Engaging, exciting YA Fantasy with genuine cultural authenticity!
Hey there fellow Book Dragons!
I am so excited to share this review with all of you because it's been a while since I've come across a book, I found to be this unique in such a very large market.
Imagine your favourite manga for me. Now, blend it with extremely well-written, well researched urban fantasy and beautiful Japanese traditions and mythology. Sounds like a lot right I promise you, this book has it all and then some.
The pacing of Seven Deadly Shadows is a little slower than your average YA book, the build-up more purposeful, but I found it also to be more realistic in the sense that our heroine is not instantly brave, nor does she possess the skills to take down the bad guys right from the first confrontation. She learns and trains, which to me, made her journey from school girl to bad ass demon slayer, so much more authentic. Tricky for fantasy but it works very well.
The Japanese culture is already one that I find fascinating. From the country's rich history and traditional values, to it's mythological gods and modern sensibilities. Naturally, a book that seamlessly blends all of these things was a no-brainer for me, and I loved it!
The characters are colourful and entertaining and the plot is exciting! I honestly couldn't put it down! Even though the the story is more of an epic journey than a race, the explosive ending is action-packed, bloody, and fun! I adored Kira, and Shiro is just adorable! He's also pretty bad ass himself. Seriously, every character has something special to offer.
Seven Deadly Shadows is a riveting, one-of-a-kind story and I'm thrilled tomorrow is release day because I can't wait for people to read this book so I can start blabbing about it without risk of spoilers!
Hurry up and get a copy already! You won't regret it!
Big thanks to Harper Collins Canda for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.