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Seven Deadly Shadows

By: Courtney Alameda

Valynne E. Maetani

Seventeen-year-old Kira Fujikawa has never had it easy. She’s bullied by the popular girls in school. Her family ignores her. And she’s also plagued with a secret: She can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Japan. But things accelerate from bad to worse when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down an ancient relic and bring the world to a catastrophic end.

Not exactly skilled at fighting anything, much less the dead, Kira enlists the aid of seven powerful death gods to help her slay Shuten-doji. They include Shiro, a kitsune with boy-band looks who is more flirtatious than helpful, and O-bei, a regal demon courtesan with covert reasons of her own for getting involved.

As the confrontation with Shuten-doji draws nearer by the day, the fate of Japan hangs in the balance. Can Kira save humankind? Or will the demon king succeed in bringing eternal darkness upon the world?

Author’s note. Glossary.

ISBN: 9780062570819

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery, Language: Mild Language, Violence: General
Topics: Kyoto, Japan , Retellings , Seven Samurai (Japanese film) , Urban fantasy , Yokai (demons) , Mythical creatures , Shrines , Magic , Fantasy , Families , Quests , Coming of age , Action and adventure

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Kira Fujikawa loves spending time at the Shinto shrine that has been in her family for generations. The daily life of caring for guests and learning from her grandfather makes her feel protected beyond the blessings she knows are within the sacred ground. However, her days in the prestigious high school she attends on scholarship are less than idea Kira Fujikawa loves spending time at the Shinto shrine that has been in her family for generations. The daily life of caring for guests and learning from her grandfather makes her feel protected beyond the blessings she knows are within the sacred ground. However, her days in the prestigious high school she attends on scholarship are less than ideal. No matter how great her grades are, she is singled out and bullied. Although she tries hard to be honorable to her family, she cannot seem to make her two lives harmonize. Then the shrine is attacked—leaving her feeling vulnerable on every front. Can she summon the courage needed to stand up for herself, or will her family’s legacy be lost forever? Alameda and Maetini’s novel displays how traditional Japanese folklore can be adapted into modern stories. Set mainly in the historical landscape of Kyoto, the intense action sequences feel as if they are right out of the pages of popular manga. Its well-researched details immerse readers fully but carefully into Japanese culture. Japanese vocabulary is clearly defined; while some readers may find words that are unfamiliar, the vivid descriptions of landscapes and creatures elicit appropriate feelings of terror and excitement. This leads to a successfully created magical world. Unfortunately, the narrative suffers from the shallow interactions between the main character and everyone else in the world. This is especially true during scenes of romance, when relationships develop too quickly and awkwardly to be believable. Purchase for collections where books on Japanese culture are popular.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062570819

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harper Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery, Language: Mild Language, Violence: General

Topics

Kyoto, Japan, Retellings, Seven Samurai (Japanese film), Urban fantasy, Yokai (demons), Mythical creatures, Shrines, Magic, Fantasy, Families, Quests, Coming of age, Action and adventure,

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