Review of ‘Seven Deadly Shadows’

What a fantastic novel. This novel shows an appreciation of Japanese culture and folklore, showcasing a strong sense of identity when it comes to bringing to life the fantasy aspect of the novel. It has a great imagination and the way it brings to life the demons and otherworldly beings is fun and captivating. There is such a range of characters, each one more different than the rest, and they create this perfect blend of culture through the ages.

Characterization Says It All

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani Quill Tree Books Image Credit: Edelweiss

The shinigami are such an interesting facet of this novel. Here are seven banded together to prevent the demon lord, Shuten-Doji, from coming into the world and destroying it. The authors brought some inspiration from the classic Seven Samurai. Kira is a priestess who has to enlist their help in finding a priceless artifact that would lead to the demise of the demon lord and if not, then their help in defeating him and sending him back.

It is such a captivating tale. Kira is a formidable character, not bland, but rather quiet as the story begins. She feels unloved by her parents, at home at the shrine with her grandfather, and at peace with her gift to see the otherworldly creatures, at peace with her place as a high priestess. However, there is much pressure for her to be the perfect daughter with the perfect grades, to keep quiet. However, after the attack, Kira begins to break out of her shell. Throughout the story, she grows stronger, both physically and mentally. Kira begins to believe in her place at the shrine and make peace with her parents. Kira begins to believe in herself and her place in the world and it makes for such a great journey because her change reflects the narrative in the tone of the story that changes alongside her.

The shinigami are also interesting characters because they are all different. They have different personalities and goals; some are somber, while others are humble and gentle, while others are snarky and entertaining. They provide a great balance in the story as it progresses to tell the story.

Final Thoughts

Seven Deadly Shadows is an excellent novel because the authors not only showcase appreciation for the culture they are writing about; they honor it with beautiful detail and compelling character development and dynamics. (★★★★☆)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Jan. 28, 2020Page count: 384ppAge Range: 14 & Over
ISBN: 978-0-0625-7081-9
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
List Price: $17.99

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