Reserved For the Cat: Elemental Masters, Book 5
by Mercedes Lackey
Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
Review by Beth Slater
DAW Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756403621
Date: 30 October 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Lackey returns us to the early 20th century England era, where the Elemental Masters are still maintaining their secrecy. In her 5th retelling of a fairy tale, this one fashioned after "Puss in Boots", we follow the happenings of young Ninette Dupond, a French ballet dancer with meager aspirations of survival. Unbeknownst to Ninette, she has a furry patron – a scrawny cat who has seemed to always be around while she was growing up. After the death of her mother, Ninette forges on with the Paris Ballet barely making ends meet when she is selected to replace La Augustine as the star of the show after the diva has sprained her ankle unexpectedly. But when Ninette's performance exceeds expectations, she is fired and out of money in order to keep La Augustine happy with the theater. Out of choices, Ninette has decided to attempt the Moulin Rouge when she starts hearing voices. Have the circumstances driven her insane? From official release/information:
Book Description: In 1910, in an alternate London, a penniless young dancer is visited by a cat who communicates with her mind to mind. Though she is certain she must be going mad, she is desperate enough to follow the cat's advice and impersonates a famous Russian ballerina. The cat, it turns out, is actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, and leads her to minor stardom.
Meanwhile, the real Russian ballerina has fallen victim to an evil troll who takes over her body and kills her patrons, drinking their life essences in order to strengthen his powers. And soon, the troll focuses his dark attentions on the young dancer...