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.
A fantastic cat-and-mouse game among a shape-changing troll, Elemental Masters and a gifted dancer in Victorian England makes Lackey's latest Elemental Masters installment (after 2005's The Wizard of London) a charmer. When young, impoverished Ninette Dupond is fired from the Paris Opera Ballet after upstaging its star, her Elementally gifted cat, Thomas, reveals his extraordinary skills and urges her to flee France. Once in Blackpool, Thomas shows her how to assume the identity of Nina Tchereslavsky, a Russian prima donna, and brings her to the attention of Elemental Master Nigel Barrett and his theatrically inclined cohorts. Soon, "Nina" is dancing happily in their latest theatrical production, until the real Nina or rather, the troll that long ago possessed the real Nina's body learns of the imposter and rushes to unmask her. This is Lackey at her best, mixing whimsy and magic with a fast-paced plot.
Hail to the Cat!
Totally engrossing until the very end. A must read! Even if you find the idea of true magic preposterous you will be enchanted by the characters and story.
It's the right book now. Definitely suggest buying it.