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.
I’ve been wanting to delve into Leigh Bardugo’s writing again since I finished reading The Grisha trilogy back in December 2015, what better way than to read her companion stories?
The Too-Clever Fox is a story about a silver-tongued fox named Koja who thinks he’s clever enough to get out of any trap or problem he gets himself into. Bardugo once again crafted a set characters you just can’t help but adore, and Koja was no exception. He is every bit as clever as you are expecting him to be, without being overly obnoxious about it.
Companion stories are a tricky thing to pull off, especially when they are as short as The Too-Clever Fox (a mere 38 pages). But somehow Bardugo managed to squeeze ample character and plot development in those few pages, all the while crafting a story that has just the right amount of darkness.
Despite being a companion to the Grisha trilogy the only connection The Too-Clever Fox has is the world the story takes place in, there is no mention of events or characters from the trilogy and yet somehow I felt like I had just been transported back to Ravka for a brief moment in time.
Highly recommend giving this companion tale a read even if you aren’t a fan of the Grisha trilogy. Once again Leigh Bardugo doesn’t fail to impress, and I am definitely going to be reading the other companion stories in the near future!