*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient #1)
Author: S.M. Beiko
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .
Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not sotypical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.
American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.
Review: I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and while I wasn’t sure if the story was for me, I did actually end up really enjoying it. It’s a bit of an urban fantasy with a lot of mythology mixed in. I love that it’s written by a Canadian author and that the book is set in Winnipeg of all places!
Essentially this story is about Roan Harken who is suddenly thrust into this magical sort of world that has been right in front of her. Her story begins with her coming back from death itself and being trained by her new fox companion Sil. I actually really loved Sil’s character! She’s so sassy and blunt and I haven’t read many books with anthropomorphic characters, but I thought it was fantastic. Roan was also pretty great too because she had so much snarky dialogue and I loved being in her head. There was no shortage of pop culture references and she basically says whatever is on her mind.
The story is basically about her kind of discovering herself while trying to save the world from the demon-snake Zabor and trying not to die in the process. Everyone and everything is after her, but she fights them all off. She has to gather a team consisting of one person from each of the Five Families: Seal, Deer, Owl, and Rabbit.
Scion of the Fox starts with a girl and ends with a war and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the trilogy goes! This had such a fun cast of characters (I’m looking at you, Eli) and I loved how everything came together.