Book Review: Prince of Foxes (A Gothic Scottish Fairy Tale) -M. L. Macfarlane

Are you a fan of fantasy, literature and a bit of weird? This book definitely had all three. While reading the book, there was definitely a dark feel to it and it was written in a way that reminded me of books I had to read in high school from the 1800s. But it held my attention with its mystery and unique approach to fantasy. This is perhaps what intrigued me the most -the unique feel of the book. While I’m not sure if I’ll read the other books in the series, I confess to feeling a bit tempted to do so. It was a delightful and pleasant read and I’d highly suggest it if you’re looking for something different, dark, mysterious, and feels like literature all rolled into one.

The main character is a young woman who lives in a magical part of Scotland with fairies and loch monsters. Since she’s grown up here, she’s wise to their ways, but that all changes when she meets the prince of the fairies. He intrigues her but when she returns home, she’s horrified to learn that her parents have arranged her marriage and the prince she’s captivated by has been turned into a fox. She runs away to help the fox-prince and I won’t give any more of the story away. You’ll have to read it to find out the rest.

The writing was solid and the ending was good. There is a part of me that had hoped for something a bit more satisfying but the book is the first in a trilogy, so perhaps I need to read more for the full satisfaction. The tone of the book was modern yet the feel was historical (the parents actually grounded the character in the end of the book for running away. This was weird. Do parents ground their adult children nowadays?)

So I have mixed feelings about the book as it felt like a bit of a mash-up between old and modern. However, the book has a number of strong elements. It was also unique diversion to what I usually enjoy reading.

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