JOURNEY OF WISDOM by Shawna Thomas is an epic fantasy story. I finished it in record time: about 5 hours. When you’re turning the pages without opposable thumbs, that’s not as simple as it sounds. The plot wasn’t always easy to follow, but I sniffed my way through, like Big D sniffs my butt when I’m outrunning him to the cat box.
The characters in this grey book were named Ilythra, Mohan, and Ewen. The first protagonist was a very sturdy character with black fur. Her relationship with the second protagonist reminded me of the movie The Hobbit because of their determined feelings for each other and the way they crawled anytime they were faced with danger. Sort of like that Gollum character–slinking and crawling around, ducking and hiding behind things. It definitely made for a unique read with characters who crawled away from danger instead of ones who barrelled into it. Almost catlike, in fact — waiting for their chance to spring. The third character, on the other hand, was a real wolf. Stupid like a dog, except with bigger teeth, and this one did not crawl away from danger. Should that character have been subjected to a head cold and perhaps a kick in the boohonkis, I would have been quickly content.
There was never a moment in this book where I felt delusions of grandeur. I mean, how can you, when the characters are crawling around in all the dangerous scenes? I guess I could feel grandeur because I, Meankitty, am clearly superior to the book’s characters, but that’s the case with any book I read, and I don’t have DELUSIONS. I’m just grand. Anyway, the beautiful plot in this book was full of surprises aside from the crawling. Despite my animal paws, I defiantly continued to turn pages. The conflict was very resolved. There were exactly zero questions on the last page, if you know what I mean, and not because everyone was dead. When I reached the end, I wanted to pounce and drink white water. Humans call it milk, and it makes Big D barf, so I wouldn’t have been sharing it with him. The writing style was worth mentioning, too, since it was joyfully heavy. Like Big D! I counted 7 typos to boot.
My summation: JOURNEY OF WISDOM receives a grade of 3 on a scale of one to 9. And if that doesn’t sound possible, it’s just because you haven’t yet read this thin book. Now, how is a thin book so joyfully heavy? Because it packs so much crawly punch into its pages. I wanted to give this book an expensive bed (of the cat variety) with a side of blue chocolate. I don’t know what blue chocolate is, but I personally don’t want it, so the book can have it.
Also, for the record I would like to angrily state that cats are the best animals on earth and dogs are made of farts.