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Werecat: The Trilogy


Worth reading 😎

The book has some potential, but suffers from underdeveloped characterisation.

On the whole, I did not have very strong opinions regarding this book. It is not particularly interesting, and thus invites neither strong criticism nor glowing praise.

A bit more elaboration is needed though. This novella-length book follows the story of Jackson, a rather lost and confused gay teenager, and his abusive boyfriend Benoit—who turns Jackson into a werecat. The main characters were not very interesting: Jackson is the prototypical gay teenager, estranged from his parents and looking for guidance. Benoit, who is a few centuries old, provides all the sex, guidance and supernatural mojo that Jackson is so desperately needy for.

Jackson had very few distinguishing character traits; for a romance novel this is not a good thing. It works when you’re writing a thriller or epic fantasy novel, when characterisation is not the main selling point of your story—but romance needs to appeal to character, and there simply wasn’t much in here. Benoit, if anything, suffers even more: I have no clue as to his motivations, and this makes him a poor villain.

Farzan, a secondary character, was probably the most interesting in the cast. He’s a gay Iranian medical student, and does at least have a moral compass, which makes him moderately exciting.

There is little to write about in terms of plot (this is a romance novella after all); and as for the writing, it is competent and not exceptional. The worldbuilding is perhaps more interesting—there is potential—but it remains too underdeveloped in this book.

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I love to write sprawling fantasy stories with plenty of magic, and lots of colourful characters. I’m particularly drawn to dragons, the undead, and fairies; but I confess to enjoying the odd vampire or angels/demons romance.

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About the author

Andrew J. Peters is an award-winning author, an educator, and an activist. His novel The City of Seven Gods won the Silver Falchion for Best Fantasy and was a BoTY finalist in the Foreword INDIES. His Werecat series was a Readers’ Choice finalist (Action-Adventure) at The Romance Reviews. view profile

Published on November 01, 2015

Published by Vagabondage Press

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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