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What does the fox say?

Human-spirit-animal families populate the rich mythology of S.M. Beiko’s sophisticated new fantasy series


Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1

S.M. Beiko

ECW Press, Ages 13-17

FOXES, RABBITS, deer, seals, and owls. These are the ancient, founding “families” of the humanspirit- animal hybrids that populate the rich mythology of S.M. Beiko’s new fantasy saga. Scion of the Fox is the first of a planned trilogy, and given Beiko’s sophisticated world-building, there’s more than enough to see writer and readers through at least two more volumes.

The book follows Winnipeg teen Roan, who is discovering her connection to the fox family when she stumbles across a dead girl who looks just like her. One of the delights of the book is its unapologetic, lovingly detailed depiction of Winnipeg, not just as a backdrop, but an essential part of the narrative. The city has appeared in fiction before, but rarely so prominently; several battle scenes make use of the city’s landmarks as dramatically as King Kong climbing the Empire State Building.

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