Reading Level: Young Adult
Size: 38 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 2.5th book in the Grisha series
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
This is a short story/small novella set in the Grisha world. Almost half of this novella is a preview of the third book in the Grisha series (which I read quite a while ago). I have really been enjoying the 0.5 books in this series. This novella was a decent read and was basically a folk tale from that world. The big twist in the story was very predictable which was the biggest disappointment to this tale.
In the woods there lives a very clever, but very ugly, fox. He is known for escaping a number of dire situations. When large animals start disappearing from the forest the other animals come to him for help; can he solve the mystery of the disappearing animals? When he finds out that a notorious hunter has moved into the area he tries to befriend the hunter’s sister in an effort to get rid of the hunter for good.
This was a well written folktale and I enjoyed it. I loved the irony of the tale and enjoyed the description throughout.
The only thing I didn’t really like was how predictable the major twist in the folktale was. I saw it coming from a mile away and was somewhat disappointed that I was right. This was also very very short; half of the ebook was a preview of book 3 in the Grisha series.
The above being said this was a very well done folktale with some magic in it. I enjoyed the fairy-tale like feel of the story.
Overall this was a well done folktale set in the Grisha world. I actually liked Bardugo’s Witch of Duva short story a lot better, but this one was okay. I would recommend to those who are reading the Grisha series and enjoy ironic fairytales and/or folktales.