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All the usual characters are there the This review has been adapted a bit from my blog. All the usual characters are there the perky girl, the brooding loner, the upbeat guy and so it all felt very comfortable. That's not to say that the characters don't have depth; they very much do, and you'll find that the chirpy girl is often making insightful comments, while the upbeat guy may be hiding some things that aren't immediately apparent, and I'm never quite sure what's going on with the alchemist I don't think the rest of the group knows either, so I'm not the only one out of the loop.

Kirin Wingarde-Grey is sent out in the world after six of his country's beloved seers die, all in very odd - yet similar - ways, leaving a seventh to await a brutal death. As Kirin and his companions fight to keep the last seer alive, a person begins to realize that this book isn't exactly what they think it is - which was pretty darned neato to begin with. Journey kicks off an epic quest with mismatched heroes, a book that seems to only scratch the surface of the true issue.

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Rich with social issues and cryptic hints, I was thoroughly pleased that Kirin and co. The only issue I had in an otherwise stellar tale was that I frequently couldn't tell who the speaker was at the beginning of a chapter until a page, or two, later. That said, I have an outdated copy and this may not be an issue for others. All told, super fun read, rife with mysteries and kitties.

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Oct 10, Avaminn F'nett rated it really liked it. I'd probably give this 3. This was very good for a self-published book. I really liked the worldbuilding, characters, and storyline in this book. I can't think of another book I've read like this - very original. I loved the futuristic world of cat-people that still had some things there from the past world. I loved the characters, and thought they were very well-designed. But of course, there were a few problems. I didn't like how the characters had European-sounding name I'd probably give this 3.

I didn't like how the characters had European-sounding names like Kerris Wynegarde-Grey even though they lived in China. A lot of sentences were worded strangely. This problem gets better as the book goes on, but the first pages were not edited very well. There were lots of grammar errors and words Randomly Capitalized. Thankfully, I can see the writing and editing improve as I got further in the book. I definitely plan on continuing the series, and expect the next two books to be stronger than this one.

Excellent journey, enjoy the ride Very reminiscent of guy gavriel kay and under heaven, in a semi fictional realm that's maybe adjacent to ours. As other reviews state it's a mix of China, Japan and India with maybe Switzerland. Strong characters, good action and compelling world building. To be honest the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the personal annoyance of trying to match it to real world geography. It was pretty surprising that the anthropomorphic cats, monkeys, and dogs were genetically created by humans thousands of years earlier, when humanity suffered from near-extinction.

I really liked the blend of fantasy, post apocalypse, and a little sci fire. Fascinating Love the concept of cat ppl. Author had drawn me in with the 1st chapter. Adding a modern day mystery was the icing on the cake I have book 2 waiting and I am anxious to see where this Author takes me.

Sep 10, Szabolcs Szterszky rated it it was amazing. In a field so often swamped by Tolkien clones, what a refreshing change this book is! The premise -- a feudal Asiatic civilisation in which anthropomorphic cats occupy different castes based on race lions, tigers, etc. On this foundation, the author builds a richly-described world of heroic fantasy, with a "hard" science fiction concept at its core. That amalgam can be difficult to pull off, but Dickson does it well. In fact, the cross-genre tension drives the plot In a field so often swamped by Tolkien clones, what a refreshing change this book is!

In fact, the cross-genre tension drives the plot and unfolds the mystery behind the tale. Of course, a novel is only as good as its characters, and Dickson populates hers with a whole litter of heroic, funny, compelling felines you can't wait to spend more time with! More than anything, it's the witty dialogue and poignant character moments that give this book its charm. My only quibble, which I share with a previous reviewer, is that sometimes it's tricky to tell who's talking, especially when there's a shift in POV.

But these characters are so well-drawn that the reader quickly gets to know them and the problem largely disappears. This is widescreen epic fantasy with a humorous, character-driven twist. It would make a terrific big-budget movie -- I can dream, can't I? In the meantime, a great beginning to the "Tails of the Upper Kingdom" -- I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into the next installment! Return to an amazing adventure Leigh writes with the lyricism of myth and her world building reads as historical fiction.

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Reading her words is like sitting by the warmth of a heath sipping an exceptional vin Return to an amazing adventure Reading her words is like sitting by the warmth of a heath sipping an exceptional vintage, smooth all the way down. In her romantic Asian atmosphere, a remade world of East and Middle East, you can taste the air, feel the ruggedness of majestic mountains, the the sough of the wind and sun on your back while your eyes are drinking in the amazing colors of her world. And her characters are cats!

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Not just any old cats, but lions and tigers, panthers and cheetahs, a host of every wild cat there is and, lest we forget, a snow leopard. Prideful all with human attributes so uncanny that you forget that you are reading about felines instead of those around you. She is just an amazing writer. It is the way of things. They are more animals that walk on two legs, have the powers of their type of animal than someone who changes back and forth from animal to human. But I would love to continue this story to see what happens to everyone. Who is killing the seers?

Where is Solomon from? Will they find him? What is it between the captain and his twin besides their different colors?

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What of the cat women? Three different kinds, three different personalities, and all with a different station in life. I have loved reading the story to this point. The review refers to the edition included in Sword, Steam and Sky: Four Book Fantasy Bundle. Excellent writing, interesting setting and characters, and quite a relief to see the focus staying on the main characters and only a couple of times briefly switching to the scheming going on elsewhere.

You will get to cheer and even actually care for most of them… Or at least I did. The problem, however, is the postapocalyptic setting. Fortunately, at least in this book, there are only glimpses of it, so I could largely ignore it and not let it detract from the rest, but I could have really done without it, perhaps only mentioning something about it a few times in order to explain some details about the setting, and the fact that the action takes place on Earth, not on some fantasy world.

May 09, Epper Marshall rated it really liked it Shelves: The characters are interesting, the world is built well, and you get a different perspective of a race other than human. My biggest gripe that kept this from 5 stars is the number of implied things that were never explained if they happened or how leaving me wondering what really happened. Also, as it is a blend of fantasy and apocalyptic future, some things that happened aren't explained how they happen, for the most part, they are but when it comes to how an ancestor and a member of their party connect, it isn't explained.

Even better-cats as real people! Lively and engaging characters -found the characters as finely drawn, neurotic, temperamental ,appealing as any humans in this genre. Storyline temptinly obscure, leaves one wanting more about our engaging, uptight hero and his companions, and what they will find out about themselves and their origins. Ordering next book in series! Mar 02, T.

A beautifully written story with excellent imagery. This Shogun-meets-Planet-of-the-Apes, errrr Cats, story was brilliantly done. I really enjoyed the story. Book one doesn't end the storyline, but there is so much packed it, you won't feel shortchanged-- budget for the n I downloaded To Journey in the Year of the Tiger, book 1 of the Upper Kingdom series, as a free book from Amazon. Book one doesn't end the storyline, but there is so much packed it, you won't feel shortchanged-- budget for the next book, as you'll want to grab book 2 right away.

Nov 19, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I ended up unable to put it down! Fallon seems to be the voice in my head now as I can hear myself in her. Sometimes she had me holding my sides and others turning red in the face for her, Can Tigers blush? Ursa was a wonderful bully, hiding a wounded soul and I loved benAramis. Just knew HE could handle her. My only drawback is that I can't let MY cats see this! They're spoiled enough without thinking they're sacred! Aug 24, Jermaine rated it it was ok. Liked the concept of anthropomorphic cats in a post-apocalyptic feudal Japan like setting.

Disappointed by the character developments; characters' mannerisms didn't seem real such that I couldn't really get a feel for their conflicts or progressions. The attempts in creating tension felt artificial. Some parts of the plot were unexplained, perhaps to establish mystery, but it just didn't do it for me. The world building was excellent and clearly thought through. H Difficult to rate this. The writing is smart and well done. The world, well, I'm having trouble catching up, but I'm getting there. A little more early disclosure as to world building would have made things easier. This is the journey of six individuals as they travel beyond the edges of the known Empire, into lands uncharted and wild.

It is a journey of magic and mystery, science and swords, romance and intrigue. It is a journey of different perspectives and unexpected kharma and love found in surprising places. It is a journey that takes place five thousand years or so in the future, naturally in the Year of the Tiger.


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Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Other books in this series. About H Leighton Dickson H. Leighton Dickson grew up in the wilds of the Canadian Shield, where her neighbours were wolves, moose, perennial-eating deer and the occasional lynx. Although the second book is darker, there are still moments of humor to lighten the read. Dickson puts the main character into a no-win situation. The difficulty is in ascertaining what is what and who is who, especially when surrounded by possible traitors and palace intrigue.

The book raises some interesting questions about loyalty, racism, love, and duty. Nothing is simple, even for lions. Even though the story could be left at the end book 2, I have purchased book 3 in the series, reluctant to leave this remarkable world. Click here to buy To Journey in the Year of the Tiger: Tails of the Upper Kingdom: The book is a surprising and seamless blend of magic and science.

Dickson merges Asian Japan, India, and China cultures and histories together to form a compelling and fascinating new society based on the superiority of cats. Being a cat lover myself, I can totally buy into this. Even though the reader will recognize the roots of the feline culture, Dickson incorporates these traditions in a unique and believable way into the rich and fascinating world. The descriptions of clothing, traditions, and beliefs are richly peppered throughout the story giving just the right seasoning.

Much of the book is an enigma.