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A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology There's just something magical about cats. Fierce hunters content to rest upon our sofas. Sweet friends but stubbornly independent. Fluffy little murder balls with jellybean toes and razor-sharp claws. It's easier to answer what cats aren't than what they are. In this purr-fect collection, awesome authors pounce upon the challenge of the A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology There's just something magical about cats. Fierce hunters content to rest upon our sofas. Sweet friends but stubbornly independent. Fluffy little murder balls with jellybean toes and razor-sharp claws. It's easier to answer what cats aren't than what they are. In this purr-fect collection, awesome authors pounce upon the challenge of the mysterious cat like the elusive little red dot it is. Curl up with sixteen stories all featuring our furry, frisky, fabulous feline friends. Inside, you'll find adorable house cats, majestic big cats, and imperious cat-dragons. You'll meet cats who are their owners' protectors, who help them find true love, and who tackle the challenges of caring for their clumsy human companions in hilarious, heartwarming, and harrowing ways. This fifth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy features new and returning authors, dedicated to giving you the best in cat-related fantasy fiction.


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A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology There's just something magical about cats. Fierce hunters content to rest upon our sofas. Sweet friends but stubbornly independent. Fluffy little murder balls with jellybean toes and razor-sharp claws. It's easier to answer what cats aren't than what they are. In this purr-fect collection, awesome authors pounce upon the challenge of the A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology There's just something magical about cats. Fierce hunters content to rest upon our sofas. Sweet friends but stubbornly independent. Fluffy little murder balls with jellybean toes and razor-sharp claws. It's easier to answer what cats aren't than what they are. In this purr-fect collection, awesome authors pounce upon the challenge of the mysterious cat like the elusive little red dot it is. Curl up with sixteen stories all featuring our furry, frisky, fabulous feline friends. Inside, you'll find adorable house cats, majestic big cats, and imperious cat-dragons. You'll meet cats who are their owners' protectors, who help them find true love, and who tackle the challenges of caring for their clumsy human companions in hilarious, heartwarming, and harrowing ways. This fifth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy features new and returning authors, dedicated to giving you the best in cat-related fantasy fiction.

30 review for Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenelle

    Not going to give this a star-rating because I'm understandably biased (I have a story in this anthology). However, I will say that these stories were ALL super cute and fun. I don't even think I had a "least favorite" story, and that's very rare for an anthology of short stories (especially as I'm not usually a huge fan of short stories). These were all intriguing, well-written, and wrapped up nicely. Some of them have ties to other story worlds, and I am excited to go read those longer works Not going to give this a star-rating because I'm understandably biased (I have a story in this anthology). However, I will say that these stories were ALL super cute and fun. I don't even think I had a "least favorite" story, and that's very rare for an anthology of short stories (especially as I'm not usually a huge fan of short stories). These were all intriguing, well-written, and wrapped up nicely. Some of them have ties to other story worlds, and I am excited to go read those longer works and spend more time with some of these delightful characters, but I don't feel like I've been left hanging, or like I need to read those books to better understand these short stories. Let's see... things you should know if you pick up this anthology: One story made me laugh out loud. One story made me cry. One story put a grin on my face I couldn't wipe away. One story gave me all the warm fuzzies. Several stories satisfied my need for pure fantasy complete with magic, dragons, and a medieval setting. Several stories made me go, "AHA!" One story made me want to curl up on my couch in front of a fireplace with a bowl of popcorn and a mug of hot apple cider. My own story reveals that I have a somewhat dark and extremely odd sense of humor.... Most of these stories made me want to get a cat... which is not something I usually admit to. :-D

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anonyma'am

    5 stars for two reasons: 1. Cats 2. I turned the last page without realizing it and was shocked and disappointed because that was it, that was all. That doesn't happen to me very often with anthologies! Truly good stories! I'm not sure there was a dud in the bunch! Cats.

  3. 5 out of 5

    H.L. Burke

    was the acquisitions editor on this project, so yep, read it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.O. Bonham

    I feel like I should preface this by saying, I'm really not a cat person. But after reading this anthology of cat inspired stories, I want one. Especially if it's you know, a magic cat. Which all if these are. What else would you expect? They are the Fellowship of Fantasy after all. In their Fifth short story anthology the FOF delves into the lore and magic of the humble feline. Okay not that humble. Each one of these stories features a cat of some type. Most are simple house cats. Many can talk. I feel like I should preface this by saying, I'm really not a cat person. But after reading this anthology of cat inspired stories, I want one. Especially if it's you know, a magic cat. Which all if these are. What else would you expect? They are the Fellowship of Fantasy after all. In their Fifth short story anthology the FOF delves into the lore and magic of the humble feline. Okay not that humble. Each one of these stories features a cat of some type. Most are simple house cats. Many can talk. A few are like people, a couple can shift into people, and one, only one is half dragon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    4.5 stars for a fun anthology centered around cats. The stories are as different as cats, so there will be one to suit most any reader's taste. Some I liked more than others, but nearly all of them made me wish I had a cat, even though I've never had one! My favorite stories were "Destined for Greatness," "The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew," "Whisker Width," and "The Cat-Dragon and the Unicorn". But "The Magic of Catnip" was clever, and "Death Always Collects" was especially 4.5 stars for a fun anthology centered around cats. The stories are as different as cats, so there will be one to suit most any reader's taste. Some I liked more than others, but nearly all of them made me wish I had a cat, even though I've never had one! My favorite stories were "Destined for Greatness," "The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew," "Whisker Width," and "The Cat-Dragon and the Unicorn". But "The Magic of Catnip" was clever, and "Death Always Collects" was especially poignant, even without reading the author's note. Recommended for fantasy lovers, whether or not you are already a cat lover! (This book can make you one, in that case.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Ardnek

    There were a lot of good ones, but most underwhelmed me. A common problem was a rushed ending plot twist that left me confused. If you like cats and fantasy of any sort, you'll probably find something in this collection to love, though!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Hughson

    With sixteen stories by various authors, there's something for everyone here. Most of the stories were four-star reads. A couple blew me away and earned five stars. There was only one that I couldn't get into and didn't read, which is excellent odds. If you love cats, you'll find something to adore about this anthology. If you read fantasy, you'll be glad to sample the various authors represented here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Paws , Claws, and Magic Tales is such an enjoyable read about cats , yes cats 16 stories of felines that are sometimes more than they seem . I must admit I like cats lol and I enjoyed every story . And when I got to the end of this I was a bummed that it was over . All of these stories are suitable for children and adults like me lol . And if your not a cat person you very well may be after you read these fantastic stories about cats . It's free on Amazon ( or it was when I got it a few weeks Paws , Claws, and Magic Tales is such an enjoyable read about cats , yes cats 16 stories of felines that are sometimes more than they seem . I must admit I like cats lol and I enjoyed every story . And when I got to the end of this I was a bummed that it was over . All of these stories are suitable for children and adults like me lol . And if your not a cat person you very well may be after you read these fantastic stories about cats . It's free on Amazon ( or it was when I got it a few weeks ago ) so what do you have to lose , go get it and enjoy .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Skimmed most of the stories. Cats are great and all, but I've never really learned to know one personally because they make me sneeze and itch. I did enjoy "The Witching Hour" by Savannah Jezowski (she's a talented writer!), "Whisker Width" by H. L. Burke, and "The Wild Hunt" by Naomi P. Cohen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alyssia Cooke

    A brilliant collection of short stories from a wide range of authors that caught my heart and kept me desperate for more. I loved how so many of these authors captured the whims and the arrogance of our feline companions so well, and just how much imagination was showcased throughout. Whether or not you are a fan of shorts, I would thoroughly recommend this anthology; there are no duds on display at all here, which is impressive for a collection with this breadth. The Witching Hour by Savannah A brilliant collection of short stories from a wide range of authors that caught my heart and kept me desperate for more. I loved how so many of these authors captured the whims and the arrogance of our feline companions so well, and just how much imagination was showcased throughout. Whether or not you are a fan of shorts, I would thoroughly recommend this anthology; there are no duds on display at all here, which is impressive for a collection with this breadth. The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski: 4 stars. A cute little story featuring a princess, a chimney sweep and a snarky cat who knows what it wants and just how to get it. Really well written and a slightly new take on the old tale of the princess who has to marry. The Tail of Two Kitlings by Sharon Hughson: 4.5 stars. Another excellently written tale about brothers and responsibility and the importance of a tail. There's some amazing world building here considering the length and I loved the depiction of the two brothers growing up and only wished that it could have been longer. Black Knight by Laura L. Zimmerman: 3 stars. Far shorter and not as much meat to it, but enjoyable enough to read. Sulphur and Sunshine by Grace Bridges: 3.5 stars. Interesting set up and bonus points for the inclusion of a dragon. I think this might have worked better as a slightly longer novella as there wasn't a chance for the author to really explore what was going on, but it's well written and sweet. The Magic of Catnip by A.J. Bakke: 4 stars. Cute and hilarious, I really enjoyed this little bite of cat centred urbanesque fantasy. It's quirky and unusual, although the action at the end seemed a little out of place. The Secret Treasons of the World by J.L. Rowan: 4.5 stars. This short tale moves us straight into high fantasy and really sets up a fascinating world exceptionally well. Apparently the author's other tales are set in the same universe, so I'll be interested to have a look and see what they are like. The Poor Miller and the Cat by Lelia Rose Foreman: 3.5 stars. A short morality tale with a bitter sweet ending. Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince by Ace G. Pilkington: 4 stars. I really enjoyed this bite sized fantasy piece which puts a different spin on a faerie tale of old. I loved the characters and felt that the tension and snark put together made for an excellent tale. Whisker Width by H.L. Burke: 4.5 stars. Another excellent snippet of a tale that has really intrigued me about the author's full length works. I loved the teleporting cat and the hint of romance that could lead somewhere was well done, despite me not being a big fan of romance. The Honourable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew by Pamela Sharp: 4 stars. I loved this little tale that once again tells a tale of siblings and of rivalry, but also touches on themes of love and loss. The Witch's Cat by Rachel Ann Michael Harris: 3 stars. A very short little piece that is over almost as soon as it begins. Cute though! The Cat-Dragon and the Unicorn by Janeen Ippolito: 5/5 stars. A wonderful little story that captures all the arrogance and snark of the feline and the dragon, without losing sight of humanity and love. I adored the world and the imagination showcased here and have bought the first in The Ironfire Legacy series to continue the adventures. Destined For Greatness by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt: 4/5 stars. A cute little tongue in cheek story about what 'being destined for greatness' really means. I certainly didn't see where it ended up going and had great fun reading it. Sammy's Secret by Karin De Havin: 4/5. Another beautifully written tale, although with less of the snark from a few of the preceding entries. I enjoyed how reality and fantasy were interwoven and felt the simple narrative lent itself well to the short format. Death Always Collects by Jeremy Rodden: 5/5 stars. Oh my, this is heart-breaking and heart-warming both and left me with tingles up and down my spine. Stunningly written this is a look at the impact a single life, even that of a 'silly Siamese cat' can have. My favourite piece, hands down. The Wild Hunt by Naomi Cohen: 4/5 stars. Since falling in love with the Toby Daye series, I'm a sucker for fae stories and particularly Cait Sidhe stories. This is both and is beautifully entertaining to boot.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Morier

    Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales is a fantasy-cat themed anthology by a group of authors all dedicated to writing clean indie books. I saw chatter about this anthology on Facebook and my writing website Scribophile when it was being planned out, so after the release, I downloaded it on my Kindle and then told myself I'd read it eventually. The conclusion? I really want a cat. Always have ever since I was a little girl. My parents are allergic to them, though, so I was never able to have a pet cat. Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales is a fantasy-cat themed anthology by a group of authors all dedicated to writing clean indie books. I saw chatter about this anthology on Facebook and my writing website Scribophile when it was being planned out, so after the release, I downloaded it on my Kindle and then told myself I'd read it eventually. The conclusion? I really want a cat. Always have ever since I was a little girl. My parents are allergic to them, though, so I was never able to have a pet cat. Because of my financial situation, I've also temporarily moved back in with them to save some money, so no cat for me until I get my own place. So instead, I've settled for things like following cat-based accounts on Instagram and reading cat books. Though I'm not usually a fan of anthologies (as a reader; as a writer, I totally love them because they give exposure to authors who may not be ready to release a full novel) I like at least giving them a try to support indie authors. And this one is just such a cute, wonderful read full of, well... wonder! When I review anthologies and short story collections, I always like to give a mini-review of each individual story, as well as my impressions of the book as a whole. Though as I'm writing this review, I'm realizing that it's going to be way too long--there are sixteen stories in this anthology, and you guys would be better off spending your time reading the actual anthology than just my ramblings about it! So I'll just highlight a few of my favorites here. The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski Many of you remember a few weeks ago when I participated in Savannah's blog tour. Apparently the first story in this anthology is a sneak preview of her longer novella, though the story in the anthology can also be read as a standalone. I love the voice in this story! The snarky cat narrator, known only as "Romeo," though he insists that's not his real name, could give Nana the cat a run for his money! A few months ago I reviewed The Travelling Cat Chronicles and enjoyed Nana's snark The second half of this story is a bit confusing in terms of Cyril's involvement, and the romance between Isabel and Ives feels a bit contrived. Though I am also intrigued enough to go pick up the newer version, which Savannah has since published as a novella. I'm hoping the romance between Ives and Isabel gets more development and Cyril's character arc gets better flushed out. Oh, and we also get to see more of Romeo's snark. The Tale of Two Kitlings by Sharon Hughson When a powerful tomcat, king over an entire island, welcomes his sons into the world, he is horrified when they are Siamese twins, sharing one tail and sealing their fate: in order to separate them, one of them must live without a tail, a life worse than death. In a desperate move, their mother makes a literal deal with the devil (in this case, the immortal spirit who lurks in the lake) to save both of them. It was a really interesting premise, and it built up to what I thought was an interesting twist (Damion, the second-born who just wants to live free in the forest, going through a situation similar to The Little Mermaid, where he's in pain every day for his choice) but then as it keeps going, it gets into a semi-convoluted "both of us get a tail!" sort of thing. Despite my confusion at the second half of this story, it was a really interesting setup and I still enjoyed reading it. Sulfur and Sunshine by Grace Bridges Wait, you mean to tell me this story takes place in New Zealand and features the language of Maori prominently?? *does a double-take* Say no more. This is a charming tale of a cat who suddenly develops the capacity for language and meets a dragon of mysterious origin. Though I never really understood the reason for the dragon being in the story--I got the impression that the dragon being called without a human's wish was a bad thing, but that wasn't properly explained--the ending made me go "D'AWW THAT IS SO CUTE." Yup, if anyone's wondering, that's the sound of my feels hurting. Any story/book/medium of entertainment that manages to injure my feels gets bonus points. The Poor Miller and the Cat Though the preface claims that all the stories in this anthology are retellings of classic fairy tales, this is the only one that feels like a true retelling; others are so much different from the tales that have been adapted that they feel like original stories. This is a fun, quick read, a retelling of Puss in Boots, about a miller who adopts a cat who then promises to make him rich. Oh, and I don't need to mention that this story also delivers a sucker punch to the feels. In conclusion: All the stories do a good job of punching the feels, so... be ready for that. Other than that, if you like stories about magic, or cats, or magic cats, (and I mean, who doesn't like stories about magic cats?) then this is definitely one to read! This anthology also gets bonus points for the following design elements: THAT GORGEOUS COVER OMG. SO MANY PRETTY COLORS. 😍 I might have to grab myself a paperback copy of this book as well just so I can have this pretty cover sitting on my shelf. These unique cat-shaped scene breaks: You can view my full review for this book at my blog, The Discerning Reader! http://corinnejet.wordpress.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karis

    Paw, Claws, and Magic Tales is the fifth anthology by the Fellowship of Fantasy, a group of fantasy writers with a heart for clean and professional fantasy writing. This is my first time reading one of their anthologies, so while I was already familiar with some of the authors who contributed to it, many of them, with their writing styles were new to me. I read the sixteen stories over a few evenings and loved how each author took the same theme of cats and applied it so differently. Some of the Paw, Claws, and Magic Tales is the fifth anthology by the Fellowship of Fantasy, a group of fantasy writers with a heart for clean and professional fantasy writing. This is my first time reading one of their anthologies, so while I was already familiar with some of the authors who contributed to it, many of them, with their writing styles were new to me. I read the sixteen stories over a few evenings and loved how each author took the same theme of cats and applied it so differently. Some of the authors created an entirely new world with some great worldbuilding like J. L. Rowan in one of my personal favorites of the collection “The Secret Treasons of the World.” (I was excited then to realize the author has other short stories and entire novels set in the same world!) Other authors wrote on a more contemporary tone with stories like “Whiskers Width” by H. L. Burke and had a fun, lighthearted feel. Some took on the challenge of myth or fairytale re-tellings; while others, focused on a teaching a moral lesson, like “The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew,” a tale of two young guards caught in the middle of a royal quarrel over a cat. I’ll definitely be reading more anthologies by these authors, and overall I’d give a 3.5 average rating over the stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gina Burgess

    Pretty good read overall. The first story nabbed my attention with the first sentence. Loved it and it is worth buying the book. It set a really high standard for the rest of the stories, and for the most part they all lived up to it. Just one story I couldn't get into so didn't finish it. But the rest were good. That is high praise because I'm not generally a fantasy fan. You don't have to like cats to love these stories. I have always had a cat for a pet and now I have two. They keep me Pretty good read overall. The first story nabbed my attention with the first sentence. Loved it and it is worth buying the book. It set a really high standard for the rest of the stories, and for the most part they all lived up to it. Just one story I couldn't get into so didn't finish it. But the rest were good. That is high praise because I'm not generally a fantasy fan. You don't have to like cats to love these stories. I have always had a cat for a pet and now I have two. They keep me laughing all the time, and these stories have some great chuckles in store for you. Yep, a worthy buy. I received my ARC from the authors in eBook format. This is my honest opinion :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wingate

    New With the Taste of Old This excellent collection of tales combines the delicious flavor of historic fairy tales with modern elements to create a melange of new and old. It works well,,and as one of our granddaughters once told me, you're never too old for fairy tales.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    This wonderful collection of stories has two things in common: 1. Each involves, to some extent, cats. 2. They are all delightful tales. Some made me laugh and a couple brought tears to my eyes but I greatly enjoyed each one. I highly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eirlys

    Cats Galore I liked the stories about cats, they were different and enjoyable. I would have liked the book to be longer.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shadowspun

    Cute stories Cute Stories. All are very quick reads. Recently edited, no typos that I noticed which always a bonus on free reads

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele Hermansen

    Cats and Magic are always a good pairing. This volume of stories exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed EVERY one. So much fun, plus interesting twists and turns everywhere. Really fun. Worth every pennyall 99 of 'em. I got an ARC for my honest opinion and bought a copy as well. Cats and Magic are always a good pairing. This volume of stories exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed EVERY one. So much fun, plus interesting twists and turns everywhere. Really fun. Worth every penny—all 99 of 'em. I got an ARC for my honest opinion and bought a copy as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meg Dendler

    Fun collection of mostly cat featured stories. My favorites were "Whisker Width" and "The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Otto

    Awesome stories about cats This is a book about variety of cat stories written by various authors. Witching Hour-- about a princess whose mother is dying, Kingdom to be run over by dogs, and needing a partner to help her Rule the Kingdom. The cat has magical powers. Tale of Two Kitlings-- then what just Kingdom whose king and queen gave birth two Siamese twins kitlings, who was conjoined bottom of their spine. Magical being help them retain power by having the tail go from one kitlings to the other Awesome stories about cats This is a book about variety of cat stories written by various authors. Witching Hour-- about a princess whose mother is dying, Kingdom to be run over by dogs, and needing a partner to help her Rule the Kingdom. The cat has magical powers. Tale of Two Kitlings-- then what just Kingdom whose king and queen gave birth two Siamese twins kitlings, who was conjoined bottom of their spine. Magical being help them retain power by having the tail go from one kitlings to the other after 6 months out of time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Borachok

    Some stories are good and some bad. While a few are enjoyable most are so so or seem unfinished as though they are a chapter taken from a full length novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angel Leya

    Another excellent collection of short stories. I was lucky enough to get to read some of these stories before publication. The ones I loved totally made it, and the ones I wasn't as sure of were able to really step up their game. Absolutely thrilling to see this come together so beautifully. As always, here are my favorites: The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince by Ace G. Pilkington Whisker Width by H.L. Burke The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew by Another excellent collection of short stories. I was lucky enough to get to read some of these stories before publication. The ones I loved totally made it, and the ones I wasn't as sure of were able to really step up their game. Absolutely thrilling to see this come together so beautifully. As always, here are my favorites: The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince by Ace G. Pilkington Whisker Width by H.L. Burke The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew by Pamela Sharp Death Always Collects by Jeremy Rodden But they're all purr-fect, really. There's so much to love in this Fellowship of Fantasy cat anthology!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (missy)

    1.The Witching Hour - Savannah Jezowski 2.The Tail of Two Kitlings - Sharon Hughson 3.Black Knight - Laura L. Zimmerman 4.Sulphur & Sunshine - Grace Bridges 5.The Magic of Catnip - A. J. Bakke 6.The Secret Treasons of the World - J. L. Rowan 7.The Poor Miller and the Cat - Lelia Rose Foreman 8.Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince - Ace G. Pilkington 9.Whisker Width - H. L. Burke 10.The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew - Pamela Sharp 11.The Witchs Cat - Rachel Ann Michael Harris 12.The 1.The Witching Hour - Savannah Jezowski 2.The Tail of Two Kitlings - Sharon Hughson 3.Black Knight - Laura L. Zimmerman 4.Sulphur & Sunshine - Grace Bridges 5.The Magic of Catnip - A. J. Bakke 6.The Secret Treasons of the World - J. L. Rowan 7.The Poor Miller and the Cat - Lelia Rose Foreman 8.Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince - Ace G. Pilkington 9.Whisker Width - H. L. Burke 10.The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew - Pamela Sharp 11.The Witch’s Cat - Rachel Ann Michael Harris 12.The Cat-Dragon and the Unicorn - Janeen Ippolito 13.Destined for Greatness - Jenelle Leanne Schmidt 14.Sammy’s Secret - Karin De Havin 15.Death Always Collects - Jeremy Rodden 16.The Wild Hunt - Naomi P. Cohen 16 short stories I enjoyed all of them but my favs was The Witching Hour - Savannah Jezowski,The Witch’s Cat - Rachel Ann Michael Harris, and The Wild Hunt - Naomi P. Cohen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan Marcus

    A group of online authors has assembled an enchanting anthology of fantasy tales, each featuring one of more cats. As the book's title indicates, cats and magic are intertwined in each narrative. A mixed bag of stories results: some tales are mysterious, clever, and intriguing, especially Jeremy Rodden's Death Always Collects and Naomi Cohen's The Wild Hunt. I loved the cleverness and simple message of Pamela Sharp's The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew, and the sweetness of a few A group of online authors has assembled an enchanting anthology of fantasy tales, each featuring one of more cats. As the book's title indicates, cats and magic are intertwined in each narrative. A mixed bag of stories results: some tales are mysterious, clever, and intriguing, especially Jeremy Rodden's Death Always Collects and Naomi Cohen's The Wild Hunt. I loved the cleverness and simple message of Pamela Sharp's The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew, and the sweetness of a few other stories. Read on my laptop, Paws, Claws and Magic Tales entertained me a few stories at a time and I'm grateful to the authors and editors for assembling the works.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Sites

    Well worth reading - you'll find an author or more to follow (assuming you're a cat person) The central weave to this collection of shorts is of course Cats - as familiars, what we call normal ad of course magical (but then cats are magical as themselves). Other than that weave there is no dominant narrative - the collection itself has melancholic stories, wistful ones and down-right belly laughers! I am not a big fan of fantasy per se unless cats are involved - but here I have been introduced to Well worth reading - you'll find an author or more to follow (assuming you're a cat person) The central weave to this collection of shorts is of course Cats - as familiars, what we call normal ad of course magical (but then cats are magical as themselves). Other than that weave there is no dominant narrative - the collection itself has melancholic stories, wistful ones and down-right belly laughers! I am not a big fan of fantasy per se unless cats are involved - but here I have been introduced to some new authors that I plan to look for going forward!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    Charming tales of cats and magic I have attempted to read other anthologies of cat stories, so I didn't have high hopes for this one. Imagine my delight as I read one story after another with a smile on my face. Well, except for the sad one which was a great story even so. As an example, I thought to myself, "Oh, no. A cat-dragon. What next?" and proceeded to read the most charming little story. It was a pleasure to find these stories written by people who understand cats. 7

  27. 5 out of 5

    Summer Kiska

    As with all short story anthologies, I enjoyed some stories and disliked others. That's how taste works, right? I did find that several of the stories needed more polish when it came to plot development, but the stories that were good? Oh, they were gems! I very much appreciated that all the stories were clearly edited. I never tripped up on bad grammar or missing words. Plus, there just aren't enough stories that involve cats, so yay for an anthology surrounding them!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gayreth Walden

    Family fare for all. Wonderful tales for the whole family. Cats, be they friends, guardians, warriors, mages, or even part dragon, they are fantastic creatures. They love us, guard us, advise us to the best of their ability. How fortunate to have the love of a cat. I recommend this book to all of you, be you young or old. (Be sure to share with the children).These are fabulous stories.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gary &

    Nice group stories. This Fellowship of Fantasy book had a much better selection of stories than the previous one I read. I hope they continue their group projects. Each story was unique. There was everything from modern day to mideval settings, as well as other fairytale dimensions. The cat themes should entice cat lovers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Walker

    A delightful collection of fun cat stories The stories range from fairy tales to more modern urban fantasy, but they all have cats and magic. It's a fun romp. If you like feline fiction, you'll enjoy at least a few of the tales in this book.

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