Friday, May 20, 2011

The Familiars by Epstein and Jacobson

Aldwyn is an alley cat who survives based on his street smarts. He has always been able to get away with stealing the food he needs until the day he is nearly captured by Grimslade, a bounty hunter. Aldwyn ends up hiding in a magic shop where he is selected as the familiar for a young wizard. Familiars are animals that have some magical abilities and are able to help out their human loyals and cats are supposed to be able to move things just by thinking about them. Even though Aldwyn knows he is just a regular cat he decides to go along with the charade after he finds that life at his new home is happy and comfortable. He also meets Skylar, a bird, and Gilbert, a frog, who are the familiars to two other young magicians. But shortly after Aldwyn arrives the elder wizard who has been teaching the others is killed and the three loyals are taken prisoner by the queen of the county. With his dying breath the old wizard tells the familiars that it is up to them to save their loyals. Unsure of how to do that with their limited abilities the three familiars set out nonetheless to find their people and save the kingdom. This is a good book for those who like magical stories such as Harry Potter. There are some unique creatures and magical abilities as well as some funny animals.

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