Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria
By Rahma Krambo
You humans may have noticed we cats have a fascination with books. When you are reading them, we have to check them out ourselves. When they are sitting on the bed or a table, we enjoy flopping down on them. But did it ever occur to you that our interest may go deeper than what you see? Considering how attached we are to the written word, it would be no surprise if we cats were the guardians of books and the knowledge they contain. And that is the premise of this fantasy novel.
Marco enjoys his sedate life with his human, Lucy, and her grandmother until one day he discovers firsthand the magic that lies within the pages of books — he learns how to read. When the grandmother is suddenly taken ill and his human’s life is thrown into chaos, Marco strikes off on his own and finds real-life adventures, thanks to a cat named Cicero, who is not only the guardian cat of a library, but of one of the mystical books rescued from the ancient library of Alexandria. Cicero takes Marco across time and space to explain his mission and enlists his help to save the book once again from a dangerous, evil human foe. But that’s not the only battle the cats have to face — there is also a rogue band of raccoons whose leader also lusts after the power and magic contained in the book.
The story starts off just a little bit slowly, but once you’ve met the main characters, it is nearly impossible to put down! Fans of the Warriors books, or the Windrusher series (which isn’t anywhere near as well-known as it should be) will enjoy Marco and Cicero’s adventure. The author leaves enough open ends to suggest that there could be one or more sequels. I hope there are — I would love to hear more from the guardian cats.
My review copy of this book was provided by the author.