The Wild Road by Gabriel King was sent to me for review purposes from Aria Fiction Publishing. All opinions are my own.
I hadn’t heard of The Wild Road by Gabriel King so when I was sent this book I decided to do a little research on it. I found that many people compare it to Watership Down by Richard Adams, which is my all time favorite book. This made me very excited to read the story, plus it’s about cats which I love. Was it like Watership Down? Well, I’ll tell you after a quick synopsis.
Tag is a happy and adventurous little kitten. He was adopted from a pet store by a pair of dulls, what he calls humans, and then was taken to his new home. His home is filled with comforts, toys and good food. What more could a kitten want? Tag wanted adventure and when his dulls left the door open for too long, out he went. Soon, however, he begins to have strange dreams. Dreams about mysterious pathways and missions. The dreams are coming from a wise old cat named Majicou. Majicou has been watching Tag grow and knows that Tag has a special purpose; to bring the King and Queen of cats to a place called Tintagel. Tag, along with other animal friends and helpers, must reach the Queen before an evil human called the Alchemist does. The Alchemist wants the Queen because she is the key to an ancient prophecy and if he reaches her first the whole world will be in danger.
As sad as it makes me to say this, I didn’t care for this book. I loved the characters and the overall story was interesting but I just couldn’t get into how the book was written. It’s a slow paced read, and that’s fine, but with books like that I often get bored. I felt the cats were written very well. Of course, I don’t know what goes through the mind of cats but this book seemed to capture a cat’s personality. This book does contain violence and sex between the cats because they’re supposed to be like real life cats. I didn’t feel this was anything like Watership Down. This is a pure fantasy story that just revolves around talking animals. Watership Down also revolves around talking animals but it’s more of a political/real life based story. I wouldn’t read this book expecting them to be similar.
This is not a bad book, it just wasn’t what I totally enjoy. It’s a wonderful story with great characters. If you like slower paced, fantasy reads than you would enjoy this book. Let me know if you’ve read this book before or would like to! Thank you for reading and have a great day!