WARRIORS by Erin Hunter


The New Prophecy #1: Midnight
Age Range: 8 - 11
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This first-in-series animal adventure with a fine plot but recurring preciousness will satisfy a particular readership. Four cat Clans live in bordering countryside territories in tentative peace. They meet only at ritualized times. Each Clan has warriors, apprentices, a medicine cat and a leader. Days are spent hunting and patrolling until a few select cats receive cryptic dreams from their mutual gods about a prophecy of doom. One chosen cat from each clan and two others who refuse to stay behind sneak away together and embark on a journey they don’t understand, away from the forest and into dangerous Twoleg territory. A few cats are well characterized, though the sheer number named and the names themselves (Brambleclaw, Squirrelpaw) make them blend. Use of “meowed” and “mewed” instead of “said” is contrived (and unintentionally funny); the word “kittypet” (for those who live with humans) is distractingly cloying. Structurally solid; this will please Redwall-genre fans and cat devotees. (name chart, maps) (Fantasy. 8-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-074449-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2006


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