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Spirit Fox
     

Spirit Fox

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by Mickey Zucker Reichert
 

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Spirit Fox marks the first collaboration between bestselling fantasy writer Mickey Zucker Reichert and talented newcomer Jennifer Wingert.

It is the story of a magic-filled land at war. A mythical battle of gods and goddesses. An epic struggle that could ultimately destroy an entire civilization unless a special young woman, spirit-linked to a fox at birth

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Spirit Fox marks the first collaboration between bestselling fantasy writer Mickey Zucker Reichert and talented newcomer Jennifer Wingert.

It is the story of a magic-filled land at war. A mythical battle of gods and goddesses. An epic struggle that could ultimately destroy an entire civilization unless a special young woman, spirit-linked to a fox at birth, can harness the gift that runs like a wild creature trapped within her soul....

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VOYA - Karen Herc
Veteran writer Reichert and newcomer Wingert have written a fully-realized novel in which characters are forced to question what they "know" to be true. The story opens with the birth of Kiarda. Before her birth, Kiarda's parents had hoped she would be spirit-linked. If a human and an animal are born at the same moment in the Marchlands, their souls are linked afterward in a bond akin to the human/daemon connection in Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (Knopf, 1996/VOYA June 1998). While his wife is in labor, Kiarda's father reluctantly kills an orphaned fox that would be unable to survive alone. Unfortunately, his daughter is born at the same instant that the fox dies, and the link that should have taken place does not. As Kiarda matures, she feels lonely and incomplete without knowing why. She is in love with Maddock, the Horsemaster's son, but because she knows her parents would not approve of the match she thinks her hopeless feelings arise from her thwarted love. In reality, the fox that died has been mingling with her spirit and now causes her unknowingly to become a fox. Maddock finds her after she has mated as a vixen, but then he is accused of raping her and is forced to flee. He joins an invading army that, unbeknownst to him, is dedicated to wiping out the Abomination (the connection between people and animals) in the Marchlands. The invaders think the prized link is actually filthy, because it reduces people to the level of beasts. The two sides eventually reconcile, but not before both accrue devastating losses. Besides being an exciting story with well-rounded and appealing main characters, this book also raises questions about spirituality, identity, courage, individuality, and communication. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being better written, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).
KLIATT
What if a person's soul mate was an animal? That's the premise in this fantasy about conflicting ideologies. Princess Kiarda was supposed to have a fox soul mate, but the creature is killed at her birth, so the fox's soul enters the baby's body instead. No one realizes this, and when she is found naked in the forest by a childhood friend, Maddock, and brought back to the palace, everyone assumes that Maddock raped her. Escaping with his life, Maddock joins a neighboring group who fears magic and soul mates and wants to destroy all vestiges of these heresies. In the meantime, Kiarda realizes she is pregnant, and only when her half-fox children are born does she find out about her fox nature. The rest of the story tells how Kiarda and her friends try to find Maddock and fend off the threatening enemy. Intolerance and lack of communication are the sources of conflict here, and loving openness solves many social ills, according to this story. In that respect, the theme is a bit dogmatic, but the plot twists keep the reader involved. A satisfying tale of love and redemption. And a positive push for animal souls. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1998, DAW, 446p, 18cm, $6.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Lesley Farmer; Lib. Media Teacher Svcs., Credential Prog. Coordinator, Cal. State Univ., Long Beach, CA, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886778071
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of twenty-some novels including Renshai, Nightfall, Barakhai, and Bifrost series, one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. She can be found at mickeyzuckerreichert.com.

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Spirit Fox 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although some of the characters were horrible (*coughs* tassi & tynan)Adan made up for it. his life was horrible but he was so cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a great book, although i must admit i have read better..... but i would still recogmend this to any fantasy book lover, i liked it alot it was pretty danged good i cant wait for a sequil please e-mail me if you ever hear of one
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked it it wasn't the best book but it was worth reading a nice edition to my collection can't wait for a sequel somebody write and tell me when or if it comes out please
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting book that introduces many likable characters, but not so many you don't get to know them. This book wasn't what I expected, and had an different point of view. The writing quality wasn't the best, but the plot made it interesting enough to make it worth the read anyway. Only real drawbacks were there was a few spots that didn't quite fit with the rest of the story, and the ending I felt was too tidy.