may i ask what the foxhole court is??
OMG YES OF COURSE YOU CAN ASK!!!
Neil Josten knows signing with the Palmetto State Foxes is a fatal mistake. After eight years on the run he ought to have better survival instincts, but one of his new teammates is a friend from his old life. Neil left him once; he can’t walk away a second time. The longer he stays the faster his past catches up with him, but maybe Neil’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for. - Smashwords synopsis + download link
omg omg okay so The Foxhole Court is the first book in the absolutely glorious trilogy called All For The Game self published by Nora Sakavic (who is here on tumblr @korakos and you will see me reblogging her asks a lot) and only in ebook format atm (you don’t need a kindle tho!!)
THIS IS THE POST THAT GOT ME INTERESTED IN IT <<–check it it’ll tell you a lot xD
basic premise and plot:
its sports lit. but like no sport lit you’re thinking of!
In the most basic explanation its about a Neil; a boy who’s spent half his life on the run from his crazy ass murderous dad and just his past in general.
Who then gets recruited by a college Exy team by a guy who’s made it his job in life to pick up kids at the end of their rope and sort them out again. THROUGH A SUPER VIOLENT CRAZY ASS GAME CALLED EXY! THAT NORA FRIGGIN’ CREATED!!!
The books follow Neil navigating his new teammates, allowing himself to actually think abt pursuing his dream/passion for the game, not letting his past catch up with him.. hold up which bit of his past!? ‘cause ‘OH SHIT’ that guys an old friend and whats this the ‘big bad’ knows who he really is!
So its about sport and danger and conflict BUT its about so much more than that to!! ‘It’s about finding a family and a home when you have none. it’s about a group of kids who desperately need second chances, it’s about getting those second chances, learning to lean on each other, learning to trust, protecting each other, trading secrets and opening up to someone when you never thought you could. and helping each other to move forward from the demons in their pasts.’ -@ ronanremebers
Its about trust and fighting for a future worth chasing and about finding people who become more than any family could be.
It’s got one of (if not the) best (at least my favouite) slow burn relationship, but that’s not the main plot and never becomes the justification for something that doesn’t fit just to make it happen.. (it might just be me but I much rather when relationships are there but are not the driving force of a plot.. it never feels like the right motivations for events..)
IT WILL LITERALLY DESTROY YOU! . like holly fuk you are not prepared for the shit that goes down in these books or to these characters okay! like you think you’ve read some bad stuff.. think you’re ready for the level of pain. But you’re just not. okay. you’re not. it’ll be worth it tho!
It makes you love this ragtag group of teenagers who have all dealt with so much shit and are all SO FREAKIN AWESOME!! they’ve been disregarded by everyone else but wont quit fighting. they are all so determined to not let the world stamp them out without giving it a fight and you will care so so much about every single one of them by the end! (it helps that we have Nora supplying bucket loads of extra material; side stories/backgrounds/other perspectives/face casts/FUTURES!!! and so so so much more! Nora’s just the best okay!)
these books are not for the faint of heart however and the warnings and triggers in the post i linked at the start should be taken seriously okay! ALL DEALT WITH INCREDIBLY WELL IN MY OPINION but there are mentions of child abuse, sexual abuse, violence (knives/guns/fire), extreme manipulation, torture, drug/alcohol use/abuse, death, and probably others.. BUT non of them go into too much detail unless its important to the plot/narrative and THESE THINGS ARE NEVER ROMANTICIZED OR TREATED US UNIMPORTANT ISSUES!
other things to note are the fandom! we are tiny but fierce much like the team (and speaking of teams WE CREATED OUR OWN!! (you’ll see @coldsaturn has come up a couple times in links here and that is because Etra is QUEEN IN THE FANDOM! if you have any other questions she is always a good person to ask) We’re a creative bunch and while there’s only a small number of us we have a decent amount of fan content and this just keep growing xD
we use the first book as our tag ‘The Foxhole Court’ as it was free of other random junk so if you want to see more go check that but warning for spoilers (we’re not very good at giving warnings so maybe avoid it till you’ve read it (if you read it) (if you care abt spoilers)) c:
Honestly I just can’t recommended these books enough! they are almost certainly the best thing i have read all year (I read a LOT) and I’ve read them a total of 3 and a half times since July!
If you want a new series to read/obsess over I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS ONE ENOUGH! out of the three books the first book (The Foxhole Court) is free to download from the ibooks store/amazon kindle/smashwords, and the other two (The Raven King and The Kings Men) are ONLY $0.99/50p each.
Nora has taken YEARS constructing this story, the characters, their relationships, the sport, ALL OF IT AND YOU CAN TELL! Everything is so well thought out, constructed, paced and played out it will get you hooked and keep you absolutely immersed in the Foxes/Neils world and you will be left feeling like you NEED these characters to live and do well and be happy in order for your own life to continue AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT NORA GIVES US! BUT BY GODS DO THEY HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT!
p.s. I’m so sorry this got so long.. its 4:20am and I don’t know what I’m doing anymore…