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From Publishers Weekly

In an enchanting and sophisticated fairy tale for adults and intelligent children alike, a cat who may be more than a cat guides a young prince through the perils of ruling and loving. After the death of Esphania's wise regent, young Prince Jamas finds that the regent's cat, Niffy, seems to have the ability to cause him to have second thoughts when he considers actions that might lead to war or other unpleasantness. When King Egdril of nearby Mauritia appears to be casting an acquisitive eye on Esphania, Jamas, instead of waging war, invites the monarch on a hunting trip to demonstrate the martial skills of the Esphanian nobility. Egdril turns out to be quite a good fellow; it's not until Jamas falls in love with his niece, Willow, that the prince discovers the real source of evil behind the Mauritian throne. After Jamas and Willow are wed, it takes all of Niffy's cleverness to save them, Jamas's princedom and Willow's relatives. McCaffrey (the Pern chronicles; An Exchange of Gifts) weaves another lively, lightly enjoyable tale, one that's likely to sell well during the holiday season.
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From Kirkus Reviews

Romantic fantasy from the author of Freedom's Landing (1995), etc. When wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, dies, many of his skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas. Egdril, the bluff, hearty king of the neighboring kingdom of Mauritia, seems keen to forge an alliance with Jamas, allowing the prince to marry his niece, Willow--but the real danger is Yasmin, Egdril's wicked wife, who poisons everyone she dislikes or suspects of interfering with her ambitions. So Niffy must guide Jamas through a thicket of difficulties to save the prince and the principality. But by this time Yasmin has murdered Egdril and made her monstrous infant son heir; somehow, Jamas and Niffy must stop her if evil is not to triumph. Thin and brief but quite appealing; McCaffrey is, as always, pleasant company. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959031
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Customer Reviews

A very sweet and fast moving story.
Melissa V
This is a fun fantasy book, I know it's written for kids, but I have enjoyed reading it several times as an adult.
Penny Swann
I would give my eye teeth for a cat like her.
D. J. Seymour

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Buchanan on June 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I must say I enjoyed this book, which is essentially a fairy tale. It doesn't match up to the writing in the earlier Dragon books but it's still a good read and is in Anne McCaffrey's usual well written style. There is of course a happy ending with a cleverly thought out and very suitable end to the villainness! There is the feeling too that there could be more stories to come about the characters in it.

I have nearly all of Anne McCaffrey's books and was well pleased with this addition to the library.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The story "Nobody Noticed The Cat" by Anne McCaffrey is about a Prince whose father dies leaving him a large kingdom, a lot of dangerous neighbors, and a cat. However, the cat proves to be his most helpful friend, protecting him from the scheming plans of a hateful woman and other evil people and generally, being his ears and eyes. I felt that this story was cute and interesting. It is not Anne McCaffrey's best writing( In fact I would rate it quite low againest her other work) It is not something to go goggilie-eyed over. 1, it is unbelievably short!!!! 2, It gets a little boring and predictable at certain parts of the book 3, It is very exspensive for the reasons above. (I don't know about you people but I could by 2 good books for that same price almost!!) So my recommendation is to get it out of the library or if you have time, go to the book shop and read it off the rack!!! It is really not worth buying(I read it in an hour and I will probably not read it again).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on July 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When the regent, Mangan Tighe died, he had already provided for the future peace and prosperity of Esplania. Young Prince Jamas had a smooth ascension to the throne and he was seldom seen without his cat, Niffy. Unknown to all, Niffy had been Mangan's last safety touch for the young prince. She was not an ordinary cat.
When Jamas takes Willow as his bride, caution becomes almost second nature. A treacherous and greedy Queen had plans of killing Jamas, and a few others, to gain their kingdoms. As always, no one notices Niffy, so she is able to do as Mangan intended. Niffy would save the kingdom and the new royal family.
***Ahhh, if only there were more cats like Niffy! This book is only available in hard back, but it is worth it! A KEEPER!***
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa V on April 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Prince Jamas is left to rule his kingdom without his regent, Mangan. He finds solance in Mangan's cat, Niffy, who is more than just a housecat. Amongst the trails and tribulations of ruling, Jamas realizes that there is more than meets the eye with this cat.
Anne McCaffrey has done a wonderful job! This story is short, but it is soo well told. Within 124 pages we know and feel for Jamas and have such a sense of Niffy. I know all about the Kingdom, the history and neighoboors that I didn't feel lost. This wasn't hurried story, all the details that were needed, were in there. Anne left out all those stupid fillers that most authors use.
A very sweet and fast moving story. I recommend to all of Anne's readers. (Even to those who don't like Anne's stories!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It was a cute story, but a short story, not the full length novel I had anticipated. The author demonstrates that she is equally adept at both short stories and novels. Unfortunately there was nothing in the listing to indicate that this was not a novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johannah Hupp-Clark on December 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The basic premise of this short little novella is that the very wise old regent of Esphania leaves behind a very special cat to help guide the young prince, Jamas, through the trials that he'll face as ruler of his country. The big trial that Jamas must face in this story is the danger presented by a sinister and ambitious queen who is willing to dispose of anyone who happens to be in her way. The cat is, of course, integral to the downfall of queen. The title is a bit of a misnomer, as Prince Jamas and some of his closest friends are well aware of the important part played by Niffy (the cat).

Without delving into magic and wizards, it still maintains that essence of make-believe that all fairytales have. An excellent little book to read to children or a quick shot of feel-good reading for adults. There was no content that I would object to as a mother of a young child, but the writing has enough complexity to not bore a more mature reader.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Schaeffer on August 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For those readers who've expressed disappointment with more recent publications from Ms. McCaffrey I'd just like to say that the variety she has been able to provide has been refreshing. Readers wanting nothing but the same ol' stories, written just like everything else the author cranks out, strikes much like tunnel vision for literature.
Bookes like this and "Coelura" have been given to us as quick trips. A little bit of escape without packing a suitcase. If all a person eats is pasta, eventually there would be no joy from eating. She provides new meals, a different offering now and then. I found the book utterly delightful and came away with a pleasant feeling. Her other sagas are where I go for the emotional rollercoasters and complete adventure.
I can't say I've ever been disappointed by an Anne McCaffrey penned story, with and without contributions of other authors.
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