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Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich
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Jul 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventurous-quests, speculative-fiction, fantasy, young-adult, magic-abound
Read from December 30, 2011 to January 02, 2012

Upon flipping open the pages of Fox & Phoenix, I felt like I was some kind of interloper. Kai (protagonist) was going on and on about his adventures with Yún and Princess Lian. And it wasn’t going on and on in a regaling fashion, if felt more like I joined the party late and revelers were in the midst of remember-whens and you-should’ve-been-theres. “Remember when Yún did that thing . . .?” “Oh yeah. That was great. Oh, oh, oh remember when we were almost caught?” “Yeah, but remember when we escaped the . . . ?” This interloper had a pretty specific look plastered on my face that is best described as “WTH? I want to know the “thing.” Regale me, Kai. Pretty please. Your prior adventure sounds so exciting, so well, adventurous. This was most definitely a for instance where I wanted an info-dump of epic proportions. But alas, no info-dump. Nope, Kai eluded to great adventures he had prior to our introduction and left it at that. However . . .

A little Sherlocking on my part alerted me to the fact that there’s a prequel/short story to Fox & Phoenix. Perhaps if I had read this short story first, I wouldn’t’ve been a tad confused. And to be honest, confused is not the correct word. Nothing about this book confused me. Once I realized I wasn’t reading a sequel to an already established series, I was able to delve into the story with no problemo. Kai has a history with the aforementioned girls, got it. Kai is no stranger to adventurous quests, got it. And Kai’s about ready to partake in yet another quest. Yay! So my point is this, if you too feel like an interloper at first, don’t put this terrific novel down.

Terrificus examples:
The story’s background takes places in an alternate China. So cool, right? There are gadgets and gizmos a-plenty and whimsical magic galore. Spirit animal guides? Yep, they’re in there too. Conjurations and ghost dragons. Let’s see, loads of action, check. Derring-dos, check. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention PG romance, and there’s fun, fun, fun to be had. And best of all, this novel is a quest. What can I say, I’m a sucker for quests. They’re my favorite genre. (To me, they’re a genre, or should be.) Oh, and one more thing, there’s going to be sequel. A sequel I can’t wait to read.

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message 1: by Kyle (new)

Kyle I'll definitely have to pick this up!

Kelli Lee Kyle wrote: "I'll definitely have to pick this up!"

Yeah, it's a great escape and your typical fun quest. I was just gonna ask you a question, but you beat me to the punch. So I'm gonna head on over to the book your currently reading and ask away.

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