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Summary

2021 Winner of the Independent Audiobook Award (Best Gamelit/LitRPG category)  

When Rowan and Toro are brought to Sacred Cat Island by their father, the two brothers expect to hate the place. They quickly discover that the island has untold mysteries and magical secrets just waiting to be explored.

What starts as a small Dad Quest quickly turns into the adventure of a summer as the two brothers help their father open a general store, befriend the villagers, and find themselves in the middle of an epic mystery that has to be solved before they go back to the mainland. 

Help Rowan and Toro unearth the hidden truths of Sacred Cat Island in this grand slice-of-life story starring an all NPC cast. Escape with them to an island full of fantastic critters, frightening spirits, and colorful characters that LitRPG and cultivation listeners are bound to fall in love with. Discover the magic of Sacred Cat Island. 

Inspired by the magical realism of Studio Ghibli films, this story by best seller Harmon Cooper was also influenced by The Wandering Inn, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing.

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  • Cj
  • 21-02-21

so good!!

this is a heartwarming story about two brothers, filled with adventure mystery and plenty of humor. I highly recommend it.

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Very good, hoping for a sequal!

This sounded cute and was good credit value, but it ended up being far better than I expected. A lovely, Ghibli-inspired story with excellent narration.

Highly recommended if you want a nice, fantasy/litrpg style story with tonnes of heart. And cats. Miew miew.

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  • Patrick
  • 02-01-21

Great for nostalgia.

If my kids were still young, this book would be an awesome bedtime listening ritual. First off, you can NEVER go wrong with a Harmon Cooper book, and I will listen to anything Travis Baldree narrates (Audible MVP 2020 in my opinion), so when the two hooked up to put out an audiobook, I preordered it immediately. This is a story about a dad and his two boys as they try to make a way for themselves in a new home. The LitRPG elements are EXTREMELY light. In fact if it wasn’t for the characters being NPC’s, they wouldn’t need to exist at all, but the way it’s put together is very pleasing and shouldn’t turn you off to this book. There are almost no stats in comparison to crunchy LitRPG novels. This is a YA novel with zero cringy teenage romance scenarios. They’re kids adventuring an island over summer break with their dad. That being said, it’s a story that a lot of adults would love. I’m 40 and really enjoyed this. It brought a lot of nostalgia from memories of my brothers and I riding our bikes for miles to buy slush puppies, going on adventures down the railroad tracks, etc. Perfect book for car trips with your family, or if you just feel like taking a trip down memory lane. It was fun. Please continue this series Harmon. And Thank You for this story!

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  • Ryan
  • 27-06-21

Like a Studio Ghibli LitRPG

You've got a few kids investigating a mystery while experiencing a whole new mystical world, so it sort-of reminds me of totoro and spirited away. I really loved the story as it unfolded and certainly will get any follow-on books in this world.

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  • Martha A.
  • 14-01-21

I could’ve used a little more action, but very good

I thought this was a well written, well thought out story. I felt a lot like how I did in my childhood, but also was just entertained by the whole thing.

This is not, however, a litrpg in the normal sense. There are stats, but besides that and a few small things, not a whole lot of a sense of progression. Besides that though I thought it was great!

Worth the credit if you have one to spare.

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  • Brandon
  • 07-01-21

a hidden gem

I, not being a cat lover, was not actually looking forward to this book, but being a fan of Harmon Cooper's work I decided to give it a try and oddly enough I love it, the mystery, the drama, the magic, and the crazy random references to the other books in his universe made this a book I binged in 2 days. I am anxiously awaiting the second installment because Damn it there are still so many mysteries unsolved.

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  • VJG
  • 03-01-21

Warm hearted, well imagined story

This is a wonderfully imagined world brought to life by the great and always entertaining Travis Baldree. I felt like I was on an adventure with the brothers, reminding me why I miss my sibling and the best times of childhood. Plus cats.

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  • carl wade
  • 22-11-21

it was good

I enjoyed it but I thought the writing was good and the storytelling was good but I think it feels a bit unfinished I wish standing would have had a bit more finality to it

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 07-09-21

Enjoyable

I do believe that this book is aimed at a younger readers, but even so it was enjoyable. The pacing was a bit slow, but as I said this is most likely for a younger audience.

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  • Chris Adler
  • 23-08-21

A Magical modern litrpg Tom Sawyer esque adventure

This was a great book and completely suitable for all ages. Between the storyline, the characters, and the narration, together, it hit a homerun out of the park! It really did have a Tom Sawyer esque feel to it, though set in a modern-day magical litrpg World. I would highly recommend this book to people who like good stories, litrpg, fantasy, or just all around good fun. 5 Stars!

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 09-08-21

I ❤ this book!

 I ❤ this book! It plucked at all my heart strings. It's such a sweet, family oriented story! And it reminded me very much of My Neighbor Totoro: an anime movie. (If you haven't already watched this you should.) 
Anyway, Sacred Cat Island is about a single father making a life change, and moving himself and his sons to the Island... and then the boys find magic, Oh, So Much Magic, and so many cats, and enough adventure to make your head spin! Seemingly, the adults are too busy to notice magic that's teaming all around them (Silly adults)!
There a reason why this story won the best indie gamelit narration of 2021, and that reason is Travis Baldree! Travis did an outstanding job, though honestly, I can't think of any of his work that's ever been less than Wonderful, so, grab Sacred Cat Island,  and be entranced as Travis Baldree brings Harmon Cooper's story to life!

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  • Andrew Clark
  • 28-07-21

FANTASTIC!!!

Gives me feelings of Stardew valley. Starting over, getting to know the people of the island all reminiscent of star dew valley and also my neighbor totoro great slice of life building book