Andy Cohen thinks he's a typical middle-school kid until he enounters Goldeneyes, a talking, cranky cat. Goldeneyes is a Catmage, an ancient race of cats with human-like intelligence and magical powers. Although she's not thrilled with the idea, Goldeneyes is certain that Andy is the prophesied Son of Aaron, who can help the Catmages in a pending war with their enemies, the Wild Ones. The Wild Ones, rogue Catmages, have done the forbidden and aligned themselves with humans, threatening to displace the delicate balance between the human world and the world of the Catmages. When he meets Goldeneyes, Andy is plunged headfirst into a world of magic and darkness he never knew existed and expected to be the hero he never dreamed he could be.
The characters in Meryl Yourish's first book in the Catmage Chronicles are full of life. Andy is a sweet, bumbling kid who just wants to have fun with his friends and avoid the bullies at school who pound on him regularly. It's hard to find a more unlikely savior. Goldeneyes, a proud, young Catmage, suddenly has to shoulder immense responsibilities when the Catmage elders are slaughtered by the Wild Ones. Her beloved mentor and grandmother, the most powerful Catmage in the world, also has gone missing. To add to Goldeneyes' burden, Andy somehow is supposed to help rescue her grandmother as the first step in saving the world from the Wild Ones. Goldeneyes thinks little of humans and even less of Andy when she meets him. He doesn't listen, he's impetuous, and worst of all, he's not a cat. Andy sees Goldeneyes as a wondrous toy at first, but soon discovers that she's not to be messed with. Their evolving relationship as they work to find and rescue Goldeneye's grandmother is a real and poignant journey in understanding and accepting the limitations and potential that exist in them both.
Disclaimer: I'm a friend of the author and helped her with an early draft of the novel.