A New Tale Is Added to this Christy Award-Winning Fantasy Saga! Submissive to her father's will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves--Lord Alistair, future king of the North Country. But within the walls of Gaheris Castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair to the brink of insanity. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta's tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the North Country into civil war. And far away in a hidden kingdom, a fire burns atop the Temple of the Sacred Flame. Acolytes and priestesses serve their goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice...and for the one person who can wield it.
I thoroughly enjoy Anne Elisabeth and her amazing creativity... her love for cats, rescuing wild cats and writing such an interesting cat-fey into her story led to this great Top Ten...
Top Ten Cats in Lit
By: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
1. Tom Kitten – I grew up loving Beatrix Potter, and The Tale of Tom Kitten was always a favorite!
2. Cat – She was just a little tabby cat whom everyone called Cat in a lovely picture book by Rumer Godden, A Kindle of Kittens. And I adored her.
3. Sebastian – The long-suffering parish cat in The Church Mice series of picture books by Graham Oakley. These books are among the best children’s picture books of all time, with clever stories and illustrations that will entertain adults as well as children.
4. Stew Cat, Blue Cat, and Clue Cat – Possibly all the same cat, but who’s to say for certain? Nothing is certain in The Thief of Always, an odd and slightly creepy novel by Clive Barker.
5. Sid – He likes to have his six dinners from his six different houses. He’s a clever and creative cat, is this star from another fantastic children’s book, Six Dinner Sid, by Inga Moore.
6. Cheshire Cat – What list of literary cats would be complete without Lewis Carroll’s wonderful creation? I recently read Alice in Wonderland out loud to my husband while on a long, cross-country drive, and we were both cracking up with laughter! Such a great story.
7. Llyan – The enormous, enchanted cat from The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander. I always loved her. I mean, if a cat is great, doesn’t that mean an ENORMOUS cat is that much better?
8. Gareth – Another cat hero invented by Lloyd Alexander in his debut novel, Time Cat. Gareth is a no-nonsense sort of cat, but he takes care of his human, Jason, as they go traveling through time together.
9. Maurice – Sir Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite writers, and I particularly enjoyed his The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.
10. Throgmorton – Because that’s just an awesome cat name! Also, this cat was invented for The Lives of Christopher Chant by the wonderful Queen of Fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones, another all-time favorite of mine.
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