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Once in every age, there comes a special cat. His mission is not to rule, but to guide the rulers to their destiny, to uphold the balance of the natural world, and to discover the leonine heart and spirit that is the legacy of all cats everywhere. Now, in the grand storytelling style of Watership Down and Tailchaser's Song, comes an epic tale of adventure and danger, of heroism against insurmountable odds, and of love and comradeship among extraordinary animals who must brave The Wild Road.
Secure in a world of privilege and comfort, the kitten Tag is happy as a pampered house pet--until the dreams come. Dreams that pour into his safe, snug world from the wise old cat Majicou: hazy images of travel along the magical highways of the animals, of a mission, and of a terrible responsibility that will fall on young Tag. Armed with the cryptic message that he must bring the King and Queen of cats to Tintagel before the spring equinox, Tag ventures outside.
But had ancient Majicou somehow misjudged? Tag barely knows his own backyard and is scarely equipped for a quest out into the wide world! But ready or not, Tag is catapulted into the unknown to face danger and win allies in the wily urban fox Loves a Dustbin, and the far-seeing magpie One for Sorrow. Along the way, others will join their quest: Cy, the strange little tabby; Sealink, the globe-trotting cat with an eye for a handsome tom; and Mousebreath, wise in the ways of the world. Together, this band of frightened yet courageous animals will brave the wild road to seek the King and Queen.
But finding the royal pair is only half the challenge, as an evil human known only as the Alchemist doggedly pursues the Queen for his own ghastly ends. For the Queen, a descendant of the legendary line of Golden Cats, holds the key to an ancient prophecy that foretells enormous power for those who control this rare and extraordinary breed.
And if the Alchemist achieves his goal, the world can never be safe again.
A stunning literary achievement, The Wild Road is a sweeping feat of the imagination, an amazing mystical highway to an unseen place known only to cats and their chosen, trusted companions.
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All right, I'm a sucker for animals--pretty much all sorts--and I've always loved animal books: WATERSHIP DOWN, PLAGUE DOGS, RING OF BRIGHT WATER, BLACK BEAUTY (not to mention MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES)... But you can look and look and still not find a book that captures the essential cat. Well, in THE WILD ROAD, Gabriel King captured something so truly feline that the reader gratefully recognizes individual cat personalities.
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor
Advance praise for The Wild Road
"The Wild Road is the gorgeous first volume in a magical quest fantasy--a Watership Down for cat-lovers."
--The Daily Telegraph (London)
"An enthralling epic of a tale which confirms what everyone who has ever spent any time with cats has always suspected: that behind their biddable, meek, and grateful masks the cats we think we know (and are sure we love) are indeed mysterious, mythic, and maddeningly indifferent to us humans. Never again will cat lovers watch their pets disappear into the night without wishing they could follow them down the Wild Road and join the party."
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