Seven Deadly Shadows
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.

Seven Deadly Shadows Details

TitleSeven Deadly Shadows
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Seven Deadly Shadows Review

  • Tara ☽
    January 1, 1970
    Umm so the synopsis basically pitches this as an anime in YA book form so you know I'm already a slut for this book
  • Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my fucking god. This sounds like all my favorite anime wrapped up in one. I NEEEEEDDDD THISSSSS!
  • nova ryder ☼
    January 1, 1970
    um yes I need this right now
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Are you ready? I'm not.Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it appears this one has been pushed back to January 28, 2020. That's so far. ---Sounds like anime in book form and I am here for it!
  • Elyse Manhollan
    January 1, 1970
    Kira? Shinigami? Sounds like it kind of took inspiration from Death Note? I’m on board with it, I love novels set in Japan.
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    The only anime I could stand, tbh.
  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HarperCollins and HarperTeen for the ARC.
  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    How many of you want a demon-filled, Seven Samurai/anime/manga/Miyazaki inspired fantasy? If less than all of you don't raise your hands, I'm coming over there and slapping some sense into you. You don't know what you want, so let me tell you.SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS is about our girl Kira, who is one of those strong and confident heroines, as she battles demons who attack her shrine in modern-day Japan looking for an ancient artifact. Alongside, Shiro, who s half fox and half boy mind y How many of you want a demon-filled, Seven Samurai/anime/manga/Miyazaki inspired fantasy? If less than all of you don't raise your hands, I'm coming over there and slapping some sense into you. You don't know what you want, so let me tell you.SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS is about our girl Kira, who is one of those strong and confident heroines, as she battles demons who attack her shrine in modern-day Japan looking for an ancient artifact. Alongside, Shiro, who s half fox and half boy mind you, they discover that the only way to beat the demon-lord and find the missing pieces of an ancient sword, they must enlist the help of seven shinigami (death gods) to aid the impending war.This book read like I was watching an anime. The demons and ghosts that only Kira can see, as well as the fantastically grotesque monsters, were something out of a Miyazaki flick. There were absolutely no dull points I can think of. Every page was magical. If you have been following my reviews, when a book reminds me of Miyazaki, you can expect five stars. I'm just that easy to please. The romance took a backseat, which was nice. Kira had a head on her shoulders and was not easily thrown aside against those who thought her weak. She relied heavily on those she loved and used their power to strengthen her. I love heroines who are goal-oriented, who have heart and emotions, and who are not afraid to take chances, and that is Kira rolled up in one neat package. We need more like her. Please. I feel the one thing this book was lacking was food. When I think Miyazaki not only do I think of magic but of the delicious food the animation studio loves to makes us drool over. This was just my WANT, and it did not affect the rating. Clearly.If you want a book rooted in Japanese culture and mythology and filled with an homage to Seven Samurai, this is your book.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great read!“Seven Deadly Shadows” finds Kira at the center of an all out war following the brutal death of someone she loves and with the threat looming over her family’s shrine she must go to unspeakable lengths toeing the lines between life and death in order to ensure her survival. This book reminded me a bit of Buffy in that way where a young woman is aware of the darker elements of mythology and monsters and has to navigate the sight against that of her normal li This was such a great read!“Seven Deadly Shadows” finds Kira at the center of an all out war following the brutal death of someone she loves and with the threat looming over her family’s shrine she must go to unspeakable lengths toeing the lines between life and death in order to ensure her survival. This book reminded me a bit of Buffy in that way where a young woman is aware of the darker elements of mythology and monsters and has to navigate the sight against that of her normal life and the restraints placed upon her by “normal life”. The death elements where so interesting to me as I’m not as well versed in Japanese culture and wasn’t as up to speed on those gods and goddess like I was with the kitsune and yokai who each have a role to play in this book and it was interesting to see just how human the so called monsters could be when the time came for them to step up or face annihilation. There’s some romance in this but it takes a back seat for a good portion of the novel with only casual glances reminding us that there is more to the partnership than meets the eye and I think that was a great choice as it gives us more time to focus on the quest and fight to come than a will they/won’t they dynamic. This book starts with a bang and doesn’t really let up and there’s plenty of room for more and I can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to read this too!**special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • | Maiko-chan |
    January 1, 1970
    I don't understand the decision of the synopsis to go from ...Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—with "death gods" as the sidenote to shinigami, and then goes to...But some of the death gods...where it suddenly becomes the main usage. That's a really poor choice imo and makes me wary of this book, which I don't want to be since I'm still really looking forward to reading Courtney Alameda's book Shutter.
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  • ♠️ Tabi ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    if this disappoints me I'm gonna be quite devastated
  • Jenna | Silver Spines
    January 1, 1970
    *Sniffs book like it's soup*Is that a pinch of Kamisama Kiss I smell? I NEED THIS BOOK
  • Carla Riemer
    January 1, 1970
    This retelling of Seven Samurai is the perfect blend of Maetani’s writing from deep roots in Japanese culture, Alameda’s skill at writing terror and both authors’ ability to create scary and suspenseful stories. Kira Fujikawa is the teenaged keeper of her family’s shrine. She has a big responsibility, as she is the only one of her generation who can see yokai – ghosts and demons who exist within our world. When they attack her shrine she has to call on shinigami, death gods, to help fight back. This retelling of Seven Samurai is the perfect blend of Maetani’s writing from deep roots in Japanese culture, Alameda’s skill at writing terror and both authors’ ability to create scary and suspenseful stories. Kira Fujikawa is the teenaged keeper of her family’s shrine. She has a big responsibility, as she is the only one of her generation who can see yokai – ghosts and demons who exist within our world. When they attack her shrine she has to call on shinigami, death gods, to help fight back. Heroics, shifting loyalties, bloody battles and an exploration of the supernatural world create a dramatic tale. The mystical elements are deftly woven into the realities of her teen existence – strained parental relationships and bullying at school – but never detract from the action. This collaboration between 2 talented writers of thrillers doesn’t disappoint.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for the E-arc copy of this novel. Seven Deadly Shadows is a retelling of the Seven Samurai, tale from Japan. I really enjoyed the novel even though I am not as familiar with Japanese culture. It is a story of family, war, death, and survival. It doesn't have a lot of romance and that is one of the aspects I enjoyed of this novel. The story focuses on retelling of original Japanese movie which pertains to a village needing protection from a group of 40 bandit Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for the E-arc copy of this novel. Seven Deadly Shadows is a retelling of the Seven Samurai, tale from Japan. I really enjoyed the novel even though I am not as familiar with Japanese culture. It is a story of family, war, death, and survival. It doesn't have a lot of romance and that is one of the aspects I enjoyed of this novel. The story focuses on retelling of original Japanese movie which pertains to a village needing protection from a group of 40 bandits. It is one of the most popular Japanese movies ever made. Seven Deadly Shadows goes above and beyond paying the original homage. The novel is a fascinating journey through war, death, and how we come out of both surviving.#SevenDeadlyShadows#Edelweiss
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  • Abbie Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    Received this as an ARC. I love Japanese/Yokai fantasy novels, and this one was pretty decent. Definitely reads like an anime in book form. It had great and extensive cultural aspects. However, the story was very predictable and lackluster. The characters seemed bland and didn't have much development. The main character definitely fit the "Chosen One" character trope.Not a bad story, but not the best.
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  • Nicole Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book. I loved the relationship between Kira and Shiro 😍 and I loved all the Japanese mythology. But.... I have questions! Is this a stand alone?I have more Ronin questions and theories but that's spoilers.Infact all questions are spoilers so I'll keep them to myself lol Please make another book. Thank you HaperCollins!
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  • gelowmichael
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, HaperCollins, for the digital copy in exchange of an honest review.
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    January 1, 1970
    We have a release date!! I loved "Shutter" by Courtney Alameda SO much! January can't come soon enough :D
  • Sally ☾
    January 1, 1970
    oh my god this book actually sounds like a mix of all my favorite anime tropes and i desperately need it.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - I really liked this book’s plot and characters and Japanese setting/mythology. But the ending felt super rushed. I would have liked it a bit more detailed and drawn out.
  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic read. Review closer to publication date.
  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    Did it drag a bit in spots? Yes. Was it a bit difficult to keep the names straight? Yes. Maybe not perfect, but thoroughly enjoyable! I very much liked this book.
  • Deea (Andreea)
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds too much like Shadow of the Fox! I might give it a try just out of curiosity
  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Seven Deadly Shadows is as it has been called, everyone's favorite animes wrapped up into a YA book. But it's so much more than that too. Kira's grandfather is slaughtered in their family shrine after a betrayal by one of their guardians, and with the help of the other guardian, a kistune named Shiro, she embarks on an impossible quest to save the world, and her family shrine. There are demons and ghosts and all manner of creatures native to Japanese mythology designed to gross you out and draw Seven Deadly Shadows is as it has been called, everyone's favorite animes wrapped up into a YA book. But it's so much more than that too. Kira's grandfather is slaughtered in their family shrine after a betrayal by one of their guardians, and with the help of the other guardian, a kistune named Shiro, she embarks on an impossible quest to save the world, and her family shrine. There are demons and ghosts and all manner of creatures native to Japanese mythology designed to gross you out and draw you in. And the character development that follows everyone, but mostly Kira, is absolutely phenomenal. It may be a stand alone but it packs a vicious punch and anyone could pick this book up and enjoy it immensely. It has something for everyone and no part of it is lesser for the rest!
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  • Xandra (Literary Legionnaire)
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW *grabby hands* THIS SOUNDS SOOO GOOD
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