Summary: (Taken from GoodReads) Before there is peace, blood will spill blood…
The Clans have finally arrived in their new home, following the prophecies of their warrior ancestors. The journey was difficult enough, but now they must struggle to establish territories and learn the hidden dangers of this unfamiliar world. Most importantly, Leafpaw knows they must find a replacement for the Moonstone – a place to communicate with StarClan. Otherwise there will be no way to choose new leaders, no way to share medicine cat secrets, and no way to know whether the Clans are on the right path.
The future seems uncertain, and more than one cat is harboring sinister plans that could lead to violence and darkness. As all the warriors wait for a sign, some of them begin to realize that the threats they face in the forest may not be as perilous as the threats they face from within.
Thoughts: I know that I previously reviewed this book, but since I started the Warriors Wednesday feature, I felt it only fair that I read and review it again. This time I have a much better context for the novel, as the first time I read this book it had been a little while since I had read any other Warriors novels.
The Clans are getting settled in their new home, sorting out which parts of the territory will belong to each Clan, but not all the cats are feeling settled. Some doubt that this is even the place that StarClan sent them to find, since there’s nothing like the Moonstone where leaders can receive their nine lives and medicine cats can talk directly to StarClan in their dreams. Added to that, Tallstar’s death has left rifts in WindClan, and Hawkfrost is still showing far too much ambition for some cats to find comfortable.
Of all the books in this series, this one has so far felt the closest in tone and action to the original books, which made it quite good to read. Yes, I admit there was a bit too much romantic blathering going on at times between various characters, but aside from that, it had a lot to offer. There’s a nice balance of uncertainty and forward motion, spirituality and the mundane aspects of life. A great deal is hinted at or commented on that is of great interest, such as Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw’s dreams of Tigerstar (and Tigerstar’s insinuation that there’s a feline purgatory, Onewhisker’s reluctance to take on leadership of his Clan, Mothwing having orchestrated the supposed sign from StarClan that resulted in her becoming a medine cat.
Though I’ve got to admit that Mothwing’s disbelief in StarClan got stale as soon as it was mentioned. Seriously, we already did this dance with Cloudtail. Mothwing is now the second cat to not have full Clan blood who doesn’t believe in StarClan, openly scoffs at the idea who also has family who shows a great loyalty to the warrior code, and where the insinuation is that it’s because she’s not of full Clan blood to start with. It was interesting to see the conflict with Cloudtail in the previous Warriors series. Here, I can’t help but have the reaction of, “It’s been done.”
The action in this book is awesome. Instead of being mostly the action associated with events outside of the characters’ control, here we get back to basics, with a full-out battle between Clans. Physical Clan rivalry has been something that’s been sorely lacking in this series, and while these books go out of their way to show that much can be accomplished by working together, it’s nice to see a return to the familiar boundaries that once existed, and for kitty-political reasons that used to occur back in the old forest.
Definitely a step up from a few previous books, and quite a speedy read because of it!