This is the first book in a series that I love. We have it available in audiobook form via Hoopla, which I very much enjoyed as well.
This book is hard to categorize in a genre. My best guess is Urban Fantasy, but it feels more like traditional high fantasy with its culture and slow building pace. The setting is beautiful and the characters are fully formed and completely relatable. Tsumiko, a teacher from an all girls’ school in Japan receives an unexpected inheritance, including an enslaved servant from a magical race similar to the kitsune of Japanese folklore. There are foxes, wolves, cats and dragons and Tsumiko is tasked with navigating this new world with grace and fortitude.
While categorized as an adult book, it is also appropriate for older YA readers. If it were a movie, it would probably be rated PG-13. No swearing, no explicit love scenes, but serious themes. It’s a slow burn in a highly imaginative magical world.