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On a bright Texas night, the elderly and infirm Cat Master, the spiritual leader of all cats, tries to contact his successor, Buddy, through mind speak. Unfortunately, his message is telepathically intercepted by would-be usurper Jett. A chain of events is set in motion that causes Buddy to leave his pampered life Indoors to return to the Outs and a feral lifestyle, in order to claim his birthright. This story is as old as Cain and Abel, and Pemberton has borrowed heavily from a tradition of stock characters and predictable situations. There are the annoyingly naive kittens, Zekki and Pris, who can't see danger while it's holding the door open for them, and the evil Jett, who's every dastardly deed cues maniacal laughter. There is an overuse of capital letters to indicate everything from The Law that dictates all areas of feline behavior to The Boy, left behind by Buddy, Zekki, and Pris while they fulfill their destinies. Fortunately, a strong cast of supporting characters covers a multitude of melodramatic sins and keeps the action moving to an ultimately satisfying conclusion. The use of swearing in a few situations seems unnecessary. The Cat Master should find an audience with readers waiting for the latest entry in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" series (HarperCollins).
—Kara Schaff DeanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This book is a great book for any animal-lover, cat-lover, Warriors-lover, or just a good ole' book-lover. The characters are very real, very animal-like. Their natures shine true in everything they do: they treat everything as a real animal would treat it. The writing was fluent and a joy to read. The story is captivating, emotional, and exciting. The Cat Master is a traditional story with a bit of its own personal spin to it: a lost monarch is being plotted against, despised by an evil-doer, but, in the end the rightful ruler will prevail and vanquish his foe, like all good heroes do. The spin? Our hero is a cat. A good read for anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2008
It is a great plot with lots of twists and a pleasing ending. Reccomended to cat lovers and Warriors series readers. Very saddening, but all things aside, four stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2008
In the same vein as Watership Down, this author spins a story for cat lovers. Buddy, an orange tabby, was saved by ¿The Boy¿ and was transformed from a ¿Feral¿ to an ¿Indoor,¿ a chasm that seemingly cannot be breached if he is to take his place as the successor to the Cat Master¿a Yoda-like feline whose wisdom and telepathic communication, combined with Mother Wind, comfort and guide cats everywhere through their lives, and eventually to Sho-Valla (the equivalent of animal ¿Heaven¿). His hard scrabble existence has been traded for a life with humans and two younger cats that Buddy attempts to train in the ways of ferals (wild cats). Buddy¿s bid to take his rightful place as the new Cat Master is challenged by Jett, his underappreciated and super vindictive sibling. What follows is a fairly predictable tale of the battle between good and evil and sibling rivalry. I found myself not quite sure how I felt about the story. Strengths were a fairly masterful development of tension and an imaginative rendering of animal characteristics. It¿s not a book that I would immediately gravitate towards, but there is certainly a place for it among students who particularly enjoy books about animals from the perspective of animals.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2007
Posted July 28, 2007
Bonnie Pemberton has written a delightful fantasy that delves into animal nature with no holds barred. These characters behave as animals, resolve their conflicts as animals, and convey a remarkable respect for their nature as the story unfolds. Their laws are raw and Ms. Pemberton lets this reality shine through in her novel. In a setting where civilization is supposed to include animals, pampered pets find themselves dangerously trapped by their curiosity, caught in the urban jungle, where alley cats fight to survive and evil threatens to overtake their kingdom. The Cat Master is not a children¿s book, not just a young adult book, but a book for people who know that we humans do learn from the behaviors of other creatures. The author has conscientiously adhered to the rules of creature nature, giving the characters a human voice while remaining unclothed in every other respect. Parents can share the lives of these characters with their children, teens can appreciate the struggles waged against the forces of evil often disguised as good. Animal lovers can appreciate the antics and conflicts between the Indoors and Ferals who populate The Cat Master. This is a book worth reading, an engaging adventure through neighborhood backyards, alleys, and terrifying obstacles, until at last the story reaches a triumphant conclusion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2007
This book is different from what I usually read, but it was so enjoyable I couldn't put it down. All true animal lovers will be able to believe in the personalities and why they would act in such a way. It came to life for me. I enjoyed it so much I went back and bought a book for my mother, she finished it and loaned it to a friend. Now we are all 3 hoping for a Cat Master 2. I am 52yrs, and my mother and her friend are in their 70's. We loved it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2007
An epic adventure with an unforgettable cast. The Old Cat Master lies dying. Reaching out with his mind, he calls his successor him to rise from the alley and claim his place he is The Chosen. A malignant force breaks the telepathic connection and Buddy, The Chosen, frets and stirs in his sleep, caught in the grip of a dream he cannot remember, unaware of what is asked of him. Buddy teaches Zekki and Pris about The Mother who watches and cares for them all and about The Law in their comfortable, warm and safe home where they live with The Boy. Outside prowls a dark shadow with one great gleaming eye burning with hatred and determined to keep Buddy from his rightful place as Cat Master. One night he leaps at the windows, rousing Buddy to tell him that all he loves will be hurt. Buddy, frantic with panic and fear, races around the house, refusing to eat or sleep, anxious for Zekki and Pris. He knows his brother Jett will follow through on his promise. One-eyed Jett has other plans, and he¿s not about to let Buddy mess them up again, no matter what it takes or who gets in his way. In three nights, Buddy must appear at The Gathering and be anointed or Jett, the Old Master¿s only other living offspring, will plunge their world into chaos and hatred as he claims the title of Cat Master. Time is running out, but Buddy is not alone. An epic adventure should be exciting, evoking tears and laughter, lingering long after the last words have been read and the book ended. Such an adventure would keep the stakes high and the timing dancing on a razor¿s edge. Bonnie Pemberton accomplishes all this with The Cat Master, and she does it with animals. Everything is at stake: honor, pride, love, passion and the future of a species¿the cats, both feral and indoor¿and Pemberton makes it work. From the reluctant Orie, full of bile, who pictures the deaths of all predators to a lecherous dachshund with an eye for the ladies¿especially if they¿re big German Shepherds¿The Cat Master is filled with characters outlined in fine, broad strokes and filled in with minutely fine detail. Pemberton¿s prose is a delightful blend of wit and insight that brings the animal world into clear and poignant focus, matching predator and prey, enemy and friend in a journey that leaves death and destruction in its wake. Passion and pathos counterbalance a taste of romance, danger, and deep sorrow within the bonds of friendship and loyalty. All forged in the heat of battle and in the face of great personal danger, Pemberton creates a tale of mythic proportions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.