Title: The Foxhole Court
Author: Nora Sakavic
Published: 15th January 2013
Summary: Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher. Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
A few of my favourite booktubers rave a lot about this book and made me curious as to what it’s all about. Since it’s available as a free to download ebook, I decided to read it.
The Foxhole Court, the first book in a trilogy, focuses on a team who play the fictional sport called Exy, which is similar to lacrosse. Now, I am not a fan of sports nor have I ever read a book focusing on sports before. And as a result, I was wary as to whether I would enjoy this book but, somehow, I did.
Exy is a large focus of this book however the plot was very character driven. There’s a wide range of characters in this novel, all well-developed with their own issues and difficulties. There are so many characters that I was lost at first as to who was who. It took me awhile to be able to differentiate everyone, I was confused for quite a few chapters. It was when I figured out who everyone was, that I started to properly enjoy this story.
There’s so much mystery surrounding every character in this book that there’s still lots I don’t know and want to find out. Neil Josten, the main character, has spent most of his life on the run but is recruited into this dysfunctional Exy team. He feels out of place and tense about staying in the same place for such a long period of time. He’s an intriguing character, not just to the readers but also to his new teammates.
“Hope was a dangerous, disquieting thing, but he thought perhaps he liked it.”
Andrew is another interesting character, he has complicated relationships with the people around him along with numerous attitude issues. He’s not a likable character but he’s fun to read about. Along with Kevin, a former Exy star who broke his hand and is now returning to the game. So little is known about all of these characters and I want to read the rest of the series to explore their lives more.
Despite few things being known about each character in this story, they all felt fleshed out. I can tell there are more stories to be told and tragedies to unravel and I can’t wait to find out more.
Although the story itself was a bit slow for my liking, I still felt compelled to read on. There’s not much action going on but there were some shocking moments. There were a few occasions that had me on the edge of my seat and asking myself: how did that happen? This book deals with a lot of heavy topics (list of trigger warnings) that may be difficult for some people to read about but it’s still an engaging read.
The biggest strength of this story is that the characters and the issues discussed in this book felt real which I really really enjoyed and I’m looking forward to reading the sequels soon.