'The Foxes of Caminus' by Laura Burroughs is a thoroughly enjoyable read that I have no trouble recommending to others. It is very skillfully woven and an extremely interesting and eclectic mix of genres and themes.
The story's hidden and mystical location combined with advanced technology and young people with extraordinary gifts is reminiscent of 'Harry Potter', 'Stargate Atlantis' and 'The X-men,' and its focus on personal development combined with recognition of the divine reminded me of 'The Travelers' by J.L. Sconce. Throw into the mix some spies, detectives, kidnapping, murder and other drama and of course 'love,' and you have a very complex presentation, which the author pulls off quite well.
The author's seemingly expert knowledge of terms related to various sciences, medicine, anatomy, scuba diving, religion, history and languages only added to the power of the story, although I would have preferred some English translations for some of the foreign expressions.
I am not sure what age group the author is specifically targeting but this book is suitable for anyone into fantasy/sci-fi, and given the Chinese love of Harry Potter would probably sell well on the Chinese Market. It would also make one really great movie. According to the author's website the second installment of this story is currently underway.
Succinctly, the story is about a pair of 15 year old twins whose mother sends them off on a plane ride to an unspecified destination which turns out to be an island around which there is a force field rendering it invisible to outsiders. On the island there is an academy which is more than 500 years old and which teaches and develops disciplines hundreds if not thousands of years ahead of the present day.
The twins learn that they, like all the others studying there, have special powers, and the murder and kidnapping (interwoven with religious and historical significance) becomes the focus of the story.
An excellent Book! Well written!
(And the Website is just full of interesting information.)
About Laura Burroughs
- Laura Burroughs was born and raised in East Point, Georgia. She has a degree in education from Vanderbilt University and Masters and Specialists degrees from Georgia State University. she was also a science and literature teacher in Georgia's public schools. She currently lives in Atlanta. Meet the Author Video