Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters Series #6)

Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters Series #6)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series recasts familiar fairy tales in a richly-imagined alternate Victorian world

Ninette Dupond was a dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. She had been very lucky—if she had not been pretty, and a natural dancer, she could only have become what her mother had been: a washerwoman.
But Ninette’s good luck ended the day that the lead dancer sprained her ankle and Ninette was chosen to dance her part at a matinee. Her reviews had been very good—too good. Shortly thereafter, Ninette had been fired in an attempt to soothe the wounded ego of the ballet’s primary soloist.
Alone, unemployed, and filled with despair, Ninette had returned to her apartment to find a thin, rangy, tabby-striped tomcat sitting on her windowsill. He seemed like just another stray, until abruptly he spoke to her, mind-to-mind.
Ninette though she was going mad, but the cat offered her an alternative to a life of destitution, albeit a very odd one. He proposed that she impersonate a renowned Russian ballerina, Nina Tchereslavsky, and go to work in a specific music hall in Blackpool, England. The cat also told her that he would take care of her in every way—he would somehow convey the English and Russian languages to her, supply her with money, and guide her every move. With no other option open to her, she place her life in his paws.
What Ninette didn’t know was that the cat was an Elemental Spirit sent to protect her, and that the music hall in Blackpool was owned by an Elemental Master. But she also didn’t know that the real Nina Tchereslavsky no longer existed. For the real Nina had been “absorbed” by an Elemental Spirit of the darkest kind that was now bent on Ninette’s destruction….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756404888
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Elemental Masters Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 134,472
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.

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Reserved For the Cat (Elemental Masters Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Growing up poor Ninette Dupond¿s mother made sure her offspring would be accepted by the Paris Opera Ballet in Montmartre. She now hopes to find a wealthy a wealthy patron. Ninette loves to dance and is given the starring role in La Sylphide when the lead hurt her ankle. She attracts the interest of the star¿s paramour, but that leads to her being fired with no money to pay for food or her rent. A cat telepathically tells her that he was sent by her father, an Elemental Master to help her. --- The stray persuades Ninette to go to Blackpool, England pretending to be the famous Russian ballerina Nina Tchereslavsky, who they will say vanished during a ship wreck. The dancehall her feline guide escorts her to is run by an Elemental Master of Air while his closest friend, a magician is an Elemental Master of Fire. They accept her and protect her while Ninette tries hard to fit in. Nobody is aware that the real Nina knows about the impersonator and is furious plotting revenge for stealing her name and reputation. Nina is an Earth Elemental who got freed of her Master and likes living on the mortal plane she intends to keep doing so by absorbing humans in order to take over their form and intellect. Assimilating Ninette is the perfect disguise as the pretender has already taken up her role. --- The Elemental novels are beautiful romantic adult fairy tales. RESERVED FOR THE CAT contains a wicked villainess who makes the Snow White Queen seem benevolent, a courageous cat to rival Puss n Boots, and a fine brave heroine in peril (take your pick). Ninette is a strong willed intrepid individual who believes she must actively help in her defense. Master magician Mercedes lackey writes a charming fantasy. --- Harriet Klausner
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MEPMartin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book because it gave me a chance to see a heroine who instead of learning to use an active ability has to learn to deal with daily life and magic but without a major magic ability. Ninette must develop the talents she does have and find the courage to help the ones she loves. I also really love the idea of a talking cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey has a great writing style. I enjoy her books and eagerly await any new ones. This is a realy good read for enjoyment. Her Elemental Masters Series has been at times touching, suspenseful, and always enjoyable reading.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, as usual. I can't tell which fairy tale this is - Puss in Boots? I need to go read that and check. Funny, some are obvious, some very obscure (to me). I like both the cat and the girl - though I believed his explanation of what he was until he was forced to correct it...Second reading - I liked it better this time. Knowing the basic shape of the story, I had more attention to pay to the characters, all (well, most, anyway) of whom are quite rich. Still quite good, not one of my favorites of the Elemental Masters let alone of Lackey's books, but good. And more links to other EM stories - the mental magics (hmmm, some elemental magics talk about a Fifth Element of Spirit...), communities of mages, etc. Definitely rewarded the second read.
EssFair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 5th entry in the Elemental Masters series. A cat¿once an Elemental Master himself-tries to prevent his daughter¿a laid off ballerina---avoid a life of prostitution. He persuades Ninette to adopt another identity, gets her to England and hired by some fellow Elementals. She becomes a uses all her occult powers to try and destroy Ninette. Ninette is a plucky heroine who has aroused the interest of at least one of the Elemen
gilroy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a unique vision of the magical world, I enjoyed reading through the adventures of Ninette and Thomas the cat. It flowed well, with a decent pace... until the end. The last two chapters felt rushed, as if a word limit or a page limit approached and the author needed to close the work without going over that limit. I'm interested in trying to read others in this series, as well willing to offer this book to friends that enjoy the author's other works.
selkie_girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nina, a ballet dancer in paris knows one thing for sure, if she doesn't snag herself a rich old 'patron' she'll starve. When a fellow ballerina sees Nina as a rival, she makes sure that Nina is dispelled from the company crushing Nina's dreams. Now she is stuck in paris with no job, no food and a cat. The cat, she finds, can talk and he suggests a plan to help Nina get back on a stage. she takes another ballerina's name and travels to England unbeknownst that evil will soon find her. Based on Puss In Boots, Lackey weaves a magical tale set in the turn of the century England. I enjoyed the book even though the plot was predictable. But it was a nice read and a good continuation of the Elemental Master Series
foovay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the BEST fantasy books I have read in years
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ninette Dupond has lost her tenuous position with the Paris Opera Ballet, and is facing starvation, prostitution, or worse, in her tiny garret apartment, when an odd thing happens -- her cat speaks to her. Unsure if she's suffering from hunger-caused delusions, or just going mad, she decides to follow the cat's advice, pack her bags, and see where trust will take her. After all, what has she to lose? So begins a journey across Paris, the Channel, and on to London to become a star -- that is, if the cat's wiles and her own talents can keep her alive and out of the clutches of an evil stalker.Lackey's fifth entry in the Elemental Masters series, this is lovely in parts, but could do with less use of "little ballerinas," a phrase which grew tired very quickly. Ninette's character is real enough at times, but for much of the book she seems almost an afterthought. The historical background is laid down with a heavy hand, and the conclusion is somewhat abrupt. Of course, if you are familiar with Puss in Boots, the ending is not a surprise, and by then, Ninette's actions aren't either. This is a solid book, and from another author I probably wouldn't have been disappointed, but I've come to expect more from Lackey.
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It's just boring me to death, don't care about the main character who used deception to get ahead, even if it was someone else doing it. Don't care for the "unfindable"'s just hard to plow through. I've enjoyed all the ones (7) I've read, but this one, is just written under the gun of get something out there. Theater background and dance is...dull.
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I-luv-2-read More than 1 year ago
I like the idea of the elemental masters and Mercedes Lackey writing the tales. She has had many ideas and I have been reading her books for years. Her books are an invitation to think about the world as we perceive it and as it can be perceived by those who think a bit differently. I enjoy reading her books. You will too!
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RTeri More than 1 year ago
So many twists I was almost always surprised!
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