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The Cat in the Cradle: Loka Legends Paperback – August 12, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Loka Legends Series

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5+ stars from BookWenches: "Mr. Bell's story combines youthful exuberance with mature humor, a fantastic adventure with political rhetoric, and an almost whimsical landscape with darkness and fear. I found this book to be fascinating and unusual and unexpectedly delightful, and I enjoyed every word of it."


From 3 AM and Reviews by Jesse Wave: "The Cat in the Cradle is an utterly delightful, whimsical fantasy filled with a creative imaginative plot, great characters, solid writing, and eye catching art work."


From Beyond Understanding says: "Many, many kudos to Jay Bell for writing such a riveting novel. I haven't read a book from cover to cover in one sitting for quite a while; The Cat in the Cradle, though, caused me to forget everything and just escape into a fantastical world full of magic and romance." 

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From the author oSomething Like Summer, The Cat in the Cradle is the first book in the Loka Legends series, with the second novel From Darkness to Darkness to be released summer of 2012.
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Product Details

  • Series: Loka Legends
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463765142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463765149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Weisbrodt on April 14, 2010
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5 very, very solid stars. I predict that by the end of 2010 this book will have many YA Literary, GLBT YA Literary and GLBT Literary Awards mentioned on the cover of it's future editions and on it's website.

The Cat in the Cradle is a thrilling adventure filled with suspense, likable characters, a consistent imaginative world and plenty of twists and turns. Wrapped in all of this is a coming out story written with such heart that people from all walks of life will appreciate it.

The three main characters, Dylan, Kio and Tyjin, are unlikely heroes who are learning things as they go and doing the best they can with what is being thrown at them. They are insecure, playful, mischievous, witty, sincere and coming to terms with their inner strengths as well as their shortcomings.

I lost count of how many times I smiled at the clever dialogue between Dylan and his talking cat, Kio. The language flows with the ease of a young adult book but has a much older sense of humor. The world Jay Bell creates is comfortable place, easily relatable to both readers who enjoy fantasy fictions and those who are new to the genre.

If I tried to label this book as a coming out story set in a fantasy world I wouldn't be doing this book justice. This book is a fantasy adventure. Dylan and Tyjin's sexuality is not incidental, far from it...their growing attraction and Dylan's self discovery are important, just not over powering to the rest of what is going on.

I wish this book had been around when I was a young adult. Dylan's struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality will ring true for so many readers. I know it did for me. With this one story Jay Bell speaks to so many situations that gay teens face...
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Kudos to the writer for such a rich imagination. Amazing world building as the magical words leap off the pages with no pause in sight. There is not one wasted paragraph as the writer gives us all that a great fantasy should offer. It is a fantasy romance meant for gay teens but 50 years old me is definitely not too old to enjoy it. The romance between our two young heroes is vanilla but enjoyable. The writing is simple but delightful and fun. And need I say anything about Kio the talking cat, who makes a great side kick for Dylan. This is one seamless read filled with so much fun and entertainment. A must for all fantasy fans.
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Maybe it's just me but I had the Harry Chaplin song "Cat's in the Cradle" in my head EVERY single time I picked up this book. While the title is fitting to the book, it also evoked a catchy song that drove me insane when it wouldn't leave my head. Despite the whole "little boy blue and the man on the moon" mental repetition, The Cat in the Cradle is an utterly delightful, whimsical fantasy filled with a creative imaginative plot, great characters, solid writing, and eye catching art work. While not perfect, the first foray into the publishing world for author Jay Bell is a great step and one not to be missed.

The story immediately introduces us to the main narrator Dylan, the son of the Blue Oligarch. The Oligarchs are a group of ten magic wielding men and women who rule their lands with powers denoted by the color of their magic. Dylan's father controls most things water as denoted by the Blue loka - or gem that concentrates and focuses magical power - yet poor Dylan can barely conjure enough liquid to drink. His weak blue magic skills are offset by a spoiled and indulgent childhood with a father that loves him deeply and compensates for a missing mother. Dylan longs for adventure and settles upon a crackpot scheme to run away to a friend's house with only his long time companion Kio, a talking cat. Together the two embark on a journey with no plans, no food, no map, and only the vague hope of the other boy. Unwittingly the two step into the middle of a complicated and sinister battle for power among the Oligarchs. Dylan may only be 17 but he throws himself into the mix with all the hubris and excitement being young and on your own can bring.

The plot itself is strongly action driven but well written and compelling.
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Jay Bell may be a new author, but he is already a seasoned writer. His book manages to create a consistent universe, something many fantasy authors often forget, and follows its logic impecably. The plot is interesting, it has many unexpected twists and maintains suspense to the very end. I found it extremely entertaining, and free of the flaws I often find in fantasy books, like predictable developments, one piece villains and super-human heroes. Dylan, Kio and Tyjin, the main characters, are contradictory, weak, mischievous, and in need of reassurance, as we all are.
Language is plain, but far from simple, and it conveys the appearance of the imaginary world very effectively. It avoids the rendering of too many strange things and languages, another flaw plaguing many fantasy books.
I believe all fantasy fans will have an excellent time with this book, and they must look forward to the new works to come from this young and imaginative writer.
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