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Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu. Kitsune sha Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu. Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness. 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 and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium. But even with their combined skills and powers, this most 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.


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Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu. Kitsune sha Master storyteller Julie Kagawa concludes the enthralling journey into the heart of the fantastical Empire of Iwagoto in the third book of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector will face down the greatest evil of all. A captivating fantasy for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu. Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness. 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 and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium. But even with their combined skills and powers, this most 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.

30 review for Night of the Dragon

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    ((me: ugly crying)) It's official. The final page has been turned and the Shadow of the Fox trilogy is now complete. Oh, my sweet babies. Why must you leave me so soon!? ((me: continues wailing)) I never ever wanted this series to end. I tried to drag it out as long as possible, but sadly, it is done. My favorite YA Fantasy trilogy has concluded. It is time for me to leave Yumeko and the land of Iwagato behind, however, their spirit will live in my heart for a lifetime. Julie Kagawa has bless ((me: ugly crying)) It's official. The final page has been turned and the Shadow of the Fox trilogy is now complete. Oh, my sweet babies. Why must you leave me so soon!? ((me: continues wailing)) I never ever wanted this series to end. I tried to drag it out as long as possible, but sadly, it is done. My favorite YA Fantasy trilogy has concluded. It is time for me to leave Yumeko and the land of Iwagato behind, however, their spirit will live in my heart for a lifetime. Julie Kagawa has blessed us all with the Shadow of the Fox triology and for that, I will be forever grateful. Sure, I may be dramatic, but that doesn't make it any less true. Have y'all started this yet? As a conclusion to the series, this gave me everything I wanted and more. All of the loose ends were tied, lessons were learned and so many feelings were felt. The final few pages of this legit shattered my heart into a million pieces while simultaneously putting them back together again. The entirety of this installment is packed full of action. There was so much on the line and our protagonists did not have it easy. There was no easy way out in this story. The world creation skills that Kagawa displays are simply top shelf. I was completely immersed in this world. I saw it all playing out in my minds eye like I was actually there. It was so impressive. I don't know what else to say. I am speechless. I loved all of the characters so much. I loved the world. I loved the quest. I loved the Japanese inspired folklore and the overall feeling of it. Just an incredible story from the first volume to the last. If you have not given this series a shot, I really hope you do. For me, it's pure perfection, one I will be reading again. Thank you so much to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review. It was easily my most anticipated YA Fantasy of the year and it did not disappoint!

  2. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this final installment is exactly the conclusion i was expecting for this series (which i definitely recommend to fans of japanese myth/folklore and magically entertaining anime-esque storytelling)! it continues the tradition of diverse and complex characters, exciting and culturally enriched world-building, fast-paced and engaging plot, and immersive and vivid storytelling. this is a culmination of everything i loved about the first two books come to an exciting and nail-biting finale. and i re this final installment is exactly the conclusion i was expecting for this series (which i definitely recommend to fans of japanese myth/folklore and magically entertaining anime-esque storytelling)! it continues the tradition of diverse and complex characters, exciting and culturally enriched world-building, fast-paced and engaging plot, and immersive and vivid storytelling. this is a culmination of everything i loved about the first two books come to an exciting and nail-biting finale. and i really, really, really wish i could give this 5 stars like the previous two books, but man. im beyond annoyed with all the (view spoiler)[multiple deaths in this! they dont progress the plot, they dont affect any character development. they just seem like shock value to emotionally manipulate the reader? one death i can understand, but all of them!? and what even is that epilogue!? ugh (hide spoiler)] . so while there is a certain aspect that i found unnecessary and disappointing, the rest of this story lives up to the high standards created by the first two books. ↠ 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    You know those series that are so well written, so captivating that you've been invested in from the very first chapter? Those stories that you think about long after you've put the book down and those stories that, you can't wait to get the next book of because you need to know what happens next? You need to know that all is well. That some how, it will all work out. That your beloved characters will have a happily ever after. Those stories in short, that speak to your soul and change you. Make You know those series that are so well written, so captivating that you've been invested in from the very first chapter? Those stories that you think about long after you've put the book down and those stories that, you can't wait to get the next book of because you need to know what happens next? You need to know that all is well. That some how, it will all work out. That your beloved characters will have a happily ever after. Those stories in short, that speak to your soul and change you. Make you wonder about things you've never thought about before and see things and legends and lore different. Books that put you in a book hang over when you are done because how could anything else possible live up to this masterpiece you've just read? The Shadow of the Fox trilogy, has been that trilogy for me and I'll be honest, that passion, that urge to read quickly and devour, yet stop and savor at the same time hasn't happened for me in a YA series, heck in a YA trilogy, in a really long time. And I did both devour and savor this. It was everything I was hoping it would be. So many emotions, thoughts, and feelings coursed through me throughout this whole last story. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I got angry, and I cried again. I couldn't of asked for a better ending, a better story, or a better tale. Beautifully written, detailed, and told, this was everything I was looking for and everything I didn't even know I needed and wanted. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Iasmina

    Now THIS is how you end a series. I will miss all of these characters and this world deeply, but damn, what a ride!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This was kinda amazing but also not that amazing 🤔, I missed the character development and I can't believe i'm saying this but I just wanted less action and more scene's like book 1 and 2 , there was also not enough romance for me , but the ending realy saved the book for me , 3 ⭐⭐⭐ This was kinda amazing but also not that amazing 🤔, I missed the character development and I can't believe i'm saying this but I just wanted less action and more scene's like book 1 and 2 , there was also not enough romance for me , but the ending realy saved the book for me , 3 ⭐⭐⭐

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4 Stars I don’t know... I have to think on this one. Sigh. It was an amazing book but jeez. 😭😭😭 ————————————————— Edit// Oct. 3rd, 2019- I JUST HAD A HEART ATTACK OVER THE COVER AGAIN. DECEASED. Damn it... I was just recovering! ;-) ————————————————— Edit: July 17th, 2019- yay! It IS called Night of the Dragon! AND THAT COVER THO! BEAUTIFUL! I would die for an arc of this book. Realistically: legitimately faint, probably. SO EXCITED! Lord Help Me. ————————————————— But I thought the titl Star Rating: —> 4 Stars I don’t know... I have to think on this one. Sigh. It was an amazing book but jeez. 😭😭😭 ————————————————— Edit// Oct. 3rd, 2019- I JUST HAD A HEART ATTACK OVER THE COVER AGAIN. DECEASED. Damn it... I was just recovering! ;-) ————————————————— Edit: July 17th, 2019- yay! It IS called Night of the Dragon! AND THAT COVER THO! BEAUTIFUL! I would die for an arc of this book. Realistically: legitimately faint, probably. SO EXCITED! Lord Help Me. ————————————————— But I thought the title was Night of the Dragon? Hrm. Maybe not? Either way hell to the yes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Daye

    devastating and bittersweet but so, SOOO good. this might be the first (perfectly-paced) trilogy that i wish was a longer series just so i don’t have to say goodbye to this world or these characters so soon.. which is really saying something because i don’t like long fantasy series and YET!! i would gladly read ten more books featuring these characters if i could. :( 5 sad stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    There is no way that I wasn’t going to be giving this book five stars because reading it was an EXPERIENCE.

  10. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    1.) Shadow Of The Fox ★★★★ 2.) Soul Of The Sword ★★★ 3.) Night of the Dragon ★★★.5 ----------------------------------------------- representation: own voices all asian cast (Japanese), m/m side relationship. [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ★★★.5 this definitely isn't my favourite series of all time or anything, but it was a lot of fun! i really enjoyed the ending, however, (view spoiler)[i'm really pissed off that she killed off the only queer charact 1.) Shadow Of The Fox ★★★★ 2.) Soul Of The Sword ★★★ 3.) Night of the Dragon ★★★.5 ----------------------------------------------- representation: own voices all asian cast (Japanese), m/m side relationship. [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ★★★.5 this definitely isn't my favourite series of all time or anything, but it was a lot of fun! i really enjoyed the ending, however, (view spoiler)[i'm really pissed off that she killed off the only queer characters in the entire series... why can't queer characters ever get the happily ever afters they deserve??? *sigh* (hide spoiler)] trigger warnings: gore, violence, death (like, lots and lots of death), murder, self-harm (blood magic), war themes, loss of loved ones.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darce

    You know a book deserves 5 stars when you spend the entire last 30% of the book sobbing into your pillow. This book BROKE me. I love the characters with all my heart, and then 70% into the book it was just boom boom boom let’s break Darcey’s heart! But honestly there were some happy tears as well, and it was a really satisfying conclusion to the series. Daisuke, Okame, Yumeko, Tatsumi, Reika - I love them all so much, and the romance between Daisuke and Okame made me swoon even more that the rom You know a book deserves 5 stars when you spend the entire last 30% of the book sobbing into your pillow. This book BROKE me. I love the characters with all my heart, and then 70% into the book it was just boom boom boom let’s break Darcey’s heart! But honestly there were some happy tears as well, and it was a really satisfying conclusion to the series. Daisuke, Okame, Yumeko, Tatsumi, Reika - I love them all so much, and the romance between Daisuke and Okame made me swoon even more that the romance between Tatsumi and Yumeko! All up I’m SO GLAD I finished this series and I really loved it! Prepare to cry when reading book 3 though ;)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Thrilled to have this spectacular book as my first full read & review of the year. It's rare for a fantasy series to start out strong and just continue to get stronger, but this series never fails to thrill and surprise. Once again, Author Kagawa had me falling in with our band of heroes - fox-shifter Yumeko (whose powers are on exciting, cinematic display in this book), swoon-worthy samurai Tatsumi, cheeky shrine maiden Reika, the hilarious rebel Okame, powerful noble Daisuke and gentle ghost-g Thrilled to have this spectacular book as my first full read & review of the year. It's rare for a fantasy series to start out strong and just continue to get stronger, but this series never fails to thrill and surprise. Once again, Author Kagawa had me falling in with our band of heroes - fox-shifter Yumeko (whose powers are on exciting, cinematic display in this book), swoon-worthy samurai Tatsumi, cheeky shrine maiden Reika, the hilarious rebel Okame, powerful noble Daisuke and gentle ghost-girl, Suki. I had so much fun travelling with these friends & lovers (the romances in this book were a delightful surprise and beautifully done - I adore a uniquely romantic setting for a kiss, and Julie Kagawa crafts several lovely scenes) as they battle demons in a race against time to reach the dragon god Harbinger of Change (to basically save the world). This really needs to be an animated film. Julie Kagawa, once again, had me googling Japanese mythology to find out more about various terrifying demons that make an appearance along with the powerful, ethereal creatures like the Kirin (an ancient Japanese unicorn-dragon). Very highly recommended - bravo, Julie. #TeamKirin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/05/... No ending is perfect, but damn if Night of the Dragon doesn’t come close. For once I felt the hype was well deserved, and I’m really glad I picked up this trilogy because Julie Kagawa’s talent continue to explode with creativity and new insight. But if you are not caught up with the series yet, be aware that this book is the concluding volume of Shadow of the Fox and picks up after Soul of the Sword. The unlikely duo of kit 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/05/... No ending is perfect, but damn if Night of the Dragon doesn’t come close. For once I felt the hype was well deserved, and I’m really glad I picked up this trilogy because Julie Kagawa’s talent continue to explode with creativity and new insight. But if you are not caught up with the series yet, be aware that this book is the concluding volume of Shadow of the Fox and picks up after Soul of the Sword. The unlikely duo of kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko and Shadow Clan samurai assassin Kage Tatsumi have nearly reached the end of their adventure, but not without having faced much danger and challenges along the way. In their quest to protect the Dragon Scroll and keep it out of enemy hands, Tatsumi was possessed by the demon Hakaimono, and while he has regained control of his body, the evil presence within him still fights to get out. It has made him wary to be around his friends, especially Yumeko, whom he has grown to care about. She’s the only who can keep him anchored now, and the last thing he wants is to see her get hurt. However, their journey is not finished yet, and with the Master of Demons now one step closer to calling upon the Great Kami dragon that will destroy the world, Yumeko and Tatsumi must travel with their companions to the sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate attempt to seek potential allies. Meanwhile though, another powerful and mysterious force with designs on the scroll watches and waits, ready to spring its trap when our heroes least expect it. I’ve really enjoyed the books of this series so far, the first one for its quest narrative and rollicking adventure, the second one for its character development and heart-wrenching drama. But this third volume handily became my favorite by combining all these elements and a whole lot more, tying everything up in a stunning conclusion. Fans of far east Asian-inspired mythology will also delight in the way legends and creatures from Japanese folklore heavily feature in this story, as readers will encounter everything from terrifying sea monsters to elusive forest gods and spirits. The action never lets up for our characters as they continue to fight for their survival, and Yumeko herself also discovers much about her kitsune heritage and where she comes from. Speaking of which, kudos to Kagawa for some of the best characterization and relationship building I’ve seen in a YA series. Night of the Dragon spends a considerable amount of time shining the spotlight on Yumeko and Tatsumi’s growing bond, which is not surprising, seeing as it has been in development since the first book. And the results, my friends, are completely worth the wait. Watching this slow burn romance finally come to fruition was extremely satisfying, made even more heartwarming by the deep connection now shared between our two characters. At first, I was concerned about the potential angst and unnecessary drama that Tatsumi’s demon possession would introduce into the mix, but I was glad Yumeko shot that down right quick. Things culminated in a conclusion that was utterly magnificent and unforgettable. In general, I am on the fence when it comes to bittersweet endings, but only because I think so few authors can actually pull it off. But to my astonishment, here we have an ending that truly manages to hit that perfect spot between the bitter and the sweet, and I’m not going to lie, but tears were in my eyes by the very last page. I don’t know how else I can describe it, other than it was deeply touching and incredibly beautiful. In sum, Shadow of the Fox might be one of my favorite YA series in a long time, and much of it is due to Night of the Dragon capping it off so damned exquisitely. I’ll admit I haven’t always been impressed with Julie Kagawa’s work, but this trilogy has undoubtedly shown how much her skills have grown over the years. This book was everything I’d hoped for, and the whole experience has made me feel energized and excited for YA again. Audiobook Comments: Once more I was fortunate enough to receive an audio copy for review, and narrators Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, and Emily Woo Zeller reprised their roles. Again, I was blown away by their performances, which wonderfully complemented the storytelling and characters. If you’re considering picking up these books, know that the audio format is a fantastic way to experience this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Penguin

    Wow finished this 13 hour audio book in three days - learned literally not one hour for my exams next week... Oof. The last two sentences of this book really made me tear up I didn't expected to be hit that hard in the feelings :'( Sadly the last fight (or should I say fights?) took way too long. I like that it took it's time to be more realistic but 40% fighting is a bit much even for me who enjoys a good fighting scene (and Kagawa can really write those) The whole book was a good ending and so m Wow finished this 13 hour audio book in three days - learned literally not one hour for my exams next week... Oof. The last two sentences of this book really made me tear up I didn't expected to be hit that hard in the feelings :'( Sadly the last fight (or should I say fights?) took way too long. I like that it took it's time to be more realistic but 40% fighting is a bit much even for me who enjoys a good fighting scene (and Kagawa can really write those) The whole book was a good ending and so many things happened but sometimes I felt overwhelmed. As weird as it sounds but I had to check that I didn't accidentally skipped a chapter multiple times because I had this " Wow shit is going down that's going to be end" moment very very often. I liked that but it was also a bit much. Nevermind that I got really teary eyed most of the time anyways :((

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shreya Karnati

    I wasn't expecting much from this book because the last book was such a disappointment. The only reason I even read this book was to finish off the series as a have a problem of not being able to leave series unfinished even if they are bad. However I was pleasantly surprised with this book as it was much better than I was expecting it to be. (view spoiler)[I found it to be a little dumb that everyone in the group dies except for Yumeko. It was nice thought that they all didn't die at the same t I wasn't expecting much from this book because the last book was such a disappointment. The only reason I even read this book was to finish off the series as a have a problem of not being able to leave series unfinished even if they are bad. However I was pleasantly surprised with this book as it was much better than I was expecting it to be. (view spoiler)[I found it to be a little dumb that everyone in the group dies except for Yumeko. It was nice thought that they all didn't die at the same time but for different reasons. Tatsumi's reappearance was at a very convenient time for Yumeko as she was able to explore the world and learn how to rule. I'm glad that they were able to find each other again even thought it was after several hundred years. (hide spoiler)] This book did justice to the series and was a nice way to end things.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roobie

    ⭐️4.5 stars⭐️ You know, ever since I met you people, I've seen a lot of weird things. Hungry ghosts, demons, giant centipedes that want to eat you. I thought it couldn't get any worse, that I had seen it all. Apparently I was very, very wrong. My babiiiiiiies! I'm gonna miss you so much!! ⭐️4.5 stars⭐️ You know, ever since I met you people, I've seen a lot of weird things. Hungry ghosts, demons, giant centipedes that want to eat you. I thought it couldn't get any worse, that I had seen it all. Apparently I was very, very wrong. My babiiiiiiies! I'm gonna miss you so much!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shealea

    This definitely surpassed my expectations. Wow. I need a moment. Full review to follow.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    My most highly anticipated YA fantasy finale of the year is here and there was never any doubt that I would read it on the release day itself. And now I’m a sobbing mess and I don’t know what to do. Why did you do this to me Julie 😭😭😭 We pretty much know where the plot is going because there is only one path forward, so the author had to make sure that we enjoyed the journey, and I can tell you she did exactly that. This series has always been full of adventure and action sequences and this final My most highly anticipated YA fantasy finale of the year is here and there was never any doubt that I would read it on the release day itself. And now I’m a sobbing mess and I don’t know what to do. Why did you do this to me Julie 😭😭😭 We pretty much know where the plot is going because there is only one path forward, so the author had to make sure that we enjoyed the journey, and I can tell you she did exactly that. This series has always been full of adventure and action sequences and this finale took everything to the extreme. There were very few moments where the characters or we readers were allowed to breathe, otherwise it was mostly a breakneck pace with the characters having to face one big hurdle after another before they reach their final destination. The action scenes are thrillingly executed, and the monsters which show up are bigger and badder one after the other and it just creates this whole sense of doom throughout the book. This kind of also prepares us for the fact that not all of our favorite characters are gonna make it to the end, and despite having this heads up, I ended up bawling when things happened. But this series has always been about the characters and their bond with each other and despite the fast pace, we also get the quiet and vulnerable moments which show us how far they all have come. Yumeko may have discovered much more about her powers but she is still the same pure at heart kitsune and I love her with all my heart. We finally learn the truth about her past and it was such an explosive revelation that I never saw coming. Tatsumi is forever changed now after the end of Soul of the Sword and it really showed in his character. He is scared how much of himself is left within and doesn’t want to let Yumeko get close to him, but her trust is implicit and their relationship progress is written beautifully. She is the light to his darkness and I loved watching them together every step of the way. Okame and Daisuke have been my favorites since the beginning and it’s always so much fun seeing them banter with each other. There were also a lot of heartfelt dialogue between them this time and it filled my heart with joy. But I still wish we had gotten atleast one of their POVs and I think that remains a missed opportunity. I felt Reika got much less page time but that doesn’t in anyway diminish the importance of her character or the way she supports Yumeko both during fights and as a best friend. Suki also has some very important moments and I was delighted, but not at all surprised by the choices she makes because she maybe a ghost, but she is still the same sweet girl who fell in love with a Taiyo. However, it was Hakaimono who surprised me again and I totally dig the ending he got. We are also introduced to a couple of new characters and get some fantastic reveals about returning characters, which make for a highly entertaining read. To conclude, this was a perfect finale and despite all the moments that I sobbed at, I understand that it probably had to be that way. So if you are a fan of the series, I know you’ll be reading this finale anyway but just be prepared with tissues because this is gonna stomp on your heart and break it into pieces. And if you are someone who has never read this series before but enjoy delightful ensemble casts, amazing relationships, great adventures and action sequences, and a cool dose of Japanese folklore and mythology - this trilogy is perfect for you and I would highly recommend it. The last line of the book is what I’m holding onto for now because it gave me some joy back, but I won’t be forgetting these heartbreaks anytime soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    dragons better be delivered in here okay

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I’m not crying, you’re crying.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Night of the Dragon was a great end to a series that earned my 5 stars from Book 1 to Book 3.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    An absolute insane conclusion to the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. I am completely destroyed. Like the first two books in the series, this is full of action, a great fantasy world of Japanese mythology, an intricate plot, and very loveable characters. I adore the found family in this. Yumeko, Tatsumi, Okame, Daisuke and Reika are so wholesome, I can’t get enough of them, and their banter. The romantic relationships are also so heartwarming. I’ve loved seeing Yumeko and Tatsumi’s slow-burn relations An absolute insane conclusion to the Shadow of the Fox trilogy. I am completely destroyed. Like the first two books in the series, this is full of action, a great fantasy world of Japanese mythology, an intricate plot, and very loveable characters. I adore the found family in this. Yumeko, Tatsumi, Okame, Daisuke and Reika are so wholesome, I can’t get enough of them, and their banter. The romantic relationships are also so heartwarming. I’ve loved seeing Yumeko and Tatsumi’s slow-burn relationship develop over the series, and how Okame and Daisuke have evolved together. I’m so sad to see Yumeko’s journey come to an end. She has come so far from the sheltered, naive girl she was, into an incredibly strong character, who loves and protects everyone and everything around her. I have never been so emotional over a book before. There is so much heartbreak and pain, I probably spent half the book crying. I did find the ending slightly disappointing. It was beautiful, but my heart couldn’t handle it. Overall if you love stories with quests, Japanese mythology, lgbt rep, found family and unlikely friendships/relationships I’d recommend this series to you. Thank you so much Netgalley and Harlequin Australia for providing an ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    Night of the Dragon is a brilliant example of what a finale should be! I was hooked throughout this book, and although it was a complete emotional rollercoaster, it was a very satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. Steeped in Japanese mythology (I have to admit I often had to google what spirits/gods/demons/creatures mentioned were), Kagawa weaves a beautiful narrative with compelling, well-developed characters. There were a few parts of this book that did feel a little slow, but I don't think i Night of the Dragon is a brilliant example of what a finale should be! I was hooked throughout this book, and although it was a complete emotional rollercoaster, it was a very satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. Steeped in Japanese mythology (I have to admit I often had to google what spirits/gods/demons/creatures mentioned were), Kagawa weaves a beautiful narrative with compelling, well-developed characters. There were a few parts of this book that did feel a little slow, but I don't think it detracted from the overall journey too much for me! (view spoiler)[ Although, I did kind of feel that Tatsumi won over Hakaimono just a little too easily once their souls were merged (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    4.5 This was a great conclusion!! It went places I wasn’t expecting, broke my heart, and had just the right amount of sorrow and bittersweet joy. I only had a few issues with this (more details in my full review) but I really loved this nonetheless!! RTC.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been a fan of Julie Kagawa's writing for years but I honestly think that the Shadow of the Fox series is her best one yet. I've been caught up in this world from the beginning and I'm really sad that it's now time to say goodbye. It's so hard to review the final book in a trilogy because I want to encourage everyone who hasn't started this series yet to dive straight in but I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to give away spoilers. What I've loved most about these bo I've been a fan of Julie Kagawa's writing for years but I honestly think that the Shadow of the Fox series is her best one yet. I've been caught up in this world from the beginning and I'm really sad that it's now time to say goodbye. It's so hard to review the final book in a trilogy because I want to encourage everyone who hasn't started this series yet to dive straight in but I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to give away spoilers. What I've loved most about these books has been the fantastic Japanese mythology and all of the wonderful yokai & kami creatures that Julie Kagawa has introduced us to along the way. Our band of characters has been through so much since the first book but it all comes to a head in Night of the Dragon and they're facing more danger than ever before. I'm not going to lie and tell you this is an easy end to their journey, this book prefers to grab you by the throat while it slowly rips your heart out, but what I will say is that I loved every minute of it. There are definitely heartbreaking moments in this book but there are also really sweet and heartwarming ones to balance that out and it was definitely a fitting end to a much loved series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I WAS NOT PREPARED AT ALL FOR THIS BOOK! Omg, so much happened in Night of the Dragon. I'm not even sure I'm alive right now - so yeah. This book took me through an emotional ride that I didn't sign up for. Again, so much happened and I didn't know if I was supposed to cry or drink to cope with everything. I wasn't expecting this book to shatter me. No, I was going to wait for the dagger to the heart.. but now, Julie had something else planned for me. Honestly, this reread was so much fun and I wa I WAS NOT PREPARED AT ALL FOR THIS BOOK! Omg, so much happened in Night of the Dragon. I'm not even sure I'm alive right now - so yeah. This book took me through an emotional ride that I didn't sign up for. Again, so much happened and I didn't know if I was supposed to cry or drink to cope with everything. I wasn't expecting this book to shatter me. No, I was going to wait for the dagger to the heart.. but now, Julie had something else planned for me. Honestly, this reread was so much fun and I was filled with so much joy watching everything I fell in love with live. Then Julie had to be like, HA - just kidding. Here's the new life for them all. If the ending didn't happen the way it did, I would've been pissed. Heck, I was even talking to myself like.. hot damn do not make me mad book! You had one job - to make me happy. That being said, it was definitely bittersweet. I'm still trying to cope with it all and see if I can find a more happy ending than what I got. Yet, I'm completely speechless and in desperate need of wine or some type of alcohol. Water is no longer cutting it and will not let me heal the way that I want to. Ugh, this book and this series destroyed me but I still love it all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    "This world is no place for the pure of heart." I'm thrilled. After the disaster that was Soul of the Sword (in story, writing AND cover) this showed me once more why Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors. It's like the second book in this series was ghostwritten or something. Where it oberwhelmed with names, japanese folklore (I enjoy it but I couldn't keep up there), this book gently put me back into the story and eases into everything. At the same time the story was always gripping, t "This world is no place for the pure of heart." I'm thrilled. After the disaster that was Soul of the Sword (in story, writing AND cover) this showed me once more why Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors. It's like the second book in this series was ghostwritten or something. Where it oberwhelmed with names, japanese folklore (I enjoy it but I couldn't keep up there), this book gently put me back into the story and eases into everything. At the same time the story was always gripping, the revelations blew me away and I really liked it. Honestly, I think anything keeping me from loving this wholeheartedly was rooted in the previous volume. I think I'll be rereading this some day but for I'm more than happy (THRILLED actually) to see what Julie Kagawa has in store for Puck from the Iron Fey series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    i'm going cry about this book forever. i'm going cry about this book forever.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    Yumeko had to give up the scroll in order to save everyone she loves. Now her and her companions must stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll. If he does and releases the Great Kami Dragon then everyone will die and the empire will be in chaos. Kage Tatsumi is an assassin but has 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. As we re Yumeko had to give up the scroll in order to save everyone she loves. Now her and her companions must stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll. If he does and releases the Great Kami Dragon then everyone will die and the empire will be in chaos. Kage Tatsumi is an assassin but has 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. As we read on though there is another evil force watching them and waiting. I loved the main characters and all of Yumeko's companions. Kage and Hakaimono sharing the same body but now working together was enjoyable to read. Learning the new evil was making it intense and will Yumeko and Kage stop this person before it is to late. The ending was a bit sad and I was a little surprised how the author dealt with the companions. I recieved this from NetGalley and Harper Collins for review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebeka

    I'm an emotional wreck. I've been crying for the past thirty minutes. And I don't easily cry while reading. It only happens on rare ocassions. Anyway I started around the last fifty pages and continued all through the end of the book, of the series, and I still can't stop. It started with tears of sadness then switched to tears of hope and joy and now it's a little bit of all. It's beautiful ending, perfect conclusion to amazing series. The final instalment is shorter than first two books but it' I'm an emotional wreck. I've been crying for the past thirty minutes. And I don't easily cry while reading. It only happens on rare ocassions. Anyway I started around the last fifty pages and continued all through the end of the book, of the series, and I still can't stop. It started with tears of sadness then switched to tears of hope and joy and now it's a little bit of all. It's beautiful ending, perfect conclusion to amazing series. The final instalment is shorter than first two books but it's filled with action. Reading this feels like first two books are only preparation for this big finale. There might not be so much character development as in previous two books, but we learn important part of Yumeko past. As for the characters... I don't even know what to say. I love them. I fell in love with that small group of friends in the first book and my admiration for them only grew. (view spoiler)[So you can imagine my devastation. I was sad when Reika died. But I expected someone to die so I manage to keep it together. Then Okame and Daisuke died and I was devastated and heartbroken. But I composed myself because Tatsumi and Yumeko were still alive and they were main characters. The ones I was rooting for since they first met. I was pretty sure nooone else would die. I mean three important characters died already. So I felt they are pretty safe. I should not let my guard down. I should have seen it coming. When Tatsumi died I burst into tears. I couldn't hold back anymore. I was sobing so hard. And if that wasn't enough they are all brought back just so I had to go through another goodbye. I couldn't stop my tears from streaming down my cheeks. It was brutal. And then when I though all is lost, last two sentences of the book gave me hope. Everything was a little bit brighter after that. (hide spoiler)] It was really amazing conclusion to a series. The trilogy is a rollercoaster with twist and turns I didn't see coming. This became one of my all time favourite series. Julie Kagawa truly wrote an absolute gem. ------------------------------------------------------ Have you seen the cover? It's gorgeous. Also it's purple! *heart eyes*

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