I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, but for some reason just never got around to doing so! I’m not a huge fan of Holly Black’s Tithe series, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with what I found in White Cat!
I especially loved the little details woven into this story – such as the constant wearing of gloves to protect skin-to-skin contact. Also, the charms to ward off being ‘worked’. It wasn’t just a ‘thing’ the characters did, it was full-on cultural thing… the fact that Cassel found racy pictures of naked women without gloves made me laugh. These intricities made me like the story so much more. Holly Black has constructed a whole new version of our world.
I especially loved our ‘hero’, Cassel. Although I prefer reading through a female’s point of view, I found Cassel to be very refreshing and I enjoyed seeing things through his eyes.
I also should mention that I’m a huge fan of cats, so their importance in this story made me smile.
To be honest, I was a little confused at some stages in the story but I can’t quite recall why. Perhaps Barron’s using some memory work on me? Haha! I loved that each worker had a different strength and the blowback side of things was an interesting addition. I’d love to see some ‘good’ workers in action like they talked about; workers at weddings and things. We get to see the dark and shady side of curse-working, but we don’t see the good.
I also already kind of hate Cassel’s mother. She’s hardly in it (she’s referred to a lot) and I’m sure a lot of bad stuff is going to go down in Red Glove once she’s back on the scene. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the second book in the series!
Recommended to: Young Adult readers looking for something a bit different from the norm.