I’m not a huge fan of reading Fantasy, so The Savage Kingdom by Simon David Eden was a bit of a stretch for me, and I’ll be honest, the only reason I even picked it up was because the cover, along with a lovely pitch by the author, totally reeled me in. And I have to say, I’m glad I did.
From the publisher:
Everyone has the potential to change the world, but some are born to do it. When Drue’s beloved cat Will-C goes missing, she’s unaware that his disappearance is the start of the greatest global conflict the world has ever known. The animal kingdom has declared war on mankind, and now domesticated creatures must choose who to fight for: Man or Beast. Cast into a world full of danger, but determined to rescue Will-C and bring him home, Drue starts out on a quest and makes an astonishing discovery: an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, who have lived in the shadows since the dawn of time, are about to play a key role in shaping the future – but can they save mankind? And what role is Drue herself about to play?
I could not put this book down. The premise of the animals rising up against man because of what humans have done to the environment was fascinating to me. The concept of Nsray, mysterious beings capable of shifting shape from human to animal and back, intrigued me. And while I found some of the extremely graphic battle scenes hard to stomach (I never made it through any of The Hunger Games books for that reason), I still found myself unable to put this book down. I held my breath more than once, my heart was racing at times, and I occasionally skipped ahead because I just couldn’t stand the suspense.
I also loved that The Savage Kingdom isn’t just a book about epic battles, courage and hope. It’s also a story of the abiding love between a girl and her cat.
If you’re a fan of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, you’re going to love The Savage Kingdom. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.