Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

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Published June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press

304 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: Last year when I read Shadow of the Fox, I was blown away. It was such a great, original fantasy and I loved all of the Japanese folklore and myths that Julie Kagawa tied in. So when I got a review copy of the sequel, Soul of the Sword, I was ecstatic.

Beware going forward if you haven’t read Shadow of the Fox. This is a review for book 2 so there will be some spoilers from the first book because that’s pretty unavoidable.

This was such a great sequel! There was so much action and adventure that picked up right where Shadow of the Fox left off. I was so nervous to see what was going to happen with Tatsumi after he was possessed completely by the evil Hakaimono. It was so nerve wracking following Tatsumi/Hakaimono traverse the countryside wreaking havoc in his effort to free Hakaimono from the curse of the sword altogether.

One thing that surprised me, in a good way, was how close Okame and Daisuke were becoming. There were some definite vibes going on between the ronin and the samurai that had me totally shipping them 100%.

I couldn’t believe the ending! It was so incredibly intense! I really can’t wait for the next book and it’s going to be really hard waiting an entire year for it. This series has it all. Humor, action, adventure, romance, you name it. If you haven’t read book one yet, I highly suggest you check it out.

5 Stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Bout of Books 23 Wrap Up

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Well, it has been a busy few days for me so I’m a little late on posting this. I feel like I had a really successful Bout of Books week which made me really happy since I was coming out of a reading slump before that. I started my new job on Monday so I’ve been a little stressed out with all of the changes so I haven’t read much since Sunday night. I finished four books and I ended up starting two others. I started Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor but then I ended up getting my hubby to watch the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie so I REALLY wanted to read the sequel. I ended up deciding to just splurge on the Kindle edition since my boxed set still won’t be here for another week yet.

Day 7 Update:

Pages Read: 176

Total Pages Read: 1,286

Books Read From:

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (48 pages)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (128 pages)

Books Finished:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7

Did you participate in Bout of Books?

Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! To help celebrate today I am going to recommend some of my favorite books that are red, white, and blue.

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  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Come on, you had to be expecting this one from me *wink wink* One of my all time favorites. Time travel, romance, history, 16th century Scotland…  What more could you ask for?
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Travel to the land of Weep with Lazlo Strange and experience this new world right alongside a sheltered librarian eager for adventure!
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I love this man’s writing. He just has a way of speaking to your soul. This book will make you cry so make sure you have some tissues on hand when you read it if you haven’t already.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Powerful World War II story about three people from different backgrounds working together to gain freedom.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Beautiful writing and storytelling. I was never a fan of the circus until I read this book and then I found myself DYING to see this magical circus.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Seriously awesome fantasy about alternate versions of London. Kickass characters, especially the spunky Lila Bard.
  • The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Gorgeous retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. This one will really tug at your heart strings.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Easily one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year! Faeries, both evil and good, including an adorable little guy name Oak.
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Exciting urban fantasy complete with a criminal underworld filled with clairvoyants, including Paige Mahoney.
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – And of course, my other love, Nevernight! I can barely sum up my feelings about this book in a couple of sentences so just read my 5 star review here.

Have fun out there today everyone! Be safe and stay hydrated! Looks like it’s going to be a scorcher.

Monday Update

Hey everyone! Things have been pretty crazy lately. My brother-in-law was in a motorcycle accident earlier this month so we’ve been pretty worried about him. He’s doing okay now and recuperating at the family farm where his grandma is around to help out. I was also sick and am still getting over that so I haven’t been reading very much lately so I haven’t had a lot to post about.  Within the last week I finished reading two books though so things are looking up!

25332115The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner was my first book completed for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. It is a memoir written by a woman who grew up in a polygamist colony in Mexico that was started by her father. Her father died when she was a baby so she grew up with a creep of a stepfather who repeatedly molested her from a young age among other things. I had a hard time not throwing the book across the room most times I was reading. It was such a dark and tragic read that it was really hard to read it for long periods of time.

32895291Next I read The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. Total coincidence that their names are so similar haha! The Lying Game is a mystery taking place in England involving a group of girls who became friends at boarding school and something very dark happened causing them to be removed from the school and sent their separate ways. There were times when I really enjoyed reading it and times I was a little bored. Once the twists and reveals started happening, I was hooked though. This was my third book written by Ruth Ware and she is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I’m really looking forward to reading her latest which is supposed to be fantastic – The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

I recently got a couple ARCs so I’m going to take a little step away from the 20 Books of Summer challenge TBR to read those.  One of the ARCs is actually the third book in a trilogy which I didn’t realize until I looked it up on Goodreads. So unfortunately I need to read books 1 & 2 before I can start the ARC. It’s a series of historical fiction taking place in Ireland. I adore Ireland so I’m really excited to read this trilogy.  Book one is called The Irish Girl. Luckily for me, it was only $1.99 on Kindle. I have book 2 on hold at my library.

What have you been reading lately?

 

 

Bout of Books 22 Sign-Up

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It’s almost time for the next round of Bout of Books! I am really excited for another readathon!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m already starting to think about the books I want to read but will post a loose TBR and goals as we get closer to the start.

Are you planning on participating in Bout of Books?