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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Riley is Book Two in The Fox and the Girl series by Frankie Yandow, a moving and entertaining adventure novel for young readers. The three friends - Luza, the Arctic fox, Keira, the fourteen-year-old princess, and their new friend, Riley - must escape from the cruel hunter Bilal and his cronies, and now they must find refuge with the faeries and work faster to fulfill the prophecy before their enemy, Bilal, catches up with them. It is interesting to watch these young characters work together towards freedom, using everything they can find, and at each step being met by a lot of challenges. Luza is still suffering from a poisonous bite from Bilal’s dog, which slows down their progress. Riley has secrets that seem more powerful than he can bear. Luza, the fox, might know more about Keira’s fate than she is letting on, and this doesn’t come across as comforting; if anything, it could be a grim premonition.
Frankie Yandow’s book is a beautiful tale for young readers, a work that showcases the values of friendship and teamwork in a brilliant manner. So, besides entertaining readers, it will help them to understand that it is always advantageous and rewarding to work as a team. In spite of the difficulties and challenges that the young friends encounter, their different personalities, gifts, and backgrounds, they always find hope by covering each other’s back, and the author does a brilliant job when it comes to character development. The setting is magical and the author employs great tools to show the eternal conflict between good and evil. Keira’s encounter with her father is offered to readers as a powerful turning point that ushers her into a coming-of-age moment when she realizes that she should be responsible for her fate, and this could be a very huge lesson for many young readers. I loved the fast-paced plot and the sense of mystery that permeates the story.