Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
Reviewed by Sam!
**We received an ARC from Inkyard press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Inkyard for inviting us to participate and to Julie for writing a fantastic trilogy. This book came out on March 31st and you can get it at the links at the end of this post.**
What I drank prior: In quarantine, had trivia night with my friends over video chat. Had a few glasses of wine. I lost count cause there was a bit more than half a bottle before and i opened another and had a glass of the next bottle so. Quarantine does weird things.
About the Book:
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.
Drunk Overview: This is the third and final book to the Shadow of the Fox series so if you haven’t read the other two then, i’m sorry, you’re gonna get a bit spoiled for the first two, but i PROMISE not to spoil the third book. So
The spoilery people gone?
K. Yumeko saved Tastsumi sorta but he’s merged with the damn sword demon. Then we’ve got our band of bbs tryna stop the Super Demon from summoning the dragon to do the Thing and end the world. That’s literally it. That’s what’s left of our epic quest.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This was pretty great, I loved how this fairy tale comes to an end. It was a bit… too much like a video game ending… but otherwise, super satisfying.
Characters: So we know our bbs. I know I keep saying bbs but that’s what they are. Now, since we’re in the finale we don’t need much character growth but we DO need them to stay true to themselves and DAMN do they stick to themselves. I want to give a special shout out to Okame.. my ronin bae. He balances the whole “oh em gee HONOR” nonsense so well. I found myself ACTIVELY lol’ing with his dialogue. ANYWAY. I like them. Nay, I love them. THough if I heard Daisuke say “somethin somethin honor” one more time…
Plot: Again, this is the finale and its literally the end of the world. What i super loved was the video game ending. For those of you who know what I mean, you know what I mean.
Writing Style: This was the first of these that I’ve read with my eyeballs instead of my earholes and I loved seeing it. I loved ALL of it.
World Building: I often find my finales adding so much to the world just to make things fit, but this one was more of a culmination of all we knew before. Big fan.
What to pair it with: idk… if feels red wine-y but also stronger. Okame likes sake so obviously I do too.
Rating: 3/5 Shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
About the Author:
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.
Author website: http://juliekagawa.com/