The Black Fox and Karolis Review

Title: The Black Fox and Karolis                                                   Author: Corkerite

Original Source: Dragon Age                                                        Character(s): Black Fox & Karolis

Rating: T                                                                                                 Genre(s): Adventure/Humor

Chapter(s): 1                                                                                          Status: Complete

Author Synopsis: One of the most popular tavern tales in Thedas: How the bounty hunter chasing the Black Fox comes to be his trusted partner.  Complete short story, originally prompted on the kmeme, but rated T.

Hello Readers, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer.  I review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in the world of fan fiction.

This time around I think I actually found a gem!  It’s been a while but I found this one-shot that had adventure, a bit of action, blending with humor and it all worked so well!  I’m still in awe over how much I enjoyed reading this story.

So for Readers who have not played or read Dragon Age, the story of the Black Fox is part of the lore of Thedas (the world of Dragon Age).  The player doesn’t get to meet or play as the Black Fox but instead the player finds a codex about the Black Fox.  Essentially the Black Fox is the Robin Hood of Thedas and the favorite tavern tale about this Robin Hood type character is how this bounty hunter, Karolis, becomes his trusted partner and friend.  This one-shot is an interpretation of the favored tavern tale.

Where do I start with this story?  So many things I want to touch on…

Okay, I start with this; whether it was done intentionally or not, the story is written very close to the style of the Robin Hood stories.  I don’t know how many Readers out there have read some of the older Robin Hood stories but they’re essentially short stories where each adventure is a chapter (maybe two chapters) long and they’re one-shot adventures with their own beginning, middle, and end.  There’s not an overabundance of description but there’s enough to immerse the Reader; unlike some works where the author thought it necessary to detail every nook and cranny of a building, or detail a character’s attire down to last buckle and worn leather strap.  No!  This story keeps the descriptions simple without being understated.  I applaud that!

Another thing I really like is the characterizations of the characters.  Since players never meet the Black Fox or Karolis in the video game, there is nothing to really base the character’s personalities off of except for a small excerpt from the codex found in the game.  That being said, the personalities of these characters could go in almost any direction but I’m really happy with the direction the personalities do go.  I mean Karolis is depicted as a man of few words, very persistent, and who’s out to etch his name into history rather than gain money.  He’s a bounty hunter and he knows how best to hunt his prey and how to outwit his rival bounty hunters.  Then the Black Fox is…he’s like the Dread Pirate Roberts; a rogue with such cunning that it toes the line of ridiculous.  I love it!

I love the exchanges between the Black Fox and Karolis every time they meet.  From their first meeting all the way until the last, each one is different and carry this wit and humor with them and a dash of action to round them out.  There is one exchange where I was vaguely reminded of the swordfight between Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts; the clash of the swords interwoven with the humorous verbal repartee.

One of my favorite exchanges is the second time that Karolis meets the Black Fox (technically it’s the first time the Black Fox meets Karolis)!  That exchange is so funny and just smartly done!  I was rolling in laughter just imagining the Black Fox saying how he doesn’t want to go into the river because he’s wearing some nice Antivan leather boots and he doesn’t want them ruined.  It was just hilarious!

The ending is awesome!  It all comes together nicely and I loved the persuasive arguments the Black Fox gives Karolis to join him.  Those arguments were rather infallible; I’m just saying.

Overall this is one was one of the best reads I’ve enjoyed in a while and it’s kept a smile on my face for long after finishing the story.  Even if you know nothing of Dragon Age except for what you’ve read in my review(s), this story is perfect to read because it doesn’t require knowing a lot about the world of Dragon Age and the cast of characters are completely new!  I highly recommend reading The Black Fox and Karolis by Corkerite.  It’s a pretty quick read and the entertainment value (in my opinion) is very high.

Stars: 10/10


3 thoughts on “The Black Fox and Karolis Review

  1. I’m glad the story is getting some traffic. I really loved it and I re-read the story whenever I need a pick-me-up. This story deserves to be read!

  2. Ah, this is where the traffic is coming from!

    Thank you ever so much for the glowing review! I’m glad you enjoyed the story so much, and reviewed it to boot.

    You’ve got a good ear for tone – I did try for the feel of a Robin Hood tale. I’m a bit into folklore and such, which DA lets me sneak in every so often.

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