An alley cat chosen as a familiar by a young magician? If it helps him escape from a bounty hunter, then being a familiar is fine with Aldwyn. He feels a mysterious bond with Jack from the start, but what will happen when Jack discovers that his new cat-friend has no magical powers to help him cast spells?
Jack, his sister Marianne, Dalton, and their Familiars are learning magic with Kalstaff, who saved their land from the Undead Army Uprising many years ago, along with Queen Loranella, and the Mountain Alchemist. It is the Queen’s great magical power that now keeps Vastia’s borders strong against terrible beasts from The Beyond.
Three shooting stars in the night sky make Kalstaff suddenly direct his student magicians to head for safety, but they are kidnapped and imprisoned by the Queen, now their enemy instead of their ally.
It’s up to their Familiars – a bluejay, a treefrog, and an alley cat – to find their prison and together work the spells that will free their Loyal humans, before evil magical creatures overrun their land. Just three days to cross unbridged rivers, climb frozen mountains, and survive treacherous marshes as they gather the clues and spells that they need.
Can Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert save their Loyals and their land? Will the Mountain Alchemist share his secrets to help them? What can an alley cat do against a powerful magical queen turned evil?
Friendship, courage, and mysteries from Vastia’s past fill this exciting book, first in a series.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA