Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL book!,
This review is from: The Catswold Portal (Mass Market Paperback)
I read this book once a long time ago, and later on asked for a copy for Christmas. It was no less better the second time around. If you love cats, you WILL love this book.
One thing I loved was the idea that magic and science were restrained to their respective worlds - so that someone with guns and technology couldn't take over Affandar, and a skilled magician couldn't take over our world - making for a wonderfully plausible book that has a mixture of magic and science. I also liked the subtle way that magic and science could bleed into one another, like being able to perform small spells into this world, or importing objects from this world (such as wine) into the other world.
The story's interesting from the first page, and bit by bit you see the full story reveal itself as Melissa's significance is revealed. The character of Siddonie is also fascinating even though she is the villain, and I was feeling sorry for her son until it was revealed that he hated cats and liked to torture them (good thing he got a whooping when one of Melissa's friends caught him)
Personally, I'm iffy on the whole 'power in a image thing'. Not that it's not a plausible plot device, but at the same time it simply didn't make sense to me. Still, this is a solid and entertaining read, and a must for any cat-lover. 4.5/5 stars.