Cat lovers and anyone who enjoys our feline friends will discover a gorgeous treat in High Clowder Cats by Ruby Knight, the first entry in the Clowder Cats series. Bushytail is a feral cat on a mission to find a home where he can seek prey without dogs and other inconveniences standing in the way as is the case in the farmyard. He is competitive and prefers to be far from the din created by humans and from competition from other toms. But he reluctantly joins a band of wild toms where he meets Bristle. He allows Bristle to mentor him. He will have to learn and master the three rules and other powers that Bristle wants him to develop. But is he up to it?
High Clowder Cats packs a wallop for readers, with ingeniously developed characters and an adventure that brings a lot of hilarity with it. The author's understanding of the world of cats and their nature is astounding and the superb use of anthropomorphism makes these feline characters adorable and relatable. Ruby Knight's storytelling craft shines in this tale, with timely paragraph breaks, cleverly written dramatic scenes, and terrific descriptions. The prose is fluid and has a spell of its own. But it is the unforgettable characters that readers will adore, these feral cats on a mission that is fraught with challenges, dangers, and enemies. Byshytail’s journey from being a loner to working with others has wonderful lessons for readers. Themes of teamwork, family, responsibility, leadership, love, death, and justice are well-written. While this is a novel about cats, it doesn't lack the realism that readers seek in transporting tales. Pulsating with action, this book is a delightful read, the kind of book you read and pick up again because it is a work of beauty. No cat lover will want to miss this ride!