Title: Sora’s Quest
Series: Cat’s Eye Chronicles (Book 1)
Author: T.L. Shreffler
Published: April 18, 2012
Pages: 250 pages
Source: Purchased (freebie)
Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man–and is kidnapped.
Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go–not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.
But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her?
It came as a huge surprise when I ended up loving this book. I had absolutely no expectations of it and I didn’t even know it existed until a fellow fangirl on a Goodreads group recommended it to me (we are now good friends btw). It’s amazing, exciting, and everything I dream of when searching for a new book! I loved the fantastic adventure I was pulled into and even more the fictional friends I made.
Sora’s Quest is about a girl who’s desperate to run away from her rich yet miserable life. As she’s planning to run away, things go horribly wrong and she ends up being kidnapped instead. Now she’s forced to help the assassin that’s holding her ransom, and help him flee the wolfy (a magical race) that’s trying to kill him and company, as she owns a Cat’s Eye that can protect the wearer or help out against magic. That is, if she can manage to make it do her bidding.
This book is a lot of fun and I really liked Sora as the main character (although we get other POV’s). She’s not exactly hero-material at the beginning of the book, but she grows steadily through every page. I liked her determination and her distrust of her captors, despite coming to learn they aren’t as bad as they look. I thought that made her much more real, and stronger as a person. However, I liked her loyalty to them as they started to become friends, and even when she’s frightened, she pushes away her fears and fights to protect them.
The other characters were so great as well, especially Crash, who came to be my favorite thanks to his mysterious personality. I won’t rest until I learn everything about him. Dorian and Burn were fun to be around with, and one of them broke my heart a bit. These fellows certainly prove that you can’t judge books (in this case, people) by their covers until you get to know them.
The plot was fast-paced and there’s never a dull moment. The author sure loves to throw at you twist after twist, and all the while maintaining this dark magical setting with just the right amount of light banter between the characters to keep it from being too heavy. She even manages to give a pinch of possible romantic feelings between Sora and Crash (yes!) to keep the readers entertained and looking forward to see how that develops later on in the series (you bet I’m looking forward to that).
Right now I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next, but I’m keeping a tight hold of myself from searching spoilers because for some strange reason, I sometimes do that when I become obsessed. But no, I will resist and I’ll enjoy the next book and dearly hope it turns out to be as good as Sora’s Quest. Wait no, hopefully better!
Note: This book is a freebie! So grab your copy and dive into this world, you won’t regret it, I promise. Well, if you like fantasy books, that is. 😉
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