Name: Catwoman: Soulstealer
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Penguin Books
“Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. Batman is off on a vital mission and Gotham City is at the mercy of the new thief on the prowl. Joined by the cunning Poison Ivy and notorious Harley Quinn, she wreaks havoc across the city.
Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the ultimate heist?”
Catwoman: Soulstealer starts by introducing Selena Kyle, a 17 years old girl living in the Gotham city slum. However, she manages to be plucked from it only to come back as the mysterious and rich Holly Vanderhees, who wreaks havoc across the city under the alias – Catwoman.
Sarah J. Maas has been successful in creating a three-dimensional character without much of a moral compass. She portrays the two sides of vulnerability and fierceness appropriately. Funny, witty, and smart, her back story creates a complex dimension of Catwoman. Her lack of moral compass only instigates her to justify the motivations behind her actions – something that Luke Fox/Batwing might not agree with.
The chemistry between Luke and Selina is tantalising but less interactive than the one between Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. The three women take the villainy to the next level as they rob the rich and the privileged while trying to shift the power imbalance in Gotham City.
The storyline is quite fast-paced and intriguing. Many questions form while reading that keep you hooked until they get answered at the end, which is quite satisfying. Sarah J. Maas does a fine job of keeping the readers interested until the very last moment. The ending, albeit satisfying, only makes us come back for more adventures of the Cat.
“Catwoman was a good way to describe her. The ears on the dark helmet, the oversized lenses, the claws that she’d just retracted after that spectacular jump… Even her steps toward him oozed feline grace.”Sarah J. Maas, Catwoman: Soulstealer
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