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Catwoman: Soulstealer

Review

Catwoman: Soulstealer

Bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the Court of Thorns and Roses series, Sarah J. Maas, continues the DC Icons series with CATWOMAN: Soulstealer.

Selina Kyle has just returned from her life as a member of the League of Assassins in Gotham as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. While Batman isn’t around to protect Gotham City, it is up to his sidekick, Batwing, to keep things under control. Luke Fox, or Batwing, must prove to the city that he has what it takes to keep Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harvey Quinn under control. What he doesn’t know is that Selina finds herself forming unexpected friendships with Luke in the day and wrestling with Batwing through the night. Will she be able to pull off her heist in wreak havoc in Gotham City or will Batwing stop her?

"Maas’s writing style flows easily and I could follow along with the plot and the characters....Her descriptions from their suits to their fight scenes were especially page-turners."

The DC Icons books do not go in order and are not about the same characters, so you can read the four books in random order. As the first book in the series on a villain or an anti-hero, I found the concept pretty interesting. It doesn’t stray too far from the other novels; however, as you’ll find that Selina has a steady moral compass like almost any other hero. The only difference is she likes to steal from the rich and she’s much more dangerous than she seems. 

It was interesting to see the dynamic between Luke and Selina as both normal humans and as their superhuman counterparts. Maas’s writing style flows easily and I could follow along with the plot and the characters. She kept true to the comics in keeping Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn as LGBT characters. I also enjoyed seeing those two villains painted in a new light. Her descriptions from their suits to their fight scenes were especially page-turners. 

However, in terms of plot, research and having the characters true to the comics, Maas fell short in those aspects. From Selina’s useful but technology-spiked suit to her seeming superiority compared to every other character, it just seems unrealistic. Poison Ivy is known as a cunning, dangerous villain in the DC Universe, but in the book, she is only seen as another pawn or accomplice in Selina’s game. 

Although the novel is based on Catwoman, I expected better representation from the other characters. Their unique villainous or heroic traits from the comics could have been better portrayed. Luke Fox is a decently written character, except for the over exemplified fact that he has PTSD and panics when fireworks go off. It would be acceptable in normal circumstances, but Luke is a character who goes out to fight criminals with guns and bombs all the time, which I find very unrealistic. 

Overall, the novel portrays Selina as an empowered, strong woman and tells the story of a vigilante overcoming her past demons while battling her present foes. You can see Maas’ attempt to improve her writing and although not perfect, CATWOMAN: Soulstealer is an enjoyable action novel for all ages.  

Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member on September 12, 2018

Catwoman: Soulstealer
by Sarah J. Maas

  • Publication Date: August 7, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Superhero , Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0399549692
  • ISBN-13: 9780399549694