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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The Fox’s Tale by Samuel Woodly is a charming and enigmatic fantasy that puts a bright twist on the themes of love, dreams, and sacrifice. At the core of this tale are two protagonists whose lives are destined to intertwine. Allen Clarke is a young aspiring artist who is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prove his talent after being offered a dream job. Kaya is a mysterious woman who has set her sights on Allen, and she too is on a mission to prove her worth. She confesses to Allen that she likes him. But the opportunity presented to Allen is starting to break him, and at that point in his life, he wouldn’t wish anyone to have a relationship with him. He is becoming obsessed with a white fox just like his father had experienced. Will Kaya be able to save him from the madness, or will they both succumb to chaos?
The Fox’s Tale is an urban fantasy that is lean and well-paced. It establishes characters so that, after reading the story, you are familiar with the protagonists like the back of your hand. Samuel Woodly writes a coherent plot and enticing dialogues. Although the story gives you a to-be-continued closing, the plot arrives at a satisfying arc that won’t leave you hanging, yet will make you excited enough to look forward to reading the next book. It has a narrative flow that makes you want to move along with it and it is interesting to the point that you may even want to reread it. Rereading is one good sign of an enjoyable book. Lovers of urban fantasy will absolutely get their quick fix in The Fox’s Tale.