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The Cat in the Cradle: Loka Legends Paperback – August 12, 2011
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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a dull moment in this one, unfortunately for us, when good wins out on evil, our star-crossed lovers never get to celebrate! If they did, we weren't invited. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Brobot
If I were into fantasy stories I would probably rate this book with 5 stars. However, I am not a fan of fantasy stories. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John B
I enjoyed reading this book. It is difficult to find a gay romance adventure story that does not come off as campy or trashy, using its setting as just a backdrop to a gay porno. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aaron
I was pleasantly surprised by this very original fantasy story. Bell does an impeccable job of world building, and his characters are interesting, three-dimensional, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elisa
If you are as big of a fan of Jay's writing as I am, you'll love this book and the one that follows 'From Darkness into Darkness'. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roy Evans
This was a very difficult book for me. Fantasy is not my normal genre but I do love a good fantasy now and again. This is not a good one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tom Davis