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Reserved for the Cat: Elemental Masters | [Mercedes Lackey]

Reserved for the Cat: Elemental Masters

Based loosely on the tale of Puss in Boots, Reserved for the Cat takes place in 1910 in an alternate London. A young dancer, penniless and desperate, is sure she is going mad when a cat begins talking to her mind-to-mind. But her feline guide, actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, helps her to impersonate a famous Russian ballerina and achieve the success she's been dreaming of.
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Based loosely on the tale of Puss in Boots, Reserved for the Cat takes place in 1910 in an alternate London. A young dancer, penniless and desperate, is sure she is going mad when a cat begins talking to her mind-to-mind. But her feline guide, actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, helps her to impersonate a famous Russian ballerina and achieve the success she's been dreaming of. Unfortunately she also attracts the attention of another Elemental Spirit - a far more threatening one - and the young dancer must once again turn to her mysteriously powerful four-legged furry friend.

©2006 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Erzebet Kenosha, Wi, United States 08-26-12
    Erzebet Kenosha, Wi, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Book, But Unimpressive Narration"
    Would you try another book from Mercedes Lackey and/or Mirabai Galashan?

    I love this author, and this series in particular. You can tell she does a lot of research to create a historically accurate setting for her tales to juxtapose the magic, which she also seeks to ground in lore and fact. The narrator, however, is not my favorite. Her accents are terrible, and there is always a sense that she has not read the story in advance. She stumbles over foreign words and those she does not know (it's always easy to tell when she doesn't) and often puts the wrong emphasis on syllables in a word or words in a sentence, as if she is reading without full comprehension. She's tolerable and not the worst I've ever heard by any means, but it's hard to lose oneself in the story if the narrator isn't guiding properly.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mirabai Galashan?

    Only if she does another in this series, because the books are good enough to put up with her slightly clumsy style of narrating.


    Was Reserved for the Cat worth the listening time?

    Yes, despite the narrator. I love this book enough to own both a physical copy and the audiobook, and always enjoy re-reading or listening to it again.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 08-23-12
    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good one for Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series"

    I love the humor to this one, and the manner in which the title is evoked from the story itself is masterly! A nice evocation of "Puss in Boots!"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Ocean Grove, Australia 06-24-11
    Liz Ocean Grove, Australia 06-24-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Do not like the narrator"

    This book is typical of the series and quite an enjoyable tale however the narrator was seriously lacking. Not meaning to be absolutely insulting to her but is English her second language? Forgive me but it certainly took away from enjoying the story when I was left wondering why certain phrases were recited in a certain way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Kansas City, MO, United States 10-20-13
    Margaret Kansas City, MO, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Vacation to a Magical Place"
    If you could sum up Reserved for the Cat in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, fresh, satisfying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This isn't serious literature, but a delightful romp for the imagination. If too much reality is leaving a bad taste in your mind, listen to this book for a sweet and light-hearted reimagining of the Puss in Boots concept. I didn't cry, but I grew quite fond of the main characters and laughed a lot.


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    "Not well read"

    The book is charming, but I would not purchase another book read by this narrator. She seems to me to read the words rather than the story.

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  • Joyce
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    "A favourite author"

    Mercedes Lackey is an author I found by happy accident. Not suitable for people who like a lot of depth to their reading, but an enjoyable escape from reality. I discovered fantasy fiction after retirement, having been introduced to it by my daughter, and I must say I am enjoying this new branch of literature. It's not often you discover something so refreshingly new at my age.

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