OMG I still can’t get over the fact that Kagawa’s latest series is freaking over. Like, I need ten thousand more books in this world, whether it’s about Yumeko or not. Although let me tell you, Yumeko is one of my favorite characters ever so I can read anything about her life no matter what. Thank you so much to the team over at Harlequin Trade Publishing for including me on this Spring Reads Blog Tour and for allowing me to fangirl about Night of the Dragon!
All is lost.
To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must make one desperate final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call the Great Kami Dragon and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko to stop a madman, and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and Shadow of the Fox series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian Shepherds that have more Instagram followers than she does.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Netgalley, and Inkyard Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I’m so freaking sad that this is over, okay?! Like…. I have been invested in Yumeko’s journey and even Tatsumi’s internal struggle with Hakaimono messing up his life. I mean, gosh…. Kage Tatsumi having to deal with that kind of internal struggle that isn’t even coming from his personal demons and still somehow maintaining his humanity even though that wasn’t going as well as he thought it was! Ugh this was just amazing.
I don’t even want to get into this because it would be full of spoilers galore. It’s definitely difficult to write the kind of thorough review that I want to for this novel without getting into the spoilers that make it so crucial, but long story short: I loved this book. I think it was the perfect ending for this journey, and this book and series as a whole really solidified my thoughts that Kagawa is one of my all time favorite authors.
Stay tuned for a spoiler filled review at a later date, because I will go deeper into this book with way more thoughts than I can share right now.