No warlock is ever foiled thrice….
I was granted eARC access to A Cat’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom via the author’s ARC team mailing list in exchange for an honest review. Thank you once again, Chris Behrsin! I’m happy to keep reviewing your books and I’m sorry other stuff got in the way of reading this one before pub day.
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About the Book
A Cat’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom
Dragoncat Book Three
by Chris Behrsin
Published 28 June 2021
Genre: Humorous Fantasy
Page Count: 252
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No warlock is ever foiled thrice….
Ben who rides dragons is twice a hero. He’s defeated all kinds of demons and learned how to both battle and become a chimera. That’s powerful stuff for a mere cat.
Oh, how proud his ancestors would be if they saw him today.
But he’s too powerful for Astravar, the mighty warlock and Ben’s nemesis, who can’t stand the thought of being defeated twice by a mere moggie. It’s even more embarrassing that he’s going to have to grovel for others for help destroying the kingdom…
And obviously, when he does, everyone’s going to turn to the mighty dragoncat for help.
That’s the problem with being a hero, you see. When someone threatens to destroy a kingdom, everyone kind of expects you to step up to the plate and save it.
But really, how can a mere cat and his dragon win a battle against seven all-powerful warlocks?
Probably, with an awful lot of help from people he doesn’t particularly like.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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We’re jumping right back into the action with Bengie and the gang and it’s time for the ultimate showdown. A prince who thinks he knows best has arrived at the academy and he wants Bengie and Salanraja to go off alone to fetch Bengie’s prophecied staff and continue on to finally defeat Astravar. His friends aren’t having it, of course, and Bengie sets off on his latest perilous adventure with a bunch of now-fugitive friends at his side.
This book absolutely feels like the culmination of a larger story arc, as I believe it’s meant to, but also sets up a new plotline for future novels in this world. I’m so happy and excited about that, because these books have been so much fun!
There’s a lot of great character development among Bengie’s friends in this one and we start to get glimpses of who these young people and creatures are growing up to be. We get a lot more lore and worldbuilding, too, and learn a lot more about dark magic. My favourite sections were time spent in the ghost realm and any scene with a conversation between Bengie and Tara.
The reason this one isn’t a full 5 stars like the previous two books for me is because in the latter third of the book I noticed myself thinking we’d reached the end, felt a nice wrap-up plateau unfolding, and then something else happened and off we went again. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed that the story kept going because I never want to be done with these books, but I started to feel a bit toyed with and stopped trusting everything that felt like an ending, so much so that when the book actually ended I actually sat and listened to Kindle’s text to speech read out the thank you to readers at the end as well, just to be sure.
If you like clean, absurdist humour in your fantasy novels, this series is absolutely for you! Don’t start here, though. Go back to the prequel novella or book one and enjoy them in order!
About the Author
When Chris Behrsin isn’t out exploring the world, he’s behind a keyboard writing tales of dragons and magical lands. He was born into the genre through a steady diet of Terry Pratchett. His fiction fuses a love for fantasy and whimsical plots with philosophy and voyages into the worlds of dreams.
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