The Golden Cat by Gabriel King

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When Gabriel King created The Wild Road, the acclaim was swift and sure. "Absolutely magic . . . Always intriguing," said Richard Adams, bestselling author of Watership Down. USA Today called the book "a diverting fantasy" and the San Francisco Chronicle crowned it "mythical." Now, with The Golden Cat, the enchanting quest continues. For after Tag and his companions vanquished the wicked Alchemist, an even greater evil began to stalk the Wild Road--the pathway through space and time fueled by the life force of all creatures great and small. Tag senses it: something sinister on the horizon.

The ancient prophecy of the golden cat, whose coming will heal the troubled world, has for centuries inspired felines and humans alike. But the Queen of Cats has three golden kittens: Odin, the hunter; the singer, Isis; and the dancing Leonora Whitstand Meril. Which among them, if any, is the savior? This dilemma is quickly eclipsed by the sudden disappearance of two of the kittens, prompting their distraught feline majesties to turn to Tag, who,  as the new Majicou, is their sage advisor and the protector of the Wild Road.

The desperate search moves from the water-lit Oceanarium and sun-dappled Tintagel to the distant Louisiana bayous and the pyramids of Egypt. Time after time, Tag and his friends note a mysterious symbol, though no one can fully interpret its transcendent significance.  And as the heroes struggle on, so does a terrifying, unearthly force--a preternatural vortex threatening the Wild Road, tearing at the very fabric of existence. Only the Majicou in the full glory of his Wildness can resist its destructive energy. But Tag is unprepared for the staggering clash--and disastrously unprepared for the powerful darkness that threatens to consume everything in its wake.

An epic struggle between the purest Good and the darkest Evil. A sweeping odyssey that spans both continents and centuries. Unforgettable characters as human as your own heart. Gabriel King combines these rich elements masterfully into a stunning denouement. A dazzling fantasy adventure, The Golden Cat will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
 

About Gabriel King

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A lifelong cat lover and critically acclaimed author of The Wild Road, Gabriel King has shared a home with every variety of feline, from stray to pedigree. The author lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Ballantine Publishing Group. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But an evil presence still haunts the wild roads, the ghost-highways that are composed of the souls of cats: evidently, the evil Alchemist, who wants to seize the Golden Cat (but what for?) isn’t entirely dead.

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King (actually two authors, both British) continues the adventures of the cats from The Wild Road in this story of ordeals, magic and redemption.

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