Reserved for the Cat

Reserved for the Cat

eBook - 2008
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Penguin Putnam
Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series recasts familiar fairy tales in a richly-imagined alternate Victorian world

Ninette Dupond was a dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. She had been very lucky—if she had not been pretty, and a natural dancer, she could only have become what her mother had been: a washerwoman.
 
But Ninette’s good luck ended the day that the lead dancer sprained her ankle and Ninette was chosen to dance her part at a matinee. Her reviews had been very good—too good. Shortly thereafter, Ninette had been fired in an attempt to soothe the wounded ego of the ballet’s primary soloist.
 
Alone, unemployed, and filled with despair, Ninette had returned to her apartment to find a thin, rangy, tabby-striped tomcat sitting on her windowsill. He seemed like just another stray, until abruptly he spoke to her, mind-to-mind.
 
Ninette though she was going mad, but the cat offered her an alternative to a life of destitution, albeit a very odd one. He proposed that she impersonate a renowned Russian ballerina, Nina Tchereslavsky, and go to work in a specific music hall in Blackpool, England. The cat also told her that he would take care of her in every way—he would somehow convey the English and Russian languages to her, supply her with money, and guide her every move. With no other option open to her, she place her life in his paws.
 
What Ninette didn’t know was that the cat was an Elemental Spirit sent to protect her, and that the music hall in Blackpool was owned by an Elemental Master. But she also didn’t know that the real Nina Tchereslavsky no longer existed. For the real Nina had been “absorbed” by an Elemental Spirit of the darkest kind that was now bent on Ninette’s destruction….

Baker & Taylor
Alone and penniless, talented dancer Ninette Dupond finds her luck changing when she meets a cat who, speaking to her mind-to-mind, orders her to impersonate a renowned Russian ballerina who is missing, plunging her into the middle of a war against the darkest--and most evil--Elemental Spirit. Reprint.

Publisher: 2008
ISBN: 9781101143735
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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callig
Sep 17, 2015

This is a cute little yarn, a nice little bit of fluff. It's really an overspun short story, or at best, novella tho.
Lackey is a competent hack, and that's a characterization she wouldn't quarrel with, having admitted as much ["There are worst things than being a hack."]. Agatha Christie once said, "I am the perfect sausage making machine." Their modesty is truly admirable.
She is the female equivalent of the military science-fiction writer, David Weber, flat-footed but with moments of charm.
She makes a better anthology editor: i urge readers to find her Elemental Magic anthologies. This is not exactly the golden age of fantasy but her picks are about as good as it gets.

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angelmom
Feb 06, 2015

I am learning a lot about Natural Magic and I like what I lam learning

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BarbaraA
Jul 04, 2012

This book just didn't hold my interest...I found myself skimming through it to get to the end. It was well-written, though.

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olgalivshin
Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Dec, 12, 2008

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mehernandez1969
Nov 08, 2010

excellent story! Can't wait for more in this line of stories.

Ghanne Aug 06, 2009

Another beautifully written book, with wonderful characters from an author I adore. The cat character is so amazingly cat like yet still human enough to identify with.

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bookKITTY thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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