Awesome cover, right?
Here's the official blurb from the publisher:
Is the kingdom's fate in the hands of an orphan cat?
Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so—and Aldwyn is happy to play along.
He just has to convince the other familiars—the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert—that he's the powerful cat he claims to be.
Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia.
On a thrilling quest to save their loyals, the familiars face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries-old secret, and discover a destiny that will change Vastia forever. Their magical adventure—an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor—is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.
Sounds cool, right? Well...IT IS!!!!
Imagine if Harry, Ron, and Hermoine got captured 100 pages into Harry Potter and Hedwig, Scabbers and Crookshanks had to rescue them. It's like that--but better, because these animals have magical powers too! It's such a cool concept, and I can see why it's already being made into a movie by Sony Animation.
I mean, I'd fully expected to love this book. It's middle grade fantasy with a CAT for the lead character--it's like it was written for me!!!! So yeah, I had high expectations. And it definitely lived up to them.
Kids will love this book. The plot is action packed. The characters are funny and lovable. And there's so much to wonder about and worry about that it's definitely the kind of book that's hard to put down. (I know for a fact this would've been one of those books that as a kid I would've snuck out of bed to read by my nightlight. I would not have been able to sleep until I knew how it ended!)
But there's plenty of adult appeal too. Middle Grade at its best is like a Pixar movie--fun for the whole family. And THE FAMILIARS is an excellent example. It's available now, so get thee to your favorite bookstore or library and pick up a copy for you or your kids. You won't regret it.
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