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Cat Sidhe

By: Jeff Chapman
Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
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Publisher's Summary

A human spirit banished to the body of a cat.

Merliss has seen centuries of change, centuries of trouble.

Something nasty has come through one of the ley gates. It walks upright. It talks. And it looks like an oversized cat, but as Merliss can attest, it doesn't smell like a cat.

It's a cat sidhe on the hunt for slaves, anyone with opposable thumbs. Merliss travels to unknown territories to rescue a friend and encounters more trouble making her way home. The situation on the moors is far more dire than Merliss and her friends could have imagined.

Cat Sidhe is the first in a fantasy trilogy. Join Merliss on her prowls through dangerous lands.

©2018 Jeff Chapman (P)2018 Jeff Chapman

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Slow Start but Solid Ending

The first half of the story seemed to be a bit slow to me but once it picked up I really enjoyed it. It took me a while to get into it as it was mainly conversations between animals in the beginning but was definitely worth it in the end.

Wasn’t expecting this level of fantasy but was surprisingly pleased. The characters are all quite interesting and the story gets quite exciting. Now that the setting has been set I think the next books in the trilogy will really take off.

Jannie Meisberger did a really good job with the narration. I really enjoyed her voice and accent. Both are perfect for this story and I really hope she continues with the rest of the trilogy.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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What a delight!

What a delightful story... The book follows Merliss, a cat who's not really a cat at all, but a human spirit that was ensorcelled centuries ago... And boy does she have her work cut out for her in this story...
The Cat Sidhe are crossing over into human territory and they're up to no good... Merliss loses herself crossing the ley-lines and needs to get home quick so she can sound the alarm... To find her way Merliss accepts aid from some very unlikely sources, such as wolves and birds. This tale just whet my appetite, leaving me wanting more, and more, and more (please, sir, may I have some more?)!
Jannie Meisberger shot her way up onto my favorites list for her narration of Merliss' tail!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Merliss for the Win

A Cat Sidhe (pronounced Cat Shee, like Banshee) is a Witch who has taken the form of a cat and like a lot of cats, is hell-bent on malevolence.

This is a hero’s journey story that ends just as it’s beginning. The hero in question, a young woman apprenticed to a cunning-man and just now coming into her magical powers, is abducted by a Cat Sidhe and starts to discover a world she didn’t realize existed. Along the way she learns that the world is more dangerous than she suspected.

But the real star of this story is Merliss, a centuries old girl (woman?) trapped in the body of a cat. She’s jaded, annoyed with humans, barely holding onto her own humanity, and perfect. I loved Merliss and I’m really hoping she finds a way to break her own curse while helping her humans to avoid the gathering darkness.

Now, as far as the narrator, it took me some time to warm up to Meisberger, but once I was totally into the story, I grew to love her inflections and narrative style.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, magic and talking (or at least thinking) animals.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Cat Sidhe

Cat Sidhe is book 2 in the Merliss Tales and book 1 in the Witch Lands series by Jeff Chapman. After experiencing The Great Contagion, I was excited to start Cat Sidhe, though it did not start where I was expecting.

Fendrel is no longer the apprentice as in The Great Contagion, but the old cunning man himself, with new apprentice Saerwynn. Merliss, the centuries old cat with the soul of a young shaman woman, is still with Fendrel and has been put in charge of helping Saerwynn find herbs and roots. They run afoul a trap placed by a Cat Sidhe - an evil witch who changed into a cat too many times so is stuck in the shape of a large cat. Thus begins her newest adventure.

This is a dark fantasy, with adventure, friends, enemies, fights, and death. It is a short listen and ended when I wasn't quite expecting it - I appreciated the author's note indicating it was book 1 of 3, which I didn't initially know. It had a good stopping point, but there were many unresolved issues. Though not required, I suggest reading The Great Contagion first, so you can get a better understanding of Merliss and her domain.

Jannie Meisberger does another great job of narration, and I can't imagine anyone else in her place. I recommend this book and am looking forward to finding out the next part of this adventure with Merliss and learning more about her new friends.

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Cat Trouble

Jeff Chapman has written a clever story about a cat, who is more than a cat. I really enjoy Merliss' tales and I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next book in the series. Jannie Meisberger's narration is good, but at times she pauses a little long between sentences. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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A fantastic Merliss tail!

Excellent Book!
Merliss is a girl who was an apprentice of the Magic arts. She’s stuck living in a cats body. Add in the instincts of a cat! Those instincts rise to the surface in the nick of time or at the wrong time!
Please note: I bought “The Great Contagion” book after I started Cat Sidhe. I’m glad I did! The Great Contagion is an fantastic book(4.7 Star rating!!) and it prepared me for Cat Sidhe. It will give you enough background about Merliss’s story to fully enjoy Cat Sidhe. You might not need to buy the other book first. I always prefer more information if it’s available. It definitely enhanced the story line for me. It sets up a clearer picture of each of the characters. But if you find yourself feeling like you’re missing something. Please stop listening to Cat Sidhe and get the Great Contagion. Listen to it and go back to Cat Sidhe. You won’t be disappointed you did! I highly recommend Cat Sidhe!

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I love the Merliss seriesp

The adventures of Merliss are awesome. Merliss meets a foe called a Cat Sidhe in this one. A very evil creature. A witch that has turned into a cat to many times & can't turn back. But the çat sihde doesn't think Merliss can defeat her. A great story if you like magic.

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Stunning

What a great book! I was glued to it until the end. Excellent narrator as always!

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Cat Sidhe

This is a good fantasy story about Merliss who is a centuries old person who is bound into the body of a cat, she goes up against the Cat Sidhe an evil shape shifting creature. The narrator did an awesome job of bringing this story to us. The Cat Sidhe is a must story if you are into fantasy.

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Pretty Good Fantasy

I wasn't sure I would like this, but the writing and characters won me over. Awesome read and I really enjoyed the performance. Merliss is a good kitty and she tangles with the cat sidhe an evil shape shifting demon who tries to take souls. I was provided this audiobook for free by the author and S.O and this is my unbiased review.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 12-25-18

New discoveries.

This is a first for me, a new genre a new adventure.
Because this genre is new to me it took me a while to understand what’s going on but once I got it and into it there was no stopping me from getting all the way into the story.
Jeff Chapman can surely tell a tale and Jannie Meisberger have done a great job narrating the whole thing beautifully.
I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out, I feel that it will be full of surprises and twists.

Absolutely recommend this audiobook !!!


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  • Deedra
  • 02-06-19

Cat Sidhe

This was ,what seemed to be ,a bunch of stories.It took me a while to figure it out.It was okay. It was not what I expected it to be. Narration by Jannie Meisberger was very nice. was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Lee
  • 12-20-18

A portal to an other world

I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book. I gave it a go and It turned out I loved this book. If I'm completely honest I never wanted it to end and hope for a sequel. when I realised there was talking animals it kind of put me off. This book was written in such a way that it feels natural for animals to be talking. If you like magic, mystery, witches & shapshifting creatures this book is definitely for you. I must add the narrator was perfect for this book which for me is very important as I've purchased books before and been disappointed by bad narration that has spoiled my listening.
Overview is, great author and also great narration so definitely worth a listen.

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  • Miss A. Larkin
  • 01-17-23

Interesting idea, well pulled off

Performed in British accent, and is a good performance and good book.
Love a good fantasy, and the cat as the main character is great and a novel idea. Thanks!