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Children's LiteratureIn a wooded area through which both a river and a highway run, live four rival clans of feral cats, who spend most of their time training, fighting, and killing prey. The main enemies of each clan are the other clans and a few rogue cats who want revenge, but we never see any other animals that can't be eaten by a cat, except for some brief glimpses of humans. In this second book of the "Warriors" series, the furry hero is Fireheart, recently become a warrior, but born a pet cat and trying to prove his loyalty to the wild clan. A feline Romeo-and-Juliet romance develops, Fireheart visits his pet kitty sister, while each camp keeps a "medicine cat," who gathers herbs and looks after the kits. Where all the kittens come from is something of a mystery, since we never see any sexual activity in the crowded dens. Favoring idioms like "Hi," "Okay," and "Nice moves," the cats talk a great deal, kill a prodigious number of birds, mice and moles, and go on endless patrols, generally behaving more like human guerillas than wild cats. The story is flat, repetitious, much too long, and in the end unsatisfying except perhaps to devoted cat lovers or readers who revel in invented worlds (there is even an otherworldly "Star Clan"). Despite its elaborately worked out environment (with maps) and a detailed cat hierarchy, this tale falls far short of being a feline Watership Down. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 10 to 14.
— Barbara L. Talcroft