This is a great adventure of three “Familiars” – animal buddies of wizards. The unusual trio are a blue jay (Skylar), a tree frog (Gilbert), and an alley cat (Aldwyn). The bird and frog know they have magical powers, but the cat uses his “street smarts” to pretend he knows magic. The wizards get abducted and the Familiars have to ge across many lands to rescue them. There is continuous action and concern about the future through the whole story. Many lessons in friendship, courage, and trust are woven into this excellent tale.