Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Publication date: 25 June 2019
#1 in duology
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
This was a difficult book for me to review because there were parts I loved, and parts I felt were a bit underwhelming. As a fan of Korean Dramas, it felt very much like a mishmash of every drama I’ve ever watched. That is both a good and a bad thing.
It had a lot of the tropes, archetypes, and recycled plot elements I’ve seen in dozens of dramas. I don’t necessarily dislike them, I just enjoy seeing them turned on their head because I don’t find them surprising anymore.
I did enjoy the mythology elements- gumiho, goblins, ghosts and shamans (no, shamans aren’t mythological, they still exist in Korea today, I’m just being lazy). They were familiar, but Cho had an interesting twist on them, so I was excited to find out more. The short passages between chapters (written in italics) about gumiho lore (both real and specific to this book) were fascinating.
I didn’t mind the love story. It was a cute reluctant friends- actual friends- lovers romance. I saw some of the twists coming a mile off, but the big reveal did sneak up on me and surprise me. I always appreciate an author that can pull that off.
Despite the occasional dark and somewhat violent scenes, I’d describe Wicked Fox as a light, entertaining read. I recommend it to fans of Asian inspired stories and especially to fans of Korean Dramas.