When Gabriel King created The Wild Road, the acclaim was swift and sure. "Absolutely magic . . . Always intriguing," said Richard Adams, bestselling author of Watership Down. USA Today called the book "a diverting fantasy" and the San Francisco Chronicle crowned it "mythical." Now, with The Golden Cat, the enchanting quest continues. For after Tag and his companions vanquished the wicked Alchemist, an even greater evil began to stalk the Wild Road--the pathway through space and time fueled by the life force of all creatures great and small. Tag senses it: something sinister on the horizon.
The ancient prophecy of the golden cat, whose coming will heal the troubled world, has for centuries inspired felines and humans alike. But the Queen of Cats has three golden kittens: Odin, the hunter; the singer, Isis; and the dancing Leonora Whitstand Meril. Which among them, if any, is the savior? This dilemma is quickly eclipsed by the sudden disappearance of two of the kittens, prompting their distraught feline majesties to turn to Tag, who, as the new Majicou, is their sage advisor and the protector of the Wild Road.
The desperate search moves from the water-lit Oceanarium and sun-dappled Tintagel to the distant Louisiana bayous and the pyramids of Egypt. Time after time, Tag and his friends note a mysterious symbol, though no one can fully interpret its transcendent significance. And as the heroes struggle on, so does a terrifying, unearthly force--a preternatural vortex threatening the Wild Road, tearing at the very fabric of existence. Only the Majicou in the full glory of his Wildness can resist its destructive energy. But Tag is unprepared for the staggering clash--and disastrously unprepared for the powerful darkness that threatens to consume everything in its wake.
An epic struggle between the purest Good and the darkest Evil. A sweeping odyssey that spans both continents and centuries. Unforgettable characters as human as your own heart. Gabriel King combines these rich elements masterfully into a stunning denouement. A dazzling fantasy adventure, The Golden Cat will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
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Have you ever wondered what your cats get up to when they go out at night? Do they just sit in the garden and watch the world go by, or do they travel into the night on wild adventures that take them to faraway places human eyes have never seen?
The Golden Cat is a follow-up to the highly successful The Wild Road and the fairy-tale story of Tag the tabby cat, who after the death of his mentor Majicou inherits the task of the caretaker of the wild roads. When two of the King and Queen's three golden kittens go missing, Tag is asked to find them. One of the three kittens is the famous Golden Cat, but which one is it? Tag soon finds himself on yet another perilous journey across the wild roads with Leonora, the third kitten, in tow.
It's obvious that Gabriel King has a great love for the feline species, which shines out with great warmth from her writing. Observational detail rubs shoulders with moments of comedy strong enough to evoke a reaction from the hardest of hearts. There are also elements of high drama as she delves into the darkest side of vivisection and animal cruelty. A great read in its own right and a worthy follow-up to The Wild Road. --Elly Russell, Amazon.co.ukFrom School Library Journal:
YA-In King's The Wild Road (Ballantine, 1998), an ancient, wild reality was introduced that coexisted with that of humans, and animals spoke yet remained true to their natures. There, several small but valiant creatures-cats, aided by a ragtag assortment of others sharing their mission-successfully opposed a mortal threat to their world's existence in the person of the Alchemist, an evil scientist who caused suffering among animals. In this sequel, Tag, Sealink, Cy, the King and Queen, and the other survivors of that epic battle find their world threatened once more; the Alchemist is not dead after all, and his power is increasing. The first signs of trouble are the disappearance of two very special kittens, one of whom might be the Golden Cat, and several ghastly disruptions of life along the Wild Road. Soon, the cats find new allies, reunite with old ones, and voyage afar as they plunge into fabulous new adventures in their quest to oppose the greatest of evils. This is a dark fantasy-perhaps even darker than the first-and its depiction of cruelty to animals may be disturbing to many readers. But for teens ready to face such realities, King's stories offer solace and inspiration. This is a harrowing tale, but one spun from poetry, beauty, strength, and love. Though either title can stand on its own, this one will be most fully appreciated by those readers familiar with the first, and they will be eager to revisit the Wild Road.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Book Description DelRey, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0099244225