A full-blooded feline action-adventure, set amidst the crumbling ruins of Delhi’s old Nizamuddin quarter A small band of cats lives in the labyrinthine alleys and ruins of Nizamuddin, an old neighbourhood in Delhi. Miao, the clan elder, a wise, grave Siamese, Katar, a cat loved by his followers and feared by his enemies, Hulo, the great warrior tom, Beraal, the beautiful queen, swift and deadly when challenged, Southpaw, the kitten whose curiosity can always be counted on to get him into trouble… Unfettered and wild, these and the other members of the tribe fear no one, go where they will, and do as they please.
Until, one day, a terrified orange-coloured kitten with monsoon green eyes and remarkable powers lands in their midst – setting off a series of extraordinary events that will change their world for ever.
Nilanjana Roy spent most of her adult life writing about humans before realizing that animals were much more fun, The Wildings is her first novel. She writes a regular column for the Business Standard and the International Herald Tribune, and some of her stories for children have been published in Scholastic’s Spooky Stories, Science Fiction Stories and Be Witched. She lives in Delhi with two cats and her husband.
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Review: I love cats, they just make sense and The Wildings is full of interesting cats. Beraal and Southpaw, Miao and all the others. Each cat is unique and the book switches perspective so you get to know them all.
At the heart of the story you have a young kitten called Mara that sends the clan into turmoil with the ‘sender’ powers. All cats can communicate but Mara broadcasts everywhere, and she has no idea she’s doing it. Also she’s a house-kitten who likes her humans. Things that don’t bode well for the clan.
The Wildings is an intricate story and it took me a few chapters to get into it but once there I enjoyed it. The book has two main plots with little in-betweens to keep the reader entertained (and no I’m not spoiling them). The Wildings pacing is thorough but it helps you build up detailed image of world and its inhabitants.
I’m interested to see what the sequel holds.