By Kat Cho
on June 25, 2019
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.
I loved reading about the mythology in this story! It was so interesting and made for a really cool basis for a fantasy novel.
Switching back and forth between Miyoung and Jihoon worked really well for me here, because it let me connect some dots for myself as their stories connected, and then seeing things come together as they were drawn more to each other was rewarding, because I liked picking up on things here and there.
The secondary characters were really intriguing too, and I especially liked Jihoon’s friends.
Towards the end, the story dragged for me a little, but then picked up again and actually surprised me! I loved this one, and I am already really looking forward to the sequel!