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  • 07/2013
  • B00E8HLL9U
  • 322 pages
  • $2.99
Songs In the Year of the Cat (Tails from the Upper Kingdom Book 3)
One Shogun, Three Armies, Five Thousand Years of War. The Battle for the Human Race is about to get Wild. SONGS IN THE YEAR OF THE CAT is the Third in the Original Series by H. Leighton Dickson and picks up where TO WALK IN THE WAY OF LIONS leaves off. Ancestors are rising in the west and armies are moving from the North and the East. Captain Wynegarde-Grey has only just returned to the capital of the Upper Kingdom and he is immediately pulled into the conflict as cauldrons of oil are burning all along the Great Wall and the drums of war force all soldiers back into duty. But a mysterious woman is changing things, manipulating behind the scenes as Sherah al Shiva, ninjaah and sorceress, slips back into his life with companions that could divide the known world. This is a sweeping post-apocalyptic tale of genetically altered lions and tigers, wolves and dragons in a world that has evolved in the wake of the fall of human civilization. Half feline, half human, their culture blends those of Dynastic China, Ancient India and Feudal Japan where humans are legend and kingdoms have risen in their stead. Fans of Tolkien, GAME OF THRONES, PLANET OF THE APES or Japanese anime will be entertained in these intelligent and beautifully written pages in a blend of science, fantasy and zoological speculation.
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A terrific conclusion, with the door (thankfully) open for more!

By Szabolcs Szterszky on July 29, 2014

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I've said it about the first two books in this series, and I'll repeat it here: This is wide-screen heroic fantasy in the grandest and most soul-stirring tradition. These wonderful "Tails" seem tailor-made for mega-budget films, if not in reality then most certainly in the imagination, which may ultimately be far better.

As always, the heart of this series remains its characters -- that collection of attractive, urbane, witty felines, along with a few canines and others thrown into the mix. They engage in the cleverest banter, and they grow as individuals and in their relationships in ways often unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking, but always satisfying in the end. They're like real people, friends you care for and feel for, mourn with and rejoice with.

And the world-building! Sights, sounds and smells, food and nature, tender moments and visceral battles, patterns of colours, symbols and epithets, all lovingly drawn and woven into a richly imagined tapestry for the mind and senses.

The term "epic" is criminally overused these days, but make no mistake, this is epic stuff in the truest, most soaring sense of the word. And after all, cats are an epic people.

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 07/2013
  • B00E8HLL9U
  • 322 pages
  • $2.99

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