Shadow of the Fox ★☆☆☆☆

I really wanted to like Shadow of the Fox. The description alone reminded me of many animes that I binged on in high school and early college. But as I started reading Shadow of the Fox, I was turned off by–oddly enough–how much it reminded me of anime that I binged on in high school and early college.

After a certain point I felt like I was reading well written crossover fanfiction for Kenshin and InuYasha. For anyone who hasn’t watched InuYasha, know that there is a recap at the beginning of every episode that takes up almost the first half of the episode. Between the jumps back and the exposition, I simply couldn’t get through it.

So I tried to listen to it.

And that, my friends, was a mistake.

The narrators felt like they knew they were reading something bad and tried to add more emphasis in their performance to cover it up. Think back to a drug assembly: some college kid looking for money steps up on stage and tries to make teen relevant jokes. The audio book felt akin to that level of awkwardness between the uneven levels and the awkward voice acting.

Often, I felt like I was being talked down to as an audience member. Things were over explained in purely expository dialogue that just felt like they should have been finished with “as you well know.” Yokai are demons, as you well know. Kistune are fox demons and they’re tricksters, as you well know. Daimyo are lords and leaders of their households or clans, as you well know.

Ultimately, what I did manage to read felt formulaic and awkward.

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

5 thoughts on “Shadow of the Fox ★☆☆☆☆

  1. I felt the exact same way about Shadow of the Fox! It felt JUST like Inuyasha…and I didn’t think of Kenshin but you’re totally right!! My Co-blogger read this and liked it well enough, but she didn’t watching anime in high school. I feel like those of us who did grow up with Inuyasha and Kenshin all disliked this story lol. And the random Japanese words thrown in. I cringed so hard. I tried listening to this too and I couldn’t even finish it, I DNF at 50%. UGH such a train wreck and I really wanted to like this story too… 😦

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