I love fantasy novels. I must confess that I also love books with talking cats. And I truly love to laugh. Humorous fantasy can be hit or miss - and this novel completely missed it, for me. The plotting was a bit awkward & the narrative rather gave away the resolution of the "mystery". But what I could not abide was the heavy-handed soap-boxing of the narrator! Unbelievable! Hawke's narrator (the talking cat, for the record) would spend literally pages giving his rather distasteful philosophic disquisitions, taking away from the "humor" portion of this "humorous" fantasy. Authors like Terry Pratchett convey their subtle messages with understated verve while still managing to be outrageously funny.
The humor of Catseye Gomez was terribly obvious & more groan-worthy than grin-worthy.
If you're looking for funny, try Terry Pratchett or Robert Rankin or Tom Holt (who can be hit or miss, himself). Funny cat books? Try Tanya Huff's Keeper series.
To give Hawke his due, he is not a terrible writer stylistically, which is a saving grace & has earned the one star adorning this review.