The Violet Fox
by Clare C. Marshall
Plot Summary:There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.
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 imprisioned 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?
Expectations:This sounded like an exciting adventure story, and the fact that Kiera had to go undercover and infiltrate the castle was a big selling point. I love stories where the main character has to pretend to be someone they are not for a good cause.
Review:The author sets up the fantasy world of Marlenia and the history behind the Marlenians and the Freetors so well! There is a lot of backstory in the beginning to set up this world and the conflict that makes Kiera's subterfuge necessary - first as the Violet Fox and then as Lady Dominique so that she can find something that has been stolen by the Marlenians and hidden in the castle. The pace is a little slow in the beginning but it moves much faster as the story develops. There is much that Kiera does not know, and it seems like everyone is keeping secrets, making the final third of the novel full of shocking twists and turns.
Kiera is a strong character, with a few flaws, but with determination and heart and she gives up much for her people. The romance between Kiera and Prince Keegan is very sweet, and I was very curious to see how the author would pull off such a star-crossed, impossible relationship. It is interesting how the story is resolved - it is an uneasy but optimistic resolution that sets up the next book in the series. Overall, I found The Violet Fox a very well constructed story - absorbing, action-filled and suspenseful with great writing and characters.
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