The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2.5
Published: June 4th 2013 by Tor Books
Format: ebook, you can read it for free at Tor.com
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn’t mean you’ll escape the next. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s upcoming novel, Siege and Storm, the second book in the Grisha Trilogy.
This story is also included in Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2013 Edition
I read this short story after The Witch of Duva, and I think if I read this one first I would have enjoyed it more. The Witch of Duva was creepy and had so many dark twists. This story was just a tiny bit of a let down from that.
This story is about a little fox who uses his wits to get him out of some dangerous situations. When a hunter comes to town and starts killing all of the animals in the woods, will the fox be able to survive or will he become the next victim of the hunter?
This had the right amount of backstory to care about the too-clever fox to wonder if he will make it or not. There wasn’t as many twists in this story as in the previous one, but it works well for this one. We all know people who try to talk their way out of things, so the fox was very relatable, especially considering this is a fable. The ending was fantastic! I won’t say anything else, or I’ll give it away!
While this is set in the Grisha universe, it is a stand alone story. So you don’t have to read the trilogy to understand what is going on, or if you read it don’t expect to see characters you already know and love.