I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
Series: The Familiars #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-06-07
Genres: Action & Adventure, Animals, Cats, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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When Aldwyn, a young alley cat on the run, ducks into a mysterious pet shop, he doesn’t expect his life to change. But that’s exactly what happens when Jack, a young wizard, picks Aldwyn to be his magical familiar. Finally off the tough streets, Aldwyn thinks he’s got it made. 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 telekinetic cat he claims to be. But when Jack and two other wizards in training are captured by a terrible evil, it will take all of Aldwyn’s street smarts, a few good friends, and a nose for adventure to save the day!
Do you remember being enchanted by tales of valor and noble deeds? Of wizards, dragons, and magic? The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson features an orphan cat named Aldwyn who holds the fate of the kingdom in his paws.
Y’all, I am such a Redwall/Brian Jacques fangirl. So of course, any sort of anthropomorphic novel appeals to me. When I saw The Familiars up for grabs at BEA of course I had to snatch it. I read The Familiars in about 2 hours, having fun pretty much the whole way.Â Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t as great as Redwall, but it stands on it’s own two feet.
Aldwyn, as I mentioned before, is an orphan alley cat. One day, he’s stealing food, when he is almost caught by a cat-catcher. He then finds refuge in a store that sells familiars, as in the animal assistants of wizards and witches. Of course, Aldwyn, the non-magical cat is sold almost immediately. His life drastically changes for the better as he is whisked away to the countryside for magic lessons with his young companion. He then makes friends with the other familiars, Skylar – a blue jay and Gilbert – a frog. Adventure later ensues.
As it’s been about four months since I’ve read this book, I hope you will forgive me for not being overly detailed. Certain parts escape me, as that happens when you read a whole lot and it’s been months since a book.
If you do have a cherished middle grader, or a child who enjoys fantasy, I recommend you hand The Familiars to them, as it is a book with heart and a wonderful message.