So this is a review for 7 books – a whole series – that’s what Covid lockdown did to me – I just read whole series all the way through. Luckily for me it was easy, as they came in 2 packaged books – 1-4 and 5-7.
This is a fantasy novel with orphaned cat shifters who act as Assassins and are trained in their trade in a special academy. There are other shifters involved and a children trafficking ring and lots and lots of cats of all shapes and sizes. The world they live in bears little resemblance to our own, so it is easy to believe in as we see it through the eyes of our story characters. Each book ends on a cliff-hanger which encourages the reading of the next, and as the story progresses the world becomes richer and more detailed and the characters more interesting. The suspense is good and the plot rich and complex.
We also find our Heroine Kat involved in a reverse harem by the end of the series.
The books are:
Chip on her shoulder
Note that the ‘chip’ is actually a chipmunk – aka her brother!
This story goes back to explain some of the characters we have already met in this series. In particular the Queen of Hell – Darlene – who is a snow leopard, and why the Devil, her husband, is fascinated with counting her spots.
We learn about their romance and how it happened and the role that HE played in it, along with the Devil’s brothers, Michael and Gabriel – yes, the Archangels.
It also explains just how Darlene got the Devil to say the really rude words of ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ [snigger snigger], which the Devil considers to be really filthy language alongside the word ‘Patience’.
As always in this series, we have some really funny episodes and snarky women who wrap their menfolk around their little fingers, or in Darlene’s case, her spots.
I thought both these books lacked depth in characterisation of the main protagonists. And, to be candid, the endings would have been better start points for the stories.
These are stories that follow the trope too closely and don’t give enough angst and emotion. The writing was ‘nice’ rather than good; lacked humour even though there were plenty of opportunities for it; and I never quite got past instant lust into a meaningful relationship. Shame really as there was a good opportunity to plot well and provide readable and interesting books.
This review goes for both books as they are by the same author and her ‘failings’ are evident in both.
The thing that I liked most about this book is the honesty.
There is no glossing over the drugs and drink to make them seem glamorous, just the truth of a dysfunctional life.
I’ve never had a dog, but we did lose a cat once – for about a week. He crossed a main road and lost his scent markers on his territory and yes there is great sadness and ‘hopeless hope’ as the posters go up, and the notices. We found him – or rather he was recognised as he begged for food and was safely returned.