The Ronin and The Fox

The Ronin and The Fox In feudal Japan Kaede Hajime lives as a vagabond ronin a samurai without a lord As he spends the night at a village s inn the innkeeper begs him to help stop a mischievous kitsune a fox spirit pl

  • Title: The Ronin and The Fox
  • Author: Cornelia Grey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In feudal Japan, Kaede Hajime lives as a vagabond ronin, a samurai without a lord As he spends the night at a village s inn, the innkeeper begs him to help stop a mischievous kitsune, a fox spirit, plaguing their village But when he captures the spirit in the form of a hauntingly beautiful man Hajime learns that the kitsune has troubles of his own The pearl that containIn feudal Japan, Kaede Hajime lives as a vagabond ronin, a samurai without a lord As he spends the night at a village s inn, the innkeeper begs him to help stop a mischievous kitsune, a fox spirit, plaguing their village But when he captures the spirit in the form of a hauntingly beautiful man Hajime learns that the kitsune has troubles of his own The pearl that contains the fox s soul has been stolen, leaving him a slave to the new owner, who is forcing him to attack the village Hajime agrees to help the fox retrieve the jewel, but living with a fox spirit isn t easy, and the budding trust between them is constantly tested Kitsune are tricksters above all, and Hajime must decide how much of the story the fox tells him is truth What s worse, an old comrade of Hajime s is in town, bringing with him the sour memories of Hajime s time as a samurai Hajime must find a way to locate the thief and steal back the jewel before the thief turns the kitsune s considerable power against him Novella Mature content.

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    • Ayanna says:

      I felt like I was reading a manga in book form. A light novel.It felt like the author knew her shit, which is always nice. She didn't just read a children's book about Japanese mythology and decide to spin off it so far you could barely recognize it, or you could recognize it, but it seemed so overblown and farcical it causes you physical pain.It made cultural sense, which was cool. It really was like reading a cross between a yaoi and a shonen manga.I'm also personally happy she made the nine-t [...]

    • Emanuela ~plastic duck~ says:

      I really liked this story set in feudal Japan. I must confess that I'm not well versed with Japanese mythology, so I might have missed something, but I didn't enjoy the story any less.Hajime is a ronin, a samurai who has abandoned his lord, and when he arrives in a village, he is asked to help them get rid of a fox spirit, but when he meets his fascinating enemy, he also learns that the fox is trapped in the village by a man who has stolen his soul in the form of a pearl.Hajime is a very compass [...]

    • Anita Bianchi says:

      bianchianita1971/2Ecco una nuova interessantissima opera di Cornelia Grey! Questa volta ci troviamo in un villaggio del Giappone feudale e il protagonista è un ronin, un samurai che ha "perso" il suo signore a causa del suo carattere non facile e poco incline alla cieca ubbidienza. Hajime viene accolto con tutti gli onori al villaggio e si trova ad aiutare la povera gente contro un pericolo subdolo: uno spirito volpe che infesta il territorio. Ma le cose non stanno proprio così, come scoprirà [...]

    • Тамрико says:

      I am very partial to anything Japan (hardcore yaoi fan here).I am also very partial to illustrations in my books. They used to be a very common occurrence when I was younger. This book was a pleasant surprise in that respect :)That said, I really enjoyed this story itself, however short and simple it was.Camping out in the woods, in an ancient temple, a Fox spirit and a former samurai fall in love while trying to save a local village. Samurai frees the Fox, whose soul is being held hostage by a [...]

    • Ami says:

      I have to say, that Cornelia Grey has taken me out of my "comfort zone". I am not huge on historical -- but this is written with backdrop of feudal Japan, with samurai and kitsune spirit. And I wholeheartedly LOVE it!!Hajime finds a strange in his room and has a night of wonderful lovemaking. Then, Hajime finds out who the stranger he has been involved it the previous night -- and develops a strange friendship when he agrees to help the Fox.Their first meeting is sensual (and HOT). The enemy-fri [...]

    • Cole Riann says:

      Review posted at The Armchair Reader.I have come to love this author's writing and she's wonderful at writing stories just in this length -- short stories and novellas. That is the first reason why I've wanted to read this story since it was published earlier this year. The biggest reason, however, is that I've been looking and waiting for an m/m romance about kitsune, mythological Japanese fox spirits. Look them up online if you'd like to read more about them, they're fascinating to read about. [...]

    • Amarilli Settantatre says:

      Oh, quanto mi piacciono i racconti, quando un autore è così bravo da riuscire nel proprio intento di creare un microcosmo e una storia completa in uno spazio molto più ristretto!La talentuosa Cornelia Grey ci riesce benissimo, trasportandoci in un Giappone feudale, immerso nelle leggende e con tutti quei dettagli “azzeccati” (dal vestiario all’ambiente del villaggio, dalla natura al senso dell’onore) che tanto mi fanno amare, ad esempio, certi film d’animazione di sapore nipponico. [...]

    • Alice Elle says:

      Cariiiiinaaaa questa novella! Avrei trovato qualche sinonimo alla parola che inizia con la c e finisce con azzo, ma per il resto mi è proprio piaciuta.

    • Alex says:

      OverallA passionate, heart-felt story, this will especially appeal to readers who like Japanese mythologies, mischievous spirits, and honorable samurai. While the cover and title caught my eye (and perfectly represent the story told within), the pages within didn't let me down. I was quickly drawn in by the serious ronin and the playful kitsune and the troubles they find themselves in and their struggles to trust one another.StrengthsDespite most of the time our only two characters are the leadi [...]

    • Federica L'EnnesimoBookBlog says:

      ennesimobookblog/2Hajime è un ronin, ovvero un samurai senza più un signore, un vagabondo che arrivato in questo villaggio si scontra con una kitsune, uno spirito volpe che infesta le terre e gli abitanti di questo tranquillo luogo. Vedendo in lui un onorevole guerriero gli abitanti chiedono il suo aiuto per stanare la volpe; di certo non può tirarsi indietro per cui inizia la sua caccia.Anche se Hajime era stato un samurai, un tempo, non lo era più. Non serviva alcun signore; era un ronin, [...]

    • Giada says:

      L'ambientazione mi è piaciuta. I personaggi anche così come le interazioni tra loro. Il ".zo" come termine stonava. In armonia con l'ambientazione e per preferenza sarei ricorsa ad altri sinonimi meno volgari. Ma tutto sommato lettura veloce e piacevole

    • Alexandria says:

      Un bel giorno di fine ottobre, gironzolavo per la rete alla ricerca di qualcosa di nuovo da leggere. Non che non avessi libri su libri in arretrato, ma venivo dalla lettura di un libro molto importante per me (La Spia del Mare di Virginia de Winter) e avevo voglia di qualcosa di nuovo per ricaricare le batterie, consapevole che dopo una lettura del genere qualunque altro libro avrebbe avuto per me un gusto troppo scialbo.Così mi sono imbattuta in questa novella dal titolo altamente evocativo.Tu [...]

    • Urbanista says:

      Both the book and its cover are so weird, they're perfect. I'm willing to overlook flaws in both, and focus on how delightful they are.Wonderful? Sure, but also right up my alley! Japanese myth and folklore, a disgraced samurai with no lord, and a fox spirit.A ronin and a kitsune. Plus a greedy, evil holy man exorcist.A village is plagued by poor crops and blight. The villagers recognize the effects of a spirit creature draining their land. Exorcisms have failed repeatedly. Hijame, a wandering r [...]

    • Jana Denardo says:

      I knew from the moment I saw Ms Grey talking about this on her blog that I would have to read it. However, I am very easily distracted and it wasn’t until it was announced that there was going to be a limited release of the novella that was illustrated that I actually got it. I’m glad I waited. The illustrations add a lovely extra touch to a great story.Kaeda Hajime is a ronin and as such, he moves from place to place. The innkeeper where he has stopped for a rest asks him to lend his sword [...]

    • Elyxyz says:

      Premetto che, da oltre vent’anni, sono innamorata del Giappone, della sua cultura, delle tradizioni e della sua storia. Dopo infiniti manga e anime, ritrovare un m/m romance soprannaturale, ambientato nel Giappone medievale, mi ha fatta saltare sulla sedia dalla gioia!L’autrice ci regala una storia abbastanza breve, ma coinvolgente e originale, restando fedelissima a tutto il substrato di usi e costumi, mitologia e storia nipponica, dimostrando di saperle raccontare con grande competenza e m [...]

    • Straysod says:

      Gods, I love Cornelia Grey's writing. She has such an amazing talent. Her characters are always so real, complex and rounded, her worlds always have such beautiful detail. If you've liked other short stories by her, you will absolutely love this one too, and if you haven't read anything by her yet, this is an excellent place to start.A little longer than some of her stories, this one is immensely satisfying. Typical of her stories, Grey paints a vivid and beautiful world without wasting words. T [...]

    • Cornerofmadness says:

      This was an enjoyable novella set in the samurai hey days. Hajime, now a ronin, finds himself in the position to help a town that’s being plagued by a fox spirit. Much to his chagrin, he’s already met the fox rather intimately. Once he has the kitsune back under his control, Hajime learns the truth is not what he thought it was. Someone else is using the spirits of the area to make himself powerful while hurting the town to do it.Hajime’s sense of honor leads him to help the fox, all the w [...]

    • ManOhMan says:

      Reviewed by Joe: First I have to say that I am a huge fan of Cornelia Grey and her fox stories, so when I saw this title up for review I had to grab it and I was not disappointed. Ms. Grey has once again proven why I am a fan of hers with her vivid descriptions, crisp dialogue, likeable characters and fun world that she has created. I loved the samurai setting and the paranormal twist that was thrown in. From the first sentence the reader is sucked in, stopping only when they reach the end. It i [...]

    • Tam says:

      I'm torn here. On one hand I adore kitsune and I loved Katsura. He was terrific. But Hajime had me so annoyed with his behaviour most of the time. Push him away, then be annoyed for no apparent reason, have angry sex, push the guy away. Sigh. He had anger management issues. But as I said, I love me some kitsune, so I'll go with 3.5 stars.

    • Meggie says:

      Enjoyable story. It reminded me a bit on Inuyasha as a character. I like fox-spirits. The storyline was well developed and the main plotted romance between, Hajime and Katsura, enjoyable till the end. I would really like to read more about this pair. I'm sure they would have interesting stories to tell us, with their travelings. This story was short novella but fresh and good.

    • Moniqee says:

      A pretty interesting novella. I hope to see their journey continues.

    • Daesy says:

      **GRAMMAR**This book was really good and i think i'd like to read more from this author.All starts one night when Hajime enters the room he took at the inn. There he finds a beautiful man with long black hair,pale skin and a slim and toned body. Hajime surprised tells the stranger that he is in the wrong room, but the man answers telling him that he is right where he wanted to be. The young man is so charming that Hajime cant resist, and the two have sex. The day after Hajime doesnt find anyone [...]

    • Lapis Lazuli says:

      Forse un 3,5 ma a quattro non riesco ad arrivarci.La storia è bellissima, ricca di riferimenti mitologici giapponesi che catturano e affascinano, l'ambientazione è accurata, i personaggi ben costruiti e ben caratterizzati nonostante le poche pagine, soltanto un centinaio. E nonostante sia poco più che una novella, non si ha l'impressione di una storia affrettata o poco approfondita. E in più io ho pure una fissa per i personaggi Kemonomimi, specie volpi o lupi.Ma santo cielo, un po' di editi [...]

    • Melanie says:

      Reviewed for JoyfullyJay on 3/10/12Rating: 3.75 starsThe Ronin And The FoxFollowing a dispute with his lord, Samurai Hajime left his master's realm to become ronin, a masterless samurai. As he journeys through one village, the innkeeper begs him to stay and help drive away a kitsune or fox spirit that is bedeviling the village. Lacking destination or purpose to his life, Hajime agrees to help. A seductive encounter with Katsura, a gorgeous young man in his room at the inn leaves Hajime reeling a [...]

    • Marty90 says:

      trelibrisoprailcielo/2016Hajime e Katsura sono i protagonisti di questo libro, un ronin il primo e uno spirito volpe il secondo. Hajime è un ronin, cioè un samurai che non ha più un signore, a causa di alcuni suoi atteggiamenti, e viene chiamato in questo villaggio del Giappone per aiutare la popolazione a sconfiggere una kitsune, uno spirito volpe che sta distruggendo ogni cosa e che prende le sembianze di un bellissimo ragazzo che ammalia tutti con il suo fascino. Comincerà per il ronin un [...]

    • Sierra says:

      Rating 3.5 This was a great little story. I really loved the kitsune, Katsura. He was impish and sensual and mysterious. Unfortunately I didn't connect with the ronin, Hajime. He was such a hothead, getting angry and prideful and then impulsively lashing out. This gets him into trouble all through the story and is a behavior he shows to Katsura most of the time. He also makes a number of foolish mistakes that it seems a seasoned samurai/ronin shouldn't do. However, the story itself unfolds beaut [...]

    • Elena says:

      3.5-3.75 stars. Gorgeous pictures inside the book and very lovely cover. I don't know, who the artist is, but I definitely love his/her style.Well, it's not a bad book. It shows some touches of research, it sets in Japan, and I a priori liked it.But the writing style is questionable. The main hero, Hajime, is ronin (samurai with no lord). Actually samurai period took place from 12th to 18th century, it's really long time, with different periods and different events. Well, I mean, I was wandering [...]

    • Naomi says:

      Although I wasn’t crazy about that cover, I’m indeed growing fond of Cornelia Grey’s writing for sure. I’m a hardcore fan of MM (in this case yaoi). Her style is so fluid, so easy to read, to feel, to get into that I will definitely read more of her stories.This one’s set on a small town and tells the story of two different men: the ronin, a samurai with no master; still prideful, with his honor although broken, yet strong in his heart, looking for a path and the trickster, the mischie [...]

    • Jenn (not Lily) says:

      Beautiful images and characters!

    • Shayla Mist says:

      "The ronin and the fox" reminded me a lot of a manga/anime, it isn't hard to guess why. But it's not just because the action is in Japan and it involves Japanese deities, it's also because the author managed that atmosphere. It sucked me in from the very first pages.I don't have words to describe this book. I loved it so much I would give it a whole constellation of stars, not just five! It's amazing how wonderful the author weaved this plot. It was such an emotional story, with such captivating [...]

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