Warriors: Cats of the Clans by Erin Hunter

Warriors: Cats of the Clans
Erin Hunter
HarperCollins (2008)
ISBN 9780061458569
Reviewed by Austin McCredie (age 13) for Reader Views (8/08)

 

“Warriors: Cats of the Clans” is the story (told to three kits going to StarClan) of some of the most important cats in the Clans’ lives that they never knew or would know. From the just ThunderClan to the battle-hungry ShadowClan, you learn some things you have never known or even thought of about the Clan Cats. Erin Hunter gives you new insight about your favorite cats of the Warrior series.

Erin Hunter wraps together many of the Cats spread throughout the series. Many cats we hardly remember are brought back to mind. I myself forgot about some of the Cats and what we remember them for. One of the Cats, Yellowfang, I completely forgot about — “Brave, loyal Yellowfang, who fought enough battles for nine lifetimes.”

I remember every cat now and have learned little details about each Cat that were never seen before. This is much better than the previous Field Guide and puts it to shame with what you learn. This book is complete with maps and full-color illustrations. The writing is from the viewpoint of one of the Cats, Rock. You feel like he is speaking to you. The flow of the book is so good; you don’t see it as separate pages, but as one long telling. Although, sometimes I had to re-read something to fully understand what Erin Hunter was saying. The wording is very deep and confusing at points, but it helps add to understanding each Cat.

I am a huge fan of the Warrior series. I started reading the books in about fourth grade and haven’t stopped since. The “Warriors: Cats of the Clans” has been a huge help to understanding the Cats a little more than just relying on the actual books to help you.   I think this new book from Erin Hunter is a huge help to every true Warrior reader out there. New doors are opened through this book and new meanings to why each Cat behaved like he or she did.

Anyone who wants to re-meet the Cats of this wonderful series should get “Warriors: Cats of the Clans.” Cats who we once knew, or that we are now being introduced to, or in the upcoming books, are here and have some things to tell you — all you have to do is listen.

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