☾ about the book
Title: The Too-Clever Fox
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
Format: audiobook, ebook, novella (can also be found in The Language of Thorns)
Trigger Warning: animal abuse
☾ the plot
The novella is set in the forests of Ravka, and follows Koja, a fox, who tries to outsmart the humans and animals that roam the forest.
But when he meets one particular human, he doesn’t immediately see that he’s met his match.
In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn’t mean you’ll escape the next.
☾ the characters
Koja is a very scrawny and unseeming fox, who was abandoned by his mother because he was so ugly.
Ever since then, Koja has been scheming his way around the forest of Ravka, bargaining his way out of trouble.
With his bargains, he learns to help the animals, and when humans threaten the animals of the forest, Koja is quick to set up a plan to get rid of the hunter that kills animals – not knowing that plan would be his doom.
Koja befriends the hunter’s sister, a girl as unseeming as he is, and tries to convince her to kill he brother – or at least run away from him and aim for a better life.
But it turns out that all the girl wanted, was animals for trophies.
☾ the world building
The story is set in a Ravkan forest, one where animals can talk, and it is reminiscent of fables – stories that have a moral lesson as punch line and are often told with animal characters that have certain human qualities and characteristics to hide the fact that they are more than just stories.
☾ the things i liked about this book
I like fairytales and fables, so this was just perfect to me.
I also like a good novella I can use to get caught up (or ahead) in my goodreads challenge – bonus points because it was written by Leigh Bardugo and feels like an actual tale that may or may not be circulating in Ravka – one that parents tell their children.
☾ the things i didn’t like about this book
There was nothing I disliked about this book.
☾ would i recommend this book
It’s not a mandatory read – even if you’re a fan of the GrishaVerse, but if you, like me, like fables and fairytales, this may be worth checking out!