Full of heart, fantasy, and adventure, the FOXCRAFT trilogy follows Isla, a young fox whose world is shattered when her family suddenly vanishes. Isla must track them down, a search which will lead her to the Elders, a society of shape-shifting foxes, and to her own legacy as one of the world’s most tormented creatures. The cold touch of humanity-known as the furless-is everywhere, with traps, dogs, and poisoned meats posing constant threats. Isla must outwit these perils with her flair for foxcraft: skills of cunning known only to foxes.
I was hugely drawn to the stunning cover of this book aswell as the story within. I was so excited to receive a review copy from Scholastic books. Sadly I just didnt love it as much as I thought I would though. Its a well told story with a beguiling heroine called Isla. Isla is a fox who is searching for her missing family. She wandered away from them for a short while and when she goes back to the den, they have gone. The den is on fire and in their place are strange foxes she dosent know…
My biggest gripe with this book is the use of alternative nouns, things like the furless for humans, manglers for the cars, deathway for the road and brightglobes for the car headlights.
I really see no reason to create a separate vocabulary like this. I dont believe it helps, in fact for me it slowed the story right down everytime i had to stop and think what they meant. I appreciate that this book is written with children in mind but I really dont think they need talking down to like this.
It seems to be a common feature in books that i’ve read this year. The Finisher by David Baldacci and Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours do they same thing. Both were ruined for me by this this childish idea.
Having said all that, it is only my opinion and i would actually recommend Foxcraft because its a lovely story with a well written lead character.