Tuesday, March 30, 2010
White Cat - The Curse Workers Bk 1 - Holly Black
We start with the character Cassel waking up on the rooftop of his dormitory at Wallingford Preparatory and not knowing how he got there. The only thing he knows is that the nightmares about the white cat are driving him insane...
Cassel is the black sheep of his family. They are all curse workers, people who have the ability to change your emotions, memories or luck with a touch of their hands. Cassel is the only one who doesn’t possess any powers. Curse working is illegal. Most people with the ability are members of mob families.
Everyone in his family has always treated Cassel a little differently, but he’s beginning to notice his brothers acting even more oddly. With his troubled past eating at him and suspecting that his brothers are running a con on him, Cassel is coming close to having it out with the people he’s trusted his whole life.
Let me start with saying that Holly Black is like Neil Gaiman to me. Doesn’t matter what they write; I’m going to get it because I know I’ll enjoy it...immensely. White Cat is no exception to this rule.
The cosmology that Ms. Black has built for this series is unique and a lovely change to what’s out there currently. I was sucked into White Cat from the first few pages. You can tell that White Cat is just the beginning of a well planned and well thought out story.
By all means, go forth and buy a copy of White Cat this May and yet again, don’t be scared by the YA markings…this book is for anyone out there who digs Urban Fantasy. I cannot wait to see where Ms. Black takes this story, but I'm definitely in it for the long haul. This is a “Summer Must Have.”
White Cat receives a Classic 4 out of 4 stars.
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