The Violet Fox
by Clare Marshall
Recieved an e-copy of the book for an honest review.
Book Blurb from Faery Ink Press
Run.There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.
That’s what instinct told me.
But in order to save the secrets of my people
and to protect my brother
I have to become the enemy.
The Marlenians, who live on the surface,
and the Freetors, who are forced to live underground.
The war between them ended two hundred years ago, but the Freetors still fight for the right to live under the sun. Fifteen-year-old Kiera Driscoll embodies the Freetors’ hopes as the Violet Fox. In a violet cape and mask, she sneaks around Marlenia City stealing food and freeing her people from slavery.
Then the Elders task her with a secret mission: retrieve a stolen tome that contains the secrets of Freetor magic, something the Marlenians both fear and covet. Kiera must disguise herself as a noblewoman and infiltrate the Marlenian castle before the Freetor-hating Advisor finds out her real identity, before her brother is imprisoned because of the secrets he hides, and before she falls any more in love with the prince she’s supposed to hate.
More is happening in the castle than she realizes, and Kiera is faced with a difficult choice. Will she be loyal to her people and their fight for freedom, or will she be loyal to her heart?
I must admit I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I don't usually get into to fantasy because the story lines get confusing and proper nouns and key words are usually way too complicated to pronounce let alone keep straight without a master key while reading. But I was intrigued by the summary none-the-less.
Over all, I very much enjoyed this book. To me it felt like a nice mix between Robin Hood and Cinderella, more specifically the Ever After version with Drew Barrymore (There's a sweet little scene, if you've seen Ever After you'll catch it).
Now that being said, The Violet Fox and I didn't start off as the best of friends. No, ours was more of a progressive love. . .
I went from, "Stealing to fede the hungry, that's nice." *drums fingers on table* "Whoa! Chiquita has got some moves. Wait. She just did what to who? Feisty."
to, "Hm not afraid to tell royalty where they can stick it and yet make it sound polite. You little southern charmer you. Bless your heart. We can be friends."
and ended with a big, "HOLD THE PHONE! He's really- and she- but then this lady- and he and her- but Rordan- and she's gonna- what did he just say?!"
I love it when a book keeps me far enough in the loop that I know where I'm going, but still manages to surprise me with a few twists towards the end and that's definitely what we get here.
Kiera is a wonderful character even if she is a bit too reckless. She kept me on my toes because I kept expecting her to get caught. At times though she did come off a bit arrogant. I can understand wanting to show off and best the Marlenian guards day after day, but even Batman knows when to hold back.
I really liked how see Kiera grow through out the story. She starts off as this cape crusader doing what was right for her people, but learns that its not all sunshine and lollipops for the other side either. I also liked Keira and Keegan's relationship. It was a little fast, but sweet. I definitely smiled and giggled more than once, though I really wanted to pull Keegan off to the side at the end and say, "You do remember that time in chapter 1 when you had like 4 lips because of this girl right? You do? Ok, good just checking. Heart you both!"
Over all I definitely recommend The Violet Fox if you're looking for a fun, fast paced read.
Clare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She founded Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design in 2010 for self-published authors and businesses looking for quality editing and design services. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press, and released her first novella, Within in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.