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7 Books of Folkloric Fiction

Folklore, myths, and legends are the basis of so many of our common stories. Even the way we create stories, in books and film, has been influenced by world folklore. These seven books take their inspiration from mythology and folktales from all over the world.

1. WICKED FOX BY KAT CHO

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung isn’t the average Seoul teenager—she’s also a Gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who lives by consuming the energy of men. After an encounter in the woods leaves her classmate near death, Miyoung sacrifices part of herself to save him, but saving his life turns out more than she bargained for. This Korean tale is part mythic fantasy, part contemporary teen drama, captivating and fast paced. Read More.
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2. SCION OF THE FOX BY S.M. BEIKO

The first in an epic trilogy, Scion of the Fox is a swirl of Canadian and old world mythology and the spirit realm. When the eye infection that has been plaguing Roan for most of her life suddenly clears up and a strange fox starts following her around, things start getting really weird. Roan discovers there are secret worlds and secret wars all around her, and maybe they have something do with her family’s past. Read More.
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3. VASSA IN THE NIGHT BY SARAH PORTER

Brooklyn is a small but enchanted Kingdom where the local shopkeeper, Babs Yagg, will behead shoplifters. The old woman is said to even have placed a curse on the neighborhood. One night, Yassa is sent on a mission for lightbulbs, with only her talking doll for company. This offbeat Russian-inspired tale is in parts gruesome and unpredictably eccentric. Read More.
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4. THE GHOST BRIDE BY YANGSZE CHOO

In Colonial Malaysia, Li Lan is unwillingly betrothed to the son of a wealthy family, who died unwed, in an effort to appease his wandering spirit. In her dreams, Li Lan is haunted by her ghost groom and a different would-be suitor. To resolve these hauntings, Li Lan and a guardian spirit travel towards the Ten Courts of Hell, but will her efforts be enough to keep her from becoming a hungry ghost forever? Read More.
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