Ice Angel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Take a flight of fantasy with Angelica, a visitor from another world as she travels back in time to rescue a clan of Ice Age people. Could she be an angel? If you enjoy the Warrior series, this could just be the next level for you. More

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Words: 20,830
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301099849
About Linda Deane

I love cats. I rescue and rehome abandoned and abused cats and kittens. When I'm not occupied with rescue efforts, I write about cats.

Reviews

Review by: Sibel Hodge on Sep. 02, 2013 :
An inspirational and heart-warming story of the special relationship between a boy and a cat that has been sent from another world (or angels) to save an ice-age clan, dying of starvation. It's a beautiful fantasy adventure for adults and children, and I love the underlying message that we have a special relationship with the animals of this world that we should appreciate as truly special. In nurturing his relationship with Angelica, tha cat, Aric overcomes his fears and gains strength and the skills needed to lead his clan in a harsh environment. Anyone who loves the Warrior Cats series will enjoy this book immensely. Can't wait to read the second one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marie Symeou on Aug. 30, 2013 :
Though aimed at children, this fantasy tale is great for adults too. As a cat lover myself, I was immediately captivated by the deep bond shared between the lead character Aric and the cat Angelica. I also found it an inspiring and original story due to its Ice Age setting, which I don't think is an era very often explored in books, especially in books aimed at children.

A wonderful and heartwarming story, and a must read for all cat lovers.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: K R Morrison on Aug. 28, 2013 :
Imagine, if you will, a desolate, cold snowy landscape. The wind blows currents of ice crystals across the unprotected plains. In the distance is a line of Ice-Age humans, laboring their way through the white nothingness. Warriors, hunters, women and children. Old and young alike, they travel together and are led by…

…a cat?

Yes, a cat. A small, gray kitty, who appeared at their cave entrance in the dead of winter and changed their lives forever.

Angelica is no normal cat. She was sent from above as a means to help this tribe survive the coldest, longest winter in their collective memory. Targeting a young boy, Aric, she feeds him dreams and waking thoughts, images of a bounteous valley teeming with life.

Then she takes him there. Just long enough for him to see and to believe. Then she leads him home.

After a long and arduous journey back through the snow, he returns to his tribe to tell them of what he’s seen. Naturally, they don’t believe him, until a series of events proves to the leaders that Aric just may know what he’s talking about.

And so a little cat leads them…to a life of bounty, or their certain doom? Is the risk they take worth the result?

Such a sweet story. This was actually inspired by the writer’s own cat, who left this world much too early. Ms. Deane imagined this story as being one of the nine lives her own precious Angelica may have enjoyed.

It’s an unusual storyline. Animal history would tell us that the dog befriended us, taking to its role as protector and companion much sooner than the cat. Felines were and are a non-clingy species, and we would think of them as being aloof dwellers on the edge of the hearth, catching mice and merely putting up with the humans in its world.

But this is one where the cat takes center stage. And why not? Cats are just as loving as their canine counterparts–they are just much more subtle.

I loved the relationship between boy and cat. Very real; a cat’s mind and purpose are not always understood, and so it was in “Ice Angel.” Yet it was plain enough, and proven enough, to be the very life and survival of an entire group of people.

Of course there was the villain, who got his just desserts–always the best part of a story with a bully in it.

The writing was well-done, and the characters vividly worked. What’s even better is that there are other “Angelica” stories on their way. I will be sure to read them all!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Elsabe Venter on Aug. 28, 2013 :
A very touching story about a boy and a cat ( angel ) and how the cat protects and leads when the need is high . The love between them and the softness . Jealousy as always in the human but all end well . Very easy read book and would recommend to all ages .
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christopher Meade on Aug. 27, 2013 :
I read this book because it was given to me as a gift, but having done so, I would quite cheerfully spend good money for the pleasure of reading it anyway. This engaging tale of the relationship between Aric, (a Stone Age boy), and the mysterious Anjelica, (a cat with a difference), draws the reader in immediately. There are not very many books which can persuade me to postpone preparing a meal, until after I have finished reading them. My lunch was late today. I don't care because I have just indulged in two of my greatest pleasures I.E reading a great story and having my heart warmed, by this description of the loving relationship between a child and a cat.
It's not just a fuzzy "purrfest". The reality of life, during the great ice age, is not shied from either. The difficulties and hardships, that struggling humanity must have suffered from in that far-off time, is vividly described. We also learn, that the jealousies and nastiness that can befoul our species, were not strangers to our primitive ancestors.
I won't say too much more about this delightful and touching story. I don't want to spoil the experience for the fortunate readers who come after me. I will just say that I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading any more volumes, which this very talented writer may produce.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Becky Adams on Aug. 27, 2013 :
The book started out with a great description of the setting that made me feel as if I were there. This talented new author is very good at using words to paint a very detailed picture for the reader. The fascinating story of a boy and a very special cat held my attention to the end. Every good book needs a villain, and this book has one in Brin/Brown. The author's storyline made it easy for the reader to dislike "the evil character". As the author of Cherished Cats and Childhood Capers, I could definitely relate to the boy's love of the cat. I didn't want to put the book down, and I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this delightful series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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