Isobelle Carmody Reviews: A Fox Called Sorrow, Book Two in The Legend of Little Fur

Review by Kaede. Back to all Isobelle Carmody Book Reviews [hr][/hr] A Fox Called SorrowA Fox Called Sorrow, the second book in the four book Little Fur series by Isobelle Carmody, follows the elf troll Little Fur as she embarks on a stealth mission headed beneath the city, down into the subterranean troll kingdom of Underth. Deeply afraid of the trolls who reside there, Little Fur insists on her inclusion in the mission not because she wants to be involved with the primary aim of the expedition (despite its vital importance to the continued existence of the earth spirit as predicted by the wise Sett Owl), no – Little Fur knows her skills as a healer and accompanies the mission in an attempt to keep one of its participants alive – a fox called Sorrow. Sorrow, a cynical pessimistic fox who claimed that sorry name for himself, wishes to die. His mysterious past is filled with anguish and darkness and in spite of Little Fur’s careful ministrations, the healing of the physical hurts to Sorrow’s body will mean nothing if his spirit does not likewise heal. But how can you make someone who is lost value their life again? A Fox Called Sorrow was published in 2006, a year after the first book in the series, and although aimed at a younger audience, tells a story which speaks to and will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The book deals with the delicate and often avoided and stigmatised issues of depression and suicide through Sorrow’s character and his unwavering longing for death in a way that is suitable for younger readers but will also not be deemed too simple or watered down by those who are older. A Fox Called SorrowSorrow’s tale shows that despite all odds, despite the wrongs done against one in the past, and even despite our own desires, the instinct for survival is strong. Little Fur’s perseverance, determination and friendship to a frequently unreceptive Sorrow demonstrates the power of companionship and love. Even when times seem bleak and giving it all up appears to be the best option, there is a light shining at the end of the metaphorical tunnel. Little Fur’s own role in this second instalment of the series illustrates and delivers a message popular in Isobelle Carmody’s work – it doesn’t matter what you look like, where you come from or who your parents are, only a person’s (or elf troll’s) actions can define who you are. Once again accompanied by illustrations done by Carmody herself, the beautiful red velvet-covered first edition of this wonderful tale, a tale in which as I read, all the fears and sorrows of the characters seemed to be my own, will keep you hard pressed not to judge this book by its cover. [hr][/hr] Back to all Isobelle Carmody Book Reviews