Review: The Familiars

Posted on October 26, 2010

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The Familiars
By Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Illustrated by Bobby Chiu
HarperCollins
September 2010
368 pages

The Familiars is the first book in a new series and soon-to-be a major motion picture. Authors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson are former screenwriters. In keeping with that theme, The Familiars is Harry Potter meets The Golden Compass meets The Fellowship of the Ring. Aldwyn is a street-smart cat with a taste for fresh fish and a talent for narrow escapes from Grimslade, the bounty hunter. After one such escape he winds up in a menagerie of creatures with magical abilities, known as familiars. To his amazement and delight he is chosen by a young wizard named Jack to be his familiar. Just when the alley cat thought he had it made, Jack, his sister, and a schoolmate are kidnapped by the evil Queen Loranella. It is up to Alwyn, plus a cheeky blue jay named Skylar and a bumbling tree frog named Gilbert, to save them. Despite its derivative nature this book features imaginative creatures like spyballs and gundabeasts and is jam-packed with the kind of comedy and adventure kids love.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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