Fantasy Creature Friday – Kitsune!

August 7, 2015 Discussions 8

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.

 

This weeks creature is the:

 

Kitsune!

 

Kitsune have magical abilities that increase with their age, and the wisdom they gain. The more tails a Kitsune has, the older, wiser and more powerful it is. They may have up to nine tails. They are believed to possess long life, and superior intelligence.

All Kitsune have the ability to shapeshift into the form of a human woman. Though they do not gain this ability until either their 50th or 100th year. And the form is not limited by gender. Males can take on the guise of a young woman, and females can take on the guise of an elderly man, just as easily as their true gender. They get along well with humans, usually taking on the role of a guardian, friend, lover or wife. But like the fae, they LOVE to pull tricks.

Some say that when a Kitsune gains it’s 9th tail, it’s fur becomes gold or solid white. They are also said to gain the ability to see and hear anything that happens anywhere in the world.

Kitsune always keep any promises made, and will strive to repay any favor given to them. If you treat them with respect, they may use their magic for your benefit. However they do not share human morality, and so items or money brought to one human, is quite possibly stolen from another.

I have read about Kitsune in a number of books. Including: The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary, Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey, and others.

 
 

Had you heard of Kitsunes before? What is your favorite book with a Kitsune in it?

 
 
 


 
 

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8 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Kitsune!”

  1. Lola

    I have read The Night Parade which had a kitsune. And Camp Myth, that book also did something with the tail lore and one of the friends of the main character is a kitsune with only one or two tail if I remember correctly. And I’ve read Dragons are People Too, which also has a kitsune shapeshifter, although the focus is on the dragons. Yay I’ve actually read a few books with this weeks creature ;).
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Gee, I wonder why that response is so popular with my Fantasy Creature Fridays…. *impish grin* Glad to hear you’ve heard of kitsune before! They’re one of my favorite non-traditional fantasy creatures.

  2. Rindis

    Yay! Kitsune! (I’m something of a fox fan….)

    Prose… all I can think of right now is some of Mercedes Lackey’s contemporary fantasy books. Comics, there’s Usagi Yojimbo, which featured an actual kitsune in an early color special, and then there’s the character Kitsune who is just a regular person (..fox) with a trickster temperament.

    And there’s been a number of anime with them, I just can’t think of particular titles right now.

    There’s also a segment in Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams that features kitsune, including the idea that ‘when it rains while the sun’s shining, the foxes are having their weddings’. I occasionally refer to that when it happens here, though I don’t know if that’s actual folklore, or something Kurosawa made up.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I haven’t heard about the rain meaning it’s their wedding day, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t actual folklore. *grins* And there are lots of anime/manga/etc. I can think of with kitsune in them. Mercedes Lackey uses them in a number of her books, and I’d swear I’d read about them in others, but can’t remember which ones.

    • SilvaraWilde

      Kitsune can be either gender, they’re just more often seen as females in books for some reason. So yes, you still get points! *grins* I have that series on my list of books to start, good to know there’s yet another reason to keep in on the list!

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