Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King's Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out, and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him.
In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby's father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council. Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.
©2012 Virginia Ripple (P)2013 Virginia Ripple
I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the way that Ripple built the world. She never spent too much time explaining the way things were through narrative. It was almost all through dialogue. She made everything fit together well, and the world just seemed right.
The other thing I really liked was how easy it was to relate to the characters. They felt real, and I am now very attached to them.
I highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it down! Also superb job on the narration!
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