16. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Melody H

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein, 360 pages, read by Melody, on 02/14/2012

The Familiars, a nominee for the 2012 Mark Twain award, is the story of an alley cat on the run from a bounty hunter who finds himself chosen to be a wizard’s familiar.  His wizard is taken by an evil queen and he must join with a know-it-all jay and a clumsy tree frog  to save him.  It is all very standard fantasy fare;  dangerous quest, mysterious heritage, unknown talents, and the storytelling is competent. The animal point of view is something a little different than most of these types of books and it works well.  I found it an enjoyable read but lacking that wonderful quality very good fantasy has.

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