Catwoman: Soulstealer

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Convoluted crime wave slows adventure's momentum.

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Educational Value

Heavy on the superhero action and light on educational value. Raises questions of morality, whether the ends ever justify the means.

Positive Messages

Even the most dedicated supercriminal deserves empathy, understanding.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Selina Kyle is a killer and thief but usually has understandable reasons for her actions. She needs money to raise her chronically ill sister, which she can do only by working for a mob boss and a league of assassins. She often refuses to kill innocent bystanders.


Many violent scenes, including gladiatorial combat, swordplay, gunfights, use of poison gas, use of a bullwhip.


In complete darkness, Selina and Luke remove their masks and share a passionate kiss. Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn share a romantic relationship and flirt with each other while hanging out with Selina.


A dozen or more uses of "s--t," "hell," and "damn." One or two uses of "a--hole."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, chronicles the adventures of Selina Kyle as she starts a crime wave in Gotham City and clashes with its current protector, Batwing. The novel has many scenes of violence, including gladiatorial combat, swordplay, the use of poison gas, and gunfights. Sexual content is limited mostly to flirting, but with one or two passionate kisses.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAelin Ashryver ... November 27, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byjaila05 October 21, 2020

The best of all the DC Icons novels!

It is my favorite out of all of the DC Icon novels! I love the backstory of Selina Kyle. I have never known that much about Catwoman, and this book just made m... Continue reading

What's the story?

At the beginning of CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER, master thief Selina Kyle returns to Gotham City after spending two years away with a cult of female assassins. She claims to be socialite Holly Vanderhees and coincidentally moves in next to Luke Fox, also known as the crimefighter Batwing. She recruits two partners -- Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy -- to assist in instigating a crime wave that has the entire city up in arms. But the true nature of Selina's plans remain a mystery to friends and opponents alike.

Is it any good?

Superheroics don't always translate well to prose, and such is the case with this overlong adventure that might work better as a graphic novel. Catwoman: Soulstealer author Sarah J. Maas develops Catwoman's backstory so that readers can understand some of the criminal choices she makes, but some of the details feel a little heavy-handed.

The straight-ahead action scenes mostly work, and Maas knows how to orchestrate a fight scene for maximum punch. The dialogue is off-kilter and often funny, especially for the supporting cast. But midway through, the plot seems to drag, and it's a long haul to rebuild momentum for the finale. The book probably works best for true Catwoman fans. More casual readers might be less engaged.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Catwoman: Soulstealer might differ from a graphic novel version of the same material. What kinds of effects are easier in comics than in prose?

  • Selina Kyle is a criminal, but she is still a sympathetic protagonist. How do antiheroes function in fiction? Why are some "bad" characters more interesting than "good" ones?

  • Selina and Luke make assumptions about each other based on a few personal details. How do prejudices get in the way of understanding people?

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