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Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three, Book 3) Hardcover – Apr 22 2008
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Praise for Warriors: Action-packed. Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur haunt the family cat. --Publishers Weekly
A suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward. --ALA Booklist
Praise for Warriors: "Action-packed. Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur haunt the family cat."--Publishers Weekly
"A suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward."--ALA Booklist
From the Back Cover
There will be three, kin of your kin, who hold the power of the stars in their paws.
A dark prophecy shapes the lives of three ThunderClan apprentices. And when Jaypaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw travel to the Tribe of Rushing Water, they will begin to uncover what lies ahead.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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The trio really matured in this book, laying the grounds for more interesting problems (like outside of common question "Should we disobey orders and take matters into our own paws, or listen?") later in the series. Lionpaw isn't so goody-goody, and not so proud. It grows steadily obvious that fighting is his strong point. And Hollypaw is a bit obsessed with wanting to be leader (and still slightly irritating with her constant worrying), but she's really maturing too. Jaypaw is sill prickly, but not so annoying, and the parts of the book from his point of view were, in my opinion, the most interesting. I really liked the character development in this book... even Breezepaw seems to be maturing somewhat, and you get real insight as to why he's so obnoxious.
Anyway, I thought that this book was great. From an increasingly interesting plot (read to find out what happens!) to characters that truly begin to come to life, Outcast was a must-read for all Warriors fans!
After the near break out of war between Windclan and Thunderclan, things appear to be returning to normal in the clan, though for our three protaganist things couldn't be anything but normal. Jaypaw still searches for answers on the ancient clan that once roamed the lake, while Hollypaw and Lionpaw strive towards becoming better warriors. And things couldn't be made easier with a newly made warrior determined to cause conflict, a mentor with a dark side, and a growing threat in the mountains that draws all three cats towards discovering their true destiney.
What I feel Outcast did was really pick up on the whole 'phrophecy' of this series, with plot details becoming more and more developed, long overdue questions finally being answered, and our three heroes finally beginning to take shape as true characters. So by far, this is the best one out of the series so far, and hopefully, the fourth will continue this momentum.
Once again, a must for all cat lovers and especially long time Warriors readers.
The book also deftly develops the characters of the three protagonists and answers some questions while raising others. However, the book is not without significant flaws.
The actual prose is dreadful. The authors never met a simile they didn't like or as.
And to say that their style is repetitive is, at best, an understatement. If I never again read the phrase "from ears to tail tip," it will be too soon. Perhaps worst of all, the authors begin in this installment to betray their own best talents. Both of the previous series displayed a fine ear for plot pacing and story-telling. This book handles the short arc well. The story of the cats' adventure in the mountains is well-told and character-driven. Unfortunately, the authors' treatment of the series' long arc begins noticeably to fall apart.
Anvils are dropping everywhere regarding who the kits are. The plot points are so conspicuous that I keep hearing soap opera organ music in my head as each one pops into view and waves. In fact, the authors seem to be borrowing quite deliberately from the worst cliches of soap opera in order to keep us interested in this series: needless exposition from one chapter to the next (it's fine to recap what happened in other books, but we're already reading this one - don't recap what happened in the chapter we just read), parentage questions, mustache-twirling villains, forgotten history and character relationships....
This is probably good if you've got a reluctant reader. It helps to keep the pages turning and builds interest in the next book. However, if your child already enjoys reading, you might want to direct his or her time and attention into books that will enrich his or her language skills (at least after this book, which, as noted, does have its thematic plusses).
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