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Erin Hunter’s Warriors series is evidently very popular. My kismesis (among others) told me that the fandom is very, very crazy. The last book I read with anthropomorphic creatures was Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams.

“FIRE ALONE CAN SAVE OUR CLAN…”

Are they going to set fire to a building? I bet they’re totally going to set fire to a building.

“For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors.”

Why is “Clan” capitalized? Bet you somekitty breaks those laws. (If they actually use the term “somekitty”… I will be pleased.)

“But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying–and some deaths are more mysterious than others.”

I hope the warrior code isn’t full of outdated attempts at chivalry. And aren’t cats afraid of thunder? Why are the antagonists the “ShadowClan”? Isn’t that kind of obvious? Hunter going for a dark vs. light theme? Only the “noble warriors” are the ones getting killed off? I want to know what determines nobility. Death tends to be a mysterious thing and there are many ways to die.

“In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary cat named Rusty… who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.”

Maybe Rusty is really the villain. Maybe he instigated the “turmoil”. My money is on the
following scenario:

Rusty: “If you’re having trouble with the ShadowKitties, you all should totally burn down their kittylodge.”
ThunderClan: “’Kay.”
*next day*
ThunderClan: “Now what?”
Rusty: *grooming himself* “I dunno.”
ThunderClan: “We have committed arson against our enemy. Not a sole was left.”
Rusty: *stretching* “Good for you.”
ThunderClan: “Um, no, actually this is very bad for us. If the other two Clans find out we committed this mortail sin, there will be a no-holds-barred slaughter of our everykitty in our Clan, from the youngest kit to the most wizened tom.”
Rusty: *starts to walk away* “Not my circus, not my monkey.”
ThunderClan: “B-but they will dig up our mummified…”
Rusty: *stops to yawn*
ThunderClan: “…forever damned…”
Rusty: *smacks lips and stretches some more*
ThunderClan: “…before Bastet Herself-” *notices Rusty’s stretching* “Don’t you care?!”
Rusty: “Nah, I just did it for kits and giggles.”

The dedication:

“For Billy–who left our Twoleg home to become a Warrior. We still miss him very much. And for Benjamin, his brother, who is with him now in StarClan. Special thanks to Kate Cary.”

Aw, dedicated to beloved pets. “Twoleg” probably means “human”, which completely disregards birds. “StarClan” could mean the afterlife.

There are character pages. I love character pages! Starting with the Thunderkitties:
-Lionheart and Tigerclaw? How do they know what big cats are?!
-All the apprentices in this Clan have names that end in “-paw”. There’s even a “Ravenpaw”. Perhaps Tigerclaw will allow him to upgrade her/his name…
-“Frostfur”, “Speckletail”, and “Dappletail” all sound like pretty names (without context) but I think “One-Eye” is slightly offensive.

ShadowClan:
-“Brokenstar” is actually a pretty cool name.
-A notable purrtion of them have unpleasant names, like “Runningnose” and “Stumpytail”. “Dawncloud” sounds pretty, though.

Ooh, there’s even a map. I see there are rocks designated for sunning, in true cat fashion. ShadowClan’s camp is right next to “Carrionplace”. It’s in all capitals so it might be “CarrionPlace”.
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I was going to do The Clique by Lisi Harrison but I didn’t have anything else I wanted to read so I started it. And now I’m on Revenge of the Wannabes. They’re so unrealistically mean to each other but it’s hilarious.

 

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Sketchie13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clarification: This is about actual cats. Also, the Shadowclan simply had a rather horrid leader. Also, nah, I don't recall arson solving the issue. Honestly, I think I read it several years ago, so yeah...
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OctarinePegacorn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No, a book about actual cats would be nonfiction. I've started reading this and it's about kitties who install fear in each other. (I'm like on chapter three.)
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Sketchie13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Physically, they're exactly like real cats. (Aside from a few special cases. It is, after all, a fantasy series)
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