Published by Laurel-Leaf Fantasy on November 1st, 1986
Number of Pages: 292
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
In a dying world thousands of years after man has migrated to space, a young female cheetah struggles to survive. With her strange coloring -- deep black with gold markings -- Kichebo cannot stalk her prey, and she finds herself the target of strange whirring bird-things from the sky.
Then Kichebo rescues Menk, a small two-legged creature she has pulled from a burning wreck, and is amazed and yet comforted by the affection that grows between them.
Suddenly another black cheetah joins Kichebo, but in her mind only. Joined by a powerful link through time, he reveals scenes from his life as royal companion to the pharaoh Tutankhamen. Could this be the answer to Kichebo's strange coloring, her unusual affection for Menk, and the birdlike hunters from the sky?
I didn’t realize how old this book was until I started to write the review… But it’s still worth reading! It’s told from the point of view of a cheetah. First Kichebo’s mother, then her aunt, Kichebo herself and a cheetah from the past named Asu-Kheknemt.
You get to learn a lot about cheetahs, as well as ancient Egypt. Some of it has been tweaked to fit the events in the book, but a great deal of it is factual. I’ve always loved Egyptian stuff, and cheetahs, so this book was a huge win for me.
I loved Kichebo, her thoughts through out the book made sense for what she was going through at the time. Nothing felt forced just to move the story along. And the twist towards the end of the book, about why cheetahs were being tracked was not what I was expecting at all.
Menk is somewhere between 2-5 years old, I think. It’s never really stated, but she seemed to be in that toddler stage. I didn’t really get attached to her, didn’t really care about her one way or the other. Which isn’t usually a good thing for a character. But I really enjoyed Kichebo, Gray Cape, and Asu-Kheknemt.
Parts of the book are a little bit slow, there is a lot of information. Not only about Kichebo’s world, but about ancient Egypt in the time of Tutankhamen. But if you are interested in Egypt, or cheetahs, you need to read this book.