Review: The Cat Returns to Adderly by Sam Burns

Rating: 4🌈

Urban fantasy binge reading continues, this time with a author well established as a terrific writer of fantastical, magical tales and series.

I must have missed Sam Burns’ fantasy fairytale story first time around. So I was happy to make its acquaintance by chance now, lured in by its great cover and evocative title. Why did du Maurier’s Rebecca spring to mind? Nevertheless, it pulled me right in.

Told from the pov of Wainwright, a cat and companion to Luke, youngest of three Miller brothers. Parents recently deceased and the older brothers have decided to deprive Luke of his rightful inheritance and chase him from his home, with only the cat and his grandfather’s book in his possession.

Luke’s shaky, uncertain perspective comes in later as the young man struggles to survive on the streets without resources, unwilling to part from Wainwright.

Unaware that Wainwright is trying to provide for them both and just might be more than either of them suspect.

The Cat Returns To Adderly turns into one of those stories that engages your imagination as well as your heart. Sam Burns builds such fascinating characters here! And not just the main characters of Luke and Alastair. But that circle of witches that attend to the Market just cries out for an expanded version or more stories. How powerful a presence were they!

Plus I needed more knowledge of Luke’s grandfather and that book! And poor Elz. And and and……

It’s a parade of intriguing characters here. And all I wanted to know was more more more. Of what came next. Of what happened in the past… just everything.

Because there’s more elements here that needed a wider universe and plain bigger novel (s).

This? It’s great. But the promise for over the top magnificent? It’s everywhere.

Read it and see if you agree.

Yes I’m definitely c recommending this.


Orphaned, Luke Miller is left alone and homeless with only his cat for company. But Wentworth is more than an average feline, and when Luke makes a set of leather boots to keep his paws safe, it might help them both find the path to where they belong.

Previously published in Fables Retold under the same title

Buy Links: › showThe Cat Returns to Adderly by Sam Burns – Goodreads

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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