series rating: four stars
The Warrior series has been in my heart and on my bookshelves for a long time. I fell in love with Erin Hunter’s books when I was 12 years old and ever since I still read at least one of her books every year. She has an amazing talent for writing about animals and explaining their behaviors through fantasy plots. The first time I read Fireheart’s story I was hooked on the entire series!
This first series is a great way to dive into Erin Hunter’s style, although I suppose that if you want to read another series such as Survivors or Seekers you probably don’t need to start here but if you want to know about the clan cats here is your starting point!
Warriors is her longest and earliest story, it follows the cats of the Thunderclan and mostly Fireheart. It is the story of how a kitty pet Rusty came into the Thunderclan and became a warrior known as Fireheart. As a character Fireheart has every characteristics of a hero, he wants to act for his clan and even transgress rules to help the ones he cares about. His opponent throughout the entire series is Tigerclaw who is the typical bad guy in the series and I was a bit disappointed that he was not as developed as I expected him to be.
The series has a great plot that constantly evolves but the major flaw is the characters. Since their names are changing with their ranks sometimes you can get them a little mixed up especially once you start The New Prophecy, yet it is also a way to have plenty of secondary characters that are all important in their own ways (and sometimes not in the first series but in the second or third). Now when you try to link them all in a family tree it sounds a bit complicated… BUT! Bear with it because it is worth it!
As I said, the plot is great and interesting and tries to deal with every aspect of the clan. As Rusty becomes Fireheart we learn with him how it’s like to be a warrior cat and how to live in the wild. I thought it was interesting to see how cats of the clans behaved and their lifestyle. And of course I have to talk about my favorite character Bluestar! There is a standalone (which contains spoilers if you have not read the entire first series yet) about her and how she came to be who she is and the choices she had to make, I think she is the most interesting character of this first series.
The standalones can be read without diving into the series but they do contain spoilers so read with caution!!! Of course it is a great way to know more about some characters and parts of the plots of the later series. I think it is a great way to develop characters.
The entire work of Erin Hunter are Middle grade books so they are very easy to read and quick to get into although the series darkens with passing tomes but it goes well with the plot. If you’re a cat lover or an antho amateur go check it out!