Monday, April 21, 2008

The Outlaw Varjak Paw (book review)

The Outlaw Varjak Paw, by SF Said, is the author's second novel in this series. In the first, we met Varjak Paw, the brave and noble cat who saved his family from disaster. Now, his story continues. Varjak lives with his friends Holly and Tam in the city. It's mostly a happy life, although sometimes they have to struggle through harsh times.

But everything changes when Sally Bones's gang attacks. Sally Bones is the meanest of the mean, and she can freeze you where you stand with just a look from her single, ice-blue eye.

Sally Bones has kidnapped one of Holly's friends, a little kitten named Jess. To save her and end Sally Bones's rule once and for all, Varjak gathers a small army and meets some very unlikely allies and friends in the process.

Varjak is skilled in the power of the Way, an ancient martial art for cats. But will the Way alone be enough to rescue Jess and destroy Sally Bones forever?

I thought this book was a sequel worthy of its predecessor. The story pulled me right in, and I couldn't put it down! I also liked how the story wove in and out of two worlds--the harsh real world and Varjak's strange dream world. And sometimes, with the characters, there's more than meets the eye.