Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Familiars by Adam Epstein - ADVISABLE

Epstein, Adam Jay and Andrew Jacobson The Familiars, 368 p. Harper, 2010.  $17.  

Aldwyn, an alley cat, counts himself lucky – he escaped the persistent hands of the town bounty hunter and seems to have landed a cushy spot as familiar to a young apprentice wizard.  He does feel like a bit of a fraud, as he doesn’t have any familiar training, but he loves his new master.  When Aldwyn’s human and the other apprentices are captured by the now evil Queen Loranella, the three – cat, bird and frog – must step into the gap and save their world.  

Epstein and Jacobsen have crafted an almost perfect elementary fantasy novel – intelligent animals, magic, danger and adventure!  

EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher

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