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Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine
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Dec 27, 12

bookshelves: 2012, did-not-finish

(originally reviewed on Starmetal Oak Reviews)

This is one of those times where I did not finish a book, not because it was bad, but because I just couldn’t get into it. Hunter and Fox is a pretty standard fantasy: set in a place with an evil overlord, magical beings and taverns all over the place. There is some good world building here with the different races and an event called the Harrowing which basically decimated one of them.

I think what made this book hard for me to get into is the characters and their story. There are three of them: Talyn (the Hunter), Finn (the Fox) and Byre (Talyn’s sister). The story is told from each of their perspectives but even by half of the book, they had yet to really come together. Talyn has the potential (and probably intention) of the badass female protagonist but she just never got there for me. And I know Ballantine is able to write a badass female character, as seen through Sorcha in Geist. I struggled to find the direction this book was going and finally decided to stop.

Overall, this had a lot of potential for me but was just too slow and I had trouble connecting with any of the characters. I bet there’s others out there who’d really enjoy this, but just not me.

Review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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