Monday, October 11, 2010

"The Familiars Review"

Book: The Familiars (Book 1) by  Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Release Date: Sept 7, 2010

  After three young wizard apprentices are kidnapped by the evil queen of a distant land, it is up to their familiars, their magical animal companions -- a street smart alley cat, a precocious blue jay, and a bumbling tree frog -- to save them.

Hmmm I hate starting reviews. I always have trouble on what to say. I will say this "HOLY FREAKING FAMILIAR BATMAT THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!". 

I know it took me awhile to read this book, but it was not from lack of interest. It was merely because my work schedule and training kept my occupied. Seriously i cannot emphasize how good this book was. 

First thing first: This book is directed towards the kid/YA crowd. The writing is simple and sometimes just silly at some points. Some adults may not like its. Seeing that i'm secretly a child inside i rather enjoyed it.Don't let that keep you from reading the book though. It does contain elements such as death and attempted murder. 

The Familiars tackles themes such as believing in yourself, friendship. honesty, and hard work. Aldwyn started out as an ally cat and only got picked up as Jack's familiar by mistake. Soon after he is taken the grand Kalstaff's house three shooting stars fall indicating a new prophecy. Kalstaff like the queen believes that the stars indicated that Jack, Dalton, and Marianne are the new heroes. The difference being is that the queen comes and tries to kill the trio. She is prevented from doing so when Kalstaff uses the last of his life force to put a protective spell over the trio. It becomes up to the three familiars to save their masters. 

Their adventure is filled with challenges that leads them to discovering more about their world and themselves. Aldywn even discovers that he has magical powers. 

The twist for the villain is simply brilliant!! I loved it completely. I'm only going to leave a picture at the end of the post as its hint. 

The Familiars is really a new Harry Potter for a new generation. That is if Harry Potter stared Crookshanks, Hedwig, and the other animals. I'm highly looking forward to the next installment. ^^ 

Rating: 5 Bunnies. Perfectly brilliant. 


GMR said...[Reply to comment]

Great review! With the blog tour going round right now, perfect timing too! Although, when isn't it the perfect time to share something about the books we've read? *ponders*
Thanks for sharing your experience with this one! It's nearing the top of my TBR pile now so I'll be getting in on the fun soon too. Happy reading!