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Scion of the Fox

(The Realms of Ancient #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  83 reviews
As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behi
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by ECW Press
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Mel (Epic Reading)
This Canadian gem is a great first novel in a new compelling and unique fantasy series. I'm usually not one to love urban fantasy but this is like urban meets earth magic. S.M. Beiko takes us on a journey set in frigid cold Winnipeg. She sets up the novel as if it's present day Winnipeg and her characters are all average teens or adults. That is until they aren't.

One of my favourite things about this novel is that the setting of Winnipeg (affectionately called Winter-peg by many Canadian
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Roan is an orphan that lives with her odd uncle and her loving aunt. After moving into her comatose grandmother's house she has a crazy interaction due to her infect eyeball and meets a powerful fox spirit named Sil. Marked to be sacrificed to the snake-monster Zabor Roan must gather friends from each of the families before it's too late and the flood waters unleash devastation on the world...

I too struggled with my ARC copy (lines every couple
Sheila G
This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.com

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The world was dreamed into being and kept by the collective consciousness of all those who passed before. We call this consciousness Ancient, for it is the spirit of the universe, and it is older than all of us.

Let me start out with saying that this book was good, but it was also very strange. The first quarter o
Mysterious and magical, Scion of the Fox was a compelling tale filled with danger, demons, and possible world destruction. At the center of it all is a regular girl who’s regular life is turned upside down when she’s tasked with potentially saving the world.

Roan Harken is just your average high school student, counting down the days until graduation and doing her best to blend in. Although that’s a little difficult when you’re convinced that everyone around you thinks you’re the “weird girl”. I
Lila Lockhart

Scion of the Fox is an innovative, compelling read. Roan was very relatable, and helped to draw me in to this world. Accompanying her was a series of lovable (and not so lovable) characters, all of which helped to give this book a personality of it's own. But what captured me the most was the world building, which was filled with animals, politics and an exploration of the spirit world. There were some moments where small things felt drawn out, but, for the most part, this was an exciting
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book is set in the modern-day world, but one steeped in ancient mythology and fantastical magical creatures. It’s an exciting combination!

What Fed My Addiction:

The worldbuilding.
The basis of this world is that there are some people who have animal spirits and magic (at least, that’s the best way I can describe it). There are five of them: foxes, rabbits, deer, owls and seals. Each type of animal has its own quali
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I'm having a hard time putting together a coherent written review so instead I'll just link my review video when it comes out ...more
Charlotte Lisbon
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book at all. I did not like the main character one bit and found the story to be weird and the dialogue bland. The magic is this book is not properly explained and the common enemy very vague. I will not read the next instalment and will not recommend this book. 1 star for the beautiful misleading cover.
Iryna KL
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a free e-copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Publisher!

4/5 Stars

First of all, let me begin by saying that the book is beautifully written and the world which S.M. Beiko creates. It indeed reminded me of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The diversity of the world was also incredible, including a disabled character.
The story follows Roan, an orphaned girl, who develops a nervous condition after their death – mainly that
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-completed
A very surprising but enjoyable story, rich in myth, magic and action! Well... maybe the action was too non-stop for me, messing with the pace of an otherwise solid story, but I am definitely going to read the continuation of this series!
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Anything animal centered gets me!

I think the audiobook made me rate it lower so I think i will have to reread it as it seems to be such a complex and fun world the author created!

It was magical, mysterious, filled with demons and a possible very bad future...

I loved how everything was balanced in this book: strange but compelling, new and old, earth magic and animal magic, destruction and creation, you had all the backstory you needed to understand everything and more, you had detail when needed
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just loved the book. The setting, the characters- finally a YA read with no roomance <3 Wonderful mix of japanese myths and paranormal fantasy. The ARC was extremely hard to read, though, that's why I gave 4 stars. I really liked the book but I think I would have loved it if the ARC hadn't been so bad. ...more
Jessie Seymour
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edit #2:

I gave this book 4 stars. Scion of the Fox was unexpected. after trying to read the eARC and having an impossible time doing so, I didn’t have very high hopes for the rest of it. However, the author completely turned that around. I loved this book. It was full of complex characters and the thickest of plots, and a relationship that I’m not sure will ever even happen, but I’m really excited for.

I was kind of stupid and I read someone else’s review before finishing this book. I know, that
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Scion of the Fox caught my attention as soon as I saw that it was blurbed by Kelley Armstrong, one of my favorite YA authors. If Kelley liked it then I was definitely going to like it - or at least that's what I hoped (and prayed). As it turns out, Scion of the Fox was a great series opener. Unique, compelling, and delightfully creep, Scion of the Fox ended up being the perfect way to spend an October evening.

Scion of the Fox introduces us to Roan Harken. Roan has always stayed under the radar
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Scion of the Fox is the first book in the Realms of Ancients series. It follows Roan, a high schooler with an incredible family history waiting to be discovered. When she is attacked and almost sacrificed to a river monster, she starts to learn that things in Winnipeg are not as they might appear. There are ancient families that have animal counterparts and they must offer up their children, 1 every year, to the darkling in the river so that they are not flooded.

So what can you expect? The is a
Nell Beaudry
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay. I normally write pretty fair, balanced reviews, I think.

This isn't going to be one of them. If you don't want to listen to me gush for like, seven paragraphs, you're probably better off finding a different review.

SCION OF THE FOX IS AMAZING. Scion of the Fox is PEAK Canadian YA Fantasy. S.M. Bieko is a goddess among women and we should all consider ourselves lucky she's picked up a pen. Okay? Okay. FIRST of all, let's talk about the setting. How many times have I picked up a book by a Cana
Hellcat Mental
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure I would like this as it was based in Winnipeg (for some reason I tend to find most Canadian set movies and books lame), but I loved the mythology in this. It was really neat!
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it

Publisher: ECW

Publishing Date: October 2017

ISBN: 9781770413573

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Rating: 3.4/5

Publishers Description: Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil,
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I was first attracted to this book because of the fox. With the possible exception of the cat, the fox is my favorite animal and I loved reading books where they feature (and there aren't that many, honestly) Soon I was thrown into Roan's world, and at first I thought the rollercoaster ride was great! Action, action, action! But then I realized that 400 pages of breakneck pace was going to be too much, and I just wanted an end to it. I put it down to poor pacing? But also, there are so many prop ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I received this book as a Christmas gift from my sister, who knows the author! My signed copies include adorable doodles of a fox and owl hand drawn by Beiko. I was told I got the last hardcover copies she had in stock, and I am thrilled! :D Thanks Beiko, for the love. I love your book covers <3

I enjoyed this book for many reasons, but I especially loved the Manitoba references. It was nice picturing Red River and Osborne, plus hearing about the 1997 Flood of the Century.
Then having it all
Jerricka Habib
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is so much happening in this book. I was excited to find out it's set in Canada! It's really well written and the storyline is amazing.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a review copy.
Jae Waller
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canlit, fantasy, contemp
Animal-based fantasy set in Canada? That is totally my jam.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

The first time I read the summary of this novel in a bookstore I was hooked. Especially at the mention of any kind of Princess Mononoke eske themes.
Unfortunately, at the time that I first saw it I was there for another book and didn't have the funds to pick it up.
The book continued to nag at me and as soon as I was able I picked this book up off amazon and began reading it immediately.

The beginning of the novel gripped me and pulled me in. I really felt like I was along for the ride t
Anniken Haga
Feb 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I usually don't rate books I DNF, especially when I DNF around the 50% mark - there's too much of the story I haven't expereinced to give a fair rating - but in this case, I feel like I can't JUST DNF the book.

It isn't that the book is bad. Even now, part of me want to continue listening to it. It has that kind of language, you know? The kind you can just relax into and drift away on? At least for me.
But, there are a bunch of other problems. Like how hysterical everyone is becoming, and how ou
This book was AWESOME! None of your typical YA tropes, an awesome, diverse cast of characters and the most amazing world-building. The ending was a bit too rushed and neat but all in all a stellar trilogy opener and by far the best indie series I've read in about a year if not longer. I'll definitely be picking up the next one. ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I so wanted to enjoy this book, but sadly, it really wasn't for me. Halfway through I wanted to DNF it, but I ended up skimming the rest. This story just didn't grip my attention. ...more
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
This is a very enjoyable, quick read that presents a well-rounded cast of characters. I loved the mythology, the pacing, and the descriptions. It was also fun to read an urban fantasy set in Canada, which I am not up on my geography for, but I don't think that detracted from the story or my enjoyment. Definitely a book to pick and share! ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Full Review: https://readingwithrendz.wordpress.co...

Well this was definitely an interesting read no doubt. It was a little bit of a roller coaster ride in terms of how I felt about it at times while reading, but overall it was a pretty fun read! With an added bonus that it’s set in Canada!

What I Liked


Roan: Our lovely chosen one. (As she so warmly names herself) Um…I actually have some mixed feelings about her. She was a very entertaining character to follow. She definitely wasn’t t
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
Scion of the Fox by S.M Beiko was an enjoyable read with likeable characters, a cool back-story, and an intricate plot that had me totally believing everything and instantly involved. I felt that it was very original in some aspects and also very cliché in others—young person destined to save the known world, sort of thing—but overall good enough to read and appreciate, though I am not entirely certain
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from Netgalley and ECW Press in exchange for an honest review

When I first began to read Scion of the Fox, I realized that chunks of text were missing from each page. Sentences were left incomplete or began in the middle of a thought. I re-downloaded the book thinking I did something wrong. I finally had to contact the publisher, who was able to upload the correct copy of the book. Though, by this time, I was weary of my attempts to read the text, again, with the likelihood
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SAMANTHA MARY BEIKO is a writer of whatever tromps into her head at the time--but mostly it is YA fantasy and its derivatives.

She currently works full-time the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant, and is the Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications. She devotes her days to helping traditional corporate publishers, as well as independent writers and crea

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