Waiting on Wednesday: Seven Deadly Shadows

Waiting on Wednesday: Seven Deadly Shadows

seven deadly shadows


Seven Deadly Shadows

Written by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani

? pages

Published by Harper Collins

Publication date: 28th January 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • Anything based on Japanese folklore, religion or mythology is sure to be a hit with me, especially if it is to do with Shintoism and / or Inari shrines. I studied it intensively when in Japan and after coming back to the U.K. so am looking forward to see it being used as the backdrop for a fictional story.
  • Ditto to the inclusion of kitsune and youkai – I love all the stories of various supernatural creatures so I’m excited to see which ones will make an appearance here. The kitsune (mischievous fox spirits) are an especial favourite!
  • The inclusion of the shinigami (death gods) has me intrigued, particularly as I can’t really anticipate yet how their actions and motivations will feed into the story.
  • I want to know more about Kira, especially as she sounds like someone who may struggle in normal social situations, but who has found her place training to be a shrine maiden.
  • I’m not a huge fan of the cover (sorry!), despite loving the imagery of the torii gates, but I did see the author post a picture of the interior map on Twitter and it looked amazing.
  • More books inspired by diverse cultures is great – the more the better I think!

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What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains RoaredThe Exact Opposite of OkayTo Kill a KingdomStarfishThe GloamingThe Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me FeelThe Queens of Innis LearLegendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright RuinA Thousand Beginnings and EndingsEmpress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and GoldStorm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves,Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the CraneDragon Pearl,Last of Her NameThe FamilarsA Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the WitchOnce Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent, RomanovEcho North, The Wicked King, The Priory of the Orange TreeSpin the Dawn, Master of Sorrows, Asha and the Spirit Bird, A Treason of Thorns, We Rule The Night, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, CollisionRumblestarThe Last Spell BreatherThe Starless SeaThe Lost Tide Warriors, The Princess Who Flew With Dragons, ContainmentHouse of Salt and Sorrows, Sanctuary, Stronger than a Bronze DragonGumiho/Wicked FoxPan’s LabyrinthThe KingdomThe Taste of RainThe Ten Thousand Doors of January, Chinglish, Winterwood, Harley in the Sky, Into the Crooked Place, Butterfly Yellow.

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5 Comments Add yours

    1. Hope you enjoy it if you get to read it!

      Liked by 1 person

  1. I saw this book on Edelweiss and immediately became intrigued!! Japanese folklore is also COMPLETELY up my alley ❤️❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Have you requested it? I really want to read it but I haven’t seen if it will be released i the UK or not so I might need to try through Edelweiss or Netgalley to get the opportunity to read it…
      Let me know what you think!


      1. I did! I haven’t gotten to it though >.< but I'm excited nonetheless!


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