Kate Cotoner~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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Olive Green: The Imperial Cat

Kate Cotoner

Torquere Press

Ebook

978‑1603708210

****1/2

 

Hirotaro's family hopes that he will be the one to advance his family to the sixth rank of Japanese society, but with his tendency to defy custom and make a spectacle of himself, it seems unlikely. When he rescues an inauspicious gray kitten with no tail from ceremonial drowning, his prospects seem doomed.  But the cat is a magical ghost‑cat, whose human form is that of a handsome nobleman, and together they face love, ridicule and earthquakes to earn Hirotaro's right to wear the olive green of nobility. 

This is a lovely book.  The characters are well defined and likable.  Although not complex or demanding, the plot is well made with all the strands coming together in a very satisfying way in the end.  The setting is unusual and beautifully drawn.  Although I don't know enough to judge the historical accuracy, the author gave me the feeling that she knew what she was talking about.  The story was very engaging, with a hero whose kindness fairly jumped off the page. A slightly slow start and the simplicity of the plot are all that hold this back from the full five stars.

Alex

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