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Apprentice Cat

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  126 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with h ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book because it's protagonists are cats and i am a cat lover, i loved the magic and the academy and the link between the human and cat partnerships! Poor Toby is partnered with Lorn and they are both clumsy and very inept at magic however Toby has a very strong sense of smell which helps the two of them unravel a mystery behind the disappearance of Toby's father and the besmirching of Lorn's uncle Hecktor's name. It is a fun book and a light read but when it got into the r ...more
Amy Shojai
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pet-books
I am not a big fan of fantasy, although the Harry Potter books proved the exception to that rule. So when I received my copy of APPRENTICE CAT --magical cats? talking felines? evil magic? really? ... I set the book aside. Most of the "talking animal" books I've read left me cold, but when I finally started reading, this book was hard to put down.

This is pure furry fun. Set in an alternative reality with horse-drawn carriages the mode of transportation, young Toby must prove to his mother...and h
Daley Downing
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Gah. Can we *please* get a half-star rating system, Goodreads? This is one of those books that my son and I had different ideas about, and so 3.5 would better reflect our combined rating.

My oldest (now 14) really enjoyed it. I am glad for that.

For me, it kind of fell flat. I really liked the character of Toby, but the description of the academy and classes weren't what I expected at all from the cover summary (honestly, it felt like Hogwarts for cats, and I was expecting something much more lik
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
FULL REVIEW here: http://escapingrealitybookreviews.wor...

I recived a (signed!!!) copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly? I gotta say… I LOVED this book! Not quite in the way that I love the older, deeper, New Adult/Young Adult books I loved this book as I’ve loved enjoyable, exciting, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books.Virginia Ripple has some serious talent in the Middle Grade Fantasy department, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Her writing style is
J.A. Dalley
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the way that Ripple built the world. She never spent too much time explaining the way things were through narrative. It was almost all through dialogue. She made everything fit together well, and the world just seemed right.

I highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it dow
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This book is a mix of fantasy and mystery. Toby and Lorn are likable lead characters. The story kept me interested from beginning to end. Overall I really enjoyed this book. A good read for the middle grades but older children and adults will also enjoy it.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this a wonderfully written book, although the ending was a little short on details and wrap-ups of things mentioned early on in the book. I wondered what happened to Toby's father, Victor? What happened after Chivato was found dead? Who is the dark cat with the green eyes? These and many other questions linger. I guess there's room for a sequel. . . .

Carol Siu
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Cats, magic and loyalty mixed with suspense. A fun read.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun, different, take on magic and mystery. The main conundrum is resolved, but the story does continue. (No cliffhangers here.)

The author does have the annoying habit of referring to the characters by color, rather than their names. There are more subtle ways of reminding us who is a human and who is a cat. It's hard enough for my limited brain to remember who's who, without the names being changed back and forth.

Magicians, villains, good guys, bad guys, friendship, betrayal - not all the kitt
Pat Eroh
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised that this biblical sounding story was actually written by someone who knows scripture. Of course, the magic is just fun and image, cats and humans talking to each other (oh, I have a cat and we talk to him all of the time but he doesn't ever answer) and eating at the same cafeterias and taking classes together. Cute.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted "Apprentice Cat " by the author, Virginia Ripple. I really enjoyed reading this story. I was intrigued, and continue reading, because it was coming from a cat's perspective!
Julian White
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A post-mediaeval world in which cats are able to talk and may become partnered with humans - and in which both species can work magic (though presumably not all !). Toby, whose bright orange colouring is explained early in the book, is accepted at the Academy and becomes embroiled in a plot to improve the status of cats in the world - a plot which may or may not explain the disappearance of his father, a 'loner' (a cat who is not partnered with a human - it seems there are more suitable cats tha ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suspect this is aimed at young adults who enjoyed the Harry Potter series. While the story was about on the level of the first Harry Potter story (the snobby cat who looks down on the riffraff reminded me of Draco Malfoy), there were some interesting parts to it that kept my interest. The religion there is heavily influenced by Christianity and while there are some "preachy" parts, they don't overwhelm the story. The mystery kept me going to the end and I immediately ordered the sequels. Prais ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Real rating: Umm...maybe...about 2.7 stars? Enjoyable, but a bit weak.
Orginally, I read this in Alaska, but I read it in such small chunks that I didn’t get a feel for it. So I reread it, and here’s what I thought:

Overall, the plot and characters were a bit weak, but it was still an interesting concept. The villain’s motive was also a bit of a cliché. But even so, a nice, light read.
This is pretty random, but when I saw the cover of the book and Toby’s neon orange coloring I thought, “YEESH, t
Jeanne Foguth
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
While I loved that the story was primarily from the perspective of cats, the head-hopping slowed down the story.
Would recommend this to readers who love cats and sorcery.
alice Tileston
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think I received this free for a review...
whether I did or not, it is absolutely delightful!
would love to see it made into a movie!
reminds me of Brian Jacques Redwall series type of writing
dove right into journeyman cat as soon as I finished this one .....
happy reading all!
Jessica Roberts
Not bad. Not bad at all.....

Toby is a general all around hero. His companions run from street smart to stalwart. Besides, you've got to love a cat that practices passive resistance on occasion.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A fun read about apprentice mages in a world where both humans and cats work magic, preferably together. It is clearly set up for a series, as the apprentices only finish their first year of training, and the "bad guys" aren't all caught.
Nyree Blackhall
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Enjoyable Cat Tail

I just loved this book and I am so happy to have discovered this author.

A refreshing idea I am looking forward to reading the rest of these...
Kris MacNaughton
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Cute and simple story. It lost me with the overwhelming religious and spiritual focus.
Nov 24, 2013 marked it as partly-read
I was on the fence about this one reading through the sample, but the fourth homonym error ("moats of dust") tipped me over to the "no" side.
Stacey Lamson
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review

While there are some grammatical and spelling errors the book is a very good read. If you love cats and magic as I do, you'll enjoy this book.
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