Three hundred million homeless cats hide in America's cities, and most don't survive beyond a thousand brutal days. My Name Is Red - A Cat's Tale tells their story.
"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, tall, fragrant grasses and round, silver 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 frightened in alleyways, all cats dream.
What better dreams to follow than your own, thought Mother Cat."
So begins a fantasy of love, betrayal and redemption in the magical world of fang and claw, 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 from starvation, disease, or death as prey, is rescued by a clan of ferals who bring her to their home in the Green. They believe 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.
Princess Rosamonde Whitewhiskers adapts to the fields and forests where she befriends a feline shaman who shows her the magic of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Her new life is rich with love in a place of idyllic beauty, but also fraught with danger, for the wild-born clans suffer predation from ghostdogs and humans. They live off the land, at the mercy of ever-harsher seasons, or worse, they live in surrounding alleyways, eating the scraps of the uprights they fear. Their last hope is to fulfill the Prophecy, but before the All-Peace, comes war. From a peaceable council of healers and seers, rises a sorcerer who would dominate others through their fears, twisting hope into despair, and bending the laws of nature in his ravenous search for power. Our heroes travel a dim path to save the Green and the Kin. Prophecy begins their journey.
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.