Because in this world magic isn’t just for wizards
Aldwyn, a street wise alley cat, is having a bad day, being chased across town by the most feared bounty-hunter around, when in a moment of desperation he hides out in a strange pet-shop, he has little idea his life is about to change forever.
Moments after he hides away, a young wizard arrives with his teacher to choose his Familiar. Of course, the young wizard Jack ends up selecting the alley cat and despite a lack of any magic what-so-ever, Aldwyn feels an immediate tug towards hit new ‘loyal’.
Despite being an ‘imposter’ in his new life, Aldwyn starts to fit right in and his bond with Jack strengthens.
When, Jack, his sister and their fellow student are kidnapped, Aldwyn and his fellow Familiars, must set out on a dangerous journey to save them. A dangerous journey that will surely expose Aldwyn’s secret…
I wasn’t sure what to make of this one, when Harper Collins sent it to me for review, whilst I read a lot of YA books, I read less of those that are aimed squarely at the younger end of the Middle Grade/Tween age group. But I have to say it did look a lot of fun, and after finishing it, I can say, it completely did live up to that first impression.
Whilst as an adult reader I could see where much of the book was going, it did it with a lot of style and a wonderfully lighthearted touch and was even able to though some great twists into the mix, to keep even the most jaded adult reading this to his or her kids interested (and maybe even reading ahead, just to, you know, check things out… ;))
This review was done from an ARC provided by the publisher for review purposes.