Warriors, Book 1: Into the Wild Hardcover – Jan 21 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-Rusty, a young "kittypet" (house cat), yearns for adventure. When he's offered the chance to join the ThunderClan, one of the gangs of feral cats in the area, he doesn't hesitate. Renamed Firepaw, he becomes an apprentice and begins to train as a warrior. After rescuing Yellowfang, ex-medicine cat for the ShadowClan who has fled for her life, Firepaw and the other ThunderClan members find themselves in the middle of a turf war against the rival gang, led by the nefarious Brokenstar. There's a traitor in their midst, though, and Firepaw must learn more than just hunting and fighting to survive. The author has created an intriguing world with an intricate structure and mythology, and an engaging young hero. The supporting cast of players is large and a little confusing, but there are standouts who give dimension to the tale. The difficult life of a feral cat is described in some detail, and a fair amount of violence is included. The ending is left ambiguous-there is definitely more to come. This is not as elegantly written as Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel), but it's another option for fans of animal adventure/fantasy stories.
Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6-9. For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to laws laid down by powerful ancestral clans. But now things are changing: ShadowClan has banished WindClan and is threatening RiverClan and ThunderClan by insisting on hunting rights within their territories. What's more, each year the TwoLegs encroach further into the forest, and prey is becoming scarce. A prophecy reveals, "Fire alone can save [the] Clan." Into this dangerous situation wanders a "kittypet," a young, bright orange tomcat whose courage earns him, despite objections by some, a place as an apprentice ThunderClan warrior and the new name of Firepaw. In this first spine-tingling episode in the planned Warriors series, Firepaw learns the ways of the wild life, facing many dangers and treachery both within and without his new clan. Intelligence notwithstanding, the cat characters are true to their feline nature, making this sure to appeal to fans of Clare Bell's long-popular Ratha's Creature (1983) and its sequels and also to followers of Brian Jacques' ongoing Redwall series. Sally Estes
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My friend told me about these books, and I read the first one in less than a day, it was so amazing! Then I got the second through sixth books, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, and The Darkest Hour. They are all every bit as good as the first! These books are amazing, Erin Hunter (Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry) puts you right there with Rusty/Firepaw/Fireheart, and makes you feel as if you've known all the cats for your whole life. I love these books. The authour thinks up creative names for everyday things, like roads are called Thunderpaths, people are called Twolegs, and housecats are called Kittypets. Strangely, though, dogs are called dogs. READ THESE BOOKS!!! ERIIN HUNTER ROCKS!!!
the first part of into the wild might not be so interesting, but the rest is FANTASTIC!!!!! just try it!!! :)
This book is the best. When I started reading it I had my doubts. However, soon I was enveloped in the fierce yet ineresting society of the four great clans. This is a great book that should be read by anybody who is fascinated by how dangerous the natural world can be. Erin Hunter has truly made a great jump start on a brand new series.
The book starts out as a young housecat named Rusty finally succumbs to his curiosity of the forest and ventures in. He is soon attacked by a young cat called Graypaw. He uses his wits to defend himself by using his wits and succeeds in winning the match. Unbeknownst to him, to other cats were watching close by. However, he is offered by the leaders a chance to join their clan as a member. After he ponders this for one day, he jois their clan as Firepaw. After Firepaw learns the mysterious ways of the clans, he learns that the powerful Shadowclan is starting to control all the territories, and Wind clan has suffered from their wrath. Thunderclan is the only one that can stop it. Firepaw leads a small but determined army to stop it. I don't want to ruin the ending, but anybody should be able to enjoy it.
Here's the basic plot: Ther are four clans of wild cats that rule the forest, following laws laid down by their great ancestors. Anyone who disobeys these laws is punished. But humans are moving in, and prey is becoming scarce, so some clans are desperate enough to break one of the top laws, and are hunting in other clans' territories. Battles pursue and thus warriors now are becoming as scarce as the prey. One clan, the Thunderclan, is so desperate that they take in a "kittypet," a cat raised by humans. Rusty, a young kitten, shows the skills needed to be a warrior, and is invited into the clan with the new name of Firepaw, even though some are not sure of his worth. More problems arise, and the story continues with several questions running through your head, one of which is this: Will Rusty prove his worth as a warrior, or be forbidden to forever live as a "kittypet"?
This tale never quits surprising you. It's so good that as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down, and thus finished the 272 paged book in half of a day (not that I'm saying it's too easy and is a kiddy book, it surely isn't, I'm ten in an advanced students program, TAG, and I enjoyed it and would recommend it to kids ranging from a smart 9 year old to a 12 year old, or even older). I can't wait to get the next one! I hope you liked my review, and enjoy the book!
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My son loved the book and read it in no time. Highly recommended for 10yrsPublished 20 months ago by MC
i am already ordering power of three but this one is really good the first 30 pages or so that start it off are kinda boring but pretty important if u want to find out what happens... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marilea Vosper
The best series of books of all time. I am a cat aficionada and even though these stories are written for young adults, they were the most enjoyable books I have ever read.Published 21 months ago by bffraser
this series is a do not read i hate rusty firepaw fireheart bluestar the lead of cats is dumd leting a kittypet joing the clan rusty is the kittypet and graypaw rusty a.k. Read morePublished on April 14 2014 by Michael Lesley
Not even kidding with how much i enjoyed this book.1st things first don't listen to the age recommendation it is not for kids only! Read morePublished on March 19 2014 by Daniel Khesali
It took me a while to like this book. First, the plot is pretty much cliched and predictable. Second, and mostly, I just had a hard time warming up to the animals. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2007 by Nicola Mansfield
Ahh...warriors. This is a refreshing series, (and you can read my review on the other books if you want! Read morePublished on April 3 2006 by That person who keeps their name a secret.