From award-winning storyteller Brooke Burgess (Broken Saints) comes a haunting, touching, and inspired children’s fiction debut – THE CAT’S MAW – the first volume in a contemporary mystery/fantasy epic for brave young readers. With countless rewards for lovers of page-turning adventures, fans of creepy and magical thrills…and, of course, for feline fanatics of all ages!
In the sleepy town of Appleton, a young loner follows a stray cat onto the road and is struck by a car. A leg is shattered, a summer is ruined, and the troubled life of Billy Brahm goes from bad…to cursed.
When the mysterious cat appears at his bedside, Billy is haunted by strange and prophetic dreams — the creatures in them speak of Watchers, and Shadows, and the Enemy that Awakens.
Does this impossible realm hold the key to healing the broken boy? Is the golden-eyed cat there to help him…or to make the nightmares come true?
Too frightened to share the truth with his strict adoptive parents, Billy realizes that the only ones he can turn to are the local vet’s daughter, the town’s ‘crazy cat lady’…
…and a mystical tiger, beckoning from his dreams.
*includes more than 20 original pen-and-ink illustrations by SARA MACHAJEWSKI, along with an exclusive BOOK 2 Preview. ”
Billy bravely navigates a world where he’s been labeled as cursed, hit by a car, and tormented by a rich bully. With the help of a bookmobile librarian and her brilliant cat, a neighbor and her cool cat colony, and a budding love interest with a German Shepherd, Billy conquers his demons.
Billy’s budding love interest, Lynn, is a smart girl who offers sage advice and guidance. The cats are ass-kicking rodent terminators. The beautiful illustrations make it easy to envision this book as a movie. I’m eagerly looking forward to news of a movie adaptation.
You can see The Cat’s Maw at Amazon by clicking on the link below:
The Cat’s Maw (The Shadowland Saga Book 1)
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Cat’s Maw from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.