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Tavian, the half kitsune (fox spirit) from Other (2010), returns to his birthplace to find his true self in this agreeable stand-alone sequel. Tavian hasn’t been back to Japan since his kitsune mother abandoned him, and his trip to meet his adoptive grandparents in Tokyo is fraught with painful memories, even with his half-pooka girlfriend, Gwen, at his side. Tavian, who is suffering from a magical illness that impairs shape-shifting, is also menaced by inugami (dog spirit) gangsters. Somehow all of these troubles connect to his mother, but to save himself, he first has to find her. Tavian’s coming-of-age journey is predictable, but it should emotionally satisfy fans of Other. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley

About the Author

Karen Kincy is the author of the Other novels for young adults. Her debut novel, Other, was named to the American Library Association's 2011 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list. Kincy is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and lives in Redmond, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: An Other Novel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; Original edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738730572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738730578
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Kincy (Duvall, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College. She is a member of SCBWI and RWA.

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By Regina on April 27, 2013
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Even though this book is the third of a series, it is completely stand alone and I believe the best in the Other trilogy. The story of Tavian is heart breaking but told is such a vivid, concise way. You want him to succeed in his mission to find himself and restore his magic but it is not certain that he will. The many trips to various districts of Tokyo are amazing. The world Kincy creates is enhanced by the delicious smells of Japanese street food and the dangerous underworld of gangs and Others. This story is a wonderful, touching, exciting ride through the streets of Japan. It is a great read!
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Loved this book and love kitsunes as they are one of my favorite mythological creatures. The characters were interesting. It can be read alone. I read all of the trilogy and thought it was truly awesome. I loved how the story's narrative flowed. The Other's look on society was pretty interesting. Loved that Tavian and Gwen was together in Tokyo. Very cool.
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Quick & Dirty: Shape shifting travels to Japan, where history and culture add more to the mysteries of the Kitsune.

Opening Sentence: Cold. Bitter, bone-deep cold, the kind that gnaws at your toes and nose.

The Review:

In the third and final installment of the Other trilogy, Karen Kincy brings us Foxfire. I read Foxfire as a standalone, not having read the others. I was worried that I would lose the integrity of the story and miss many things that I would have found relevant if I read the whole series. Gladly that isn't the case. Kincy did a great job allowing the reader to feel involved in her world from the beginning. I enjoyed the story and the characters, convincing me to go back

In Foxfire, Gwen and Tavian travel to Japan to visit his adopted grandparents for the holidays. Tavian, a kitsune, or a shape shifter who takes a fox form, was born in Japan. His birth mother was also a kitsune, but disappeared when Tavian was only six years old. But as Tavian landed in Japan, he began to see a faceless ghost. He begins to wonder who haunts him, only to be contacted by his estranged mother. Tavian uncovers so many truths about his past, putting him in harm's way.

Tavian was a voice that was easy to get to know and understand. The first chapter was a flashback to when his mother disappeared. It was heart-breaking, and allowed me to instantly connect with him. There were times when I disliked him and his personality. He always seemed so strong, and here he is so vulnerable and filled with doubt.

The kitsune folklore is one that I knew growing up. Japanese folklore is filled through the pages of Foxfire, blending old history with common day interpretations.
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By Haylibean on February 18, 2013
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So I haven't read the first book yet. Didn't realize this was a series! But I loved it!!!!! It's the first I've seen on kitsune and I was very impressed!! Totally reccomend!
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This third book in the Others series finds Gwen and Tavian visiting his adoptive grandparents in Japan. Tavian is ill and unable to shift to his fox form. He has to find a way to get his name so that he can control his kitsune powers without destroying his human body. His grandparents take him to a temple where the fox maiden in charge offers to help him for a consideration. However, the temple foxes look down on the nogitsune - the field foxes - like Tavian's mother.

Since arriving in Japan Tavian is having dreams about the mother who abandoned him when he was six and a faceless ghost who just might be his father. This faceless ghost -- a noppera-bo -- can assume the form of anyone.

Tavian meets his mother who is still intent on keeping secrets from Tavian though she says she is protecting him. In order to get his name, Tavian needs to know his mother's true name and have some of her blood. Tavian also needs to know his father's name and have some of his blood.

Tavian also runs afoul of a group of inugami - dog spirits - who are part of the yakuza - the Japanese mafia. They are chasing him all over Tokyo both because they have a grudge against his mother and to capture him to bring him to the head of the yakuza.

Tavian learns a lot about himself in this story as he tries to unravel the secrets of his past. Gwen is here mainly as moral support and is good for a timely rescue now and again. I like the relationship between the two of them. They are clearly in love with each other.

Fans of this series and those who want a different sort of paranormal adventure will enjoy this story.
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