Tad Williams creates a wonderful book where cat culture, language and mythology beautifully entwined with the plotline - and this is not a metaphor. T...moreTad Williams creates a wonderful book where cat culture, language and mythology beautifully entwined with the plotline - and this is not a metaphor. The plot can be characterized with one word: fantastic. There is only one thing I want to comment: once a villian told Tailchaser "You are no threat. Free or prisoned, quick or dead, you are less than a pebble in my path." Considering the circumstances, he was right. But he forgot that sometimes a simple pebble can launch an avalanche.
The main trio are well-written characters and true companions. It's especially touching to see Tailchaser and Roofshadow's parental care for Pouncequick and their devotion for each other. Side characters don't have as much screen time, but you still can see real gems like Prince Fencewalker. It's hard to say whether Tad Williams intended to write romance here, but I like to think to did. Anyway, I love contrast between Hushpad, who didn't even visit Tailchaser when he was in pain, and Roofshadow, who literally went through Hell for him.(less)