Review by: 3344marigold
Hello reader! I am going to try to review ALL of the Warriors series, so please be patient as I go through each one. Beware, you can get hooked fast with these…
Vocabulary needed for understanding:
Kit – kitten
Queen – she-cats expecting or nursing kits
She-cat – female cat
Elder – elderly cat that has retired from being a warrior
Twoleg – humans (us)
Kittypet – housecat owned by twolegs
Loner/rogue – cat that is not in a clan, but is not a kittypet either
Thunderpath – human road
Written by Erin Hunter, the Warriors books are a series that follow the lives and adventures of wild cats. They live in clans – groups of cats that have the same skills, and follow the warrior code. The warrior code is what makes a cat a true warrior.
The code includes (This isn’t all):
Being loyal to your clan above all things.
Hunting for your clan’s kits, queens, and elders first.
Not leaving a kit in danger, even is it is from another clan.
Not killing other cats in battle.
The clans include Thunderclan, Windclan, Riverclan, and Shadowclan. These names reflect upon the lifestyles of each group, (for example, Windclan’s territory is on an open field where is it windy). The stories mainly revolve around Thunderclan as the main characters. Although the clans hunt and fight for their own, they meet at a “sacred” place called fortrees (where there are four trees) every full moon to exchange news and share peace. The clans are united under Starclan, their ancestors home and belief of where they go when they die. Starclan is in charge of guiding the living clans, and sending them warnings and prophecies. The clans face many dangers, including other clans, loners/rouges, kittypets, twolegs, thunderpaths, animals such as foxes, badgers and large birds, sickness, starvation, and any other challenges you would face when living in the wild.
Into the Wild:
Spoilers for Into The Wild, book one of the Warriors series beyond this point:
The first book in the Warriors series is called Into the Wild. A young kittypet named Rusty has always dreamed of going into the woods and doing something other than eating the hard, brown, tasteless nibblets that his owners give him to eat. One day, he jumps his fence and goes into the forest. Another cat attacks him… but than releases him, introducing himself as Graypaw, a Thunderclan apprentice. Graypaw leads his clanmates to Rusty, and they take him back to the Thunderclan camp. Thunderclan’s leader, Bluestar, has heard of a prophecy, Fire alone can save our clan. She believes that Rusty, with the pelt color of flames, is the fire that can save the clan from a mysterious threat. Rusty, although with some grudges from the Thunderclan warriors, is accepted into the clan with the name of Firepaw. His mentor is Bluestar. Firepaw has to earn the respect and trust of his clanmates, he was, after all, a former kittypet. And according to the warrior code, “A warrior rejects the soft life of a kittypet.”
Firepaw trains as a Thunderclan warrior, along with Graypaw and Ravenpaw, his closest friends, and Dustpaw and Sandpaw, Firepaw’s rivals who despise him because of his kittypet roots. Ravenpaw is in danger though, because he witnessed his mentor, Tigerclaw, killing the clan deputy to get his power. (Not to spoil anything, but Tigerclaw is a real MURDERER). Tigerclaw might harm Ravenpaw so that he doesn’t tell what he did to the deputy.
Since Tigerclaw is evil, he plans an attack on his own clan. Spottedleaf, the medicine cat, is ruthlessly murdered by another one of Tigerclaw’s allies. Now the clan was without a medicine cat, someone who knows about healing wounds, herbs, sicknesses, and injuries. Plus they interpret messages from Starclan.
One day when Firepaw is out on a hunting assignment, he comes across a loner on Thunderclan territory. Firepaw fights her, and ends up winning only because she is so weak and helpless. Firepaw is overcome by sympathy and compassion, tells her to wait there, and a few minutes later returns with some fresh-kill and gives it to her to eat. This sparks a bond between these two that will last forever, even when they are both in Starclan. The cat’s name is Yellowfang, and she is a former Shadowclan cat who was exiled. (Want to know why? Read Yellowfang’s Secret.) She also used to be a medicine cat, and after gaining respect from Thunderclan with heroics and loyalty, takes Spottedleaf’s place as the medicine cat of Thunderclan.
Ravenpaw is still in danger from Tigerclaw, so Firepaw and Graypaw help him escape to a barn, where a friendly cat named Barley lives. They told Tigerclaw and the rest of the clan that Ravenpaw had died.
Having completed their training to be Thunderclan Warriors, Firepaw and Graypaw, along with Dustpaw and Sandpaw, earn their warrior names. (Fireheart, Graystripe, Dustpelt, and Sandstorm). That night, they are to keep vigil in silence in the camp clearing.
Keep a lookout for my next review of the Warriors book ……………….. Fire and Ice!