Monday, December 6, 2021

Book Review - Oni - Rise of Shadow

Hey readers,

I am so excited to share my review of Oni-Rise of Shadow, written by C.L. Rue because the story is amazing. In one of my latest posts, I have interviewed this author and his book intrigue me so I decided to check it out. I am happy I did because I enjoyed this book so much. It was a fun read. 


Oni - Rise of Shadow by C.L. Rue is set in Japan. Three friends, Jak, Zeke and Triss go on an after-dark adventure, visiting the Mikumari Shrine. There they find some interesting artefacts. The three friends love an adventure and to explore the local area, to see what treasures they can find, even if it might risk them getting into trouble. 

Another member of the original group was Toshi, who had been friends with Zak for as long as they could remember. When they were children they pretended to be on ‘adventures either across mountain ranges or the Amazon. The habit never left them and they carried on with their adventures but this time in real life. 

What will the artefacts come to mean and what implications will they create for the group?

About the author:

The author goes by the name of C. L. Rue and was born in Milton Keynes but raised in Camberley.  If he's not spending time writing, he is most likely taking a good nap or playing video games. He is currently working on the sequel of his first published novel, Oni - Rise of Shadow. 

My review:

Before even getting into the book, I was already curious about the title. I thought that it was pretty creative and interesting. I love the Japanese culture and the fact that this novel is set in Japan is just perfect for me. I also love the names of the characters as they are unique. I have never read a story similar to this one so I definitely appreciate the originality of the novel. I love how it was fun and easy to read. As I read, I could imagine the scenes in my head which was amazing because I feel like I was moving along with the pages. I feel that you can get attached to the characters and their friendship too. I got attached to mainly one of the characters but I loved all of them as they all have different personalities and add to the story. The novel brought me to another world which I loved.  I really enjoyed reading this novel and I recommend Oni - Rise of Shadow to anyone who wants to enjoy a great book in one sitting.

I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to interview such an amazing author and now to read his first published novel. I am happy to say that it did not disappoint and I am looking forward to the next one. 

If you want to know more about the author, you can always follow him on twitter and read the interview by clicking the links below. 



Let's chat! 
Do you think this type of novel might interest you? Would you give it a read? Comment below! 

~ Thank you for reading & happy blogging! ~ 


  1. This sounds really interesting. I don't think I've ever read anything based in Japanese culture like that, but I do love everything about it - so why not? Right?

    1. It is very interesting! Exactly. Thank you for reading!

  2. You review is really great and doesnt give any spoilers at all, which isn't easy to do. The plot for the book doesn't seem too believable, finding artifacts at a shrine that is likely visited a lot or is the shrine an abandoned shrine, a lost shrine, or something like that?

    1. Thanks a lot! That is super sweet of you. Yess, it is quite interesting in a way you can't imagine. I loved it.

  3. The name of the book got me as well and the setting of the story. You did not give any spoilers, which I was hoping for lol.

    1. I love the name and the setting of the novel too. Hahaha that was the whole point, not to spoil. Thank you so much for reading!


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