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Fox's Bride

(Lady of Gems #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Everyone in Oasis City worships the fennec fox as a sacred animal, except for the one woman forced to marry him. Enchantress Hiresha believes her fiancé is possessed by nothing more divine than fleas, and she also objects to the wedding venue: the afterlife. Priests will trap her in an airless sarcophagus with the fox. She has only four days of engagement left to live.

Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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My first ever Kindle Paperwhite book. Well, not quite first ever. I tried another book that was so awful, I couldn't even finish beyond the first chapter. And by 'awful,' I mean that I think I read something similar when I used to grade 9th-grade English papers, only they were a bit less misogynist. But I'll save that for another time. I just point out by way of comparison that diving into Fox's Bride ended up being a relief, an example that it is possible to be creative, to build a beautiful wo
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison by: carol.
Fox's Bride is unusual, at times bordering on bizarre. Just the title gives that away. Yes, a woman is really supposed to marry a fox - the fox is an incarnation of one of the gods, but for all other purposes, it's a fox.

Then we have an enchantress (the bride) who can only work magic in her sleep, and spends much of the time struggling to stay awake. She infuses jewels with various purposes while asleep, and these jewels can be used in the waking world to protect, etc. The magic system is kind
A.E. Marling
Oct 02, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Those familiar with me on Goodreads will know that I rarely review books. More often, I recommend them, suggesting the type of person who might best enjoy the story. Some people will love a book that boggles another. It is ever my goal to match books to readers who will enjoy them, will be swept be swept away in an adventure of imagination, gripping the corners of their sweat-slick electronic readers with white knuckles all night and into the unmentionable hours of the morning.

Is Fox's Bride the
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel is the second dark fantasy featuring Enchantress Hiresha. These aren't serial novels or part of a trilogy or anything--while I think the first book, Brood of Bones, does better with introducing Hiresha, a reader should be able to jump right in on this one and not be lost.

Fox's Bride starts off with a funny, absurd situation. While attending a social event at the pharaoh's Water Palace, in a country that feels much like ancient Egypt, Hiresha suddenly is approached by a fennec fox who
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first Enchantress book (Brood of Bones) I found Fox's Bride even more compelling as we watch the protagonist, Hiresha, learn to fend for herself. In the first book we get a very strong sense of Hiresha's desire to protect others. She's willing to sacrifice everything to protect her city, and it does make a compelling story. But watching Hiresha shed the guilt she attaches to defending herself and finally decide that she should be allowed to use her magic to protect ...more
Rosalind M
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A very different experience from the first book. We see Hiresha's world through her young swordsman's disturbingly innocent eyes, and Hiresha herself is forced to stretch her personal boundaries as well as her use of magic. I got lost in a few of the action scenes, and the pacing is uneven at times, but few storylines can successfully swings between as many different genre elements as Hiresha's story tumbles through-- ranging, for example, from farce to mystery to horror all in the space of a si ...more
Christopher Kellen
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, indie
Fox’s Bride is the second installment in AE Marling’s Lands of Loam series, following the adventures of the Enchantress Hiresha. (I reviewed Brood of Bones, the first book in the series, a while back). Having read the first book, I expected another high fantasy adventure with a strong sense of humor and a lot of originality.

That is exactly what I got.

Mr. Marling stands out for his use of language and plot-wrangling ability. His world-building is also strong, giving us a fantasy setting which see
Daniel Clark
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This author is so fun, clever and awesome! I love the world he thrusts you into. I think a lot of fantasy has the knights/dragons/Celtic vibe. This set of books has more the desert/Egyptian/jewels thing going. This book in the series is a fast paced and wild ride. My favorite part is the main character, an enchantress who is a little rude, a little narcoleptic, and a lot of fun. The special brand of magic she uses (only while sleeping) makes for some very interesting and sticky situations. Loved ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fox's Bride begins with a ridiculous premise and has a lot of amusing points throughout. Compared to the first book, Fox's Bride is much more humorous and slightly less serious in nature. Still well written, full of glittering descriptions, and chock full of action. Hiresha gets to be pretty badass, there's what is essentially a D&D dungeon, and the monsters are delightfully terrifying.

I could not put it down.

I need the next book please.
3.5 stars.

I guess I'll be scratching my head over this book for a long time what with everything being so unusual (writing, setting, magic, characters...).
Candace Pettit
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great foray into the world of Enchantress Hiresha.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: owned, loved-it, fantasy

"Fox's Bride" follows Hiresha, an elder enchantress afflicted by a disorder, somnolence, which leaves her chronically fatigued and requiring excessive amounts of sleep to function. As an elder enchantress, she has the ability to enchant various precious gemstones with spells, with applications ranging from healing and regeneration to magical artifact creation.

We meet Hiresha as she attends a function at the Water Palace in Oasis Empire, of which she is not a native, where she awaits com
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This will be my first review for this website, so excuse me if I don't follow normal proceedings!


To me this book was 3/5 stars! This makes it very good in my opinion, because this book was the second in a series. The reason it didn't get a 4/5 then, was because half the time I felt adrift in words that I did not comprehend. That's not to say that the words were confusing, it was the textual references that they had. The spells became self-explanatory once you figure out that the
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those among you that don't like long reviews: read this book, it's fantastic. Why, you ask? So you do want a longer review? OK, fine.

Fox's Bride is the second adventure of Elder Enchantress Hiresha, the sequel to the equally great Brood of Bones. It can be read as a standalone novel, though, for which I'm really grateful, considering all the series out there that require in-depth knowledge of every fore-runner written.

Speaking of enchantresses, A.E. Marling is such a word wizard himself, he
C S Nangland
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise. What I thought was overbearing description in the beginning turned into neccessary, appreciated and brilliantly realised scene-setting and world-building. It's rare that I want to applaud an author for giving themselves literal boundaries to work within when it comes to magic and spiritualism - Fox's Bride is definitely one of those cases. I can't wait to read more of A E Marling's work.

4 stars out of 5. Even the bride couldn't sleep through this one.
Matt Larkin
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This book took me a ridiculously long time to finish, through no fault of it's own. I kept having to put it down to read things I was obligated to, either through pre-arranged reviews, or my editing clients. Constant interruptions don't do any books any favors, and it's a shame, because this was one of the more creative fantasies I'd read in a while. It takes place in a setting called the Lands of Loam, and seems largely based on Egypt.

The enchantress Hiresha has had some previous adventures (I
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dreaded Second Novel, in which the author must prove himself to not be a fluke, has been the downfall of many.

“Fox’s Bride” is Marling’s sophomore work, and it lives up to it’s potential. In it, we return to Marling’s Lands of Loam for another adventure with Enchantress Hiresha. The author’s slightly exotic use of the language works well, and I find it gives the work a certain flavor that’s hard to describe, but is far from unpleasant, and may feel familiar to those who spend time around fol
Karryn Nagel
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off, I want to make sure I express something really important. I’m not a visual person. I’m a tactile person. When I was about 9 years old, the teacher told us to close our eyes and picture a mountain.
I raised my hand. “I see blackness.”
“Picture a mountain. There’s snow on top, and trees along the bottom and on the side.” She said.
“I see blackness.” I said.
“Try, Nicki. Keep your eyes closed and picture the details.”
“Do you see it?” She said.
“Um. Yeah. I see it.” I did not, I was lyin
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy
The second story of Hiresha the enchantress lives up to its predecessor and then some.

This book takes us to a new city, Oasis, the capital of the empire that contains the Enchantresses' academy.

While attending a party there, Hiresha is singled out by the Golden Scoundrel, an ancient god/king believed reincarnated into the body of a fennec fox. Due to his attentions, she is told she must marry him.

Hiresha's attempts to escape this fate are complicated by a vindictive theft plot against the priest
Kelli Musser
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Fox's Bride. I'm always leery of the second book in a series, as they usually don't quite reach my expectations of how a character should act and relate to others. Happily, Marling gives Hiresha her superior airs while still allowing a few chinks in the armor to appear so that the reader may better relate to her.

This book offers a second unique foray into the world of Loam, which seems to be a slightly Arabian-influenced realm (at least what we have seen so far). In this cas
M.L. Chesley
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A. E. Marling and Hiresha continue to capture my heart! The stories I have read by this author (this book and 'Brood of Bones') keep me coming back for more. Marling's writing is clean, well defined and cut as exquisitely as any of Hiresha's best gems.

When Hiresha arrives in Oasis City, she thinks her time spent there will be a bore as everyone scampers to do the fennec's bidding, believing that it is possessed by one of their gods known as 'The Golden Scoundrel'. But when the furry little avata
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Enchantress Hiresha's intelligent fantasy/mystery story continues in the wonderful follow-up to "Brood of Bones." Marling's prose beautifully captures the flavor of the desert, creating richly painted scenes. The plot is full of expertly crafted twists and turns, and the characters are brought to you in vibrant technicolor. I loved seeing Hiresha thwarted, regrouping, stepping outside the bounds of what she knows, and growing as she does. She's not just a focused 'scientist,' she's whimsical, at ...more
M.L. Chesley
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A. E. Marling and Hiresha continue to capture my heart! The stories I have read by this author (this book and 'Brood of Bones') keep me coming back for more. Marling's writing is clean, well defined and cut as exquisitely as any of Hiresha's best gems.

When Hiresha arrives in Oasis City, she thinks her time spent there will be a bore as everyone scampers to do the fennec's bidding, believing that it is possessed by one of their gods known as 'The Golden Scoundrel'. But when the furry little avata
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oasis City is sort of a magical Ancient Egypt. Amongst the several gods that are adored there, one of them incarnates in fennec foxes and chooses women to marry him - that is, women to be buried alive with live foxes. Enchantress Hiresha is chosen by the current fennec fox god and sees no option but to try and run away during her short "engagement". However, Tethiel warns her that her problem is bigger than she imagines and there is black magic in motion to murder her.

Now that this world is more
Nov 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
The book was well written with correct grammar; something that is hard to come by in today's age (sad to say).

The characters are true to life, while still meeting that bit of magical allure we all love in fantasy novels. They all have their own distinct personalities, descriptions, faults, and talents that make them so believable to the reader.

Reader's will also love the silly, mischievous little fennec and his antics. They are a source of merriment to the reader, and sometimes annoyance to the
Iesha (In east shade house at...)
The Fox's Bride is an quick, fun read for anyone who enjoys a high fantasy based story. I loved Hiresha,the protagonist enchantress, but Tethiel amused and fascinated me more with the language he used..actually every aspect of his personality fascinated me.Janny made me laughed a lot with her witty personality and remarks to Hiresha about her love interests. I enjoyed the magical aspect of The Fox's Bride. A. E. Marling did a great job incorporating Hiresha's gem magic. Another thing I LOVED abo ...more
J.R. Barker
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this book even more than the last!

In Brood of Bones the only fault I could find was losing my footing every now and then due to an occasionally vaguely painted background. The rest of the story could not be faulted and I loved every gem studded chapter.

However in Fox's Bride Mr Marling has outdone himself. From the off I was grabbed firmly by the nose hairs and dragged straight into the story.

I don't believe I would have gone to sleep or left the house if I had any choice.

The story was s
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I really liked the first book but this sequel was a bit disappointing,not bad precisely,but it lacked something. The writing was still good and the off-beat humor still there.

I mean,having to marry a fox, How is that not hilarious. :)

But I didnt really like Chandur,Hireshas new bodyguard.His pov wasnt really interesting,or rather I didnt enjoy being in his head. He was just so dull and simpleminded to the extreme.

When Hiresha mused about finding him attractive I was like "NOOOOO!"

Partly because
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The world A.E. Marling has created for his enchantress Hiresha is as engaging here as it was in the first book of this series, Brood of Bones. As if Hiresha herself wasn't enough, the other characters are also all well-defined with interesting parts to play in this book, and I enjoyed learning more of them. And don't even get me started on the fennec fox, he does tend to stroll in and steal the scene!

It's definitely one of those books where not too much of the plot can be given away in the blur
Sandy Bottoms
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall i liked this book quite a bit. The story was original and it did a good job of introducing the culture, situations, and characters through the storytelling without using too much of that "expositional backstory" device that's far too common in fantasy & sci fi.

I found myself caring about the characters and the story. My only reservation is that i felt the story took too long to get where it was going. Except for that, this was a first-rate read for me.

Also, A.E. Marling was gracious enou
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A.E. Marling wrote his first fantasy novella after his freshman year in high school. In college, he found nothing gave him a greater urge to write than science lectures, and he sat through a lot of ‘em. He has yet to repent his fascination with fantasy and is intrigued by its grip on the human imagination.

Both ambidextrous and word-voracious, his diet ranges from Arthurian legends to Jane Austen.

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