Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There's a lot here that feels familiar: an orphan is somewhat different from others, and is raised in a secluded environment; a boy is trained to be an assassin who has no feelings or emotions. They meet, etc.. What makes this special is the setting (a vaguely medieval Japan-like country), the mythology and the writing. The action set pieces are separated nicely, giving readers an opportunity to get to know the characters and the place rather than jumping from action to action to more action. I can't wait for Book 2.
eARC provided by publisher.