Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Release: 2020
Source: Edelweiss ARC
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If you’re a fan of Japanese mythology, religion, and anime, this book is a treat. Kira Fujikawa is a shrine maiden and one fateful night, yokai attack the shrine, revealing a plot to end the world on the night of a blood moon. To stop the terrifying demon king Shuten-doji, Kira must gather seven shinigami or restore an ancient sword to stop the end of the world.
The way Almaeda and Maetani balance the massive cast in such a relatively short read is truly masterful. Each person feels a bit archetypal (if you’ve watched Inuyasha or similarly-genred anime), but the characterizations were on point.
One thing present in this book that I don’t see if many young adult fantasies are living parents who also participate in their child’s life. Instead of going full rebellious streak and fulfilling her destiny, Kira still takes into account respecting her parents and elders. I found this a bit refreshing and very relatable.
Absolutely magical and scary at times, don’t miss out on this one if you also enjoy soft romances and very good two-tailed cats.