Warriors fans, prepare to swoon in pleasure! Within the pages of WARRIORS FIELD GUIDE: Secrets of the Clans, you will find the answers to questions you have pondered (including some you haven't even thought of) about the past and present lives of the warrior cats, as well as information about cats outside the Clans.
In the first section of the book, the author gives us the history of the Clans, beginning long ago when cats first crept into the forest and lived in small groups. Many cats died during this time because they fought viciously over prey and territories. But after one bloody battle, they saw not only the spirits of their dead, but also a terrifying view into the future. They knew they could not go on. The fighting had to come to an end, and they must unite. Four main cats --- named Shadow, River, Wind and Thunder --- stepped forward to lead the separate Clans...and the rest is Warriors history.
Set off by The Warrior Code, the leader and others of each Clan discuss that group's character, hunting skills, area, significant events and personalities. Beautiful colored illustrations add visual spark to the words. StarClan has a haunting and wise voice here as well. Two fascinating fold-out maps are included --- one is of the Warriors' view of the area, the other is how the twolegs see it.
Have you wondered about the details of the Warriors' ceremonies, including one in which a cat becomes a Clan leader? They're explained thoroughly in WARRIORS FIELD GUIDE. So are the actual fighting techniques that the Warriors must learn in order to defend their territories and protect their Clans from enemies such as foxes.
Prophecies and omens, and who receives them, are discussed. Some are major prophecies, explained by the cats they are given to. We also are privy to the fascinating and colorful legends and myths of the Clans.
There is much more here to enchant and satisfy Warriors fans: discussions of medicine cats and their roles; descriptions of loner cats, rogues and kittypets. Other animals, such as foxes, rats and twolegs, are also portrayed. Beautifully illustrated by artist Wayne McLoughlin, this is a reference book you will turn to again and again for insight into the lives of these fascinating warriors.
--- Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon