This is a different take on the Pied Piper. I liked it. It has some magic. Only bad thing is no second book. Or it may be they will have one later. I hope.
An entertaining light read. A sequel would be a good idea.
As far as I know, ANIMIST is only the second book by this author, but it reads as by a much more accomplished writer. Perhaps her father, Robert Forward, helped out with hints and suggestions . . . A fun read!
'As predictable as it may beAa coming-of-age ramble quest through a weird world where bonded human-animal pairs battle dread black magical forcesAthis launch novel for Forward's new fantasy trilogy steps out smartly from her earlier Villains by Necessity. Upon graduation from the College of Animism, where he seems to have majored in manure shoveling, 16-year-old, five-feet-tall Alex first seeks out his Anim, an empathetic animal that will allow him to detect and elude the magicians who are bent on destroying the rational-scientific Animists, believers that all things have souls. Alex's Anim turns out to be the tiny rat Mote, one of Forward's most appealing characters, who constantly preserves Alex from blundering into annihilation. Rigged out with the customary complement of companionsATemith, a world-weary, old scholar; a glamorous Princess Celine to adore from afar; a Pattonesque giant saurian generalAAlex and Mote take on the job of freeing the Rodeni, a small rodentlike race that has been enslaved for centuries by wicked Humani. Forward is capable of some luscious descriptive passages, especially in her scenes of the gloriously intelligent Delphini rollicking through sparkling tropical seas, and she draws both her people and nonpeople with taste and sympathy, leaving plenty of room for Alex's further adventures.'
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