Wednesday 1 April 2009

The Tygrine Cat by Inbali Iserles

Pages - 256
Publisher - Walker Books
Challenges - Once Upon a Time, 100+, New Authors and A to Z Author

Firstly let me tell you this is not the usual type of book I would read. I struggle to read books that are written from an animals perspective. I can't deal with their way of thinking.

However, I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this book.

The story is about a young cat called Mati, who is put on a ship in Egypt by his mother and send away for his safety. He arrives in England and heads towards a market place, where a group of feral cats rule the territory. They accept Mati into their group with unease and trepidation, they do not like changes of any sort. Mati settles down into life at Cressida Lock, until it becomes clear that his life is in danger. It appears that Mati is no ordinary moggie, he is in fact the remaining son of the Queen of the mythical Egyptian Abyssinia Tygrine cats and has special powers which include being able to sense danger and move between the dream world and this world. Mati and the cats of Cressida Lock work together to save Mati's life from the deadly Mithos sent to kill him by the leader of the opposing Egyptian cat race.

This was a fascinating journey, which keeps you interested all the way through the book. I can't help but say it, that I could actually relate to a cat! You could feel the feelings he felt, the loneliness and abandonment at losing his mother, his love for his new found friends. Mati is such an endearing cat, I wanted to bring him home and feed him Felix cat food! The ending was heartwarming and reminded me of the reasons why I really love cats and helped me to forget my scratched furniture and broken nights of sleep from a heavy purrer.

I thought it was a beautifully written story, suitable for youngsters as well as adults and as I understand it was printed with two different covers to appeal to both adult and child.

This is the first book by Inbali Iserles, a London lawyer and passionate globetrotter. Inbali has since written another book called The Bloodstone Bird, which is another fantasy involving the search for an enchanted bird in the backstreets of London. Definitely one I would like to read too.

Here is a link to Inbali's website

If you are an animal lover, or the children of the house are, then I would recommend this lovely tale to curl up and read with your beloved moggy.


  1. I think if I picked up this book and gave it a chance I might really like it, but it just sounds a little too out there for me. For right now anyway.

  2. I think I would love this book. I've read books from a cats' perspective and always loved them.

  3. I'm a cat lover and I think I'll like this book! Thanks for the review, Viv! :D

  4. I'm an animal lover but I don't know about books from their perspective although I really did love that Bark Up the Tree one I read. I'm glad you ultimately did enjoy it.

  5. Absolutely must get this one for my daughter! Thanks!

  6. Looking forward to this even more now, which I didn't think was possible :D

  7. Glad you liked it, I havent read any book that was written from an animals perspective.


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