Dark Clowder Cats
by Ruby Knight
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 16 Dec 2023
Storm is having difficulty at cadet school. As Bushytail's daughter, everyone expects her to be the best cadet but she knows that she is far from it. As time goes on, and she still can't master the three rules, she becomes discouraged. It is not until the clowder is under threat and she is forced to make a journey to the city that she finds the skills within herself to lead others.
When the guardians charge her with a mission to help the leader of Dark Clowder she is confused and disappointed. After the harm Brokenear caused she had hoped that Dark Clowder was disbanded for good, but the Guardians insist that all four clowders need to be strong for the Stone to be strong. She dutifully tries to play her part but is filled with doubts about whether or not she is doing the right thing. It is not an easy journey, but along the way she discovers that although she is not good at being still, she has other skills to offer.
In the end she is forced to make hard choices. Does she follow in her father's footsteps or not?
Dark Clowder Cats by Ruby Knight is an enchanting tale woven around the lives of feral cats, introducing readers to their world filled with challenges, secrets, and the relentless quest for survival. This book brings forth a rich narrative that follows the lives of Storm, Bushytail, and the interconnected fate of the clowder. The story immerses readers in a thrilling journey, unfolding the secrets of the clowders and the cats that navigate the world with resilience and determination. From Storm's struggles at cadet school to Bushytail's perilous journey in search of territory, Knight paints an evocative picture of the cats’ lives, offering a multifaceted narrative that captures the various aspects of feline existence.
The characters in Dark Clowder Cats are intricately designed, each with their own unique challenges and dilemmas, bringing depth and authenticity to the tale. Storm’s journey to discover her own strengths and confront her doubts as she leads the Dark Clowder is a testament to the dilemmas of identity, duty, and choices. Meanwhile, Bushytail's quest is steeped in danger and discovery, revealing an intriguing storyline that hooks the readers' attention.
The narrative style of Ruby Knight captures the essence of the feral cat world, weaving an engaging plot that keeps the readers captivated and eager to go deeper into the mysteries and challenges faced by the feline characters. The richness of the storytelling draws readers into a vivid world where the stakes are high and the challenges daunting, making it an engaging read for feline enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Dark Clowder Cats opens the door to a world where determination, courage, and the power of choices form the essence of the narrative. Knight's storytelling prowess creates a compelling universe for readers, leaving them eagerly anticipating the subsequent adventures that await the clowder. This second book in the series offers a delightful reading experience, especially for feline lovers.
Reviewed By: Jane Riley
Reviewed Date: November 8, 2023
Average rating from 3 members
Princess Fuzzypants here: There are some stories that you can pick up on the second or third book and never miss a beat. This is not one of them. Read the first book, which I loved, first. It will give you the background to enjoy this second one that focuses on the next generation of kits, especially Storm and Still, half brother and sister with a common mother. Their upbringings could not have been more different. They each approach the other with suspicion but discover a bond that may be the only hope for their two clowders to survive.
It will not be easy. Storm and Still will make many mistakes, some of the violent and deadly, before they come to realize that for their kind to survive, all cats must respect each other and their clowders and work together for the safety and well being of all. The journey will be far and perilous for both. But in the course of it, they become very different kits to whom they were when they started. And Storm develops into the leader that is needed who will make her father very proud.
It is an exciting story and the reader gets swept along in this feline world in which humans play a small but destructive role. I am looking forward to the third instalment. Five purrs and two paws up.
This was a strong sequel in the Clowder Cats series, it had everything that I enjoyed from the first books. The characters were everything that I was expecting and glad I got to continue this series. Ruby Knight has a great writing style and it left me wanting to read more in this world.