The Fox

The Fox

by Arlene Radasky


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Absolutely spellbinding, The Fox by Arlene Radasky is a fascinatingly sublime historical romance and fantasy novel that looks at true courage and truly selfless acts. In this epic fiction that crosses centuries, Druid healers at the beginning of recorded time will be rescued from obscurity by an archeologist of the twenty-first century. Jahna's clan lay in the path of destruction exacted by the Romans. Her fate is sealed unless a bargain is made with the Gods, which without a doubt means a human sacrifice. Two thousand years later, Aine MacRae is on their trail. A struggling archaeologist, she is on the verge of uncovering the village where they once lived, driven by her mind melds with an ancient force. Encouraged by a ghostly visit, she will do whatever it takes to unearth time's mystery. Greed almost triumphs leaving the truth and ancient stories buried forever, but an undying love is rekindled.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439211755
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

A scholar of ancient history, Arlene Radasky is fortunate to have walked upon each of the seven continents on the earth. For the past two decades she has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations including the American Red Cross and Hospice of Santa Barbara. She currently lives in California and is a proud mother and grandmother. This is her first novel.

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asgalbraith More than 1 year ago
I sought out this book after seeing it listed as recommended reading on The Celtic Myth Podshow website. I was further surprised to find that it was free as an ebook. After reading it I can honestly say that this book was way beyond my expectations. I could not put this book down and when I did have to (for such things as food and sleep), I found myself thinking about the characters as though they were real. Even now, after having finished the book, I find myself reflecting upon the characters often. I miss them! The characters are the strength of Radasky's book. She creates multidimensional, living breathing characters both in a modern setting, and through her meticulous research, in the Iron Age Scottish Pictish age. Radasky uses her knowledge of the period in time expertly, never over handed or lectured. Instead she uses just enough to create a vivid picture in the reader's mind. Radasky is able to bring to life the traditions, spirituality and politics of a culture that is mostly unknown to many of us, and she does so with care and respect. There is no overt fantasy and grandiose speculation that often happens with fictionalizing the Celtic or Pre-Celtic people. I am an avid reader, but there are few books that really reach me as deeply as this book did. I admit that I was mostly interested in the story of Lovern and Jahna over that of Aine. But, I thought that Aine's story was written with such honesty and depth that her character felt just as real. I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction, are interested in archeology, Scottish history, things Celtic, romance and pre-Christian spirituality. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this first novel by Arlene Radasky. Oh, and if your second toe is longer than your first, you may just find this book all the more interesting!
BlackHorseWitch More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a mildly mediocre novel quite frankly.I mean-it was free-right?But it was a well constructed,well thought out book instead.I both wanted to read it as fast as I could and yet dreaded the end because it was THAT good!I am a wiccan and my pantheon so happens to be Celtic and I was a little worried about how the author would handle the entire pagan issue.I have read some pretty wooden depictions of pagans as thoughtless savages.But The Fox handled this with a delicate and understanding touch.The story that crosses time like this could be a muddled mess in clumsy hands but this is by far not the case here.I would buy this book for cash money in Nook form and in print so I could add it to my wiccan library-after all my friends and family had borrowed it of course!
Sylvarwolf More than 1 year ago
A superb tale that is based on some well-researched archaeological discoveries. The atmosphere is redolent with realism - you can almost feel the mist in the air under the trees and the heat from the smoke from the fire sting your eyes in round houses. The main characters are believable and the story reaches across the centuries into our times both literally and figuratively. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Well done, Ms. Radasky!
xenarox14 More than 1 year ago
At the start of "The Fox" I wasn't sure I would like it, but by thirteen pages in I couldn't stop! I can't wait to read more from this author, get her books while they're cheap because it's ridiculous that she isn't charging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting read. I like the concept of the past speaking to the present and it is relatively well meshed. In a story like this the author usually seems to struggle with the characters of the past, but the opposite is true here. Radasky does a good job of bringing the ancient characters to life while struggling with the present-day ones. The main characters speaking in the first person was not at all confusing, although why an important yet secondary character was allowed his own chapters to speak in the first is beyond me. Lovern could easily have stayed a secondary character. I was somewhat turned off by the sex scenes that seem so out of place and unnecessary. I got the feeling that Radasky added them just to say her book had sexual encounters in it. The most ridiculous of the scenes involves making "soapy love" in the shower. What?? Also, a good editing is in order. The abundance of commas literally drove me to distraction. It would be interesting to count how many were actually used, and how many of them were used correctly. In all, I found this to be an easy and mostly enjoyable read and recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read. I dont normally like historical books but this was a great find. It is definitely a tear jerker but worth every tear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo good. I love the sweet romance and the history. The way the author put this together is perfect. I loved the way it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally don't like romances but I had heard a couple of Arlene's short stories and decided to give The Fox a try. I'm glad I did, I enjoyed hearing about how the ancient celts lived and hearing about their beliefs. I liked all the characters and how she made the past connect to the present. It did have some sad moments but all in all I enjoyed the book. My favorite part was when Lovern and Crisi we're talking about how nature can be harsh sometimes, I also liked how labrynths were incorporated into the book. If you like historical fiction, you will want to check this book out.
A Torok More than 1 year ago
A beautiful compelling story wih characters to love and a love story that is crushingly truthful. Read this book but consider waiting if you have plans or are out of tissues!
luvbooksCM More than 1 year ago
**UPDATE** To the author: Thank you for the additional information on where I can find the complete story. I had no problem downloading the book from one of the other sites. Must be a problem on B&N. Thanks! I have tried several times to download this book and it won't load past the title page......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It took me to another time and was such a comfortable read I felt as though I truely knew the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell into this book. It all felt so real...i was smiling and crying along with them. Phenominal reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!! I was sad for it to end!! Loved the past linked to present. Very good book and so surprised it was FREE!!!!
pepper-ann More than 1 year ago
this is such an amazing story,one the likes ihaven't read in a long time.i became lost in the past and present, became part of this beautiful tale of love and lost. the characters became clear tome and a part of my soul. would love to read more from this great storyteller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually skip through some books like this but this one is amazing. I love it. It's addicting. Everytime i turn the page it gets better and better.
Sile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my second experience of listening to an audio book downloaded in podcast format. My first experience had been wonderful and I had high hopes for The Fox. It started well: the story alternating between modern day Scotland and the people of Scotland at the time the Romans occupied Britain, i.e. my present and an area in which I have a lot of interest. Although I had issues with the way the text was read by the author, the storyline created enough curiousity for me to continue listening on my commute to and from work. By about episode 10, however, I had found it too slow; things seemingly dragging on for ages. Unlike the previous podcasts, I have forced myself to listen to the remainder of the podcasts, even though I have barely managed to remain tuned in, just in case the story and/or the reading of it picked up. I am not sure there was a climax, or which part was intended to be the climax - the event in the past, or the connection in the future - and the story just trailed off to a finish. So, the story centres around two characters, really: the modern day archaeologist, Aine, and a Pictish[?] woman Jahna, both living around Fort William. Jahna starts as a young girl, living with her clan, when a stranger arrives to join their community, Lovern, who it seems has the skills of healing. Jahna somtimes has visions, which link Aine to her along with a group of foxes. Aine is working in the area where Jahna's clan once lived, trying to get funding and help for a dig that seems doomed, as the owner tries to sell the land from under her ... and so the story goes.The audio broadcast was peppered with pauses in strange places causing a stilted flow - having not read the book (only have a .pdf) I cannot comment on written punctuation, but the spoken punctuation was awkward, jarring at times. The author continued to pronounce one of the main character's name, Aine, incorrectly: rhyming it with "aim", rather than prouncing it "AHN-yuh" and I wish Ms Radasky had refrained from using accents for certain characters, in particular the one used for Mr Treadwell which was very muddled indeed. This is just a sample what irked me about the storyline, historical details and the audio translation, I am loathe to provide me as it's probably a personal thing; others may not have the same quibbles.I am sorry to say that as the episodes came to a close, I was utterly disinterested in the characters, any resolution to their problems, and indeed hearing the author's rendition of the same. I'm afraid I won't be recommending this book in future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, wish for more of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A deft weaving of Scotland early history with modern archeological practice, colored by love of and for one's family members. Anyone of an age to respect ties with ancestors and with descendants will enjoy reading this book. Having a connection to Scotland would be a bonus but not requisite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is just beautiful, and heartbreaking. Well written. Would love to read more about the character(s).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story drags too much Bingaux
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...couldn't put it down. I hope that the author will write more....
DotRat More than 1 year ago
When I find a good book I get asked where I found it, some find me.  This book found me.  When you move through this book you join Aine as she begins a quest to find herself after a bad marriage. As she searches for that place where Jahna once lived she finds her family, and rediscovers her soul mate Marc.  With us in tow Aine discovers the life of Jahna and her true love the Druid Lovern. Their life is ours to know and share, Jahna reaches out to Aine because she wants the future to know the story of her life with Lovern and never to forget the sacrifice that was made so that their blood line would carry on. This book is about the journey of a family and what we will do to keep that family and to keep our blood line flowing. There is a deep spiritual side to this story as well within the covers you will journey along a very Druid path that extends outward to remind all that we are but a small part in a greater scheme.  I will stop now for if I go on I may give more away than I should. The author gives this tale to us as a gift to be read and shared. Thus the best we can do is just that, read it,  and when done say thank you to her for sharing. Please read this, trust me when I say it is worth the adventure. When you are done light a candle in memory of someone you love that has crossed  over to sit at the table of the Gods/Goddesses 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I liked it a lot. Best of all it is free. Give it a try :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy historical fiction.  This one is exceptional for a first novel.  Hopefully the author will provide more great stories.  I am glad this one is on my Nook since I will be reading it again.