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Jul 5, 2011

Fox Rising by Ashley J. Barnard

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Title: Fox Rising
Author: Ashley J. Barnard
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Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Pagan Elements
Length: 217 pgs. 
Reviewed by: BettyJean Pryor

Cover: 4
Presentation: 5
Editing: 5
Story: 5
Writing Ability: 5

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About The Book: In this sequel to Shadow Fox, after waiting his whole life to return home and learn who he really is, Jared quickly discovers his world is much more complicated than he ever imagined. As the newly appointed Captain, he is now responsible for raising an army to take on an enemy he knows next to nothing about, while his own king anticipates his failure. With his love life is in near shambles, he must now win Tarika back in spite of a romance blossoming between her and his closest friend, Nathaniel.

Just as things begin to improve with the victory of their first small battle, Jared’s childhood sexual abuse is brought glaringly to light, leading to obsession and dysfunction. As if the disease in his blood were not bad enough, he will soon jeopardize everything he holds dear to feed this demon of the mind, even going so far as to fall victim to a dangerous affair with an enemy princess.

The Review: Fox Rising is a great read. There are many events in this story that can be equated to everyday life in this time. Jared Dunefaellen is a very likeable character. Each struggle that he goes through draws the reader deeper into the book. The relationships between characters are very complex and has unexpected twists. Moral conflicts run throughout the story involving secondary characters as well as Jared and Tarika.

The series is best read in order. It takes a while into the book to catch up on some of the elements from the first book. The most difficult part to decipher is what condition afflicts Jared. But definitely worth the time to read.

Pagan Elements: There are many Pagan elements to this book. The author uses them as a major part of the book. 


Ashley J. Barnard said...

Thanks, BettyJean, for a great review!

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