Series: Foxcraft #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 29th 2015
Number of Pages: 272
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
The first book in a thrilling fantasy trilogy starring one of the animal kingdom's most hunted heroes. Foxcraft is full of excitement and heart, and a touch of magic.
Isla and her brother are two young foxes living just outside the lands of the furless -- humans. The life of a fox is filled with dangers, but Isla has begun to learn mysterious skills meant to help her survive.
Then the unthinkable happens. Returning to her den, Isla finds it set ablaze and surrounded by strange foxes, and her family is nowhere in sight. Forced to flee, she escapes into the cold, gray world of the furless.
Now Isla must navigate this bewildering and deadly terrain, all while being hunted by a ruthless enemy. In order to survive, she will need to master the ancient arts of her kind -- magical gifts of cunning known only to foxes. She must unravel the secrets of foxcraft.
I loved how the events unfolded in the story. We get to learn what is happening right along with Isla, only knowing what she knows or learns along the way. Because of this, you get sucked right into the story from the first pages.
I liked the way the magic worked in the book. And the names the foxes had for human things made total sense. Like streets are called Deathways. Cars are Manglers. And forest areas are called Wildways.
The personalities of the various characters were well written. It was easy to connect with them, and the world itself was fully believable. I hope we get to see more of Siffrin in the next book, I really liked him as a character. I also liked the Wolf. Isla herself of course was the favorite, since you see the world through her eyes. And I loved how she grew so much just over the course of the book.
I will be picking up the next book in the series once it has come out, and if you haven’t read this one yet I recommend you do so!