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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  33 reviews
One winter long ago, Tavian Kimura watched his mother—a kitsune, or Japanese fox-spirit—leave him in the snow for the dogs. But that’s a memory buried beneath eleven years, and he has lived most of his life in America with his adoptive family and his girlfriend, Gwen.

Now he’s back. All it took was an invitation to spend New Year’s with his grandparents, and Tavian finds hi
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 8th 2012 by Flux (first published October 1st 2012)
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This was a good book. This book was written in Tavian's point of view where he was going back to Japan to find out about his origins. He felt like he was losing his powers to shape shift and he was getting these weird pains. He was looking for the truth.
It was kind of frustrating to see Tavian struggle. But, as he found answers he got more and more confused. He had to hide things from his grandparents and parents because he didn't want to them to be ashamed of him. However, there was one person
I wish this wasn't the third book because I want to read it NOW. Look at that cover! Rawr. ...more
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Tavian just wanted to go on a holiday to Japan with his shapeshifter girlfriend Gwen. He had no idea his shapeshifting past would catch up to him upon return to his homeland: his kitsune (fox) mother is looking for him, he is haunted by a faceless ghost, and seemingly around every corner a bunch of gangster shapeshifting dogs are on his heels. Oh, and did I mention that if Tavian doesn’t discover his true name soon, his own shapeshifting power wi
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok I read this book as a standalone having no idea that there was other books in the series. I originally picked it up because I thought the concept was interesting and I wanted to learn more about the Japanese Fox legend having heard about it so many times before. Let me just say I love how the author talks about the culture and environment of Japan. It is probably my favorite part of the book. It was a short read for me, but already I've learned a lot of words in Japanese- such as "kitsune"-f ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book is the third of a series, it is completely stand alone and I believe the best in the Other trilogy. The story of Tavian is heart breaking but told is such a vivid, concise way. You want him to succeed in his mission to find himself and restore his magic but it is not certain that he will. The many trips to various districts of Tokyo is amazing. The world Kincy creates is enhanced by the delicious smells of Japanese street food and the dangerous underworld of gangs and Other ...more
Emily Wall
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Gotta say wasn't that great! I'm not always really hard on books, they are all great in their own little way. But this just wasn't it. I reviewed it for the library and I gotta say she's a great writer but japan isn't where she should be writing! ...more
Catherine Dellosa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the rich world that Kincy built up here, and I was especially delighted to learn all about Japanese kitsune folklore. Kincy has a way with words, and I loved how the action, drama, comedy, and looove all blended so well together. Can't wait to read more! ...more

It took me eight years, almost to the day, to read the third book in this trilogy after finishing the second back in 2011, but I’m glad I did. After a slow start, I was drawn in by the focus on family, biological and adopted, and Japanese folklore.
It was a good read and had it's interesting points but it seemed to leave a lot of loose ends. The ending was not fulfilling enough for me. ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved the book but at times I was very confused because it jumped around a lot with different Japanese words that I did not understand I am sad to see this series come to an end
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Shape shifting travels to Japan, where history and culture add more to the mysteries of the Kitsune.

Opening Sentence: Cold. Bitter, bone-deep cold, the kind that gnaws at your toes and nose.

The Review:

In the third and final installment of the Other trilogy, Karen Kincy brings us Foxfire. I read Foxfire as a standalone, not having read the others. I was worried that I would lose the integrity of the story and miss many things that I would have f
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
My overall impression I liked this book and honestly I hadn’t read the previous books in this series so I had no idea what to expect. That can be a double edge sword sometimes if the story is too involved, you would need to read the previous titles to catch up and understand what is going on. But in this case it wasn’t a concern which I loved that I could read Foxfire as a stand alone and not be at a loss. The premises intrigued me the world of Others, shape shifters was new for me. The idea of ...more
Vera Anya
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“I don’t keep track of time. Im lost in the sameness of the stale air and humming of the plane. My eyelids keep slipping down, but whenever I close them, all I see is the white of snow. I don’t want to return to that dream. I already know what happens next, when that winter night blurred into an eternity. Frigid fear seeps through me now, like I never closed the door on that part of my life. Believe me, I’ve tried.
My mother left me to the snow and the dogs. I was six years old.”

First things fi
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

In the third and final installment of the Other trilogy, Karen Kincy brings us Foxfire. I read Foxfire as a standalone, not having read the others. I was worried that I would lose the integrity of the story and miss many things that I would have found relevant if I read the whole series. Gladly that isn't the case. Kincy did a great job allowing the reader to feel involved in her world from the beginning. I enjoyed the story and the characters, convincing me to go bac
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
The minute I saw the cover, I wanted to read this book. I enjoyed Other and really liked Tavian’s character in that installment. He’s just sweet and adorable! I don’t want to say too much about the plot of Foxfire because it’s biggest strength, in my opinion, is the mystery surrounding the main character. I think fans of this series will really enjoy Tavian’s journey. To me, it was a really interesting story about identity and the importance of knowing where you come from. The story starts off o ...more
Kathy Martin
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
When Tavian heads to Japan to spend New Year's with his grandparents, he discovers that his mother who abandoned him as a child is very much alive, and his hate for her hits its boiling point. When his powers threaten to kill him because of his human half, he has to move quickly to track down his parents so he can cure himself. Tavian finds himself mixed up in a whole lot of problems; faceless ghosts stalking him, mysteries, his own shapeshifting ailments and the pack of shapeshifting dogs who i ...more
Sarah Whisted
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This may just be my favorite book in this series. Granted, I fell in-love with Gwen and Tavian in book 1, so it wasn't hard to love them even more in book 3, but still, this story had so much depth and adventure, and we got to see different sides of them both.

Gwen, who's this extremely strong lead character had to take on somewhat of a side kick role, but she is still such a powerful player in the story - she enhances Tavian's role in the best of ways. Tavian's back story was full of mystery an
My Teen Book Club is totally awesome and picked a book that seems like it was written just for me. People who shape-shift into foxes? Sign me up! We didn't realize when we chose it that this is actually the third book in a series, but it fortunately ended up not mattering -- this one totally stands on its own.

It was nice to read a book that wasn't set in America! Teens at my library are just TOTALLY OBSESSED with Japan, so I now have a book I can recommend to them that is actually set in Japan,
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked Foxfire, don't get me wrong I really did. It's just that it didn't really stick with me that same way Other and Bloodborn did. I don't know, it just seemed like Tavian was a tiny but self centered the whole time. He didn't spend a whole lot of time thinking about other people like Gwen and even Brock did, I mean the (view spoiler) thing probably gets him off the hook for it but still. He could have though ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was unfortunate in not being able to read the first book in the series before the third, but reading this one makes me really want to read the first book now. It was short to me, because I'm used to reading books of a longer length, but I really liked reading about a nogitsune shapeshifter, in Japan, since it is one of my favorite cultures. I also appreciated the few Japanese words thrown in there, as well. I like how it is from a male point of view, and we see how much he appreciates his girl ...more
Oct 07, 2012 added it
Shelves: 2012
This book is from the POV of Tavian, a kitsune (fox shifter). He goes back to Japan to visit his grandparents and has to confront his own past / present serious issues. I read 73 pages and pretty much decided that I just didn't care enough. I liked the first two in this series overall (with some caveats). This one does not at all seem _bad_, but it also doesn't actually feel worth reading for me.

I'm getting a little frustrated that I can't seem to finish books this month. This week, I'm receivi
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
I picked this up because it sounded interesting. The first two in the series didn't sound quite as good, so I took a chance on reading them out of order.

This works really well as a standalone. I was given just enough details on events to not get confused or feel left behind. It is a very interesting world that Kincy has created and despite the oddities, it felt normal.

I didn't like the repeated pointing out that the characters were using Foxfire. By the end of the book, we can definitely tell wh
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This was an amazing book.

Kitsune and other shapeshifters living and warring in the human world without being out of place.

Great details of Japan.

The only minus I found was the ending that came a bit too quickly considering the speed that the story was going through ... easy riding and then a frantic ending.

All in all a really good book that I would recomment to YA.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel about Tavian's journey to Japan to find his "name" , try to find a cure for his sickness, and his learning about his family was good. It showed us that some journeys are more spiritual than physical, though this one has plenty of both.Having someone by your side to help you through it is always a plus.Everyone needs a Gwen. ...more
I really like this. it was a good companion/sequel to the first book that was about Gwen. It was nice getting some realy good background info on Tavian. I kind of wish that they author would follow them until they decide to get married or break up or something.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I love this book. It was amazing and perfect to me. I read it all in almost one day and was hooked the moment I started. I love Gwen and Tavians relantionship so much. They're amazing together. I love Gwens pooka moments and I expecially love Tavian's name. Beautiful story! ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book, really good, though I haven't read the first 2, can't wait to do that! Really enjoyed this book! ...more
Brandee Terry
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Chin-Ning Chong
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love foxes, and therefore kitsune. This book was a wonder to read and has quite an interesting flow to the story.
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Karen Kincy (Sunnyvale, California) writes books when she isn’t writing code. She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College, and an MS in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington.

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