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Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient #1)

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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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S.M. Hi Tyler!

The main protagonist of the book is seventeen-year-old Roan Harken, seconded by her fox-familiar Sil. Roan is offset by three side…more
Hi Tyler!

The main protagonist of the book is seventeen-year-old Roan Harken, seconded by her fox-familiar Sil. Roan is offset by three side protagonists who are her friends (and are all of equal importance)--Phaedrapramit Das, Barton Allen, and Nattiq Fontaine. (less)
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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
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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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 {}
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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 of it, 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 Hewitt
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Iryna Khymych
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
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.
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.
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
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,
Nicole 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
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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, contemp, fantasy
Animal-based fantasy set in Canada? That is totally my jam.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy a thrilling story with plenty of mystery and aventure
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
(I rated this book 4.75 stars).

Holy sh*t, I was not expecting THIS book to be THIS good.

EDIT: After some more careful thinking about this book, some of the Inuit representation here did seem a little stereotypical and perhaps harmful (I am NOT of Aboriginal descent so take this observation with a grain of salt) and the fact that Japanese folklore was blatantly and heavily used without any actual Japanese characters being present was a little iffy. As a result I've knocked this down from a 5 star
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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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!
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Full Review:

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 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Scion of the Fox is a YA Fantasy Novel following Roan, who is an orphan with few memories of her parents. Roan is a lone-soul in an empowering way—to be honest it’s someone I would have loved to have as a friend in high school. She enjoys her time alone, she is a big fan of Wuthering Heights, and she sometimes talks to a stone menagerie made up of animals. Her grandmother, Cecilia, is a mysterious Fae-like, world-traveler (who kind of reminded me of Moana’s grandmother). Roan’s grandmother f ...more
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
Nikki Stafford
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another one in the "full disclosure" column: I'm the editor who signed up this book and edited it. And it's FANTASTIC. This is the story of Roan, a young woman who discovers she's part of an ancient narrative between five animal families that originally ruled the Earth: the Foxes, Seals, Deer, Rabbits, and Owls. Now they live among us disguised as humans, but they're still there, and when Roan realizes her link — and the powerful darkness that threatens to destroy the world — she needs to decide ...more
Luna Lovebooks
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Likes: Foxes! I love foxes and recently have been seeing a lot of novels (YA or otherwise) featuring them. When I saw this offered on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. I’m so very glad I did! The characters are well developed. Roan, Barton, Phae, Natti, and even Eli are very realistic and I look forward to their journeys continuing. I love the fact that they each represent an element and can control said element. Beiko has cre
Jasmine Bobbins
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I think that the supernatural aspect of this book is very strange, but that pulls me into the book even more.
I am full of so much emotion right now that I am numb - one specific part of that ending has broken my heart & I'm sure people will know what I mean when they get to read this book.

Samantha Beiko has managed to create an intense adventure that is full of emotion, strength, passion, tension & power. I found myself attached to all of the characters, & I even started to adore one of the baddies. The battle scenes were so well written that I was shaking with excitement & fear of wha
Patricia Romero
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Roan is one of the most relatable characters I've seen in the YA world.

The author has built an entire world that we humans can't see, but is full of magic,symbolism, and ancient powers and struggles. And Roan has a big role to play in this parallel world.

The characters developed very well during the story and I was glad to see this teenaged girl without some romance involved, fighting her own battles. 

I think this is what good YA Fiction/Fantasy is all about!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ECWPress  Release
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Received a copy of this through netgalley.

Mysterious and magical. Really enjoyed this read, had the week from hell and this is exactly what I needed to be reading.
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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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