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Foxfire (An Other Novel) Paperback – October 8, 2012
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.