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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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For Bow, a gun-toting, hard-drinking, foul-mouthed firefox monk, life as a monster-hunter is pretty straightforward. Until, that is, he runs afoul of a power-hungry warlord and gets himself imprisoned. There he helps a young maus named Susi escape, but in doing so unleashed nightmarish forces hellbent on
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published November 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this a 3.5
First - OMG - What just happened in the first chapter! :P
This was a fun and enjoyable read basically following Bow's adventures. I have no idea why but all through the book my mind could only imagine Bow as 'Rocket' from 'Guardians of the Galaxy' - There is even a similar line - 'Can I buy your gun' or something.
So - This was a fun read - I breezed through it. The foul words did not bother me at all. I enjoyed it. What did bother me was the constant font change. Sorry - But
K.T. Munson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Actual Rating 3.5 Stars***


Quirky—that is the word that comes to mind when I think of the characters in this book.  At its lead is Bow, a charming dumba**. He is a jerk but in a mostly adorable way...mostly. Susi the second front runner and a sweetie with a secret. After Susi and Bow become fast friends there are a few others that show up. My favorite of the bunch is Talia—she is also a firefox like Bow and a good balance for him. It has a similar feel of Guardians of the Galaxy but i
Tia Lee
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amusing story! I really enjoyed the whole book. The world building and descriptions really brought me into another world filled with humanoid animals. I believe the only other book I've read with talking animal characters was The Chronicles of Narnia and that was ages ago. This is very different from Lewis' novel...very different in a good way and there are no people at all, which really makes it that much better.
I think the main character Bow is perfect! He is sarcastic and ki
Joshua Grant
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kyle Spencer gives us an action-packed adventure filled with really fun characters in A Monk’s Tail! Bow is a monster hunter imprisoned from rubbing a warlord the wrong way. There he meets Susi, a mysterious stranger with a dark secret. Bow frees Susi and together they find themselves on the run. I don’t want to spoil too much from there because the discovery and imaginative characters really bring the story to life. Spencer’s writing is filled with great voice and the story set a perfect pace m ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I'm kind of biased in this, but I don't care for stories where animals act like humans and I don't like those "furries" that the younger generation likes (I'm 17). This book does need major editing, I did notice words spelled wrong and improper grammar, and there is no real plot and climax, it's all just thrown together with no thought. This being said, it was an interesting read and I do recommend has pretty adult themes which I do not mind. However, with the fact that older generatio ...more
L.T. Anderson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with quirky characters and action-packed adventure, A Monk’s Tail is a fun story that will keep you engaged until the very end. Action is the number one theme, but heavy tension, a little mystery and quite a bit of gross-factor are thrown in, making this an awesome book.

Bow, a foul-mouthed, gun-toting firefox monk is the last person you’d think would hunt monsters for a living. When he’s captured by a leopard warlord, he meets another captor, a young maus named Susi. Together they escape,
Brin Murray
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast-paced, action-packed tale and a great read. The characters are animal – never a favourite of mine even in fantasy – but so well-depicted that I had no problem at all engaging with them. The plot is always going somewhere, although sometimes it gets derailed or sidetracked briefly. Our anti-hero is Bow, a monk mercenary monster-hunting red panda only average at his job. He is very likeable and roguish but with an inner core of decency – very inner, it manages to hide most of the ti ...more
Steven Simpson
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bawdy without being lewd, outrageously funny while still dark and exciting, A Monk’s Tail is a rollicking carnival ride of a fantasy story. Bow is a wisecracking, firefox, warrior monk who performs good deeds (kills bad things) for pay. During his travels through his world where magic is commonplace — yet always surprising and inventive — he joins forces with a cast of fascinating talking animals. One has a secret that sends their band fleeing from terrifying winged assassins. The character deve ...more
Michael Lynch
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hugely enjoyable. The characters are likeable and the action is fast paced. It has a Joe Abercrombie charm to it (in terms of the sex, violence and copious amounts of swearing) while being set in a world inhabited entirely by animals. Sort of like an X-rated version of "The Animals of Farthing Wood"

The story centres on Bow who is an ex-monk, part-time monster hunter and expert at being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a very likeable protagonist and his storyline is easy
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Monk's Tail stars an anthropomorphised red panda as a rapscallion monk and part-time monster hunter. Expect liberal helpings of bawdy humour, sweeping vistas and nice descriptive work. At first I was a little unsure about whether the book might begin to strike a slightly cynical tone, but I quickly grew to like the charmingly-inept Bow and was drawn in by the impressive world-building and the references to Japanese folklore. The brisk pacing is helped by the use of first-person perspective (I ...more
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