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Kitsune-Tsuki (Kitsune Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura VanArendonk Baugh , R.H. Potter , Jess Jonsson , Amanda Irwin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner of the 2012 Luminis Prize!


"Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The story is thrilling and magical."

"Twisty! Turny! Magical! Wonderful!"

"...I figured I knew exactly how it was going to end. I was completely wrong."

“I finished it and immediate starting reading again, looking for the clues.”


How does one find a shapeshifter who may not even exist?


The onmyouji Tsurugu no Kiyomori, a practitioner of the mystic arts, has been engaged to protect the warlord's new bride from the fox spirit rumored to be near. Tsurugu and the shadow-warrior Shishio Hitoshi face an impossible challenge in teasing out a kitsune shapeshifter from the samurai and servants –- if such a creature is even present at all.


The handsome mute twin servants belonging to Lady Kaede are certainly suspicious, but it is the beautiful and strong-willed lady herself who draws Shishio’s mistrust. Tsurugu and Shishio must move carefully, for accusing the warlord’s bride falsely would be death. But failing to identify the kitsune to the warlord is equally perilous, and there is more to discover. For an onmyouji knows secrets even the shadows do not….


Kitsune-Tsuki is a historical fiction novelette, the introduction to the series KITSUNE TALES. By reader request it includes a full glossary as well.


Categories:
  • Historical fiction Japan

  • Historical mysteries

  • Fantasy mythology Asian

  • Fantasy magic


Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Kitsune Tales is a series of stories rooted in traditional Japanese folklore, set in magical historical Japan. For lovers of historical fiction or Asian mythology, Kitsune Tales offers delightful reads. See the author's website for all titles and other work.

About the Author

Laura was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth or developed motor skills, and by the time she matured into a recognizable adult she had become a behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized and award-winning animal trainer, a popular costumer/cosplayer, a chocolate addict, and of course a writer. Find her at www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Æclipse Press (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O7BCWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put Kindle down once started! August 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The story is thrilling and magical. Every scene is beautifully written, I could visualize the landscape and scenery. Anyone who enjoys Japanese historical fiction will love this book. I am very impressed with author's expertise on Japanese folklore. After I reached to the end of the story, I went back and read it again trying to pick up subtle details I have missed for the first time. This is such a fun read! I cannot wait for the sequel! Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow, and Extremely Enjoyable July 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy a good short story, and was (initially) a little worried about this one. It sounded really interesting, but I was intimidated by all of the long Japanese words and titles. I'm not terribly familiar with Japanese language or culture, so I was afraid I'd need a dictionary at-hand in order to follow the story.

To my delight, the author seems to take that into consideration. I was able to understand each character's place within the household and had no problems understanding any part of the story. I actually found myself learning a few Japanese words (Kitsune was one of them!).

The story itself was excellent and well-written. It has a good plot twist, and it did not end like I thought it would. I won't give anything away here, but it really was a fun and magical read.

Lastly, I really like the artwork. I wish I could purchase the fox (Kitsune!) as a decal for my laptop. Kudos to the artist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting foray into Japanese folklore--with a twist! December 19, 2012
Format:Paperback
NOTE: I purchased this as an e-book from Smashwords.

I very much enjoyed this story, which read quickly and smoothly--too quickly, in fact! All too soon I was reaching the last page and wishing for a sequel.

I was quickly drawn in by the main character, who is observant but a quiet sort of man, the sort who doesn't tell all he sees or knows. I didn't have any difficulties with the Japanese terms. I felt nearly all of them were woven in so deftly the meaning was easily inferred, and on those occasions when I couldn't figure it out, I could just check the glossary. Admittedly, I've watched a fair bit of anime, so I'm familiar with some Japanese terms.

The descriptions in the story are evocative without being overdone. I loved seeing the main character grinding his ink or watching people dance in the moonlight.

The story itself was fascinating. I began to suspect early on that all was not as it seemed, but the twist I began anticipating was not quite the twist I got! Very well crafted, and the ending, while it wrapped up the story, also left me wanting more about these characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete genre change for me -- and worth it August 11, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Frankly, when I started this book I wasn't sure what I was going to think of it, as I'm not really familiar with Asian folklore or with the setting in which this story takes place. But I'd read other works by Baugh and wanted to read this one. What I found was since a good story and interesting characters are what make a book work, my lack of familiarity with the setting wasn't a hindrance. Readers with greater knowledge of the culture will doubtless find nuances that I missed, but even coming in with no background knowledge at all, I was able to step right into the story. The book's driving question: Is there a kitsune in the palace?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story based on Japanese folklore October 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
As someone who appreciates a good story influenced by Japan of old, I really enjoyed Kitsune-Tsuki. The tale of an Onmyouji mystic hired to protect the new bride of a ruler from a menacing Kitsune is filled with magic, superstition and mystery. As I was reading and the story unfolded, I figured I knew how exactly how it was going to end. I was completely wrong.

If you love Japanese folklore you shouldn't pass up this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific surprise! October 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
Kitsune-Tsuki was a wonderful little surprise and my only complaint about this short story is that it is a short story. I was drawn into the tale, and then it was over. Baugh does a great job with the use of language and the tone of the story - it seems just right for the culture and era she is writing about. Plus I have to admit I have a soft spot for trickster tales. I am looking forward to reading the promised kitsune novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but short! April 27, 2013
By valcas
Format:Paperback
I like the context (japanese, legends, animals and nature) very much. The scenario is also a nice one. I would just have wanted more of them! The twist in the end is good, but lacks an explanation, an epilogue... Something that would open to a possible story in the future, or one from the past.
All in all, a good read, makes one want to read more from the author!
Note: this was a giveaway from LibraryThing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great, short read, and very immersive. Left me wanting more, and thankfully... there's more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to love Foxes...
I really enjoyed this book - a fun read that gave me some insight on Japanese lore! I recently met Laura at Clicker Expo, which I attended in hopes of learning ways of dealing with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a delightful tale with a real twist at the end.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Book is a good read very interest tone and narrative
Published 5 months ago by Charlie1985
1.0 out of 5 stars Major problems
Not very well written and randomly uses Japanese for no reason.
I do not lie when I say that this book I nearly unreadable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jackson McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice story, but a bit short.
Published 9 months ago by Sven Caudron
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitsune
After finishing this book I found myself wanting to read more. I also love how easy of a read it was for me because I already knew what they were talking about .... Read more
Published 10 months ago by steffan
5.0 out of 5 stars Foxy very foxy
This little novel is a great show for the price you pay the characters are compelling in the story is amusing it's hard to say just what kind of story it is that it's a mixture of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael C. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
A Nice, quick read! I love all of the Japanese folklore, history, and words interlaced within this tale. Very mystical and interesting, with surprising twists throughout.
Published 14 months ago by Kia
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE kitsune so much I want more!
I've always been a fan of Japanese culture and I love foxes. So naturally I love kitsune. I was drawn to this book the moment I saw it. It had a good story and it was told nicely. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bianca
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
Very good twist on a classic tale. It's a great read, the author has added a little dictionary in the back for the Japanese words I didn't know (most of the words were used in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Erika
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Laura was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth or developed motor skills, and by the time she matured into a recognizable adult she had become a behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized and award-winning animal trainer, a popular costumer/cosplayer, a chocolate addict, and of course a writer. Find her at www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com


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