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Fox and Phoenix (Long City, Book 1) Hardcover – October 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012787
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Bernobich (www.beth-bernobich.com) lives in Bethany, Connecticut.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Michael McGannon on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fox and Phoenix was a great little story. I think what stood out to me most was the wonderful world building. Everything about the world of Long City and the Phoenix Empire (and everything lying in between) was very well fleshed out and felt like a plausible history. I loved the mix of magic and tech, and especially loved the kinda old, kinda new setting in which this interesting and fresh blend is created.
Now for the characters. Reading other reviews, I don't understand why some other people don't like Kai. He's not the brightest bulb--he's an impulsive kid who tries to do his best. He struggles between selfishness and putting others first. For that alone, I enjoyed the dude's character. His friends were just as flawed and well crafted, and I enjoyed reading through their adventures.
My only two complaints, which I felt hurt the story's quality, but not enough for me to dislike it: The plot felt a little disjointed at times, taking its time in some sections while rushing through in others (particularly in the last quarter of the book). As well, while I enjoyed the characters, I felt like they were never in mortal peril, and often times showed up in perfect timing with frustrating convenience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cara Trudeau on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fox & Phoenix is a charming, delightful adventure through a fantasy China where old world traditions mix with futuristic technologies powered by magic flux. In this world, Kai and Yun are on a quest to find Princess Lian and return her to her home city and her ailing father.

Beth's detailed descriptions of the world made it wholly believable and immersed me into Kai and Yun's environment. The conflicts and mysteries surrounding their quest, as well as the wonderful worldbuilding, kept me turning the pages. Where did Kai's mother disappear to? Can they get the princess back home in time? And what's behind the princess's father's mysterious illness? I hated putting the book down because I kept wanting to find out what happened next and see what other magical items the story revealed.

A few nitpicks that kept this from being a 5-star book for me: (1) I had trouble connecting with the characters and (2) I felt the pacing of the book was a touch slow at the start, with the actual quest not starting until about 25% through and the reasons for the quest explained about 50% through. These minor missteps don't detract from an engrossing story, though, and I hope Beth writes more stories in this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Varry on September 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book very entertaining. These friends from the past have changed a bit since their last adventure. Some have grown into new ventures but similar to what they did in the past. But they are still young and still growing into their new lives. But Kai still needs growing up and he is lonely because his friends do not get together as they did in the past. But there is a new adventure waiting for them with the Princess. Her father is very ill, maybe even dieing and Kai must get in touch the Princess who is now in another city. No one has been able to reach her to tell her what is going on and Kai feels he must go and tell her. Don't want to ruin the story so, take the book out and read.

A very good story in my opinion and one that others should enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2014
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I can't tell you what culture inspired this fantasy, (Vietnamese,Chinese?). The real joy of this book is that it is from the opposite side of the world from western traditions, making for a refreshing new slant on magic.

Here every person has an animal spirit that shows up in their childhood, sort of like The Golden Compass. But the resemblance to that book ends there. (If you read Golden Compass after watching the movie, you will be very sad. The movie ended before the horrible ending inflicted by the author.)

Kai Zou's animal spirit is a pig, a smelly pig with a smart mouth. He is usually right, which annoys Kai Zou no end. There are lots of other spirit animals, a (dead) stone griffin, and there are dragons - ghost dragons, of the occidental type, with their own motivations in the story.

Kai Zou is a street lord, with a small gang of friends, each of whom have strengths and weaknesses. Kai Zou's mother owns a magic shop and teaches magic; Kai Zou has to help out, creating conflicts between his street life and home life. And he has homework.

In the previous book, Kai Zou gave the Princess her impossible wish. This book is the fall out from that wish. There is political conflict based on energy sources. It creates the tension that the plot needs things moving but is not used to hammer the reader with hidden agendas.

This book stands on it's own but it would be nice if the prequel was available as an audio book read by this same reader. I've read the ebook and listened to the audio book. I give the reader high marks for the accent, as well as the reading, which contributes to the oriental atmosphere.

And the food they eat sounds great. Wish the restaurants were in Tucson.

This book is on my list of best of 2012 (that's when I found it) along with "The Wizard of Dark Street", and all time favorite "Fly by Night".

Here's hoping for sequels or companion books.
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