"All cats dream, and many remember, some as philosophers, dreaming of a better world, some as adventurers exploring their own. Some cats are poets, immersed in perpetual wonder, with visions of plump mice and round moons. Some are warriors, some are high priests, but whether they are ruled by their hearts, their senses or their minds, whether they sleep on soft pillows or hunker in alleyways, all cats dream."
So begins a story woven from the pelts of wild-born, told by an old tom, Red, to three rescued kittens. His Abyssinian mother, dumped in an alley where her pedigree can't protect her, is rescued by a clan of ferals who bring her to their home in the Green believing she is the 'Discarded Queen' of their Prophecy, and that her arrival will end their persecution by man. In their world, homelessness is a crime and death the only punishment.
Rosie yearns for her human, and sets off to find her, but she and her troupe are relentlessly pursued by the maimed and revengeful coyote Grimfang and his new allies, a homeless dog, Grip, and Fleazor, a monstrous sewer rat. In the Green, Ghost battles for the kin's survival, and Rosie's son, Bigpaw, forges an alliance with Roak, a young raven prince.
The battle to save the Green is not over. The twisted wizard cat has an even more deadly plan to destroy the kin, aided by Char, an amitious dragon-queen and her ruthless two-legged, Angus McCheney. Danger has never been more intense or the way to salvation less clear as the kin rise to the final struggle to manifest the Prophecy and live in peace.
The trilogy of fantasy novels: My Name Is Red - A Cat's Tale is for young adult and adult reading. It carries a message on many levels: as an exciting animal fantasy, a celebration of the sanctity of life, and (despite the fantasy) an honest depiction of the plight of homeless and abandoned animals. My husband and I have been doing rescue work for almost a decade and it is our sincerest desire to raise consciousness in our readers about the necessity of neutering pets and the cruelty of abandonment. We're not preachers, being guilty ourselves of all the above before we realized the consequences of our actions. We're here to share what we've learned.