasha feel to it, which is actually why I like this book. In Shadow of the Fox, Yumeko has been tasked to take her piece of the Dragon scroll (or Scroll of a Thousand Prayers) to the Steel Feather temple, where the rest of the scroll lay in wait. Many are after the scroll for their own gain, for it can grant the owner one wish. If you had one wish, what would you wish for? Are your intentions good, such as sealing away a powerful demon forever, or would you perhaps wish for world domination and ultimate power? Tough choice. Yumeko needs to seal away the evil demon of demons, Hakaimono. But first, Yumeko has been asked to visit the Daimyo of the Shadow Clan. To reach the Shadow Clan territory in a timely manner, Yumeko and her companions must follow a shinobi through a secret shadow path where angry spirits aim to draw them away and take their own souls. When Yumeko meets the Shadow Clan Daimyo, the Daimyo not only hides her hideous, extremely aged form with her shadow magic, but aims to kill Tatsumi, since he has been overtaken by the demon Hakaimono. Yumeko refuses to lose someone she has come to hold so dear and offers to attempt her own exorcism first. There is trouble within the Shadow Clan. Some do not like their current Daimyo's ways and wish to take rule over her. The Shadow Clan way would be to kill Tatsumi, the host of Hakaimono, but the current Daimyo sees something within Yumeko. Whether she can see Yumeko's kitsune half or not, her decision has been made, and she even hints at where Yumeko might just be able to find Hakaimono/Tatsumi before the Shadow Clan gets to him first. Like: Yumeko chapters. I enjoy following the female protagonist and seeing her finally use some of her fox magic. I also enjoy her internal thoughts about Tatsumi and how she will remove Hakaimono from him without killing him. The adventure itself is fast-paced and fun, and I feel like there is a good lead-up with the quest itself: Somewhat like: Suki chapters. She's a ghost. She was murdered in book one. Her role has potential. I want to see more. Don't like: Hakaimono chapters. While I adore the Tatsumi chapters in book one and the few moments he gets in book two, I'm just bored when Hakaimono has perspective chapters for like 20 pages. I care more about the quest to vanquish him over what he is actually doing. If his chapters were a bit shorter, I might appreciate them more. I do have high hopes for his final evil plans. We shall see. The end was set up in a rather predictable way as well, but I loved how fast-paced this book was and how exciting a great deal of the imagery was. I would love to read the conclusion to this trilogy!
GNitro 10 months ago
I received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review. I always worry about the second of a series, and thankfully this one did not let me down. This was another great book in this series. What I love most about this series as a whole, is just how much it feels like I'm reading something that absolutely needs to be turned in to an anime series at some point. Normally I picture characters in most non-light novels as normal live action people, yet this series I see everyone in what I deem would be their anime character form. It's kind of amazing how Jule Kagawa accomplishes this. The sequel felt overall a bit more darker and delved more in to different kami, yokai and spirits a bit more, which was a great thing. I loved when certain spirits showed up that I actually knew the history of. I would say only one moment towards the very end was a pretty decent let down, just for how predictable and overused that type of scene was. Regardless it didn't take away from just how entertaining this book was, and I absolutely adore Yumeko, but I definitely have a soft spot for Kitsune, and Gumiho, type characters. If you loved the first book, you definitely don't want to miss this sequel.
Elle_Gutierrez 10 months ago
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are exclusively my own. I wish it would have kept the same level of excitement and intrigue throughout the entire book. The first half was incredibly dull for me, and it was a struggle to push myself through it. It started to pick up some toward the middle, and my interest was at an all time high probably the last 10-15% of the book. I think my interest should have been piqued throughout the whole book, so I am a little disappointed at that. I was very excited to get back into this world. The Japanese folklore and mythology aspects are still very much present, which I absolutely love. I am completely fascinated by it, and Julie Kagawa’s descriptions bring the book to life in my head. Be aware that because Hakaimono is more present in this book, there are a lot of gory scenes. G O R Y G O R Y! Limbs cut off, blood spewing, gaping holes where organs have been ripped out, etc. I didn’t mind them at all, but others may not want to read about blood and guts. The story is still told through different points of view, which I minded less in this book than the first. Since the characters are in different parts of the region, going through their own motions it made more sense with the alternating POVs. We finally get a little more background into Tatsumi, and how we came to be the bearer of the Sword. I don’t really have a problem with Tatsumi, I just thought he was a little plain, but this glimpses in this book helped me sympathize with him. We also got to see more of Yumeko’s kitsune side, which was fascinating. I liked to finally see her abilities more in depth and see what she was capable of. However, even her kitsune abilities could not help me get over her personality. Throughout the book, I could not connect or even bring myself to “like” Yumeko. She was extremely reckless and naive. She would put herself in dangerous situations without really thinking it through, and sometimes it wasn’t even necessary. I was truly enjoying the ending, like I said, I was totally invested and finally in that mood where I could not put the book down. Then I completely lost it, mouth gaped, (which I guess could have been the author’s intention) when Yumeko did that stupid thing and trusted the bad guy. I mean, duh, did you really expect him to keep his word? I am super super thrilled about the m/m romance blossoming between two of the supporting characters!! I am swooning and squealing over the angsty romance. The little looks, the soft touches, the side comments, oh gosh it’s just truly great and I smile like an idiot every time I read about them. There was a lot I didn’t enjoy, clearly, so I am not sure if I will continue the series or not. The Japanese mythology is so fascinating and interesting to me, and there are a few character interactions that I want to see play out until the end, but I don’t know if I can do it again. I was willing to overlook the slow beginning and disconnect w/ the characters, but that ending was the last straw. I was disappointed. Personally, I feel like a two star book, but I do have to give credit where credit is due. Even if it was just at the end, I did have audible genuine strong reactions to what was going on. If you loved the first book, you might really love the sequel. It just wasn’t what I was expecting, but it wasn’t a terrible book.