Review: Foxcraft #1 – The Taken by Inbali Iserles

Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: September 2015

Read: March 2016

Score: 2/5

Synopsis:(Goodreads) Isla and her brother are two young foxes living just outside the lands of the furless — humans. The life of a fox is filled with dangers, but Isla has begun to learn mysterious skills meant to help her survive.
Then the unthinkable happens. Returning to her den, Isla finds it set ablaze and surrounded by strange foxes, and her family is nowhere in sight. Forced to flee, she escapes into the cold, gray world of the furless.
Now Isla must navigate this bewildering and deadly terrain, all while being hunted by a ruthless enemy. In order to survive, she will need to master the ancient arts of her kind — magical gifts of cunning known only to foxes. She must unravel the secrets of foxcraft.

 

Review: This was an okay book. For the age group and for people who like these stories based around magic and animals this one is for you. As far as I am concerned I will not be reading the series but am happy with the fact I tried. 

It’s the story of young Isla who is a young fox living just outside the city. Her family is taken, or killed or we do not know and she is now all alone. As a young fox she can’t really fend for herself yet and no one with help her. There is also a group of very mean foxes around that are trying to find her but not sure if they want to kidnap her or kill her. Another fox turns up to help her out but he’s got the Foxcraft down and he can change bodies of animals. But is he friend or foe? Will she find her brother who she feels is alive and will she survive herself.

So great concept. Along the lines of the Survivors and Warriors series. So as I said earlier if you like the whole animal adventures you will defiantly like this book. I am not a fan thou. I found it very hard to get through. It was not very fast paced and it took forever for her to even find a friend. I don’t mind the other names for things  like the city and humans but having to refer to the glossary all the time got tiring very fast. There was also no real conclusion for this story, which I get it’s a series but it was disappointing that nothing was actually solved. I will say thou that it did suck me in past the first 50 pages so I had to finish it. 

The writing was well done and very descriptive. If you are in to these kinds of story this is for you. It’s not overly hard to read at all and is good for this age group. It does deal with things like death and it can be scary for the younger kids but for anyone aged 10-12. The pictures were also very nice and I only got an advanced copy so I can imagine what the full published book will look like.

Would I personally read this again, nope and I will not follow the series. I am glad I gave it a try thou.

YOU WILL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE:

Warriors Series, Survivors Series, Books about animals that are more than just Animals.

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