Title: Seven Deadly Shadows
Author: Courtney Alameda & Valynne E Maetani
Page Count: 288 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.
But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.
Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.
With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.
What a fun YA fantasy journey. This was a book set in Japan where some people can see monsters and ghosts and other creatures amongst humans. I really enjoyed this one because the pacing kept me flipping the pages. There was lots of action and adventure and wondering what was going to happen next.
The descriptions were really beautiful of the clothing and the environment. I want a kimono of my own now! I also want a demon cat too so there’s that. Those creature descriptions were really neat. Japan sounds like a country I need to visit and I can’t believe I didn’t do much research into it before.
My issue with this book was that none of the Japanese words were translated. Nothing in parentheses and nothing to let the reader know what they meant. It was a struggle because I didn’t want to have to pull out my phone each time a new word popped up to translate. I also didn’t know of any Japanese mythology and going into the book you’re kind of expected to? There was no quick explanations and because my knowledge in this department is lacking I felt a little lost as well.
I’d recommend this to manga and anime fans for sure!
Thank you HCC Frenzy for sending the ARC my way in exchange for an honest review.