YES, YES, YES! Finally a fantasy book that is worth reading. God, I read a lot of books, and fantasy/adventure books are my cup of tea. I love Lord Of The Rings, Eragon, Book of Deacon, etc, etc. Initially I found this book for free on kindle, and like most free kindle books, I wasn’t expecting an awful lot. However, this story took me completely by surprise. I loved the first book so much I ended up reading the second and the third…
The story is centered around four characters. Our main protagonist is Sora, an unfortunate, young woman, whose plans for adventure don’t turn out quite as planned. She ends up caught in a world of magic and chaos after finding a strange pendant that belonged to her mother (The Cat’s Eye Pendant). Naive but strong willed, Sora believes the only way to escape a marriage she doesn’t want, is to run away from home.
Second is Crash, our assassin, the most cold-hearted, yet lovable character I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Brought up as a member of ‘The Unnamed’ race, Crash has a very intriguing back story, explaining his seemingly lack of emotion. As much as Crash starts out with the aim to ‘use’ Sora and her Cat’s eye pendant for his benefit, you can’t help but wonder what else he may be feeling underneath his cold, hard, exterior. Yes ladies, he is your mysterious, handsome, bad-boy that you can’t get enough of, and guys, don’t panic! You will want to know more about Crash’s assassin race, and their strange, dark secrets.
Thirdly Dorian, Crash’s partner in crime, is an untrained Wolfy mage. Yes you read correctly, he has Wolf characteristics and can use magic! He is also our feel good, joker, character, and you know every good story is not complete without one. He explains his uneasy alliance with Crash, and helps to put Sora at ease over her rather bizarre, voluntary, kidnap. Dorian will have you both laughing and in tears!
Lastly we have our antagonist, Volcrian, a powerful Wolfy mage, who, for well founded reasons, is hunting down Crash. As much as Volcrian is the villain in this story, you can’t help but empathize with him, this leads to a conflict of emotions for the reader later on.
If that isn’t enough, T.L. Shreffler doesn’t use your standard races either! Oh no, as you have probably already figured out, Shreffler has introduced a number of different races with this book. There are Harpies, Catlins, Wolfies, The Unnamed and Dracians! All of which are delightful in their own right.
Very well written, easy to read and fantastic descriptions of a fantasy world. This book did not disappoint and I am pleased that I decided to read it, including the follow ups. I highly recommend this book and I would gladly read this story again. T.L. Shreffler is a talented writer, and I can only see her talents going from strength to strength. If you like a lot of mystery, magic, unanswered questions, deep characters, contradictory, internal emotions, and satisfying, yet heart wrenching, cliff hanger endings, this is definitely the book for you! There is no excuse to not give this book a go! It is free on Kindle and other platforms. So read it! READ IT NOW!
From the current reviews…
The Good: ‘Exciting’, ‘amazing’, ‘wonderful’, ‘awesome’, ‘magnificent’, ‘interesting’, ‘gripping’, ‘excellent’, ‘fantastic’, ‘a totally surprising gem’, ‘a great page turner’, ‘a joy to read’, ‘great story telling’, ‘wonderfully illustrated storyline’, ‘really fun, easy and enchanting read’, ‘I loved this book’, ‘captivating from start to finish’, ‘great writing style’, ‘plot is easy to follow, amazing characters’, ‘a pleasant tale well told’, ‘steady paced with a good dose of action’, ‘well written with confident narration’, ‘deep characters’, ‘highly recommend if you like magic stuff’, ‘many twists I didn’t expect’, ‘every turn was a mysterious adventure in itself’, ‘Crash, the sexy, mysterious assassin, just might be my favourite character’, ‘I love the way she used different points of view and action pieces’, ‘a book to read for the enjoyment of the story not a weighty tomb’, ‘you will not want it to finish, many more please Shreffler!’, ‘T.L. Shreffler had the skill to paint a very visual setting, creating a believable and exhilarating world to escape to’.
The Bad: ‘Boring’, ‘lacks logic and plot’, ‘unanswered questions’, ‘had a few errors, but they can be easily ignored, looking forward to reading the rest of the series’.
The Unicorns: ‘I’m literally in love with this book’, ‘this becomes one of my ultimate favourite book series ever’, ‘absolutely hands down my favourite book series’, ‘a great page turner, this book is a must read!’, ‘This series simply only competes with the best’, ‘This book had me there right along for the ride and I couldn’t put it down.’
Release Date: 18th April 2012
Pages: 250 (2nd ed)
Age Range: 13 +
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Adventure.
Nominations: SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award
About the book: Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man–and is kidnapped.
Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go–not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.
But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her?
Where to Buy?
Amazon Kindle Price: Free http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soras-Quest-Cats-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B007V5XND8
Amazon Paperback Price: £9.87 (new) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soras-Quest-The-Cats-Chronicles/dp/0985166339/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
About the Author:
For more information, check out her website… http://www.catseyechronicles.com/
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from public sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.