Pakahara escaped and stole the shifting fortress. Now the evil bunny has cast a spell, wiping out human magic throughout all of Vastia. Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert have only seven days to reverse the spell before Paksahara raises her own dead army of familiars in an attempt to conquer all of Vastia. However, the Crown of the Snow Leopard, the relic the three familiars must locate in order to stop the evil bunny, has been well hidden for many years and they must solve the clues left behind in an old nursery rhyme in order to locate it. If they fail, Paksahara’s evil plan will succeed.
I enjoyed this second installment of The Familiars series. Personally, I am not a fan of zombie fiction, at all, there is just something about it that deters me. However, this novel had very little in it about the armies of the dead.
This story focuses on the same three familiars as the first novel; Aldwyn, the cat, Skylar, the bird, and Gilbert, the tree frog. They must set off on a mighty quest to find an ancient relic that should be able to assist them in defeating Paksahara.
The characters of the familiars are well formed and maintain exceptional personalities. I was sad to see that Gilbert played an exceedingly small role in this novel, barely allowing us to see his continued personality traits.
Again, this novel focuses more on Aldwyn than either of the other two familiars, making him the primary main character. As the familiars set out on their new mission. Leaving their loyals behind, we learn more about Aldwyn’s past and his family. Aldwyn never knew his mother or father, except vague memories from when he was very young. We learn about his family as he learns about them.
We also are able to learn more about Skylar. We are able to meet her family and see where she comes from. We are also shown more information into her anklet and her reasons for delving into dangerous magic.
I would give this novel four out of five stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed this first novel.
I borrowed a copy of this novel from my step-daughter and have permission from the publishers to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Aldwyn lives the life of a skilled alley cat. Over the years he has learned a great deal about the city of Bridgetower and the people that live there. One day, after trying to steal a fish from a local merchant, Aldwyn finds himself on the run from the notorious, cat hating, bounty hunter, Grimslade. Aldwyn hides himself away in a pet shop. Though he escapes the bounty hunter, he quickly finds himself in a whole new situation when a young wizard in training chooses him to be his familiar.
Aldwyn is suddenly thrust into a whole new world, there is only one problem; Aldwyn doesn’t have any magic. In order to remain with Jack, Aldwyn will have to convince the other familiars that he does have magic.
When the three wizards in training are kidnapped, Aldwyn and the other two familiars are the only ones left to save them. The familiars begin their dangerous quest to save their loyals.
Familiars are far from a new concept. Witches have been flying around with their little black cats forever. These three familiars are quite interesting. Skylar is a bird with a truly impressive knowledge of magic and history. Gilbert is a tree frog with a desire to prove himself to his father. Aldwyn is an alley cat who, over the years, has developed impressive survival skills, but no magic of his own.
Their quest to save their loyals takes place in a mere three days, but is filled with obstacles, adventure, and unique settings.
I enjoyed reading this novel. The story is well written and entertaining. The plot line is unique, adventurous, and inviting.
I borrowed this copy of the novel from my step-daughter who recommended it to me. I have permission from the publishers to use the cover artwork image above.
Middle Grade Reviews
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