Diane Duane: The Book of Night with Moon

FW1_BONWM_Final_C_Long_2400x1600_270xThe Book of Night with Moon (Feline Wizards #1)
by Diane Duane
(fantasy, could be YA)

This is an amusing book, but it also has more depth to it than you’d expect from a book about cat wizards. It discusses silly things like how cats can seem to appear out of thin air, but also more serious things like entropy and choice and why even fights that seem hopeless are worth fighting.

That is actually what I like the most about this whole greater world… the Young Wizards series as well as the Feline Wizards series. It is a set of fun stories that tell deeper truths; YA novels that continue to carry meaning for adults.

Be warned, though, this one does have some sadder moments, especially for cat owners. It’s mostly silly and happy and uplifting, but… well. For any story to have real depth, it must also have some sacrifice.

(Side note: if you want a copy of this e-book, you can get one at the author’s website, here. I’m not affiliated or anything, but when I bought her e-books this seemed to be the best way to do so instead of going through a third party.)

As for a synopsis… there are wizards, and some of them are cats. These particular cat wizards are some of the beings responsible for maintaining a system of gates which allow instantaneous travel between distant locations — some on Earth, and some on other planets. One day, while investigating some trouble one of the gates is having, they encounter a young cat barely out of kittenhood who has just been offered his Ordeal (which is how one becomes a wizard). Wizardry follows the rules of “you found it, you fix it,” and so the team must not only fix their problem gate but also shepherd a willful young potential wizard through his Ordeal… all while not getting eaten by dinosaurs.

I really like most of the things about this book. There are a few things that bug me (though not enough to hinder my enjoyment of the story). The biggest one is that the cats have “slang” versions of human speech which they often use in place of the human word, or the dialog will mix in cat words with human ones. This makes sense in its way, and it makes the world building more real and deep. However, it can be hard to sort out when you’re starting the story.  The feline word “houiff,” for example, means “dog” (think of the sound a dog makes when it says “woof” and you’ll see where it comes from). Mostly I am fine with this as an example of good worldbuilding. In some cases, however, I don’t make the connection between the cat words used and the human word they’re supposed to sound like. The biggest hurdle for me was at the beginning trying to decipher the MC’s (main cat’s) version of her human’s names, and the cat name for New York. In general, though, it’s just names that I had trouble with.

Rating: 5 stars

TW: death of a family member

Comments are closed.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Nut Free Nerd

the blog of a bookish, nut-allergic girl

A Dance With Books

Reviews, Recommendations, Discussions and Book Hauls

A Book Wanderer

Traveling through books one page at a time.

Backstage Knits

Random knitting thoughts from a theater lover. Hartford, CT

The Quiet Pond

Your Friendly Fantasy-Themed Book Blog - Book Reviews, Recommendations, and More

Perspective of a Writer

From a Storytelling Fangirl


Because booze can't cure everything...

The Bookwyrm's Den

Hoarding books, bacon, and coffee

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

A Yarny Life

A Life filled with Yarn, Books, Writing and More

Michelle Louring

Books, Owls and Overall Geekiness

Perspective of a Writer

Examining writing, one story at a time.

Hamlets & Hyperspace

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Reviews

Perfectly Tolerable

A Pride and Prejudice Lovers Guide to Other Books

The Restricted Section

Nerdy Girl, Romantic Reads


this, that, those, and these other things (but mostly dogs)

the paperback piano

Reader. Musician. Tea drinker.

Foxes and Fairy Tales: Book Blog

Reviews, tags, discussions and reccomendations


For Wyverns, Writing and Weirdness!

Fran Laniado- Author

Welcome to the website of YA Fantasy author Fran Laniado

Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road

Without a Good SFF Book, Life's Road is Hell

K.L. Kranes

Writing Reading Life

Captain's Quarters

Exploring sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult novels.

The Daily Bailey

Puppy Thoughts and Photo Shots

the orang-utan librarian

welcome to the virtual library

%d bloggers like this: