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Cat Sidhe: Into the Witch Lands I

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A human spirit banished to the body of a cat.

Merliss has seen centuries of change, centuries of trouble.

Something nasty has come through one of the ley gates. It walks upright. It talks. And it looks like an oversized cat, but as Merliss can attest, it doesn't smell like a cat.

It's a cat sidhe on the hunt for slaves, anyone with opposabl
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Published May 15th 2018
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James Field
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this story in one sitting (it's not a big book). It sizzled along with magic, from start to finish, hardly giving me time to breathe. Mr Chapman builds his ancient and mystical world with enough detail to bring it alive in my mind, and by the end of the story I felt I knew the characters as well as I know my own family. (Not that any of them are witches)

Cat Sidhe is, obviously, a cat. Not a very nice one either: big, slimy, and full of evil. Merliss is also a cat: normal size,
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Kathleen Garlock
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Merliss is immortal, or close enough. Transformed into a cat centuries before this story begins, she hangs stubbornly onto the remnants of her humanity by living with a most humanitarian wizard and mentoring his somewhat obtuse apprentice, Saerwynn. While gathering plants with magical properties near a group of rocks Merliss identifies as a ley gate, they are surprised and overwhelmed by a cat Sidhe (shee), an evil witch who has voluntarily transformed into a cat one too many times. Merliss’ and ...more
David Reiss
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jeff Chapman has created an interesting protagonist in the ancient feline, Merliss. A millenia-old soul bound to the body of a cat, Merliss posesses ancient knowledge and the perseverence that can be granted only by long experience; she is, however, hindered by the limitations of her feline form and instincts. When taken as a whole, these traits makes for a compelling and quite enjoyable character.

The author portrays the protagonist's constant battle against her cat-like instincts very well. Th
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Ian Miller
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sidhes are "people of the mound", and are supposedly good fairies. The cat sidhe is apparently not good at all. Anyway, the story. The story is a simple one wherein a cat sidhe bewitches Saerwynn (a young woman with apparent sorceress potential, but we don't really see it) and takes her through ley gates to somewhere else. The essence of the story is "there and back again, to rescue Saerwynn". The rescuer is Merliss, a soul bound into the form of a cat, and seemingly forced to live like a cat. T ...more
Nico Genes
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, action, fantasy
Wonderfully written fantasy novel.

Where can we find human spirits? In this fantasy paranormal adventure, they are in the bodies of animals and birds. The main protagonist is Merliss, a human spirit banished to the body of a cat. She, the cat, is supposed to be centuries old that she alone can’t remember anymore. Already from the beginning, we meet Saerwynn, Farland’s apprentice that she is yet to discover her gifts. The main problem is their encounter with a bad creature, a cat sidhe, a witch that
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jethro punter
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unusual but enjoyable read

When I first began reading this book I wasn’t immediately sure what to make of it. The tone and language were closer to a medieval folk story or myth than my normal reads. But as I progressed through the story it clicked into place and each chapter (or set of chapters) became its own tale within the wider story. The writer does a good job of creating a big tale set against a small background, with an epic journey within what I assumed to be a relatively small ge
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A.L.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy escaping into magical fantasy settings, then this story is for you. It's a short novel, the first in a trilogy, and reads at a lightning pace. I devoured it over the course of two days. Chapman does a great job writing action scenes and holding readers in suspense. It's a cliche to say, "I couldn't put it down," but honestly, that's how it felt. The story moves quickly and the action builds from chapter to chapter.

This is not a high fantasy story filled with explanations of people
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Kayla Krantz
Different kind of fantasy than I was expecting, but interesting all the same. Merliss, banished into the body of a cat, has learned a dangerous secret. There’s danger coming, and she must sound the alarm. On the way home, however, she gets lost and must rely on the help of creatures she meets along the way to survive.

As the first in the series, this was definitely a hard hitter. While the beginning was a bit slow, it hooked me once it started to pick up. Merliss was a very strong cha
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Paula Dyches
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it reminded me of the book The Familiars but for an older crowd. The big difference in this one is a main character is a person that was cursed to be a cat and has been stuck that way for thousands of years. She is trying to help her Apprentice to the magician that she lives with as they encounter a cat sidhe. This is a great book for those who like magic and animal-based stories. I would say it is probably Middle School age and up for content. The narrator also di ...more
Lidia
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:

The first in any series is a tough one for the writer, I think. It has to introduce the characters, it has to set the events for the whole series, it has to literally drag the reader into the world created so that they want to stay and read on... Sometimes that means that the pace of the book is a bit slow, especially at the beginning. And that's the case here, thus one star deducted for the story... But that's the only fault of the bo
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Christine Rains
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Merliss is more than an ordinary cat. She's been around for centuries, but the trouble coming her way isn't something she's prepared for. A cat sidhe has come out of the ley gates hunting for slaves and nabs a girl Merliss must try to save. Traveling through the gates is dangerous business, and one does not always turn up where they expect. Will Merliss be able to rescue her friend and make it back home in time to warn everyone else?

A wonderful first book in this fantasy series where
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odedo1
This is a first for me, a new genre a new adventure.
Because this genre is new to me it took me a while to understand what’s going on but once I got it and into it there was no stopping me from getting all the way into the story.
Jeff Chapman can surely tell a tale and Jannie Meisberger have done a great job narrating the whole thing beautifully.
I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out, I feel that it will be full of surprises and twists.

Absolutely recommend this audiobook !!!
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Kathy
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bad cats and good ones. Supper

I live stories with cats. I have 6 of my own and if I was a talented writer I could tell some tails. But I'm not so I'm so grateful to those who can. Anyway this a very exciting and fun fantasy can't wait for the next one to come out.
Katie Carroll
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Merliss is an old soul in a cat's body. She's seen a lot in her many years, but when a cat sidhe--a creature that resembles a cat but wants to enslave others--comes through a ley gate on the moors, Merliss knows she and her human companions are in for a heap of trouble.

Jeff Chapman has created a magical world in his fantasy CAT SIDHE: Into the Witch Lands I. This fast-paced read has just enough details to immerse the reader in this unique fantasy world. But it's the characters that will keep yo
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Jan Sjostrand
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Very well written story I was drawn in from the start.Cannot wait to read the next book. Great charts a n description
Jenna
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of this book.

The story was hard for me to get into the first time around, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and gave it a second listen. There is a lot of detail, perhaps almost too much; I found the characters hard to get attached to and I'm not sure if it was just that I didnt relate or if it was the narration. I often felt lost or didnt really understand what was going on, and it's because I missed stuff because it wasn't keeping my attention. From what I
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Bonnie Dale Keck
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
kindle unlimited, normally {on goodreads} would give it a 3 where okay means okay, neither luv nor hate it etc, but since amazon puts that as 'negative' review, 4 it is, because rest of free world and then some says okay means not hated, not bad, not fanastic etc O K A Y, just couldn't get in to it, guess sort of my one of my reading genres but still just wasn't happening with me

A human spirit banished to the body of a cat. Merliss has seen centuries of change, centuries of trouble.<
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Deedra
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audible:This was ,what seemed to be ,a bunch of stories.It took me a while to figure it out.It was okay. It was not what I expected it to be. Narration by Jannie Meisberger was very nice. was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
Cmoore
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful story... The book follows Merliss, a cat who's not really a cat at all, but a human spirit that was ensorcelled centuries ago... And boy does she have her work cut out for her in this story...
The Cat Sidhe are crossing over into human territory and they're up to no good... Merliss loses herself crossing the ley-lines and needs to get home quick so she can sound the alarm... To find her way Merliss accepts aid from some very unlikely sources, such as wolves and birds. This
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