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Salome's Daughters: An Epic Cat Fantasy (The House of Bast Book 1) by [Tatam, Jane F.]
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About the Author

Jane F Tatam lives in Somerset and has been working in the publishing industry for many years, in professional publishing, and latterly as a consultant. She used to breed Balinese and Siamese cats and is an Honorary Member of the Balinese Cat Society. As well as dogs, she has had many cats and plenty of opportunity to observe their behaviour. She has written a number of articles but this is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1565 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Amolibros; 1 edition (28 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0NGMUO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I was thinking to have already done a review previously. xD
Well, now I did. And for me it's a 4 stars, because I don't like to make "absolute" reviews.
The style of writing is good, the pace is not rushed and there are plenty of unique and interesting ideas (starting from the general setting and the "mix" of realism (and a touch of sci-fi implied) with fantasy). If one should try to compare it with other feline POV's books, Salome's daughters it's quite unique for the amount of animal-behavior especially when it's about conflict between factions, intrigues, assassinations, etc.
There is less "human" behavior compared to famous series like Warriors, and in a pair of small but interesting points the characters behave a bit differently from what a reader used to Warriors or other animal series could expect. Another very good point for me it's the realism in showing love/attraction/relationships: I think very few authors inserted feline realism especially toward mating habits. I don't want make spoilers, but after years of animal literature portraying characters "In love" and establishing "couples and becoming mates", Salome's daughters it's a fresh welcome: yes, there are characters clearly in love or interested in a particular mate, but this a bit disconnected with mating by duty or breeding.

I gave four stars rather than five because (being the first book of a series) there are ever things to fix or develope. One choice I disliked a bit was a too much extreme (in my opinion) villains with an ongoing theme of increasing "downfall". In a way, I would have appreciated maybe some more "gray" villains (with positive and negative elements alike), or maybe more complex situations.
I've to say however that the book ends with a preview for n°2, that give hope exactly for that kind of more developed or particular characters.
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I only gave four stars for this because I disliked the order in which the author laid out the information the reader needs to understand the story. She spends far too long at the beginning of the book explaining the way things work in her fantasy world where humans are extinct and cats own the lands.
I had to read 13% of the book before I reached the actual story. Once into this I found, despite not being a mad cat woman, that I cared what happened to the cats. If the book had started with the story and interspersed the narrative with explanations as and when they were necessary, the story would still have romped along.
I like fantasy but was not sure about this as an interesting subject. I surprised myself, finding I was thinking about the cats and their fates at odd moments in my day.
Jane Tatam has a splendid ear for dialogue and obviously knows a lot about cats, which she uses in her descriptions to set scenes very well. Once past the explanations she hooked me into the story very well.
This is not an easy read but it is very rewarding for those who persist.
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I loved the book! I was caught from the first page, and couldn't put the book down.
It is a marvellous story, and very thrilling too. It is beautifully written, and I could almost see all the different cats - they really came alive. A lot of beautiful places was well described. This is a "must read book"; not only for all cat lovers but for everyone who loves a good story.
I'm longing for the next book!
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I have never visited Stonehenge but now I know I must go there, for one day, its inhabitants, cats, will take over the world and rule from there! They can't rule any worse than we do. I think they will do it better. It is time some other species, next time of superior beauty, brains and will-to-succeed, who first conquered Eqypt by guarding their corn stores, took over. Of course, there will be ructions and rivalries and spits and spats, but thiink of the elegance of these feline masters of relaxation, and all the pretty kitties who who can even sail ships and move rocks into the sun by mesmerism. Yes, for the cat world!
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I have to agree with another reviewer that I thought the beginning of this book was too long and complicated, but having said that, once I got into it, I enjoyed it very much. The cats are cleverly drawn characters, and as the plots and counter-plots unfolded, the reader is drawn deeper and deeper into the story. This is a fantasy, set in a time when there are no more humans and cats rule the land, with a distinct hierarchy, but the places they inhabit are real, Stonehenge, Tarr Steps, Buckingham Palace, Corfe Castle. An enthralling read.
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Salome's Daughters had tremendous characterisation and emotional content. The cast of characters was larger than I expected and the glossary helped a lot. An epic story of relationships and cat clans and good versus evil, the latter brought about by the interference of mankind, now defunct in the coming millennia. Cats are frisky creatures, it seems, and sometimes magical too. Very well written. A map would have helped me (it's a man thing perhaps) and more descriptions of the places cats visit. With this writing ability the backcloth would have been even more colourful and easy to visualise and wonderful. Best line ... "she turned slowly, so slowly she made it seem as though she would freeze time herself." An excellent writing debut.
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