'Absolutely magical ... Always intriguing' Richard Adams author of Watership Down.
Behind the realm of man lie the wild roads. Weaving through time and space, these hidden pathways carry the natural energies – the spirits, the dreams – of the world.
No creature can slip into the shadows and travel the wild roads better than the cat. For millennia, cats have patrolled the tangled paths, maintaining balance and order, guarding against corruption and chaos. It is dangerous territory: for those who control the wild roads hold the key to the world.
Amid the struggle between the purest good and the darkest evil, here are tales of duty and destiny, of courage and comradeship among the extraordinary creatures who brave the wild roads...
An ancient legend speaks of a golden cat whose coming will heal the troubled world. But the Queen of Cats has three golden kittens – and when two are stolen away, the distraught parents turn to Tag, the new guardian of magical wild roads, for help.
As Tag and his friends embark on their search, they encounter a terrifying, unearthly force – a preternatural vortex threatening the wild roads, tearing at the very fabric of existence. Tag is disastrously unprepared for the powerful darkness that threatens to consume everything in its wake.
King (actually two authors, both British) continues the adventures of the cats from The Wild Road in this story of ordeals, magic and redemption. Comparisons to Watership Down are inevitable, but these cats are both more and less human than Richard Adams's rabbits, though no less heroic. Through magic, felines ally themselves with foxes and fish; one cat even reads. They travel the wild roads, though something seems wrong with these occult pathways. This mystery drives the book, along with two quests for kittens--one by the golden offspring of the Mau, an archetypical mother, and one by Sealink, a sassy wanderer from New Orleans. The cats of New Orleans also suffer a strange decay. Is it the oppressive domination by the cat Kiki la Doucette? The aftermath of the cats' battle against the Alchemist in the previous volume? Or the stealing of cats for experimentation, la Adams's The Plague Dogs? Connections are made and interestingly explored, and the cats become truly human (and humane) characters. A must for cat lovers, this book offers rewards for any fantasy reader who can accept a primarily feline cast.