No one knows the orphan girl’s name at the convent; she herself keeps it hidden close to her heart and won’t respond to any name they give her. With her dog, Fox, a rangy mutt who is the only friend she has, she dubs herself Quicksilver and decides she is the best thief in the land. That is until the Wolf King comes to her village hunting witches – and a witch shows up, one who knows the name Quicksilver has never told anyone. Along with a thief who would rather be a healer, Quicksilver must decide what fate is decided for you and what fate you are able to decide for yourself.
Claire Legend brings a heartbreaking and complex story to life in Foxheart. The heroine herself is one that adolescents can relate too; she is plucky, brave and hides a strong sense of morality; but she is conflicted by anger, angst and a selfishness all too familiar to those who remember their teen years. The structure and plot of the story itself are advanced. Time travel is essential and the different timelines weave in and out of each other throughout the story. This is not for your readers who are looking for a straight forward action fantasy plot. For your slightly more advanced readers, however, the ones who look for stories that challenge as well as entertain, this is a perfect book. A welcome departure from simplistic novels that sometimes dominate the genre for this age group, Foxheart is a journey that will encourage reflection in your students.