Summary: (Taken from GoodReads) Something terrifying is happening in the world of the Clans. Amid the destruction of the forest, cats are disappearing, including ThunderClan’s beloved medicine cat apprentice, Leafpaw. Now the young cats who set off on a quest many moons ago have returned with a chilling message: The Clans must move to a new home, or risk extermination.
But it is not easy to convince the cats to leave. Even if all four Clans agreed to travel together, the dangers waiting for them beyond their borders are impossible to predict. More importantly, even the questing cats have no idea where they’re supposed to go. What they need is a sign from StarClan… but what they need most of all is a plan to save their missing warriors, or risk leaving them behind forever.
Thoughts: So the cats of prophecy have returned to a shattered forest, where all cats are starving and their territory shrinks day by day as human construction projects advance into what used to be thick woods and open moorland. More cats are disappearing, stolen by humans who are trying to rescue them from a life of feral living and ultimate death as the construction continues.
And when push comes to shove, the four Clans, as one, decide to leave the forest in search of the better home promised to them by StarClan.
Unlike the original journey made by the original 4 cats of prophecy (and their 2 companions), the journey made by the Clans did not feel as tedious and drawn-out, which was far easier and more enjoyable to read. This is likely due to the fact that there was a clear destination in mind this time, rather than a vague, “We have to get somewhere, and we’re waiting for everyone to receive a sign that gives us hints as to where,” idea. Seeing four Clans try to put aside their differences during a time where everyone’s stressed and starving was interesting, because as much as they all kept to their own groups, it was clear that they were traveling as one, putting aside the bulk of their differences for the greater good.
True to form, this book deals with the loss and death of cats. Elders who knew they were too old and weak to make the journey across the mountains stayed behind in the forest, knowing that nothing but death awaited them, but choosing their own death rather than letting the unknown be the end of them. The journey over the mountains claimed a few lives too. Ferncloud is down to only one kit, after her other two died.
And then there was the loss of Stormfur. Who didn’t die, but instead chose to stay with the Tribe cats, with the cat he’d fallen in love with, and to be near to where Feathertail was buried. It was a sad and touching scene, quite heavy on the emotion. This is a cat who we first saw as he was being born, who went through every trial with his sister, and ultimately chose a good place to be, but it was sad to see him leave his Clan regardless.
Where the previous books sometimes felt very light on the action and adventure, this book really throws you back into the thick of things, and is much more of a page-turner than, say, the first book of this second Warriors series. It felt refreshing to read after previous disappointments, and was much closer to the original series that got me hooked on the Warriors books in the first place.