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The Fox Maidens por Robin Ha
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The Fox Maidens (edição 2024)

por Robin Ha (Autor)

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Set in 16th century Korea, this queer, feminist reimagining of the Fox Maiden legend from Korean mythology follows Kai Song, who is determined to be a warrior as she must come to terms with her true identity and take control of her destiny after learning a deadly secret. Kai Song dreams of being a warrior. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her beloved father, the commander of the Royal Legion. But while her father believes in Kai and trains her in martial arts, their society isn't ready for a girl warrior. Still, Kai is determined. But she is plagued by rumors that she is the granddaughter of Gumiho, the infamous nine-tailed fox demon who was killed by her father years before. Everything comes crashing down the day Kai learns the deadly secret about her mother's past. Now she must come to terms with the truth about her identity and take her destiny into her own hands. As Kai desperately searches for a way to escape her fate, she comes to find compassion, and even love, in the most unexpected places. Set in sixteenth-century Korea and richly infused with Korean folklore, The Fox Maidens is a timeless and powerful story about fighting for your place in the world, even when it seems impossible.… (mais)
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Título:The Fox Maidens
Autores:Robin Ha (Autor)
Informação:Balzer Bray (2024), 320 pages
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(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for violence, including sexual assault and harassment.)

I greatly enjoyed Robin Ha's graphic novel memoir, 2020's ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, which detailed her abrupt move from Seoul, South Korea, to Huntsville, Alabama, as a teenager - and her subsequent discovery of comic books, which helped her cope with the isolation and loneliness. As much as I was already anticipating THE FOX MAIDENS, I've got to say - Ha has really outdone herself. This queer, feminist reimagining of the Korean Fox Maiden story is simply breathtaking.

Kai is the youngest of General Song's three children - even though her mother is his first wife. When Meorhu Kim failed to conceive, Tamjin felt compelled to take a second wife, who bore him two boys, Bisap and Jinho; a happy surprise, Kai arrived several years later. Despite her culture's rigid patriarchal norms, the celebrated General Song - slayer of Gumiho, the Fox Maiden responsible for a veritable killing spree - decides to train Kai alongside her brothers. She first learns, then comes to dominate in Palgwaedan; as a teenager, she even joins her father as a detective in the Royal Legion.

Naturally, this doesn't go over well with everyone: not with Bisap and Jinho, nor their mother, Madam Lee; not with General Song's colleagues; and certainly not with many of the villagers. Rumors of sorcery follow Kai wherever she goes. Even Kai's own mother is dismayed by her daughter's inability to act more "ladylike."

However, when General Song's enemies, the Peacekeepers, orchestrate a coordinated attack on the family, it is Kai and her own mother - who, as it turns out, is a surprisingly deadly archer - who drive the invaders away.

Just as things are looking up for Kai - who, against all odds, is able create the nontraditional sort of life she envisions for herself - her mother's closely held secret threatens to upend everything she's built.

I so very badly want to say more, but so much of the joy is in the discovery!

THE FOX MAIDENS is a magical tale that's epic in scope. Kai, Sura, Meorhu, Tamjin, and Gumiho's stories dovetail in ways that are both tragic and uplifting, enchanting and electric. Meorhu and Gumiho are especially compelling characters, and I wasn't surprised to find myself rooting for the 'villains' and 'monsters' in what is essentially a rape revenge story. The artwork is equally masterful: the fox maidens in particular are bewitching, and the full-page panels at the beginning of each chapter are *chef's kiss* tattoo worthy.

THE FOX MAIDENS is an instant favorite, one of my firsts this year. ( )
  smiteme | Feb 17, 2024 |
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Set in 16th century Korea, this queer, feminist reimagining of the Fox Maiden legend from Korean mythology follows Kai Song, who is determined to be a warrior as she must come to terms with her true identity and take control of her destiny after learning a deadly secret. Kai Song dreams of being a warrior. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her beloved father, the commander of the Royal Legion. But while her father believes in Kai and trains her in martial arts, their society isn't ready for a girl warrior. Still, Kai is determined. But she is plagued by rumors that she is the granddaughter of Gumiho, the infamous nine-tailed fox demon who was killed by her father years before. Everything comes crashing down the day Kai learns the deadly secret about her mother's past. Now she must come to terms with the truth about her identity and take her destiny into her own hands. As Kai desperately searches for a way to escape her fate, she comes to find compassion, and even love, in the most unexpected places. Set in sixteenth-century Korea and richly infused with Korean folklore, The Fox Maidens is a timeless and powerful story about fighting for your place in the world, even when it seems impossible.

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