Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ARC Review: Foxfire by Karen Kincy

Author: Karen Kincy
Publication: Flux; Original edition (October 8, 2012)

Description: Tavian and Gwen race to find a magical cure in the third thrilling Other novel

Tavian has never forgotten his real mother, a shapeshifting Japanese fox spirit like himself, who abandoned him. On a trip to Japan, his homeland, he discovers that she’s alive. But a faceless ghost warns Tavian to stay away from her. Even worse, Tavian’s magical fox powers have vanished. Finding his mother in Tokyo’s seamy underworld may be his only chance to beat back the vicious dog spirits stalking him and his girlfriend Gwen—and to recover from a fatal magical illness eroding his human side.

My Thoughts: 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.

Favorite Quote:
"Are you aware," she says, "of how rare half-breed kitsune are?"

Tsuyoshi shakes his head. "We know of no others like Octavian."

Shizuka folds her hands in her lap, her gaze downcast. "That is because the others are dead."

A jolt of alarm gives my bones a bit more solidity. "Dead?""A human body is simply too weak to contain a kisune's power. A half-breed such as yourself lives on the brink between surviving and being consumed by the magic within."
I received this eARC from Flux Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

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