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Young Adult Fiction Contemporary

Scion of the Fox

The Realms of Ancient, Book 1

by (author) S.M. Beiko

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Contemporary, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Urban Life
Recommended Age
13 to 17
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.


About the author

Samantha Mary Beiko is a Winnipeg-based author of award-winning teen fantasy fiction. Her titles include The Lake and the Library, Scion of the Fox, Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark. She has worked extensively in the book and comic publishing industries since 2010 as an editor, graphic designer, and publisher, and was the editor on Gothic Tales of Haunted Love as well as its follow up, Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures. Beiko is also the artist and writer behind the award-nominated Webtoon, Krampus is My Boyfriend!

S.M. Beiko's profile page


  • Short-listed, Aurora Award for Best YA Novel
  • Winner, Sunburst Award Society’s Copper Cylinder Award for Young Adult Fiction

Editorial Reviews


“In Scion of the Fox, S.M. Beiko introduces us to Roan, a wry, fierce young woman whose world changes in the blink of an infected eye. She's more than she has ever imagined, and there's enchantment everywhere — flying, running, and swimming around her — transforming everything and everyone she has ever known. Beiko's magic-steeped Winnipeg is a marvel, and Roan is a delight. I look forward to following her into her next adventure.” — Caitlin Sweet, author of The Pattern Scars

“A thrilling tale underscored by excellent, deep, and unique world-building.” — Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“S.M. Beiko's Scion of the Fox is the thrilling first installment in what will surely be an exceptionally imaginative trilogy. Roan Harken is an instantly relatable heroine, a girl with guts and moxie in spades, and Beiko moves her story from hilarious to heartbreaking with true literary grace. Evocative prose and crisp, crackling dialogue perfectly define this rich fantasy world. I can't wait for Book Two!” — Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between and The Myth in Distance

“Samantha Beiko has managed to create an incredible adventure that is full of emotion, strength, passion, tension & power. The rep in this book for POC and the disabled is brilliant & there were some lines about disability that really resonated with me. I'm incredibly excited for the rest of this series.” —Writing Wolves blog

“A smart, complex, animal-based fantasy.” — Kirkus Reviews


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