Fair warning, this is going to be me gushing more than anything else. Technically I should just throw it into a Bite-Sized Book reviews post, but I loved this series so much I wanted to give it its own post.
If you like anime, you’ll enjoy this book series. It 100% reminded me of Inuyasha the entire time I was reading it. The way this series is set up we go in this episodic fashion until the end ramps up to this fantastic, well deserved climax. All the characters are lovable, but the leads were just so perfect that I was so happy to read from both of their points of view. The supporting cast was very well fleshed out as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the found family themes that were a part of this series.
Themes of duality, balance, finding yourself and where you belong also are very prevalent in this series and are all well fleshed out. Every book in the trilogy has a clear plot that is well paced, and none of them feel like filler. If something in the series isn’t furthering the plot, it furthers the characters, and it’s such a well-balanced read. Usually, I say things need to focus on plot, or focus on characters because stories can’t do both well. But the Shadow of the Fox trilogy masterfully balances both in a very well written manner, and it’s one of the rare occurrences where this story is both plot, and character centric, but both are done superbly.
There are characters doing things in the background unbeknownst to the main characters, and in the end I thought the motivations for them were a bit weak. I liked seeing the reveal in the end, and it was enjoyable having those characters interwoven into the narrative for all three books, but I just thought that the reveal was a bit generic and wasn’t as big a fan as I would have been if there was something a little more less tropey used for the big reveal. I think that’s because of how well thought out the character was, their final motivations just felt a little off to me considering what they had done throughout the entire story. That would be my biggest hrmm about the series, but not worth knocking my enjoyment of the series down a peg because of it.
The romance too, oh the romance! Tatsumi and Yumeko are both wonderful characters on their own, but together it’s just perfection. I think their romance was such a great slow burn, and it was super satisfying and sweet when it ended the way it did. I’ve legit read the last few pages of the epilogue a few times, the resolution of their relationship just makes me so happy and it’s my new favorite YA fantasy couple.
Like I said really nothing bad to say about this series. I just wanted to gush about it. If you like anime and manga, you’d definitely like this series. If you like well done characters and an epic action adventure, you’ll like this series. If you like Japanese Folk Lore, you’ll like this series. And finally, if you just like well done stories, you’ll like this series. It’s in my top list of favorite YA series now, I just adore it so much!
Have you read the Shadow of the Fox trilogy? Let me know how you like it in the comments!