Another fun book! Off Leash is the story of Thomas Khatt, mild mannered, out-of-work, milquetoast librarian who, after a horrific and magical accident, wakes up looking like his last-namesake.
As if finding himself a cat–specifically a cougar–isn’t challenging enough (he misses his thumbs), he also finds himself highly sought after as a familiar, i.e., slave.
To keep his freedom he needs to fend off a fairy godmother-esque slave trader (familiar trader?), figure out who caused the magical accident, and try to save the most abused of all captive magical beasts.
This is a fun ride. Personally, for me, the show was stolen by Rudy, the pyromaniacal squirrel (if you’ve read Chaos and Fates you may have picked up on my fondness for opinionated squirrels.) Rudy goes from bitter familiar trader to ally–and his efforts to keep Thomas and other “carnies” from accidentally eating him are hilarious.