We are thrown into the world of con games and introduced to the supernatural powers one single touch can have. Black invented many new super powers like influencing luck and manipulating memories to show off in White Cat .
The world of cons and games is very complex, offering various talents to keep the reader entertained . It 's prevailing mood is dark and mysterious.
With "White Cat", Black chose a very interesting title for her novel. The word constellation itself is simple and bland, but readers will really appreciate it in the end. Seeing it in front of the whole story White Cat has a special meaning, it is the best title she could have chosen, because a small white cat is the essence, the mystery and the key to a main secret.
The protagonist Cassel is thoughtful and shy. One would say he is plain, boring, others would state that he has a tormenting secret. Cassel is a murderer... he murdered his best friend, but has no idea how and especially why he should have done this.
Thinking of himself as a murderer, it turns out that Cassel has the most interesting talent in the con world. Murder case Lila could lend Cassel new undreamt of powers or could destroy his life, everything and everyone he believed in.
The more Cassel questions the murderer of his best friend Lila, the more the story picks up speed. I liked his character and the mystery always circling around him. The plot line I was most interested in was the relationship between Cassel and ,his best friend and victim, Lila. This main relationship is replenished with various small plot lines and interactions of Cassel's and Lila's family members. I fell in love with Cassel, but got sometimes even annoyed about his family and their long-winded subplots.
Chapter by chapter, Black reveals more details about Cassel's secret, the murder of Lila, family backgrounds and intrigues. She applies a very highbrow style of writing to create a wonderful and thrilling start to the complex Curse Workers series. Holly Black is a witty and talented author, she left me screaming in the end, when I realised that I became the victim of a con myself!
White Cat is a gloomy story about a family that isn't really what she pretends to be, and a boy that has to find out who he really is, seamed with hatred, intrigues and crime. Go get White Cat and let the masterly con begin!show more