The Fox's Mask (Kitsune Trilogy, #1)
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The Fox's Mask (Kitsune Trilogy #1)

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Demon hunter Akakiba keeps many secrets from his human companion. The fact he's a werefox isn't the worst one.

In feudal Japan, magic is dying. As a demon hunter, Akakiba finds this problematic. The evil he's been trained to destroy is disappearing and, along with it, the shape-shifting abilities of the clan he left behind. With his only companion, a determined young human...more
ebook, 260 pages
Published October 19th 2012 by Musa Publishing (first published October 18th 2012)
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Bookwatcher
wow... I just finish it... and I WILL read more of this trilogy!

About the story
It's well know that foxes are important to Japanese folklore. That's the premise I had to said, to introduce the protagonist, Akakiba.
Akakiba is a samurai, but also member of the fox clan... they are more than just the most famous samurai clan, they are also a real fox clan... fox are their real nature.
Akakiba could not leave alone to his dead a boy when his father, and only family, is killed by a demon. That's how Ak...more
Mammarella
This is a YA book. I am seriously considering recommending it to my 13-year old. NOT joking.

It might make a great introduction into Japanese mythology, however centered it is around foxes.

Main characters are all under 20 years old and there is no romance in this book of any kind, just very subtle hints and a crush or two.


I rate this as a Young Adult book - 4 stars.

PS
I loved the foxes' fluidity with gender and that they could chose the opposite sex if it suited them better or made them more comf...more
Min
Limited, subjective, third person POV - multiple character POVs
Main character ages: 15-18
I received this novel as a free read to review as part of the Authors Requesting Reviews program in the Making Connections YA Edition group.

Okay so a little disclaimer before I perhaps influence anyone in their decision to read this book or not, please note that I'm a very negative person so I tend to find it easier to write about negative things (I'm more a venter than a praiser).

evil girl

So.. sorry if I'm a bit cri...more
MandyM
Mar 02, 2013 MandyM marked it as m-m-to-read
Shelves: m-m-romance
This made me lol from the author's bio: "In a shocking break with literary tradition, Anna does not live with cats."
Byron
Oct 20, 2012 Byron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Byron by: Anna Frost
So, another book that wouldn't normally get read, that was thoroughly enjoyable...

Why wouldn't I have normally read this.. Well traditionally it's historical.. and I'm not grand on those (proven wrong a couple of times. It's based on a culture that whilst is interesting when I do see or hear something I wouldn't normally get wrapped up in it.


So what was the story like.. GREAT! The story is set in Japan in the distant past. There is great use of settings and historical content to bring the story...more
Lori M. Lee
The Fox's Mask is a YA LGBT historical fantasy, which is something I've never read before. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it surprised me in the best way. It was a fun book full of wit and humor, spirits, dragons, cultural details that never felt too weighty, and well-written battles. I really, really enjoyed it.

Akakiba and Yuki had this fantastic relationship full of camaraderie, respect, loyalty, and maybe even a bit more. I loved that the 'more' was so subtle, never needing to be voiced be...more
Kristen Noel
Anna. Anna! ANNA! You slayed me with this book. I had no idea what to expect. I purposely didn't look at the reviews because this book was so new to me and I wanted to go into this with an open mind. I'm happy to say that I loved The Fox's Mask. It isn't something I would pick out for myself. But that's the beauty of it. It transcended my preferences and gave me something new to experience.

I've never watched anime or been heavily into Japanese culture. I don't watch ninja movies. Basically, I...more
Marisa
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Obviously, I loved it! I’d more accurately rate it at 4.5 stars, but I felt it deserved to be rounded up rather than down because the good attributes of this book far outweighed the “bad” ones.

The plot was pretty thought out and well executed. I found myself getting interested in the story from the start, though it took me a while to get into the book and get immersed in the world and the characters. For once, I was surprised b...more
Maki
The Fox's Mask is set in a mythical world based on Japanese culture and folklore. Parts of it felt like I was reading the light novel version of a manga, but eventually I was drawn into the story and stopped thinking about the book like that. I'm always a huge fan of anything kitsune, but this book was enjoyable, even without the influence of magical fox people.

Though ninjas vs kitsune battles - I'm just sayin'. It's hard to deny the awesomeness of that combination. Oh, and there were demons, to...more
Jonel Boyko
This novel was extremely well written, but I found that I had a difficult time getting engaged in the story. Once I finally got into it, it turned out to be a very intriguing story. Part of the issue that I found was that the crux of the story occurs in the last half. The first half of the story is a large amount of background information.

Frost has an amazingly well developed cast of characters. Each one is ideally suited to their purpose in life. That said, not one single character is the “per...more
Matthew
I can't say that this book was bad. I just read it the other day and it was enjoyable. I don't think I will remember much of anything about it. And I never really felt invested in the story. It felt like a children's story, being told rather than... experienced, and I didn't get involved in it. The perspective was all third person, but the character being followed changed every few characters. I was surprised by the gender aspects. And in favor of seeing the relationship between Yuki and Akakiba...more
Alana
This was a really great book! the story caught me and wouldn't let go. i even learned a few new japanese terms. it followed the mythos of japan as well as samaurai culture realistically. (although, i felt ronin needed to be used instead of just calling them masterless samurai).
i didn't feel it should have had the GLBT tag at least for this book. without giving anything away, i felt the situations were contextual to the cultural aspects of the story. much of it was innuendos of what might be go...more
Lissa
Loved this, can't wait for the next one.
Ula
When Anna sent me this book, I was already liking the idea. I don't read books set in Asia, mainly because they're not as popular. Which is why I agreed to read it. Besides, it has demons, samurai, and it's a GLBT read. It also promises quite an adventure.
I liked the writing style a lot, it was a lot like the fantasy books I read, and it read nicely and fluently. I enjoyed delving into a new culture with magic and dragons alongside of it all. It was a good mix that was new to me, so I really enj...more
Dayton
I really enjoyed this book.

The characters, of which there were many, were likeable enough and well developed. They were consistent in their moods and portrayal. I liked the plot. It was creative and well thought out and the imagery was well described.

There might have been a little too much traveling text in the book for my tastes. I felt that more could have been written about the the events at points A - B and less about how they managed to get there.

But that really is the only niggle I had w...more
E.
4 1/2 stars!
This was a beautifully written young adult fantasy that blends the elements of Japanese samurai and the mythology of the kitsune in a tale that is filled with delightful twists and turns. The flowing imagery and the intriguing characters that are depicted make this a wonderful introduction to the series, ‘The Kitsune Trilogy’. The author artfully combines familiar concepts such as shape-shifting and demon possession into a fresh new tale that entertains and educates and makes one cu...more
Brooke Banks
I'm so very lucky to have gotten a free e-copy in order to give an honest review. My full review with a guest post from Anna Frost plus a link to a giveaway is now live on my blog:
The Broke Book Bank

I was immediately hooked in from page one.

The Fox’s Mask uses historical Japan (around the 1600s) as a loose basis for a fantastical tale involving samurais, ninjas, fighting monks, shifters, demons, spirits and, my personal favorite, dragons. Seriously, the dragon part had me deliriously happy to t...more
Serena
I enjoyed this as it reminded me of InuYasha, and Rurouni Kenshin both anime dealing with a older era of Japan. Some of the names were ones I had seen before, twists in the idea of dragons and foxes and demons were interesting.

Akakiba we learn from the start, isn't perfect, Yuki is a orphan because he hadn't been able to find a demon in time and Yuki's family paid the price.

It starts when Akakiba and Yuki come to a village -so not to give too much away - they find eggs which lead them to a city,...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
This is an ARC book in exchange for a review

Akakiba is half-fox and half-human from a secret Fox Clan. He's been away from his clan for over three years now. He's doing what has been his clan's job~demon hunting. He's also acquired an apprentice named Yukia after running a demon possessed man into Yukia's family dwelling. Akakiba sees things differently than the rest of Fox Clan after being on his own. The Fox Clan can't continue to battle demons and shinboi same way they have been. Akakiba's si...more
Derek Newman-Stille
It is refreshing to see a fantasy book that is set in Imperial Japan. So often, fantasy series are based on a Western Medieval archetype, inferring that this is the only forum for sword and sorcery. Anna Frost, although not Japanese herself, explores the imagery and richness of Japanese culture as a framework for her novel The Fox’s Mask. Populating her novel with Kitsune (fox spirits), healing spirits from springs, demons possessing humans, and dragons, it is clear why she chose an ancient Japa...more
Kristy Maitz
Anna Frost for sure got good ideas and fantasy, so story plot is full and pulling. Main character is Akakiba who is a fox shifter and also a demon hunter. The other main character is Yuki.

Even if reading was interesting and we had a lot of action that reading stile did not speak to me. Even with action I had feeling it was to passive. Don't ask me why but still something was missing. And I was missing more personal time between Akikiba and Yuki.

So it was okay reading material.
Viviana
This book is such a easy read without been simplistic that anyone can enjoyed it.I won it on the first-reads giveaway. I love how the author describes the fighting scenes without beeing to heavy which make this book suitable for all ages 13 and up. The story is set in ancient Japan which makes it a historical young adult fantasy. It's really well written but I would have enjoy if the secondary characters were described more in detail.I liked the story and how it contained a twist that I didn't e...more
Jenn
4-4.5 stars. Wasn't perfect, but a lot better than expected. Got a little unsteady towards the end, but I still love the world.
Anna
Jul 04, 2014 Anna added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
Caitlin
First reads.

this is my first review so it might be a bit rubbish. sorry.

I really enjoyed this book, though i wasn't expecting to. i thought the plot was good. and i liked the characters. however i would have liked more on the relationship between Alkakiba and Yuki. i don't understand. is there romantic feeling between them or not?? i'm not sure how that works out though. would Yuki would be gay?? or straight?? or bisexual??

anyhow i can't wait to read the next book.
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Anna Frost is a Canadian girl who spends winters writing and dreaming of summer. An overdose of Japanese culture and media has led her to write fantasy inspired by Japanese mythology. Think samurai and ninja, demons and fox spirits.

In a shocking break with literary tradition, Anna does not live with cats. Instead she lives with chinchillas, which can be just as demanding and evil as cats.
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