Saturday 2 March 2024

Book Review: The God and the Gumiho (Fantasy Romance)

Title: The God and the Gumiho (Fate's Thread #1)
Author: Sophie Kim
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: 4 June 2024
Pages: 421
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

They'll do anything to outsmart each other. Anything, except fall in love.

In this delightful Korean contemporary fantasy, a fallen trickster god must pair up with a coffee-slinging, shapeshifting fox to track down a demon of darkness before it devours the mortal world.

Kim Hani - the once-terrible gumiho known as the Scarlet Fox - spends her days working at a café and trying not to let a certain customer irk her.

Seokga - a trickster god thrown from the heavens for his attempt at a coup - spends his days hunting demons and irking a particular gumiho.

When a demon of darkness escapes the underworld, and the Scarlet Fox emerges from hiding before quickly vanishing, Seokga is offered a chance at redemption: kill them both, and his sins will be forgiven.

But Hani is prepared to do anything to prevent Seokga from bringing her to justice, even trick her way into his investigation. Anything, that is - except fall in love . .


The God and the Gumiho was a fun fantasy romance that kept me entertained from start to finish. Both Hani and Seokga were well-drawn characters and I enjoyed seeing the progression of their relationship. The play on Korean folklore was nicely done, with enough explanation to keep things clear for readers new to the creatures and tales. Perhaps the ending felt a tad rushed after the build-up, but on the whole the pacing was good and the prose easy reading. Recommended for fantasy romance fans. I am giving this book 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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