Title: Soul Of The Sword
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 464 pages (Paperback)
Publication Date: June 27, 2019
Publisher: HQ|An imprint of Harper
One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll 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 of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.
Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.
Soul of the Sowrd, is the second installment to the Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawa and I bow down to her for that spectacular world building! The descriptions of both, the creatures and the atmosphere were set so very vividly. Rooted in Japanese mythology and folklore, Soul of the Sowrd is dark and engrossing!!
Yumeko, the main pov is innocent and pretty trusting. Her character develops throughout the story as she takes on a new mission. You’ll love her. You’ll feel for Tatsumi. Empathise with him as you get a back story. Also there’s a fair share of supporting characters and you’ll appreciate them for their loyalty and friendship.
The pace and the writing is decent. And though the plot line is somewhat tight with actions and things at stakes, it’s a story, driven by character and their experiences for me. It would be exciting to see how Julie Kagawa decides to end the series with the third and the final book.