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The Book of Night with Moon (Feline Wizards #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,761 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Rhiow seems a perfectly ordinary New York City cat. Or so her humans think -- but she is much more than she appears. With her partners Saash and Urruah, she collaborates with human wizards to protect the earth from dark forces and maintain the network of magical gateways that connect to different realities. But amid this amazing secret animal world lies a danger that threa ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1997)
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A. Probably at least 12+. There are threats of bodily harm from one cat to another, discussion of sex, some mortal peril, discussion of said mortal…moreProbably at least 12+. There are threats of bodily harm from one cat to another, discussion of sex, some mortal peril, discussion of said mortal peril, and some really science-y stuff that might be hard to understand or read for younger readers.(less)

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Jul 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, womans-work
Wizard cats that can see the forces of physics... I want to sit in a coffee shop just so someone will ask me what my book is about.
Jul 28, 2011 added it
I love Duane's "Young Wizards", but had only heard of this companion book once. But regardless, knowing how successful Duane is in writing I had to snag this book when I saw it for sale at a used book store. Seriously, $3.50 is a steal. The entire cat culture described in this book is phenomenal; so detailed and yet also not entirely fiction. Yes, this is a fantasy novel, but everything is so plausible. If cat wizards did exist, they would behave exactly like this. And the word crafting! Duane h ...more
Kevin Veale
I realise that this makes me very late to the table, but I hadn't read this book until just a few days ago. I enjoyed the Young Wizards books when I was a teenager, but somehow never ran into this one - though I had heard of it.

A friend heard about this grievous error and gave us a second-hand copy for Christmas, which was excellent.

I thought it was very cool. A tale of wizards, who happen to be cats, saving the world from the forces of entropy.

I think The Book of Night With Moon is aimed at mor
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
Anyone who has cats will love this book. It is obvious the author has lived with and observed cats for a long time. She captures their attitude and social structure while weaving a story of magic and myth that is captivating. Even the small nuances of cat behavior become a part of their language. Her technical descriptions of the cats work add depth the story and I love how her characters interact with each other and with other species. I also found her references to mythology to be a refreshing ...more
I've never been the sort to believe that any vertebrate acts on 'instinct'. Frankly, I've had doubts about quite a few INvertebrates, as well. The characters of the cats in this book are well developed; subtle and complex.

I liked the scenes in the NYPL, which don't get mentioned much in reviews. I also liked the descriptions of cat politics/games. I liked the descriptions of the worldgates, which are often rather sketchily defined in other books in this series. And, since I hate opera, I have to
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Throughout the Young Wizards books we hear about cat wizards. They are the only ones with the correct sort of vision to work the world gates at Grand Central Station. They have their own culture and their own ideas about wizardry and humanity. Obviously a book about that culture is enticing, but in execution, I found it hard to immerse myself in the story. Too much of this book is about explaining that culture. Words are repeated in the cat language. Puns in the cat language are explained after ...more
Robin Smith
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an odd book, in an interesting way. The author elevates cats as a species to a position of power in the universe, although they operate outside the awareness of most humans. Add in the concept of wizards and magic, plus a few (million) dinosaurs, and the story gets complicated.
Nov 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2007, fantasy
This book has been standing on my shelf for 8 years before I got around to reading it...! I love the idea of the book - cats as wizards, working together with human wizards, trying to save humankind, from heat disaster but more urgently from about a billion dinosaurs trying to enter this world and eat us all! My favourite part in the book is when Pavarotti gets eaten by a dinosaur - how many other book does that happen in???
I liked the whole parallel universe ideas, where wizards are able to tra
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to-ab
Being owned by cats, it's always a reassuring pleasure to know that you aren't alone in this feline-run world. Diane Duane writes about felines from such an informed perspective - the book is told from the lead feline's POV - it's clear that she loves cats and is loved by cats in her home life. Only a cat "owner" would know to say, "Y'know the tuna wasn't all that bad" in a feline's attempt at an apology and be able to wring tears from her audience. Being read to via Audible was also a pleasure ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
just re-read this after finding it in B's room...amazing what books rotate into his room and off the main bookshelves...I was looking for a Terry Pratchett book and that is always a good place to find them. After reading this book again I recognize how I miss having cats in the house - yes, this book is better if you have lived with cats. And you'll never look at them the same way again. Not my favorite Diane Duane, but still a good read - and a continuation of the Young Wizards trilogy although ...more
This is a difficult one to rate, because on the one hand there's uneven pacing, randomly dropped plot threads (view spoiler), and enough technobabble to fill a season of sci-fi TV.

And then on the other hand there are feline wizards, who are the best representation of what's going on inside a cat's head I've ever met in fiction and who I just want to
Lia Marcoux
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was...a lot of book. Really, so much book. The same extremely devout religious themes appear in this book as in the "So You Want to Be a Wizard" series I read growing up; but at a grander scale, because this was nearly 400 pages of culty superscience cats fighting dinosaurs, delivered completely sincerely. And also the dinosaurs are in a cult, too, and some of them are...magic clones?...and some of those are wizards, and cats are wizards, and people are pets, and it's weird. And weirdest of ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting view of the other wizard species and how they interact with the Powers. Also, as a side note, a very interesting discussion of gender and performative gender.
This book is the SHIT. I don't even LIKE cats and this book is, still, the SHIT.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting addition to the universe of my beloved childhood read So You Want to Be a Wizard. This time, the wizards in question are cats, which draws me to the book all the more, being the cat fanatic I am.

I thought that the cat culture was fairly well-designed in the book, and I could tell the author had done her research. It's true that, linguistically, cats only really meow when they're trying to communicate with humans and that they usually speak in body language and softer tri
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-authors
This book was so weird and I don't regret reading it at all, but parts of it were a slog and other parts were amazing. It is super uneven.

It goes full-on Watership Down with its own world of cat culture and language. And then adds magic on top of that. And dinosaurs. And cat mythology??

There is just so much going on with this book. There are things that I thought were foreshadowing, that are never brought up again. There is a lot of cat culture explained just for the heck of it. There are star
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Memorable and unexpected. Way deeper than one might expect from the main characters being cats. Literally Epic. And the language involved in the mythology and related devotions *feels* right. Be warned, this is not a quick read - if you are a skimmer-for-plot like I am, you will need to slow down and pay attention, like with Pratchett.
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
oh...this was immensely amazing. a lot of similar themes to my other favorite wizard books by duane--but i think with this one there were still valuable and new things said in this narrative. (it's when she doesn't say anything new that i begin to drag my feet.) my heart hurts in the good way.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book not only has a very good story and characters, but it is extremely well-written and clearly thought-out.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers and fantasy lovers
Recommended to Joan by: June Krell
Our system has this classed as adult. I think now this might go YA instead. It was likely classed adult because of people's discomfort with one scene, where the two cats observe sex between two humans which was not at all explicitly described. Other than that, there really isn't much to distinguish this book from others in the Young Wizards series. Rhiow is the main character and is one of the People, what less enlightened souls would refer to as a cat. She is also a feline wizard, sworn to slow ...more
John Kirk
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a spin-off from the "Young Wizards" series, set in the same world. Chronologically, it comes after A Wizard Abroad, although that may get a bit wonky with the new NME timeline because Luciano Pavarotti (who appears in this book) died in 2007. Anyway, you don't need to have read any of those other books first; this is actually the first book in the extended series that I read, and I followed it ok. There are some cameo roles from familiar characters, but this book tells you everything tha ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is set in the same universe as the Young Wizards books, but is more adult-oriented, so decided to give it a try.

It's about the secret lives of cats. Which also happen to be wizards. Which also happen to be continuously saving the world O_o. With random sci-fi elements thrown in for no apparent reason.

It's hard to even decide if it's good or not, though. It tries to pluck strings, which is annoying. It has some strange approaches to magic, which is meh. It has some curious approaches to cat-
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This is one of the few books with an animal protagonist which I have read in which the animals do not seem like humans with slightly different bodies; they have their culture, and traditions, and instincts. They interact in a very different way then humans do. The author is definitely a cat person; she nailed the way that cats behave, and did a good job of expanding from that behavior to an entire society, given that all animals and plants, and even many objects, in this world are sentient and s ...more
A dear favourite, very well narrated by Angele Masters - the preview on Audible UK does her reading of the book far too little justice, as it's much better than it seems judging by said preview. I'll enjoy listening to this again (but "On Her Majesty's Wizardly Service"/"To Serve the Queen" first! Though I must say I wish it were the properly BrEng-edited version that's on Audible, in the circumstances of the tale).

1st GR read 9-13 Jan 2015; 2nd Sept 2015; 3rd 21-25 Apr 2016. 5 stars.

I adore th
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I finally made myself read this book, despite being a bit intimidated by the 446 pages (paperback). I should have known that it would be an enjoyable read and not seem to be nearly that long. Diane Duane is a word weaver, and a very good one. This book is part of the Errantry universe that began with So, You Want To Be A Wizard. It wasn't until I was well into the book that I realized there were others that came before it. However, Duane has set this one up to stand on its own, so while I suspe ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Would like to give 3 1/2 stars because I sit between liked it and really liked it. The author provides well developed characters and a good story. However, the vocabulary specific to the main characters sometimes gets in the way of the story. In addition, the story is heavy on philosophy specific to the universe created around this story.

The author's vivid descriptions present clear pictures in the readers mind as to the characters, their surroundings, and what is happening in the story. So I fe
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, library
I'd been putting off reading this, even though I am an avid fan of Diane Duane's Young Wizards universe, and a sucker for fantasy novels set in New York. I have never been a fan of having talking animals as characters. So I let that put me off.

And boy, was I wrong. This was lovely. The cats worked as fully realized animal characters, with well crafted personalities. Point of view stays mainly in Rhiow's head- she's a house cat and a wizard. As a cat lover myself, I found her meditations on human
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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“A legend can just as well be founded in the future as in the past."
"It's called a 'prophecy,'" Urruah said. "You may have heard of the concept.”
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