By Erin Hunter
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Children's Fiction
It’s that time of year again! No, not the holidays. Well, yes, the holidays but I meant it’s November – meaning the new Warriors: Dawn of the Clans book came out! *Throws confetti*
The Blazing Star takes place right where the previous book, The First Battle left off. Like, literally, right after. The cats that survived the vicious battle still have yet to bury their dead. With that unfortunate task done and with the Star Cats’ warning still ringing in their ears, “Unite or die,” they head back to their respective camps to rebuild what is left of their groups and recover from their injuries.
With Leaf Bare coming, things are getting difficult. Food is becoming scarcer and the days are turning cold. But these aren’t the least of the cats’ worries. Rogues still roam the forest, some more threatening than others, and the cats are still apprehensive about what to do next. Before they can figure it out, the Spirit Cats visit again, this time bringing another dire warning: “A claw still blights the forest. To survive, you must grow and spread like the Blazing Star.” Naturally, the cats don’t understand the cryptic message. But, soon after their visit, a sickness befalls the camps, where both prey and cats are found with bloated bellies, oozing sores, and foam at the mouth. No herbs seem to help and, with cats dying, it’s up to Thunder, Grey Wing, and Clear Sky to come up with the solution. Between trying to fight this mysterious disease, even more trouble befalls them when a ruthless rogue enters the forest and overthrows Clear Sky. How will the cats confront all the dangers that they face? You’ll have to read and find out!
This is probably the lowest rating I’ve ever given a Warriors book. Not necessarily because the book was bad. I liked the plot and the unique dangers that the cats have to deal with. In fact, it was one of the most distinctive premises for a book in quite a long time. But I guess I just don’t have as much love for the Dawn of the Clans series as I did for the others. Its interesting learning about how the clans came about, but the characters just seem to fall flat for me. And that’s really where the low rating came from.
First of all, it seems like all our main characters seem to go through some drastic character change. The driven and motivated Clear Sky goes from being tough and assured to remorseful and undetermined. The loving and wise Gray Wing suddenly throw a pity party and wonders where he belongs. Umm, hello, you adopted kits and are still looking after Thunder, right? I get being depressed, he lost quite a few friends in the battle, but I mean, come on. You can’t go around moping and feeling sorry for yourself when so many other cats depend on you.
And Thunder? Well, he becomes a love-struck doofus who can’t make a decision for himself. I thought he was supposed to be a hero we were rooting for?
At least there are some cats I still think are interesting. River Ripple is a mysterious tom who lives on a nearby island and is infinitely knowledgeable. And little Pebble Heart, one of Gray Wing’s adopted kits, is showing great promise as a potential healer – and he also sees visions. I hope to see more of these awesome characters in future books. And the villain of the books, while someone I absolutely hated, he was at least well developed. But I still would have liked to learn more about his origins.
I have a feeling that the next book will be about the cats finally forming the original five clans and I’m definitely interested to see which cats choose which clan. Not only that, but I’m becoming more and more positive that a following series involving SkyClan will come about after this one. I can only hope so!
So, despite being irritated with some of the characters, this was still an enjoyable read. If you’re a Warriors fan, be sure to pick it up!