Kat among the Pigeons – Lazette Gifford

 Kat among the Pigeons by Lazette Gifford.
Stars: 3.5 of five.
Author’s summary:  Katlyn is a fae whose job is to stand the line between human and magical lands, a secret she has trouble hiding from her new human boyfriend even before she unexpectedly finds the fate of the world in her hands. 
     She isn’t strong magically, and unlike other fae who understand all animals, she only speaks with birds and cats — not a good combination.  However, when she isn’t able to reach other fae for help, Kat and her boyfriend frantically fight the enemy with the aid of a lazy tom cat, an African gray parrot who only speaks in verse, and a wise-cracking cockatiel with a bad attitude.  
    She’s trying very hard not to think the world is doomed.   From the author’s site Read a free excerpt – but beware, you too may buy it  once you are hooked.

In poking around fantasy-writing blogs, the name Lazette Gifford comes up.  She has a reputation for being a great teacher/explainer of the writing process…  I followed along a couple links and the next thing I knew, I was reading the first several chapters of this novel. I had to know how it ended, so I bought it from smashwords.com.  Very unlike my usual M.O. of library-requesting.

So, Kat among the Pigeons.  What I absolutely enjoyed the most was the very strong sense of place in this book – the feel of hiking through those mountains, the peace in the forest.  Exactly the kinds of places I would like to be, and this story took me there.  The town itself is also well realized.  Kat herself was a good companion through the story – likable and believably explaining her magic without heavy exposition.

It reminds me a little of Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff, if you’re looking for parallels.  I would happily read more about Kat!

What was wrong with it?  Nothing much wrong… I would have liked more of … I am not sure what was missing.  More characters, perhaps? 

Once the big showdown was underway, the focus stayed with Kat and her man, exclusively, as they zipped from location to location.  Perhaps Williams, Banks, and Abercrombie have conditioned me to expect rotating p.o.v. too much. 🙂

The romance was laid on with a very light brush, and included thoroughly tasteful fading to black at the appropriate moments.  Nonetheless, the attraction was quite plausible.

Little peeves

  • A main, minor thing – it annoyed me seeing The Edge with both words capitalized and italicized throughout the book.  Perhaps it’s not so noticeable in true book format, but reading it as a PDF, it really stood out.  I’m ok with using italics for elvish and other languages, but this seemed too… too something.  Perhaps this way instead “I stepped closer to the edge, and ran my fingers across the rippling light?” I think I might even have preferred a non-English term for it.
  • The title. I guess the silliness is a signal that this is a light romantic fantasy.  Still, it was a touch much.  However, I give Gifford many bonus points for working in the actual pigeons so very plausibly.  At first I was afraid they’d be jimmied in just to justify the title.  Concerns unfounded 🙂
  • The possession. Seemed a little forced as a device, in that it also cranked up the romantic tension for several scenes.


Other reviews of Kat (added by me, not generated)

Hmm… anyone?

Do you have review I should include? Let me know in a comment, and I will add the link here.

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