Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)
As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1) Details

TitleScion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherECW Press
ISBN-139781770413573
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1) Review

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Roan is an orphan that lives with her odd uncle and her loving aunt. After moving into her comatose grandmother's house she has a crazy interaction due to her infect eyeball and meets a powerful fox spirit named Sil. Marked to be sacrificed to the snake-monster Zabor Roan must gather friends from each of the families before it's too late and the flood waters unleash devastation on the world...I too struggled with my ARC copy (lines every couple Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Roan is an orphan that lives with her odd uncle and her loving aunt. After moving into her comatose grandmother's house she has a crazy interaction due to her infect eyeball and meets a powerful fox spirit named Sil. Marked to be sacrificed to the snake-monster Zabor Roan must gather friends from each of the families before it's too late and the flood waters unleash devastation on the world...I too struggled with my ARC copy (lines every couple paragraphs were cut off and missing) but I contacted the publisher's marketing department and they sent me a beautiful correctly copy - THANK YOU!! I enjoyed the book!The cover was decent and I didn't hate the title, its serviceable... what totally drew me in was the blurb! I'm a total fangirl for animals and fantasy mixed... plus toss in an orphan and this book spoke to me! What I Liked!Beiko has a talent for creating worlds!!I was totally captured by the beginning with Roan's infected eye and meeting Sil... then we learn about the world that Roan didn't know was such a MAJOR part of her parent's lives. AND WHAT A WORLD! It's supernatural, it's all around Roan, hidden in plain sight and foxes are only the beginning!!Diversity rocked the races!!The world has 5 races and is connected to a set of garden statues that her grandmother gave to her mother... I love when a world within our own is developed and races for that hidden world are created. I loved the odd choice of animals to be those races and each character that represented one of the five was a great embodiment of their race. PLUS Barton was born with a birth defect and is in a wheelchair (loved him!) AND Natti is a large, boned (i.e. fat) girl (loved her!) Think world killing monsters and supernatural beings!!This is a subgenre that I enjoy... it verges on being gods and demons but in a more natural and approachable way. The premise of the world incorporates a sort of creation story that explains the mega monsters Roan will have to fight but allows the story to be set in contemporary times. It's a neat back story and supported the plot well. Family ups and downs!!So yeah Roan's mom and dad are dead but her grandmother is still alive albeit in a coma. Yet Roan still gets to know what her grandmother through some letters she found... and I actually found this part one if the shining moments in the book!! It was worked in so beautifully I only wish they had been spread through the entire book and no contained in that one spot. And there is some resolution with her grandmother which is surprising! Also there is some heart pounding plot with her aunt by marriage and her dad's brother.A relatable writing style that I could read again!!When I realized my ARC was messed up I thought about just DNFing the book and not worrying about getting a new copy... but the WRITING totally caught my attention. It contained a lyrical bent that is the perfect balance of relatable and pretty words for me. When another POV came into the story it felt totally separate from Roans and that is a HARD thing to do! I really need more multiple POVs from Beiko!Where I Struggled!!Alternating languishing and hurried pacing...I enjoyed the book all the way up until 75% and then the book took a left turn into a ditch. I suddenly felt as a writer that the book needed to be rewritten with the new ideas presented after that 75%. And that end was SOOO RUSHED! When a book spends the majority of its pages at a certain pace and then suddenly amps it up to 100 times faster it makes every challenge from that point feel like it a building block easily kicked over. So it was HARD to enjoy Roan's successes. And you suddenly realize that not much relationship was developed with the other characters in that first 75% with all the changes and wins during the last 25%!! Sudden romantic hints with a questionable character?!I thought this was going to be a totally romance free book! AND I WAS SO EXCITED!! Then suddenly in the last 25% there it is... crammed into a cranny with the freakiest choice of love interests!! I just couldn't buy it... not so quickly after that battle. The whole relationship felt obligatory because of the role she played in "freeing" him... An epilogue that steals the ends thunder *facepalm*So yeah, obviously I WAS NOT a fan of the final 25%... I wanted to like it as much as I loved the rest of the book! I thought it was okay and then I turned to the last couple of pages and we got another sudden and random POV and were told a TWIST! The said twist negates all of the events of the book... UMM WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?! Why would you do all that after spending your blood, sweat and tears writing this action packed story with a beautiful, compelling world?!?!?!?!As a reader, I enjoyed this book until the end! I don't object to the love interest happening and I would LOVE to see the return of Roan's circle of friends... I ADORE books where family is a mega part of the story. Dun, dun, dun... so I WOULD MOST DEFINITELY read the next book in this series... BEST 3 star book I've read! ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Premise & World Building⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Cover & Title⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Development & Storycraft⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing & Narrative⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Relationships⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ FeelingsBOTTOM LINE: Animal centered world fighting some world crushing monsters!Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter...
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  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
    This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.comI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. The world was dreamed into being and kept by the collective consciousness of all those who passed before. We call this consciousness Ancient, for it is the spirit of the universe, and it is older than all of us. Let me start out with saying that this book was good, but it was also very strange. The first quarter of it, I This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.comI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. The world was dreamed into being and kept by the collective consciousness of all those who passed before. We call this consciousness Ancient, for it is the spirit of the universe, and it is older than all of us. Let me start out with saying that this book was good, but it was also very strange. The first quarter of it, I had little to no idea what was going on. In fact, I almost DNF'd it, as it was rather grotesque. When the incident happened when a moth popping out of Roan's eye, my stomach did more turning than the pages in that moment. I've been putting off writing this review for a little while, trying to process what all this book as to offer, or not offer. I must say that it has a bit of both. While its originality is stunning, it almost made it difficult to relate to. "Ancient is the ember from which life sparks, and as each life ends, so it returns to Ancient. And the cycle continues. Ancient exists in all of us, from the smallest stone to the eldest mountain. And there are those of us whom Ancient has touched and allowed to see beyond the physical world and into the spiritual, into the realm of Ancient called the Veil. It is from the Veil that my power comes, and that yours will, too, in time." Things I liked: #1 Their is no doubt that Beiko is masterful when it comes to creating creative worlds. Mixing theology, mysticism, animals, crazy creatures, and people, enabled complex history, depth to characters, unique beliefs, and multiple plot lines to emerge.#2 There's not an official romance! There may have been a hint of one towards the end of the book, but I didn't pay it much mind because nothing came of it--at least, nothing up until this point.#3 The diversity among the characters is broad, refreshing, and empowering. The main character Roan has her eye ailment, while another prominent character is wheelchair bound due to having no legs. #4 If you like complex plots, which I tend to lean towards, this definitely has that. Things I didn't like: #1 The beginning fifteen to twenty percent of the book, I was utterly lost. There isn't an easy intro for the main character into this world; she's more-so thrust into it in a rather unpleasant way. So, her confusion as to what was going on, added to my confusion--which didn't help me as the reader at all. Yes, eventually things were explained, but it was perhaps too much in the beginning.#2 The pacing couldn't figure out which speed it wanted to settle at. Actually, it never really found a rhythm that worked well. The transitions from monotonous to speeding bullet were unexpected and not always welcome. #3 For how much I liked the creative world, I felt that it could use some more explanation. There is a lot of information to take in while reading this book and sometimes made it difficult to keep up with everything else happening around those vital details. Overall, I enjoyed this real a lot but also had some issues with it, more so with the pacing variances than anything. It was a solid three-star read, and I'm looking forward to the sequel. Vulgarity: I'm pretty sure there was some...Ahh! Now I can't remember for sure!Sexual content: None.Violence: Quite a bit, but it wasn't gory. 3 stars. 
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  • Lila Lockhart
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5. Scion of the Fox is an innovative, compelling read. Roan was very relatable, and helped to draw me in to this world. Accompanying her was a series of lovable (and not so lovable) characters, all of which helped to give this book a personality of it's own. But what captured me the most was the world building, which was filled with animals, politics and an exploration of the spirit world. There were some moments where small things felt drawn out, but, for the most part, this was an exciting 4.5/5. Scion of the Fox is an innovative, compelling read. Roan was very relatable, and helped to draw me in to this world. Accompanying her was a series of lovable (and not so lovable) characters, all of which helped to give this book a personality of it's own. But what captured me the most was the world building, which was filled with animals, politics and an exploration of the spirit world. There were some moments where small things felt drawn out, but, for the most part, this was an exciting fantasy read. I usually avoid YA fantasy, however, would highly recommend this novel!
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  • Nicole Hewitt
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book is set in the modern-day world, but one steeped in ancient mythology and fantastical magical creatures. It’s an exciting combination!What Fed My Addiction:The worldbuilding. The basis of this world is that there are some people who have animal spirits and magic (at least, that’s the best way I can describe it). There are five of them: foxes, rabbits, deer, owls and seals. Each type of animal has its own quali This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book is set in the modern-day world, but one steeped in ancient mythology and fantastical magical creatures. It’s an exciting combination!What Fed My Addiction:The worldbuilding. The basis of this world is that there are some people who have animal spirits and magic (at least, that’s the best way I can describe it). There are five of them: foxes, rabbits, deer, owls and seals. Each type of animal has its own qualities and magic, and the people who embody each animal seem to be racially distinct. I recognize the fox (with nine tails) from some Asian folklore, but I honestly don’t know if all of the animals have these origins or not. (I felt like many of the other spirits, demons, etc may have had a background in Asian lore as well, but I confess to being mostly ignorant of the details—though the comparison in the blurb to Princess Mononoke makes me suspect even more that there’s a connection) Regardless, I thought that Beiko did a fabulous job creating a fantasy world that overlaps with our own and making it come alive!Diversity! Not only were many of the characters racially diverse, but one of the main characters has no legs, and he’s in a wheelchair.Paranormal monsters with bite. The book starts out with an incredibly intriguing scene (and a dead body), so I was invested right from the start. When the paranormal action starts… it’s pretty crazy. Seriously, yikes! Again, I thought that Beiko did a fantastic job of creating monsters (or, maybe, ancient spirits) that felt real and seriously deadly. I would not have wanted to be in Roan’s shoes.Twists and turns. There were a few of them that I didn’t see coming!No romance. (But possible hints of one to come?) Roan is too busy saving the world to indulge in a love life (though there is a tiny romantic subplot between other characters). There are a few little hints that there might be a romance in future books, but nothing is jumped into, and that was just fine with me.What Left Me Hungry for More:Pacing. I felt like this book started out really strong, and then there was a bit of a lull in the middle, and then the pace and the action picked way up in the end.Set up for future books. This book could almost have been a standalone, but then at the very end something is thrown in that pretty much negates the entire first book, and I questioned it a bit. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be eager to find out what happens!This book is a blend of fantasy, mythology and reality that makes you want even more! I give it 4/5 Stars.***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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  • Iryna Khymych
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Publisher!4/5 StarsFirst of all, let me begin by saying that the book is beautifully written and the world which S.M. Beiko creates. It indeed reminded me of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The diversity of the world was also incredible, including a disabled character. The story follows Roan, an orphaned girl, who develops a nervous condition after their death – mainly that I received a free e-copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Publisher!4/5 StarsFirst of all, let me begin by saying that the book is beautifully written and the world which S.M. Beiko creates. It indeed reminded me of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The diversity of the world was also incredible, including a disabled character. The story follows Roan, an orphaned girl, who develops a nervous condition after their death – mainly that she rubs her eye too much and needs to wear an eye patch. Years later, Roan is spirited away by a Fox, Sil, where she learns that she must overcome the snake monster Zabor with the help of others. Pretty cool so far. The world is magical, the writing is beautiful. My only deterrent is that I would have liked Roan to be more of a bad-ass. Do not get me wrong, her character development is there and very well done, it’s just that sometimes I really rooting for her…but nothing. My other complaint about the book is that the ending of it made very little sense…it was as if the author negated everything else that happened. I still do not know how I feel about the last 30% of the book. However, that being said, I really would like to find out what happens next and will def pick up the next book. I just really hope that the publisher irons out all the kinks in the ebook because a lot of the book was cut out. I was lucky enough where Edelweiss took care of the problem, but the pub really needs to make sure it doesn’t happen to readers who are purchasing the novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Niel Gaiman and Hayao Miyazaki, loves animal adventures and really unique worlds. This book really felt like the old fairy tales being given new life.
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  • Klara
    January 1, 1970
    Just loved the book. The setting, the characters- finally a YA read with no roomance <3 Wonderful mix of japanese myths and paranormal fantasy. The ARC was extremely hard to read, though, that's why I gave 4 stars. I really liked the book but I think I would have loved it if the ARC hadn't been so bad.
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  • Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Scion of the Fox is the first book in the Realms of Ancients series. It follows Roan, a high schooler with an incredible family history waiting to be discovered. When she is attacked and almost sacrificed to a river monster, she starts to learn that things in Winnipeg are not as they might appear. There are ancient families that have animal counterparts and they must offer up their children, 1 every year, to the darkling in the river so that they are not flooded.So what can you expect? The is a Scion of the Fox is the first book in the Realms of Ancients series. It follows Roan, a high schooler with an incredible family history waiting to be discovered. When she is attacked and almost sacrificed to a river monster, she starts to learn that things in Winnipeg are not as they might appear. There are ancient families that have animal counterparts and they must offer up their children, 1 every year, to the darkling in the river so that they are not flooded.So what can you expect? The is a lot of world building in this book so the plot takes a little while to pick up, but once you are in it, you are in it for the long haul. Beiko does a good job giving the reader just enough information to keep them hooked while leaving enough out to have the story progress. I found the pacing a little slow in the first half but I flew through the second half.I liked the characters, they were different and interesting, but also all had issues and were trying to overcome them in their own ways, or in some cases not at all. I liked that Roan was able to grow through this experience at least a little. As for the overall plot, it was very interesting. I liked the idea of this monster living here on earth and just going unseen by so many. I liked the alternate beings the Human/Animal mash-ups. I think that some of the big-hitting twists were very obvious from the beginning and while I enjoy when I can figure those things out, it does leave a bit to be desired in the end.So in the end I enjoyed this book quite a bit, it was a lot of information and world building in one book, so I am interested to see how the next in the series are written, will there be more action now that the playing field is out there? I am curious. I think that teen readers that enjoy fantasy will enjoy this one.
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  • Koeur
    January 1, 1970
    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/05/2...Publisher: ECWPublishing Date: October 2017ISBN: 9781770413573Genre: Fantasy/YARating: 3.4/5Publishers Description: Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/05/2...Publisher: ECWPublishing Date: October 2017ISBN: 9781770413573Genre: Fantasy/YARating: 3.4/5Publishers Description: Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. Review: This was a pretty good YA fantasy novel of which I am usually averse to reading. The writing style captured my attention in a big way. It flows (when allowed to) in comfortable fashion where everything evolves in a synchronous dance. *Rant On* It is too bad that the first AND second run ARC were so miserably fuked up with sentences and paragraphs gone missing on every page. I asked the publisher to send a better corrected copy and they said “tough shjt”. Nah, they were nice about telling me to fukoff. There is so much missing from the story line as to render some areas nonsensical. Perhaps the author might be better served with a competent publisher as these ARC’s often define subsequent sales due to early reviews. *Rant Off* . Roan never devolves into a mewling, whiney little, love-struck dipshjt and that is a very good thing as the characterization wins the day for this novel. The cast is as diverse as it is interesting and never fails to deliver the desired emotional intent. While the story line seems fairly simple and straightforward it is mired in complexity rendered in elegant fashion. Almost as if what you’re reading is wholly acceptable in the normal course of daily life. Animal denizens that have hidden forms and intent, frozen demons under the river and Roan’s slow discovery of an inner power are just a few examples of what awaits. While I was sold a bill of goods by the publisher trying to get some resolution on a corrected copy, I made do with what was given and believe me, it was really hard to piece this novel together. You can only move on with a truncated story line when entire paragraphs are missing (or so I surmised). A solid 4 stars, completed…..I think.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Roan Harken is just trying to make it through high school and lead a normal life, away from the past of her parents death and her horrible eye infection. However, things take a turn when the stone menagerie, given to her by her estranged grandmother, breaks apart, revealing a real fox from the stone one! From the time the menagerie breaks apart to the very last page, this book is action-packed, including but not limited to: giant Moth Queen of death and other mythological type creatures (giant F Roan Harken is just trying to make it through high school and lead a normal life, away from the past of her parents death and her horrible eye infection. However, things take a turn when the stone menagerie, given to her by her estranged grandmother, breaks apart, revealing a real fox from the stone one! From the time the menagerie breaks apart to the very last page, this book is action-packed, including but not limited to: giant Moth Queen of death and other mythological type creatures (giant Fox goddess & Snake demon); several action sequences (that are quite bad-ass, if I may say); and a snarky teenage girl, dependent on her friends.I love, love, loved -!- the story! I connected with Roan within the first couple of chapters, feeling such empathy where her eye is concerned and also when Phae (best friend extraordinaire) didn't believe her at first. Roan was the only character I really connected with, though. I felt I didn't get to spend enough time with many of the characters, even Sil (afore mentioned giant Fox goddess) who was with Roan for the majority of the book. Can I get a side book, glimpse into Sil's life before the thing happened...ooo! ooo! or -!- glimpse into Sil's adventures while she's doing the thing to help Roan! Overall, though, I really loved this book. I can't wait to see what Zabor will do in the next one!A super special thanks to the publisher and the author for my copy! And NetGalley! Thank you all so much for this opportunity!
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  • Jerricka Habib
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much happening in this book. I was excited to find out it's set in Canada! It's really well written and the storyline is amazing. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a review copy.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Scion of the Fox caught my attention as soon as I saw that it was blurbed by Kelley Armstrong, one of my favorite YA authors. If Kelley liked it then I was definitely going to like it - or at least that's what I hoped (and prayed). As it turns out, Scion of the Fox was a great series opener. Unique, compelling, and delightfully creep, Scion of the Fox ended up being the perfect way to spend an October evening. Scion of the Fox introduces us to Roan Harken. Roan has always stayed under the radar Scion of the Fox caught my attention as soon as I saw that it was blurbed by Kelley Armstrong, one of my favorite YA authors. If Kelley liked it then I was definitely going to like it - or at least that's what I hoped (and prayed). As it turns out, Scion of the Fox was a great series opener. Unique, compelling, and delightfully creep, Scion of the Fox ended up being the perfect way to spend an October evening. Scion of the Fox introduces us to Roan Harken. Roan has always stayed under the radar at her high school, and that's exactly how she likes it. She doesn't want people talking about the weirdness of eye or her parent's tragic (and possibly self-inflicted) deaths. However, everything changes the minute the stone fox in her year transforms into an actual fox....and just in time, to save Roan from immense, life threatening danger. The fox, named Sil, informs Ronan that she posses a huge amount of power - a power that threatens her life AND makes her potential savor.Roan was an interesting main character. She was very blasé (I guess you would say) about everything - she was a more of a go with flow quietly kind-of-girl - but as more and more power and responsibility were thrown her way, Ronan begins to get comfortable in her shoes, taking her new powers in stride, knowing full aware that she needs to use them for good. As the book progressed, I liked Roan, but I never felt a real connection to her for some reason, unfortunately. There was just something about her that didn't click for me, but as with all characters, sometimes you get that connection and sometimes you just don't. I will say, though, that I loved her friendship with Sil. Sil was a funny, bull-headed little Fox, always helping Roan see the real picture. The plot in this was interesting albeit slightly weird. The owls versus fox dilemma was unique, and I thought S.M. Beiko did a decent job of fleshing it out through not only Roan's POV but the POVs of others involved on both sides. It made the story well rounded. I also liked the setting. The coldness of winter added to the "scary" and "thrilling" factors, making it all the more enjoyable for a mid-Ocotber read. In all, Scion of the Fox was a decent debut! I look forward to seeing what happens next. Grade: B
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  • Liz H {Redd's Reads}
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very enjoyable, quick read that presents a well-rounded cast of characters. I loved the mythology, the pacing, and the descriptions. It was also fun to read an urban fantasy set in Canada, which I am not up on my geography for, but I don't think that detracted from the story or my enjoyment. Definitely a book to pick and share!
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: I have an actual finished copy now and will hopefully get to it soon and actually have a good review.DNF at 20%I received an ARC through Netgalley This is the first time this has ever happened to me, but I found the formatting of the ARC to be so unbearable that I just couldn't read it anymore. Whole sentences and possibly paragraphs would be cut off in the middle and I just couldn't get a proper grasp of what was happening at times that I don't feel that I can give this book a proper revi Edit: I have an actual finished copy now and will hopefully get to it soon and actually have a good review.DNF at 20%I received an ARC through Netgalley This is the first time this has ever happened to me, but I found the formatting of the ARC to be so unbearable that I just couldn't read it anymore. Whole sentences and possibly paragraphs would be cut off in the middle and I just couldn't get a proper grasp of what was happening at times that I don't feel that I can give this book a proper review given that terrible ARC. So I won't rate it this one. I might eventually read a finished copy and hopefully get up a useful review, but I don't think I can do that with this copy.
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  • Jadzia
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Scion of the Fox by S.M Beiko was an enjoyable read with likeable characters, a cool back-story, and an intricate plot that had me totally believing everything and instantly involved. I felt that it was very original in some aspects and also very cliché in others—young person destined to save the known world, sort of thing—but overall good enough to read and appreciate, though I am not entirely certain I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Scion of the Fox by S.M Beiko was an enjoyable read with likeable characters, a cool back-story, and an intricate plot that had me totally believing everything and instantly involved. I felt that it was very original in some aspects and also very cliché in others—young person destined to save the known world, sort of thing—but overall good enough to read and appreciate, though I am not entirely certain that I will be reading any of the other Realms of Ancient books in the future. The main character, Roan, is all right. She isn’t super cool or interesting to begin with, despite having so many strange things about her and happen to her (freaky eye, dead parents, creepy uncle, etc…), but I soon began to like her and appreciate her for her normalness. She was always pretty cool, even in difficult circumstances and she had a fun sense of humor that I really related to. However, I feel like, though she does grow and mature and change by the end of the book, that she perhaps didn’t grow enough. I would have liked to see more development in her character and to see some deeper meaning and connections in her relationships. It bothered me that the person (animal?) she was closest with, was the magical, talking fox that showed up outside her house one night. Not her grandma (but that makes a bit of sense, since she doesn’t know her well or spend time with her growing up), not her aunt and uncle whom she lives with, not her best friend, Phae, or her new friends, like Barton. Speaking of the talking fox, and other characters, plot points, etc…a lot of this story was predictable and I found myself guessing what would happen, and being accurate, waaaaaayy before it actually did. Like who the fox was, how Barton came into play, how the book would end, certain characters becoming romantically interested in each other…but there were also a lot of surprises and besides, sometimes it is fun to know early, so you can be like, “yes! I was right!” The other characters were pretty great. Honestly, Phae was the only character I never liked (her best friend), and I don’t even know why. Maybe it’s because after she gets really involved with the story that she is so chill about it and actually does more than Roan does. It makes Roan seem useless. Or maybe it’s because I thought Roan should be romantically involved with a particular someone and Phae was instead. BUT, if the story goes where I think it does, Roan becomes romantically involved with a different someone, which I am 100% in support of. Natti, also, never really clicked with me, though I hope she is developed further in later books. Sil, Barton, Roan, and Eli were my faves, though Eli didn’t make the list until the final chapters. I felt like the monsters, the back story, the evil, the history, the current circumstances, were all totally believable and well done. I was actually picturing this as a movie the whole time and it was kick-butt awesome. There was so much that was unique and original and I felt like this world had existed forever and I just hadn’t been aware of it. I will say that things slowed down in the middle and there didn't seem to be much happening for quite a bit of time. But the last few chapters got exciting again (the most exciting chapters in the entire book, besides the creepy eye and Moth Queen early chapters) and I am glad they did. My favorite part of the book was the part that featured the Bloodlands!This being an ARC, there were tons of typos and a couple missing sentences. I literally started marking them in the book, because the writer and editor in me couldn’t help it. But then I stopped, because I felt silly, since no one would ever see my corrections, and that’s not my job anyway! I do hope they manage to weed out all those little things and have a perfectly polished version printed when it is published in October. I enjoyed reading this book as a writer and as a reader and was able to appreciate it from both perspectives and I congratulate S.M Beiko on its completion (writing a book is quite the feat and she deserves a standing ovation, a hug, and a cake) and eventual publication.
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  • Andreea Marin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Scion of the Fox is a YA Fantasy Novel following Roan, who is an orphan with few memories of her parents. Roan is a lone-soul in an empowering way—to be honest it’s someone I would have loved to have as a friend in high school. She enjoys her time alone, she is a big fan of Wuthering Heights, and she sometimes talks to a stone menagerie made up of animals. Her grandmother, Cecilia, is a mysterious Fae-like, world-traveler (who kind of reminded me of Moana’s grandmother). Roan’s grandmother f 4.5 Scion of the Fox is a YA Fantasy Novel following Roan, who is an orphan with few memories of her parents. Roan is a lone-soul in an empowering way—to be honest it’s someone I would have loved to have as a friend in high school. She enjoys her time alone, she is a big fan of Wuthering Heights, and she sometimes talks to a stone menagerie made up of animals. Her grandmother, Cecilia, is a mysterious Fae-like, world-traveler (who kind of reminded me of Moana’s grandmother). Roan’s grandmother falls into a deep coma, whilst traveling, and her final wishes among being brought to Winnipeg no matter what state she is in, also included being preserved ‘alive’ until she expires on her own, and that her next of kin must reside in her home. I don’t want to spoil too much but I will say that this book is very much in tune with nature, mysticism, and spirituality. Roan cheats death as she is aided by a fox spirit and this leads to a series of fantastical events. The fox, and the moths are reoccurring symbols throughout this book. I thought this book was well-written and it got my attention immediately. The main character is well-rounded and likable, and I must add that it’s refreshing to read a YA novel that does not have a romantic relationship (or lack of) at its core. It deals with ancestry, battles, family traditions and history, and is very much entwined with the natural realm. This book is heavy with symbolism and I love the ‘Canadianness’ of it. I don’t generally read YA fantasy but this book got my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to the next two books as this is the first in a trilogy.I would recommend it to anyone who likes young adult fiction and the elements listed above. On Goodreads the synopsis portion compares this book to American Gods and Princess Mononoke which I think is an apt comparison. Other words that come to mind is ‘fae-like,’ ‘gothic,’ and ‘sublime’ sprinkled with ‘Canadian.’
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  • Keisha
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from Netgalley and ECW Press in exchange for an honest reviewWhen I first began to read Scion of the Fox, I realized that chunks of text were missing from each page. Sentences were left incomplete or began in the middle of a thought. I re-downloaded the book thinking I did something wrong. I finally had to contact the publisher, who was able to upload the correct copy of the book. Though, by this time, I was weary of my attempts to read the text, again, with the likelihood I received a free copy from Netgalley and ECW Press in exchange for an honest reviewWhen I first began to read Scion of the Fox, I realized that chunks of text were missing from each page. Sentences were left incomplete or began in the middle of a thought. I re-downloaded the book thinking I did something wrong. I finally had to contact the publisher, who was able to upload the correct copy of the book. Though, by this time, I was weary of my attempts to read the text, again, with the likelihood that the text would once again be incomplete.I finally received a good copy of the text. It took a couple of chapters for me to commit to the book. I am not certain if the reluctance was due to the writing or due to my experience (and dread) of attempting yet another read, and possibly failing due to missing chunks of text. I don't know, but I am glad I pushed through it.Beiko creates a world similar to our own, with secrets that mere humans would never be privy to. I enjoyed how the story was laid out. The premise was intriguing and unique to me. I enjoyed the characters, good and bad. I liked how everything was expertly fit together. I enjoyed the main character, Roan, as she developed. As the story unfolded, other characters began to show their complexity as well. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense that made me want to keep reading, when I should have been in bed sleeping. All questions that I had were answered within the story. The ending did not leave me feeling incomplete, but did spark my interest for the next book that is sure to be fantastic. There is adult language in this book that I could have done without. This book was awesome without it. There are no inappropriate situations. There is fighting and sludge and dying and living. Despite the rocky start, this book is one that I would recommend to high school students and beyond with the language warning.
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  • Luna Lovebooks
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Likes: Foxes! I love foxes and recently have been seeing a lot of novels (YA or otherwise) featuring them. When I saw this offered on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. I’m so very glad I did! The characters are well developed. Roan, Barton, Phae, Natti, and even Eli are very realistic and I look forward to their journeys continuing. I love the fact that they each represent an element and can control said element. Beiko has cre I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Likes: Foxes! I love foxes and recently have been seeing a lot of novels (YA or otherwise) featuring them. When I saw this offered on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. I’m so very glad I did! The characters are well developed. Roan, Barton, Phae, Natti, and even Eli are very realistic and I look forward to their journeys continuing. I love the fact that they each represent an element and can control said element. Beiko has created a world that is very much like our own but holds secrets that mere mortals are not aware of. There is no real love story here, although I think there may be room for one in the future. Honestly though, this story didn’t need it. Dislikes: A lot of other reviews have talked about issues where whole chinks of their ARC was missing. I did not have the problem to that extent but I did have a few places where I was confused because a part of a sentence would be missing. There was also a part where Roan is in the hospital and it mentions a fox boy. That seemed significant to me but he is never mentioned again. This story is great! I have to give it 5 fox tales!
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  • Lucy-May
    January 1, 1970
    I am full of so much emotion right now that I am numb - one specific part of that ending has broken my heart & I'm sure people will know what I mean when they get to read this book. Samantha Beiko has managed to create an intense adventure that is full of emotion, strength, passion, tension & power. I found myself attached to all of the characters, & I even started to adore one of the baddies. The battle scenes were so well written that I was shaking with excitement & fear of wha I am full of so much emotion right now that I am numb - one specific part of that ending has broken my heart & I'm sure people will know what I mean when they get to read this book. Samantha Beiko has managed to create an intense adventure that is full of emotion, strength, passion, tension & power. I found myself attached to all of the characters, & I even started to adore one of the baddies. The battle scenes were so well written that I was shaking with excitement & fear of what was to come. The ending was really well done & I'm craving the next book! I can't wait to write about this in more detail on my blog, but I definitely need time to process this adventure before I can do that.You can find my extended review here: https://writingwolves.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Roan is one of the most relatable characters I've seen in the YA world.The author has built an entire world that we humans can't see, but is full of magic,symbolism, and ancient powers and struggles. And Roan has a big role to play in this parallel world.The characters developed very well during the story and I was glad to see this teenaged girl without some romance involved, fighting her own battles. I think this is what good YA Fiction/Fantasy is all about!Well Done!Netgalley/ECWPress  Release Roan is one of the most relatable characters I've seen in the YA world.The author has built an entire world that we humans can't see, but is full of magic,symbolism, and ancient powers and struggles. And Roan has a big role to play in this parallel world.The characters developed very well during the story and I was glad to see this teenaged girl without some romance involved, fighting her own battles. I think this is what good YA Fiction/Fantasy is all about!Well Done!Netgalley/ECWPress  Release is October 17, 2017
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Received a copy of this through netgalley.Mysterious and magical. Really enjoyed this read, had the week from hell and this is exactly what I needed to be reading.
  • Nikki Stafford
    January 1, 1970
    Another one in the "full disclosure" column: I'm the editor who signed up this book and edited it. And it's FANTASTIC. This is the story of Roan, a young woman who discovers she's part of an ancient narrative between five animal families that originally ruled the Earth: the Foxes, Seals, Deer, Rabbits, and Owls. Now they live among us disguised as humans, but they're still there, and when Roan realizes her link — and the powerful darkness that threatens to destroy the world — she needs to decide Another one in the "full disclosure" column: I'm the editor who signed up this book and edited it. And it's FANTASTIC. This is the story of Roan, a young woman who discovers she's part of an ancient narrative between five animal families that originally ruled the Earth: the Foxes, Seals, Deer, Rabbits, and Owls. Now they live among us disguised as humans, but they're still there, and when Roan realizes her link — and the powerful darkness that threatens to destroy the world — she needs to decide if she'll be a part of this fight and sacrifice everything for it. Beiko writes so visually, I could see everything on the page as if it were on a giant movie screen. The fight scenes were incredibly written, the poignancy of a young girl being chosen against her will is part of a larger narrative that's been played out in many other forms of fiction, from The Hunger Games to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Beiko brings a fresh perspective to it. The dialogue is witty and snappy, what's at stake is truly terrifying, and Beiko pulls you into the world of the characters, seeing what they've already lost, and what more they stand to lose, regardless of what they do. This is the first book in a trilogy (I'm reading the second book now and it's even better!) and I can't recommend this book enough!
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  • The Caffeinated Scribbler
    January 1, 1970
    Review: DNF, IncompleteSo, I received this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest opinions, but I could barely read the version I was given since there were missing chunks of text and lines. Unfortunately, I missed the downloading period & was unable to ask for a new copy. From what I did read, it was intriguing. The author creates a nearly parallel universe of ours with a twist. What we think of fantasy to these humans is reality. I'd be interested in reading more, so maybe Review: DNF, IncompleteSo, I received this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest opinions, but I could barely read the version I was given since there were missing chunks of text and lines. Unfortunately, I missed the downloading period & was unable to ask for a new copy. From what I did read, it was intriguing. The author creates a nearly parallel universe of ours with a twist. What we think of fantasy to these humans is reality. I'd be interested in reading more, so maybe one day it will be completed & I will be able to read full paragraphs.
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  • S.M.
    January 1, 1970
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