Review: Thunderpaws and the Tower of London by Ben Housden and MonoKubo

Series: Nature’s Claw #1
Author: Ben Housden
Artist: MonoKubo
Publisher: High Gate Press
Released: December 1, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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I would like to nominate Thunderpaws and the Tower of London for having the cutest title I’ve seen in all of 2021. I don’t know why, but it just makes me smile (and laugh a little) every time I see or think of it. Thunderpaws and the Tower of London (see, there I go again!) is the first novel in the Nature’s Claw series. It was written by Ben Housden, with illustrations from MonoKubo.

Teufel is the most famous cat that also happens to live in the Tower of London – which probably helps the fame quite a bit, actually. Teufel’s day is full of squawking ravens, upset guards, and more than a few ghosts.

That is quite a lot for any single cat. However…you know the classic saying: curiosity killed the cat (but satisfaction brought him back)? Well, let’s just say that Teufel has started an investigation into something a little too dark and scary, even for a cat.

“I can be the most famous cat in history? Is that why I’m here? Mum said I was special.”

Thunderpaws and the Tower of London was such a fun and endearing novel! It made me smile at so many points, even while little Teufel was neck-deep in danger and adventure. This novel is perfect for readers looking for a bit of light fantasy. It’s also obviously perfect for cat lovers who enjoy a good fantasy read (speaking from experience here).

I know I’m probably a bit biased here because I adore cats and all (can you tell?), but I did enjoy Thunderpaws and the Tower of London. It was such an imaginative read with a solid sense of humor, which I always appreciate.

Teufel (aka Thunderpaws) is a curious and endearing main character who is quite talented at sticking his nose into everything. Hence the adventure, as apparently even cats don’t know when it is time to walk away. Also, who doesn’t love a somewhat sassy cat speaking his mind (more or less)?

The ghosts and magic were surprising but nice touches, taking this story to a whole new level – one that I found to be thrilling. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the sequel!

Thanks to High Gate Press and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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