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Year of the Cat: The Thirteenth Realm [PDF / Epub] ✅ Year of the Cat: The Thirteenth Realm By Kendi Thompson – Thomashillier.co.uk The Year of the Cat novel series takes a mature spin into the fantasy and paranormal world between humans and immortals Laced with conflict, romance, and betrayal, the underlying theme of compassion a The the Cat: The Thirteenth Epub / Year of the Cat novel the Cat: PDF ☆ series takes a mature spin into the fantasy and paranormal world between humans and immortals Laced with conflict, romance, and betrayal, the underlying theme of compassion and hope makes this story one that is certain to entertain It is the beginning of the twenty first century and Earth is unstable from the push pull influences between good and evil The immortal Council of Elders and the Brotherhood must summon an impartial human to report to Year of MOBI :↠ them on humanity s condition and return equilibrium to the planetCatriona Blair, a middle aged mother of two, finds herself standing in the mystical Thirteenth Realm Confused and afraid, she does not understand why she is there until Heron, her trusted Advisor, explains the importance of her role Cat begins to acquire super natural abilities and soon discovers the reason she was selected, and frightening, that one immortal group is trying to conceal her identity from the other Together with Heron, Cat of the Cat: PDF/EPUB ½ must disguise herself before her fate and the fate of humanity is changed forever.


About the Author: Kendi Thompson

Kendi the Cat: The Thirteenth Epub / began her writing career in the Cat: PDF ☆ journalism but writing fiction is her true passion Voted a finalist in the Bookbzz Prize Writer Competition in for her debut gothic southern novel South of Reason , Kendi has since written twonovels for her Year of the Cat series and will have the third book completed in Her novels weave suspense, mystery, and a little romance into a tantalizing tale Titles range from historical fiction to fantasy fiction, and Kendi s fast paced Year of MOBI :↠ writing style immerses readers into a story with plenty of surprises and twistsTo contact her, please visit her website at kendithompsonwix kendithompson or go to her Facebook page.



10 thoughts on “Year of the Cat: The Thirteenth Realm

  1. Sarah Doebereiner Sarah Doebereiner says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Year of the Cat The Thirteenth Realm is the story of Catriona Blair s journey into a world of gods and marvels She is tasked with playing a crucial role in guiding the future of mankind by commenting on the nature of man as an impartial observer There is just one problem not everything is as it seems, and that includes Cat herself.My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Cat and her adviser, Heron I m a sucke I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Year of the Cat The Thirteenth Realm is the story of Catriona Blair s journey into a world of gods and marvels She is tasked with playing a crucial role in guiding the future of mankind by commenting on the nature of man as an impartial observer There is just one problem not everything is as it seems, and that includes Cat herself.My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Cat and her adviser, Heron I m a sucker for the strong, protective type Heron takes his duty of watching over Cat extremely seriously The dynamic between them is up and down, with false starts and miscommunications I wish I had gotten to knowof his origin story, but as this book is most likely one in a series judging from the abruptness of the ending , those details will probably come to light in future episodes This book set a lot of wheels in motion for the pair, and only time i.e the next book will tell where those paths lead.My least favorite aspect of this book is how completely Cat disconnects from her mortal life after crossing over into the thirteenth realm She has very little musing on being human, or humanity on a personal level Most of her commentary is on a larger scale She doesn t worry about her job, friends, or family There is no conflict between the majesty of the thirteenth realm and the human world in her mind The plot does eventually sort of explain that detachment, but early on especially I found it unrealistic Perhaps it was intentional to be used as a clue to Cat s larger character arc, but it made me feel less invested in Cat s character.Overall, Year of the Cat was a clever, compelling story The world is well drawn Mood and language are consistent throughout I would recommend it for those who enjoy character based plotsthan action based plots There is action, but it sof a hurry up and wait story line so far I would not recommend it for people who need a conclusive ending because there really isn t one yet


  2. Charlie B. Charlie B. says:

    Reviewing the first in of a series of books is kinda weird in some ways, its like doing a puzzle with pieces missing You have to guess what the missing bits might be is that a good analogy Others have outlined the story so I wont go there so how does this first episode stand Well my initial choice was 3.5 stars, but I cant do that so why take anything away So four stars it is then.Ok, so what of this opener Well its primarily a scene setter, so there s a lot of explaining done, via the cas Reviewing the first in of a series of books is kinda weird in some ways, its like doing a puzzle with pieces missing You have to guess what the missing bits might be is that a good analogy Others have outlined the story so I wont go there so how does this first episode stand Well my initial choice was 3.5 stars, but I cant do that so why take anything away So four stars it is then.Ok, so what of this opener Well its primarily a scene setter, so there s a lot of explaining done, via the cast i ll add That said its nicely done and measured out in the story line so as to take the reader forward in easy steps Lots of forward thinking idea s too are brought into the story and it all fits together well.I was however a bit surprised at how the M C not only reacted in a mostly calm manner, some freak outs after being snatched from her home world, but how easily she seemed to set aside her earthly husband and children I think most women would be in screaming tear hair out mode, or ultimate dejection for some time under that kind of duress Yes she does worry but not to a degree I d have expected Anyhow, as I said, this is the ground breaking part Seems that the real action, yes its a cliffhanger, is set to start in book two.If you like fantasy and stuff of a godly nature then this is your bag, give it a whirl people


  3. E.M. Swift-Hook E.M. Swift-Hook says:

    A YA story about a thirty something woman As if floating toward Catriona, his arresting blue eyes commanded her attention.The first thing I noticed about this book was the wonderful cover But the titular Cat is not one of the felines shown on the cover it is a woman Cat is special She has gods looking over her life and making plans for her and she has the ability to heal and see the future for others She is also suffering something of a mid life crisis despite being happily married and A YA story about a thirty something woman As if floating toward Catriona, his arresting blue eyes commanded her attention.The first thing I noticed about this book was the wonderful cover But the titular Cat is not one of the felines shown on the cover it is a woman Cat is special She has gods looking over her life and making plans for her and she has the ability to heal and see the future for others She is also suffering something of a mid life crisis despite being happily married and the mother of two daughters she adores, she is resenting that she must age and has a tattoo done to try to cling on to her lost youth After a strange encounter with a man who she meets in a cafe, she finds herself in The Thirteenth Realm some kind of heavenly realm which is home to a race of gods These gods are pretty much immortal humans with superpowers There she is told that the reason she is special is because she is an Observer, sent to report back to the gods on life on earth, not a regular human Heron, her gorgeous personal deity who loves her, acts as her guide She learns that these beings created the world and humanity But all is not golden in the Thirteenth Realm There is also The Brotherhood the bad gods who live in the Shadow Fortress and are working to make bad things happen on earth Catriona gawked at the prestigious sight before her, finding it impossible to turn away.The book is mostly written in a way that is easy to read and the story flows well overall It s greatest strength is the lavish and in depth description of the Thirteenth Realm, which is a mix of luxury lifestyle objects and comforts, forever young, good looking people and natural paradise The pace of events is steady, the main characters are fairly well explored and we are kept guessing about a few key facts for most of the book, which keeps a nice amount of suspense and a sense of impending doom running throughout the story.There is a grand build up to an expected traumatic event, and the books stops on the threshold of it, so it is well set up for a sequel.The book is a kind of thirty something Twilight The familiar YA style formula of special snowflake girl who has a powerful immortal lover But instead of vampires or angels we have gods There are the usual overly simplistic ideas of a good evil dichotomy and that spiritual balance means that good and evil have to be treated equally by the Source Of course, as in every good YA, our heroine is desired by opposing desirable men And like a teen, she is distracted from major issues by a fairground offering rides How could she stay upset when she spotted the games and all the rides she had yet to get on The only problem is the story is not about a teen it is about an adult An adult who is a married with children, thirty six year old woman and supposed to be wise and good to the point of perfect, but behaves very far from that Cat often goes entirely against the supposed good morality in which she is lectured as being important in the Thirteenth Realm when she first arrives there Such things as dishonesty, deception, having an affair and imposing her will on others against theirs We are told Cat would rescue insects rather than kill them, but she wears leather and eats clams that she loves nature but is sickened at the thought of her own natural progress into middle age The gods are supposed to be all wise superior beings, but they also ignore their own moral strictures when it suits them and squabble like children As a result I struggled a lot with the internal inconsistencies in the book If there had just been one or two such, I could have overlooked it, but what we are told about how things are, is not what is actually playing out in the story Seeing as the whole theme of the book seems to be about a set spiritual morality and its importance in human affairs, this makes it evendifficult to suspend disbelief.Overall, this is a book for someone who is looking for a YA story about an older woman and enjoys a slightly different take on the usual love the immortal theme


  4. Kay Smillie Kay Smillie says:

    I received this free from Story Cartel with no cover to influence me, and this is an honest review I don t do any other kind.As this is the first book in a series I think , it is full of background to the characters This gives the reader a comprehensive understanding, however everything is not revealed at once in fact at the start everything is very mysterious.Catriona Blair Cat is chosen as an Observer to report to the immortal gods on what is happening on Earth Good and evil are out o I received this free from Story Cartel with no cover to influence me, and this is an honest review I don t do any other kind.As this is the first book in a series I think , it is full of background to the characters This gives the reader a comprehensive understanding, however everything is not revealed at once in fact at the start everything is very mysterious.Catriona Blair Cat is chosen as an Observer to report to the immortal gods on what is happening on Earth Good and evil are out of balance, and the two sets of immortals the Council of Elders The Brotherhood have harrowing trials for Cat As their Prophecy of Balance says, One fights for freedom of Man s soul, But the other wants slavery, and man to control.Cat finds outabout herself whilst in The Thirteenth Realm and the reasons for her Advisor s secrets.This is a very easy read and very enjoyable The reader can and, indeed, should look deeper into the words and philosophy I read a lot of Buddhist ethics in here whether I was meant to or not Having said that, if all humankind followed ethics of any kind, the Earth would not be diseased, we would respect one another and there would be no hunger.The characters are well thought out, as is the story itself I really enjoyed it and can t wait for the next part


  5. Felicite Lilly Felicite Lilly says:

    I enjoyed this book immensely I loved the fictional Thirteenth Realm and all of the characters that acted within The book is very nicely written and edited I didn t pick up on any obvious errors The two main characters Heron and Catriona were a lovely pair and I liked seeing their relationship and where it was going I thought the names for the characters so unique I looked up some of their meanings, Heron Hero, Catriona pure They were appropriate and well thought out names My favorite I enjoyed this book immensely I loved the fictional Thirteenth Realm and all of the characters that acted within The book is very nicely written and edited I didn t pick up on any obvious errors The two main characters Heron and Catriona were a lovely pair and I liked seeing their relationship and where it was going I thought the names for the characters so unique I looked up some of their meanings, Heron Hero, Catriona pure They were appropriate and well thought out names My favorite theme throughout the book was earth, humans and human nature It was a great theme.At the end, I was a little let down that there wasn t a closure to any of the story lines I don t mind reading a series, but most of the time there is a continuing plot with some closure to another part of the story Won t lie, I can t wait to see what happens in the Fortress of Shadows with Raurc, I love a bad boy.Overall, it is a solid story that I would keep reading I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Fantasy novels or even anyone that like sociological elements themes


  6. Ana Soto Ana Soto says:

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.First thing that caught my eye was the colorful and interesting cover The story focuses on Catriona Cat Blair, and how she comes into the Thirteenth Realm as an Observer There s a lot of background exposition at first, but the story picks up quickly Cat is a strong female character in a literary genre that s still plagued with a lot of damsels in distress stories It s a very interesting read if the reader wants to explore metaphysical fa I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.First thing that caught my eye was the colorful and interesting cover The story focuses on Catriona Cat Blair, and how she comes into the Thirteenth Realm as an Observer There s a lot of background exposition at first, but the story picks up quickly Cat is a strong female character in a literary genre that s still plagued with a lot of damsels in distress stories It s a very interesting read if the reader wants to explore metaphysical fantasy The story has great potential, and I look forward to what happens in Cat s adventures in this realm


  7. Robin Peacock Robin Peacock says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a very long introduction, a preface, to what will inevitably be a saga of GofT proportions The story revolves around Cat, who is a goddess made flesh, returning to Heaven for an interrogation She has a mission, often hinted at but never fully explained This book is chapter one on the road to repairing all the ills on Earth Since there are so many, it will inevitably go on, and on, and on.I felt cheated after 260 pages when we arrive at a point where the preface, the introduction, is This is a very long introduction, a preface, to what will inevitably be a saga of GofT proportions The story revolves around Cat, who is a goddess made flesh, returning to Heaven for an interrogation She has a mission, often hinted at but never fully explained This book is chapter one on the road to repairing all the ills on Earth Since there are so many, it will inevitably go on, and on, and on.I felt cheated after 260 pages when we arrive at a point where the preface, the introduction, is not yet complete There is no sense of a story, just a long list of events There is no drama, no danger, no surprises, nothing happens for 260 pages and then it abruptly stops before anything has happened There is one episode of rather abrupt and almost nondescript sex but it did nothing to further the story.The writing is let down somewhat by the frequent use of the word, was , around 500 and the use of the passive voice For example Standing before them was a garden atrium Why, when in a realm, do we have to use archaic language and why are they using parchment and not iPads My lady Should be, My Lady.Some words seem to be used incorrectly Obscurity I think the author means, Isolation Integrity A better word would have been, Intuition or instinct, perhaps We have opaque light Only a substance can be opaque, not light There is a lot of sage I assume this refers to the color Some grammatical and tense errors crept in I have so much to teach you before you return to the Cathedral As it were, Brogan only gave us three days.If the story had gone somewhere rather than on a lengthy and directionless preamble, I might begenerous but the lack of a story beginning, middle, and even a rudimentary ending means that is not a good use of my precious reading time I understand that this is part one of a series but every book must stand alone This book leans very heavily away from being anything like complete and falls down when scrutinized for a story


  8. Daniel Humphreys Daniel Humphreys says:

    It s always tricky picking up the first book in a series As a habit I generally don t like to do it, preferring to wait two or three books are out to get rolling As a first entry into a series, The Thirteenth Realm accomplishes what it sets out to do, laying out the groundwork for the works that follow I m hesitant to say that I ll read the rest of the series simply because of its chick lit, Twilight esque nature That s not a knock on the quality of the work whatsoever The prose is well cra It s always tricky picking up the first book in a series As a habit I generally don t like to do it, preferring to wait two or three books are out to get rolling As a first entry into a series, The Thirteenth Realm accomplishes what it sets out to do, laying out the groundwork for the works that follow I m hesitant to say that I ll read the rest of the series simply because of its chick lit, Twilight esque nature That s not a knock on the quality of the work whatsoever The prose is well crafted and edited, and no obvious spelling or punctuation errors jumped out at me the latter being quite an accomplishment for even trad pub, these days If you re a fan of YA, Twilight, Hunger Games, etcetera type books, I think you ll find The Thirteenth Realm a comfortable place.The aspects of the plot that I could not get over, and hence the 4 star review of what truly is a 5 star book in terms of craft and quality, were some idiosyncrasies with the characters.Cat is a wife and mother, and after being transported to the the realm of the gods, it s almost an afterthought when she realizes that she s left her family behind and wonders as to their state As a parent, that struck me as unrealistic I m no helicopter dad, but I like to think if I was transported to another dimension I d at least worry about my family within the first ten minutes Perhaps this is intended to set up some future familial conflict, but it didn t ring true for me.And, perhaps it s intended to make the gods look like hypocritical jerks as in Greek and Roman mythology, but not long after Heron lectures Cat about man s inhumanity toward man in regards war, famine, and the like, we find out that there are two diametrically opposed groups of gods Pot, meet kettle


  9. Leo McBride Leo McBride says:

    There s something of an element of wish fulfillment about this tale.A wife and mother finds herself transported one day from the humdrum of her morning coffee to the glittering possibilities of the thirteenth realm.There she finds herself caught between two factions, each of which courts her to join their side ahead of promised dangers to come mostly not featuring in this, the first book of the series, but hinted at for the future.Instead, a great deal comes down to our heroine, Cat s, explora There s something of an element of wish fulfillment about this tale.A wife and mother finds herself transported one day from the humdrum of her morning coffee to the glittering possibilities of the thirteenth realm.There she finds herself caught between two factions, each of which courts her to join their side ahead of promised dangers to come mostly not featuring in this, the first book of the series, but hinted at for the future.Instead, a great deal comes down to our heroine, Cat s, exploration of this world and reinvention of herself as she discovers powers she never believed she might have.Finding herself caught between attraction for her mentor on one side, and the roguish leader of the opposing faction, she also finds herself falling in love Or possibly in lust.Such explorations seem a little odd given the family she has left behind, which scarcely gets a mention after the lengthy history she mulls over that morning coffee Once whisked off to the thirteenth realm, the family seems regardedas a footnote, which sits ill at ease with me I found it difficult to care about a character who showed so little care for those who had been most important in her human life.As the story progresses, Cat faces tests of her ability to become an Observer but in large part, this story follows the burgeoning relationship between her and her mentor, Heron.In the end, not a great deal has happened, it seems and I couldn t help but feel that with a set up that might tip its cap towards the Amber of Zelazny or the Xanth of Anthony that it could have done with a good dealsubstance to go with its style In the end, it playslike amature version of Twilight, a gossamer creation that doesn t quite take flight


  10. Sean Torres Sean Torres says:

    Keep in mind that I do not like to spoil Year of the Cat has a steady pace that makes it quite easy to follow Introduction was a little longer than expected but I had patience and wanted to see this story to the end for proper closure within any story that is read I was confused at first but taking my time allowed me to better understand everything that was occurring.That being said, I was curious with learningandabout these deity figures that are presented here and liked what Thom Keep in mind that I do not like to spoil Year of the Cat has a steady pace that makes it quite easy to follow Introduction was a little longer than expected but I had patience and wanted to see this story to the end for proper closure within any story that is read I was confused at first but taking my time allowed me to better understand everything that was occurring.That being said, I was curious with learningandabout these deity figures that are presented here and liked what Thompson had done The mythology supernatural aspect is never boring for me and it was pretty easy for my imagination to take form the moment I paused and closed my eyes Another thing that I admired was the unique names being presented, as consideration into characters is important in my opinion even with something as minor as names However, I would say that it was somewhat familiar with mainstream YA fantasy I was reminded of Twilight and I am not a fan of THAT tragic form of literature Yet I knew better than to be biased at the same time Also, I feel like the story doesn t promote enough deep thinking with morals and what s good and what s wrong Not all stories require deep thinking but I felt that this story needed muchadded I also see the lack of consistency I don t like to spoil and I think that you ll understand what I mean once you read this story Yes this seems vague but we all have different view points and should not be biased based on how others thought of a particular story.Would I recommend it By all means, if you re into YA stories and see how gods interact, be my guest I am not interested in reading it again, but that s only me


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