Settling into his new life as a familiar, Aldwyn has to work hard to convince the other familiars that he is not a big phoney - something that is not as easy to do as hopes. Then the unthinkable happens and Aldwyn and his new familiar friends must set off on a quest to rescue their loyals from an enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy the loyals, and the familiars that are desperately seeking a way to save them.
This story has many elements that will appeal to young readers - and it is no surprise that the book is going to become an animated movie due for release in 2012. There is adventure, drama, fantasy, magic, a daring quest, an evil villain beyond belief, and the power of friendship. Having the heroes in the form of a bird, a frog, and a cat almost seems like a gag joke, but each of the characters has their own flaws and skills that sees them pull together and be totally believable. This looks like the beginning of a new series, and is probably best for 'tween readers or confident readers from age 8+.
If you like this then try:
- Warriors series by Erin Hunter
- Seekers series by Erin Hunter
- Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
- Rowan of Rin series by Emily Rodda
- Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda
Reviewed by Brilla