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.