Kat Among the Pigeons by Lazette Gifford

I’ve been on the internet for a long, long time (as long as you refer to the 1990’s as old, I guess)… and as a writer, especially a genre author, one of the first real “homes” I found on the web was the Forward Motion boards, and there I was not only introduced to the Great and Powerful Holly Lisle, but also the fantastic Lazette Gifford (Twitter – @LazetteG). Not only does she run the boards, Vision for Writers and is active on her blog and twitter, but she is a prolific and really fabulous author. I’ve become dependent on her to be a driving force to help my wordcount during Nanowrimo, as she usually works on multiple projects during that crazy month, while I usually squeak out just enough to win some years.

I jumped at the chance when I saw her tweet looking for reviewers for her new ebook, Kat Among the Pigeons (Available on Smashwords for $1.99).

(Disclaimer for FTC regulations – I have received this book at no cost as a reviewer)

Katlyn is a member of a fae clan whose job is to stand the line between human and magical lands, a secret she has trouble hiding from her new human boyfriend even before she unexpectedly finds the fate of the world in her hands.

She isn’t magically strong, and unlike other fae who understand all animals, she only caught birds and cats — not a good combination. However, when she isn’t able to reach other fae for help, Kat and her boyfriend frantically fight the enemy with the aid of a lazy tom cat, an African gray parrot who only speaks in verse, and a wise-cracking cockatiel with a bad attitude.

She’s trying very hard not to think the world is doomed

Kat Among the Pigeons feels a bit lighter than some urban fantasy than I’ve reviewed previously on FanaticSpace. That may not feel the same for other readers, but unlike most urban fantasy I’ve read that leans more towards the pessimistic, this book always lent itself a ray of hope to hold onto for the characters.

Speaking of the characters, it’s been such a long time since it was so easy to slip into the mind of the protagonist, which I thought I’d have a much harder time with, because I do usually identify with much darker and angst-ridden characters than Kat. She really hooked me with the banter and the way that Kat interacts within her world (both human and fae). I had no problem whatsoever delving deep into this world without too much world-building getting into the way of the story. Lazette Gifford doles out only what is necessary to understand and live in her world for the time, without bogging you down into the intense details that usually pull me out of a fae-based urban fantasy.

There’s enough movement in the plot that there really wasn’t a point that I felt that I could put down my Kindle with everything building to a point that you thought as the reader that you had figured everything out, only to be taken down a trail that you didn’t even realize was there just a chapter before. One of the “gotchas” that I think would have been a bit more of a shock had I not been quite as familiar with a dead poet with a penchant for birds (and no, while I’m sure you figured out the author, it’s not the poem that you’re thinking of). The pace was perfect in the story, and if there was one thing that I could say that left me a bit wanting was that I wanted just a bit more of an epilogue after the climax, seeing a more more of the “normalcy” that would have returned to Kat’s life after all was said and done.

For less than two dollars, I really think that anyone who is interested in urban fantasy should give this book a shot. Because it’s on Smashwords, this ebook is available in pretty much any format that you need.