The Fox

Rated 4.75/5 based on 8 reviews
The Fox is a captivating, fascinating historical romance about ancient and modern people, their traditions, beliefs, customs, and culture.It paints a word picture rich in breath-taking scenery and unique characters.It's a powerful love story full of passion, courage,and tragedy.The Fox shows why it is important to know and appreciate the sacrifices and challenges of the past to live well in today.
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About Arlene Radasky

History is a passion. Telling stories about those who lived before is a passion.

I am a grandmother who wants my grandchildren to learn about our past so they can understand their future.

I have traveled the world. In a past life, I lived in Scotland.

Now I live in California. Visit my website, and contact me.

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The Fox By Arlene Radasky
The Fox is a captivating, fascinating historical romance about ancient and modern people, their traditions, beliefs, customs, and culture.It paints a word picture rich in breath-taking scenery and unique characters.It's a powerful love story full of passion, courage,and tragedy.The Fox shows why it is important to know and appreciate the sacrifices and challenges of the past to live well in today.


Anthony Cariss reviewed on Jan. 20, 2013

Just finished this book. Though it is a fictional look at 1st century northern British Isles and the Picts, I feel it well written and captures the reader making them feel for and with the characters. To any who choose to read this I say, keep tissues handy for the final chapters.
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Dan Absalonson reviewed on May 15, 2012

An epic tale of deep love, ancient history, and modern archaeology. This book may have taken me a long time to read at one hundred and thirteen thousand some words, but it was well worth it and it seemed much shorter. This book is worth your time and money, but lucky for you it's free so you owe it to yourself to download this story and enjoy it for a good long while. I really liked the back and forth between the ancient and modern times. The characters were well done and believable in both time frames, and it never bothered me jumping from one time to another. I never felt jolted out of one time and thrust into another, it just flowed. Now that I think of it, pulling that off could not have been easy but Arlene did it really well. If you like romance, drama, archaeology, even some great action - then this story is for you. Sometimes it's really nice to be able to curl up with a book for a good long while, knowing you have a lot of story to go and the fun won't end soon. Some of my favorite books are the ones that took me a long time to read. When I read The Kite Runner it was over the course of about a year, but I enjoyed it and think back fondly on toting around that huge tome. It was the same with The Historian, and it's the same way with this treasure - you don't have to worry about the end of the story coming up on you soon because it's magic and story keep going for a long time. I think you'll find as I did though that before you know it though, the story has ended and you're left with many fond memories and new friends. There were a few parts that I felt were a bit slow, but there were also parts that just about brought me to tears and many exciting parts. In my mind those parts more than equal out the book overall to be a great read. I don't usually read this genre of book, but I'm glad I read this one. I really liked the ending, it was exciting.
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Catherine Higgins reviewed on Aug. 17, 2011

One of the best fictional, historical romances I have ever read. Kept me glued to the book since page one. Loved the transition of going back and forth from past to present and how they are related and brought together. Have never seen this in a story before and it works really well. Love the fact that this story is about two romances one in ancient times and one modern.

You can really tell the author knows a lot about the customs, beliefs, traditions back then and the descriptions of the scenery is absolutely wonderful, really makes you feel like you are there with both of the characters. You cannot help to fall in love with all the characters. This book definitely has a place in my soul. Thank you Arlene for such a wonderful, breathtaking book.
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Glo taliotis reviewed on March 9, 2011

Hello Arlene!
I so enjoyed your book. I have just finished The Fox and can't wait til your next one is finished! I feel such a oneness with your work , the ancient lands and your people . Thank you!
I live in rugged Northern Ontario on a beautiful Island called Manitoulin-Great Spirit Island-. From here I sense my roots to old Scotland, and the Spirit calls to me over the many waters of His.I thank you for your part in this near-ness! This e- stuff is amazing isn't it.. closing so many gaps, and nourishing our souls if we allow it! Thanks for nourishing my soul!
My husband comes from the other side of the globe, from the warm little Island of Cyprus which is almost the same shape as Manitoulin but has many more people and such a rich heritage as well.
The mingling of spirit land & water is a wonderful thing and draws us to one another. I believe I was drawn to your book as I am to most. .. And I thank you for the part you play in my spirit walk!
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Chantal Boudreau reviewed on Feb. 1, 2011

I listened to this story as an audiobook, but I am purchasing print copies because it is a story that absolutely needs to be shared with some of my favourite people. I stumbled across The Fox while looking for some light entertainment, and by the time that I realized that this wasn’t it, I had been irrevocably sucked in. I’ve never fallen in love with characters the way I fell in love with Jahna, and especially, because the reader gets to view him through Jahna’s eyes, with Lovern. This is a wonderful blend of realism, history and heart-wrenching fantasy, a hauntingly-sweet, tragic story that allows you to feel like you are breathing in the sights and sounds that the narrator is experiencing, and makes you want to cling to each moment so that it endures. Ms. Radasky is a master at evoking a strong sense of attachment to all of her characters, including the modern day ones who play a lesser role in the tale. Even the minor characters come to life and I walked away from the story (still wiping the tears from my face) with the impression that I had new friends, lovers and family. I look forward to the author’s next book. I would recommend this story to anyone with a heart, and would rate this as one of my favourite books ever.
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Iamjason Aliberto reviewed on July 31, 2010

This is an interesting book. I like the style of writing and dialog. The dialog does flow between characters for me along with the descriptions.

The characters were the key and Radasky's really put it in depth there. The characters in historical Celtic time were to me almost to real life in a sense which is good. This is a good read, I recommend it!
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A.S. Galbraith reviewed on March 25, 2010

I sought out this book after seeing it listed as recommended reading on The Celtic Myth Podshow website. I was further surprised to find that it was free as an ebook. After reading it I can honestly say that this book was way beyond my expectations. I could not put this book down and when I did have to (for such things as food and sleep), I found myself thinking about the characters as though they were real. Even now, after having finished the book, I find myself reflecting upon the characters often. I miss them!

The characters are the strength of Radasky's book. She creates multidimensional, living breathing characters both in a modern setting, and through her meticulous research, in the Iron Age Scottish Pictish age. Radasky uses her knowledge of the period in time expertly, never over handed or lectured. Instead she uses just enough to create a vivid picture in the reader's mind. Radasky is able to bring to life the traditions, spirituality and politics of a culture that is mostly unknown to many of us, and she does so with care and respect. There is no overt fantasy and grandiose speculation that often happens with fictionalizing the Celtic or Pre-Celtic people.

I am an avid reader, but there are few books that really reach me as deeply as this book did. I admit that I was mostly interested in the story of Lovern and Jahna over that of Aine. But, I thought that Aine's story was written with such honesty and depth that her character felt just as real.

I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction, are interested in archeology, Scottish history, things Celtic, romance and pre-Christian spirituality. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this first novel by Arlene Radasky. Oh, and if your second toe is longer than your first, you may just find this book all the more interesting!
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Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on March 5, 2010

Arlene Radasky's "The Fox" is a fascinating crossover between historical fiction and fantasy. Her heroine, Aine, is an archaeologist who is visited by Jahna, an ancient Pictish Druid who lived at the site Aine is exploring.

Radasky has clearly researched not only bog archaeology but Celtic mythology, Druidic practices and life in the ancient British Isles. Her facts are spot-on (this is an area of interest for me).

On top of that, she has created interesting characters in both the modern and ancient world. Archaeologists and ancients alike are well-rounded, multi-dimensional characters. Even the "villains" are well thought-out and complex.

I enjoyed the book thoroughly and recommend it to fans of fantasy, archaeology procedural stories and historical fiction alike.
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