5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
spell binding, 23 Jan. 2003
I read this book from cover to cover late into the night. The world from Varjak's eyes is a beautiful, terrifying and ultimately captivating place where he must learn how to trust himself and in turn how to chose between those he can trust and those who do not deserve his trust. The power of Varjak's journey lies in the detail the author supplies; the cat's eye view of the size and shape of the world is mesmeric. It is enhanced by the subtle and twisted comic-style illustrations; white and black tones are put to their best use to challenge the reader's preconceptions. This is a world where the most familiar things are the most dangerous to the kitten's identity, and nothing is quite what it seems. The philosophy of the book and the shades of love for friends, family and self it explores left me entranced. I can't wait for the next installment.