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The God and the Gumiho (Fate's Thread #1) (Paperback)

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In this sly and dazzling contemporary fantasy, the most notorious nine-tailed fox in Korea pairs up with a trickster god–turned–detective to track down a wrathful demon . . . before it can destroy the mortal world.

“Enchanting fantasy . . . With an intoxicating mix of action, mystery, and deliciously angsty romance, this reads like the most bingeable K-drama.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Kim Hani has retired from a life of devouring souls. She is, simply put, too full. Once known as the infamous Scarlet Fox, she now spends her days working in a coffee shop and annoying a particularly irritating, if unfairly handsome, trickster god as often as she can.

That god is Seokga the Fallen. Exiled from the heavenly kingdom of Okhwang, he now begrudgingly resides in the mortal realm, working toward his redemption and suffering through his interactions with the particularly infuriating, if sneakily charming, gumiho barista at his favorite café. 

But when a powerful demon escapes from the underworld and threatens to end all of humanity, Okhwang’s emperor offers Seokga an enticing bargain: Kill this rogue creature, as well as the legendary and elusive Scarlet Fox, and he will be reinstated as a god. Hani, however, has no intention of being caught. Seokga might be a trickster god, but she has a trick of her own that he’ll never see coming: teaming up. As Seokga’s assistant, Hani will undermine and sabotage his investigation right under his overly pointy nose. Sure, she’ll help him kill the demon, but she certainly won’t allow him to uncover her secret identity while they’re at it.

As the bickering partners track their case down a path of mayhem and violence, the god and the gumiho find themselves inescapably drawn to each other. But will the unlikely couple stand together to prevent the apocalypse, or will they let their secrets tear them—and the world—apart?

About the Author

Sophie Kim has a penchant for writing stories that feature mythology, monsters, mystery, and magic. Her work includes young adult novels such as the Talons series and books on the adult spectrum such as The God and the Gumiho.

Praise For…

“Korean folklore, murder mystery, and a quirky love/hate story combine in this highly entertaining novel. The God and the Gumiho is one of a kind!” —Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters series and the Blackthorn & Grim series

“The tastiest treat for fantasy lovers . . . Following the perfect drama between two sneaky immortals, The God and the Gumiho glows with its supernatural antics and sumptuous world.”—Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

“Enchanting fantasy . . . With an intoxicating mix of action, mystery, and deliciously angsty romance, this reads like the most bingeable K-drama.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This spellbinding dive into the supernatural realms of South Korea seamlessly blends Korean mythology with contemporary urban fantasy. . . . [Sophie] Kim’s adult debut . . . marks her as a talent to watch. With its blend of romance, mystery, and supernatural intrigue, The God and the Gumiho is sure to enchant readers.”Booklist

“An action-filled contemporary fantasy based in Korean mythology, featuring morally gray characters and a little heat.”Library Journal, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593599662
ISBN-10: 0593599667
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Fate's Thread