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Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles Book 1) by [Shreffler, T. L.]
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Length: 382 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 4184 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Runaway Pen; 2nd edition (November 20, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V5XND8
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Sora doesn't want to go through with the marriage her noble father has arranged to a total stranger. So when dear old dad is murdered at the wedding feast and she is kidnapped by the assassins, she ends up traveling around with them as they undertake a dangerous journey across the countryside while being pursued by a vengeful mage.

The story is generally well-written, with a confident narration, smooth pacing and discernible character traits. While it has a couple of editing errors that seem to infect the self-publishing world, they are fewer than most and rarely distract. It's a recognizable sword and sorcery style tale, with a slightly different world and some non-traditional races (no elves or dwarfs, but wolfies and harpies.)

What "Sora's Quest" lacks is logic and motivation behind the "plot".

First off, Sora seems remarkably unconcerned that her father was murdered right in front of her. Perhaps they weren't the closest father and daughter, but the man did see her raised in luxury after dear old mom mysteriously abandoned them while Sora was still a baby, and Sora was his heir to the estate, so you'd think she'd feel something about his death (and perhaps some concern to all the servants and serfs she's abandoned.) Secondly, she's remarkably incurious about it: she never once asks the assassin why he killed father.

At some point (it's not clear when) Sora decides she'd like to find her mother (this is presumably the "quest" of the title, though it's not very clear.) Why she thinks so highly of the mother who abandoned her and so little of the father who actually raised her is a total mystery.

But then, there's no reason to any of what's going on.
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Firstly, look at that amazing cover?! Just captivating. I love having a visual of the "Cat's Eye" on this cover. And although Sora has golden blonde hair, the strawberry tint is very attractive. Now to the gushy!

Sum it up:
Sora, tired of her simple and boring girl-in-the-manor life, plans to escape the night of her wedding, wanting nothing more than adventures like the "stories of old." She has no idea that her desire will be fulfilled via a kidnapping - by the very assassin who murdered her father, giving her the very opening to escape, and his two Wolfy companions. What begins as hatred, turns to timid trust and wary friendship between Sora and her captors.

The Yum:
Crash, the assassin, is mysterious up until the last page in Sora's Quest. Sexy, scary, and quiet are the three words best used to describe the man who seems to be running from his past. Ms. Shreffler has an interesting way of making her characters super sexy without being overt about their physical prowess or bragging about their beautiful features. Crash just is. Yum! ;)

Dorian, a mage Wolfy, is an effeminate creature with a biting sarcastic and endearing quality about him. I liked Dorian immediately - especially because he called Sora out on her irritating princessy qualities.

Burn is a large burly mercenary Wolfy that I just wanted to squeeze. He is the most open and kind of the three but still hosts his own unexplored demons.

Romance?
There was plenty of awareness occurring in Sora's Quest and I was waiting for a romance to unfold - but it seems like I have to wait until Viper's Creed (Book 2) to *hopefully* see some woo-age occur.
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I have to be honest, after reading the first few chapters of the book, I didn't think I was going to like it too much. Now thinking about it, that was way too early for me to even be thinking about writing off any book, let alone a review book. So I kept on reading, and from the moment Sora left the castle, I was riveted! I ended up enjoying Sora's Quest so much. It just had a bit of a slow start to me and then it really took off. The part I didn't enjoy at the beginning seems like only one speck of the story- and Sora's Quest is a great story.

Sora seems like a pretty sheltered girl at first but she certainly can rise to an occasion. This must have been so scary for her, being out in the world for the first time. It seemed a little crazy that she was so close to the guys in her group so fast considering the circumstances but her being so excited about being out in the world and the whole idea of an adventure didn't make her actions and emotions seem out of place. It kinda worked well.

The world building is the best part! I loved learning all about the different people and the magics. T.L. Shreffler does a great job of explaining everything. I would have liked to see a little bit more back story on Crash. I didn't really know what they were doing at the start of the book except that they were on the run from Volcrian. But I think that is coming in the next book, so I look forward to getting some answers. I really enjoyed the character growth I saw in Crash throughout the story. The whole fear thing was super cute! (you will know exactly what I mean when you read the story) Fans of fantasy will love the world created in T.L. Shreffler's first installment in the Cat's Eye series. The ending made me want to drop everything and start book 2 right then!

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. i didn't receive any compensation for my review.
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