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Fire and Ice (Warriors Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Fire and Ice (Warriors Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Erin Hunter

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Deep in the heart of the forest, four clans of warrior cats coexist in uneasy harmony — but uncertain times are upon them, and dangers threaten the precarious balance of the forest.

Fireheart is a ThunderClan warrior cat now, but his troubles are far from over. As the chill of winter sets in, the cats of rival RiverClan grow restless, while WindClan is weak


Deep in the heart of the forest, four clans of warrior cats coexist in uneasy harmony — but uncertain times are upon them, and dangers threaten the precarious balance of the forest.

Fireheart is a ThunderClan warrior cat now, but his troubles are far from over. As the chill of winter sets in, the cats of rival RiverClan grow restless, while WindClan is weak and facing threats from all sides.

As tensions build to an explosive climax, Fireheart faces not only imminent battle, but betrayal from within his own Clan.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In 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
The premise of this series is that cats prefer the free life in the wild to that of being a house cat. As a reviewer who has been acquired by five stray cats determined to leave the wild, that idea is a major hurdle. Another hurdle is reading sentences such as, "'Mrrrrr! It feels nice!' mewed Cinderpaw," or enduring Fireheart's conflicted loyalty to his "kittypet" roots. If readers can overcome those obstacles, they will find that this second book in the Warriors series is a fast-paced animal adventure. In the first book, Into the Wild (HarperCollins, 2003), the young cat Fireheart left his life as a kittypet and joined the wild ThunderClan cats. Having completed his apprenticeship, Fireheart now assumes the responsibilities of a full-fledged warrior cat, facing such challenges as rescuing another Clan living in a hostile area, crossing the Thunderpath, surviving the time of leaf bare, and fighting rival Clans in fierce battles. Fireheart struggles both to prove that he is as good as any Clan-born cat despite his roots and to define where his loyalties lie. Hunter works hard at incorporating authentic cat mannerisms and behaviors. Although more sophisticated teens might be put off by the coy dialogue attributes, younger readers probably will not notice and will be caught up in Fireheart's adventures. Recommend this series to fans of animal fantasies such as Redwall and Dark Portal. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, HarperCollins, 336p,
— Lynn Rutan <%ISBN%>0060000031
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-After having left his life as a kittypet, apprentice Firepaw of the ThunderClan has been given his warrior name of Fireheart and his first mission-to find the WindClan and assist them back to their traditional hunting grounds. While he and his friend Graystripe are successful in their quest, Fireheart knows that trouble is brewing, and he isn't sure that the ThunderClan's deputy can be trusted. As events escalate, a warrior from RiverClan is accidentally killed, an apprentice is injured, and Fireheart brings into the Clan a kittypet kitten-his nephew-without thinking of the consequences. Finally, he must decide who to trust and who to fight. Readers not familiar with the first book may find this one hard to follow. Hunter provides a directory that tells which cats are in which clans, but it is cumbersome to flip back and forth. The characterizations of the animals are somewhat flat, although it is possible to tell them apart, and the plot's twists and turns seem mapped out and predictable. Librarians with a readership for Into the Wild (HarperCollins, 2003) will probably want this volume; others can pass.-Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hunter ratchets up the tension in the return of the house pet turned feral warrior. Renamed Fireheart, the brave feline has little time to revel in his acceptance by Thunderclan before he and his best friend Graystripe must retrieve the refugee WindClan cats. But success leads to tragedy as Graystripe inadvertently kills a RiverClan warrior. Bad feelings are exacerbated by rumors of poaching in rival territories. Clan discord has private echoes as Graystripe falls for a RiverClan warrior, while Fireheart is torn between duty to his Clan and affection for his "kittypet" kin. Beneath this swirl of clashing loyalties runs the dark thread of Fireheart�s continuing suspicions of ThunderClan�s ambitious deputy leader. Hunter�s world keeps getting more finely drawn, and her characters more complex. While the focus is upon inner turmoil and inter-Clan intrigue, Fireheart still appreciates the pleasures of the hunt and the fury of battle, although readers may share his disappointment that combat fails to resolve his conflicting responsibilities. With enough backstory for newcomers to find their way, established fans will be on edge for the next title. (chart of allegiances) (Fantasy. 11+)
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A fast-paced animal adventure. Recommend this series to fans of animal fantasies such as Redwall and Dark Portal.”

Product Details

Demco Media
Publication date:
Warriors Series , #2
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4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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Warriors #2: Fire and Ice Chapter One

Fireheart shivered. His flame-colored fur was still greenleaf-light; it would be a few moons before it was thick enough to keep out cold like this. He shuffled his forepaws on the hard earth. The sky was finally growing light as dawn crept slowly in. But even though his paws were cold, Fireheart could not suppress a glow of pride. After many moons as an apprentice, he was a warrior at last.

In his mind, he replayed yesterday's victory at the ShadowClan camp: Brokenstar's glittering eyes as the ShadowClan leader backed away, hissing threats, before fleeing into the trees after his traitorous companions. The remaining ShadowClan cats had been grateful to ThunderClan for helping them to get rid of their cruel leader, and for the peace ThunderClan had promised them while they recovered. Brokenstar had not just brought chaos to his own Clan — he had driven the whole of WindClan from their camp, right out of Clan territory. He had been a dark shadow in the forest since before Fireheart had left his kittypet life to join ThunderClan.

But for Fireheart, there was another shadow troubling his mind: Tigerclaw, ThunderClan's deputy. Fireheart shivered as he thought of the great ThunderClan warrior who had terrorized his apprentice, Ravenpaw. In the end, Fireheart and his best friend, Graystripe, had helped the frightened apprentice to escape into the Twoleg territory beyond the uplands. Afterward, Fireheart had told the Clan that Ravenpaw had been killed by ShadowClan.

If what Ravenpaw said about Tigerclaw was true, it was best if the ThunderClan deputy believed his apprentice had died, for heknew a secret Tigerclaw would do anything to conceal. Ravenpaw had told Fireheart that the mighty tabby warrior had murdered Redtail, the old ThunderClan deputy, in the hope that he would become the new deputy . . . which, eventually, he had.

Fireheart shook his head to clear it of these dark thoughts and turned to glance at Graystripe sitting beside him. Graystripe's thick gray fur was ruffled up against the cold. Fireheart guessed he was looking forward to the first rays of sunshine too, but he didn't say this out loud. Clan tradition demanded silence on this night. This was their vigil — the night when a new warrior guarded the Clan and reflected on his new name and status. Until last night, Fireheart had been known by his apprentice name of Firepaw.

Halftail was one of the first cats to wake. Fireheart could see the old cat moving among the shadows in the elders' den. He glanced toward the warriors' den at the other side of the clearing. Through the branches that sheltered the den, he recognized the broad shoulders of Tigerclaw as he slept.

At the foot of Highrock, the lichen that draped the entrance to Bluestar's den twitched, and Fireheart saw his Clan leader push her way out. She stopped and lifted her head to sniff the air. Then she padded silently out of Highrock's shadow, her long fur glowing blue-gray in the dawn light. I must warn her about Tigerclaw, thought Fireheart. Bluestar had mourned Redtail's death with the rest of the Clan, believing him to have been killed in battle by Oakheart, the deputy of RiverClan. Fireheart had hesitated before, knowing how important Tigerclaw was to her, but the danger was too great. Bluestar needed to know that her Clan was harboring a cold-blooded murderer.

Tigerclaw emerged from the warriors' den and met Bluestar at the edge of the clearing. He murmured something to her, his tail flicking urgently.

Fireheart stifled his instinctive meow of greeting. The sky was growing light, but until he knew for sure that the sun was above the horizon, he dared not break his silence. Impatience fluttered in his chest like a trapped bird. He must speak with Bluestar as soon as he could. But for now, all he could do was nod respectfully at the two cats as they passed him.

Beside him, Graystripe nudged Fireheart and pointed upward with his nose. An orange glow was just visible on the horizon.

"Glad to see the dawn, you two?" Whitestorm's deep meow took Fireheart by surprise. He had not noticed the white warrior approaching. Fireheart and Graystripe nodded together.

"It's all right; you may speak now. Your vigil is over." Whitestorm's voice was kind. Yesterday he had fought side by side with Fireheart and Graystripe in the battle with ShadowClan. There was a new respect in his eyes as he looked at them.

"Thank you, Whitestorm," Fireheart meowed gratefully. He stood and stretched his stiff legs one at a time.

Graystripe pushed himself up too. "Brrrrr!" he meowed, shaking the chill from his fur. "I thought the sun would never come up!"

A scornful voice mewed from outside the apprentices' den. "The great warrior speaks!"

It was Sandpaw, her pale orange coat fluffed up with hostility. Dustpaw was sitting beside her. With his dark tabby pelt, he looked like Sandpaw's shadow. He puffed out his chest importantly and mocked, "I'm surprised such heroes even feel the cold!" Sandpaw purred with amusement.

Whitestorm shot them a stern look. "Go and find something to eat; then rest," he ordered Fireheart and Graystripe. The older warrior turned away and padded toward the apprentices' den. "Come on, you two," he meowed to Sandpaw and Dustpaw. "It's time for your training."

"I hope he has them chasing blue squirrels all day!" Graystripe hissed to Fireheart as they headed toward the corner where a few pieces of fresh-kill remained from last night.

"But there aren't any blue squirrels," Fireheart mewed in confusion.

"Precisely!" Graystripe's amber eyes gleamed.

"You can't exactly blame them. They did begin their training before us," Fireheart pointed out mildly. "If they'd fought in the battle yesterday, they'd probably have been made warriors too."

"I suppose." Graystripe shrugged. "Hey, look!" They'd reached the fresh-kill pile. "One mouse each and a chaffinch to share!"

Warriors #2: Fire and Ice. Copyright (c) by Erin Hunter . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is also the author of the bestselling Seekers series.

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sweetpotatoMA More than 1 year ago
My son is 10 years old and it has always been a struggle to get him to read even two pages of any book. A classmate started reading the Warrior series and it became contagious in the classroom. Initially I tried to discourage him from trying Warriors as the writing looked beyond his level. He had tried with other books, and wasn't successful. Eventually, he kept asking and I bought him the first book in the 1st series. Well, it's been like a transformation. He pulls out his book in class every free minute he has, reads while driving home from school, and then gets on the couch and reads until I call him for dinner. He LOVES the characters and the stories. His whole classroom is abuzz about the cats. The storyline parallels life, it's ups and downs and challenges. We've had many discussions about the decisions the different cats have made and why; the relationships between parents and children; respect for elders, etc..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only just finished reading the first. I had to go out as soon as i read it and buy the next! These books are awesome and you should read them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year and now I anxiously wait for the newest book! I think this series is a great one. This first book gets you so interested! With plot twists and cliffhangers this adventure book is a great choice. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank all of my fans, for reading my books. I am very pleased to see how many kind reviews there are on all my books, by the way, I think it is neat that some make there own little clans on book results. By doing so I feel it keeps the warriors of clans alive. But be readdy for the return of Thunderclan, and their new leader, Bramblestar. Yours truely, Erin Hunter H
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series because it is unique and exciting. I recommend it for a fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People the series are fine stop saying they suck or stuff like that. If you are like me and love the book please agree with me!!! ~&bull;Fastfoot&bull;~ P.S loved the boo!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read the first book i once i get the money i am going to bye the next book. I got hooked on thes books and they are great! You should read the book please you will love it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read anyone should enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is for reviews not rping. Anyway its a great book good for people of any age, And dont let anyone tell you otherwise :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very very good book! I recommend this to anyone, boy or girl, from age 10 and on. It does have cats killing each other, so u have to be mature. This is the second book in the series, the first one is Into the Wild and it was very awesome. My friends were all reading it, and i was like, "what r u reading" and they told me, and i read it and im glad i did :) You will love it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very great book. Haters, dont be hating or u need to get a life. And dont ever judge a book for its cover. Same for ppl too. (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book I spent at least an hour each night reading this book. I totally recomend this book , and the whole series to any one who likes a good adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have read in my life never read a book better than the warrior series books you should read them you will love them i now i do so go ahead and read the warrior series i gaurantee it because i read book one A,two,and three but i am not going to tell you you will have to read them you won,t be dissoupointed my name is garret gene foorest and i am the one who wrote this good night because i am tired because it is already 9:19 where i am so go ahead and read the warrior series by Erin Hunter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great but i think that #1 was better. I will read all of the Warrior books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has to be my second favorite of the entire Warriors series. Cinderpaw dazzled my heart with her enthusiasm and it pained me to read about her becoming crippled. I would cry for her, but I try to keep myself together. Graystripe's actions towards Silverstream are one of my favorites. I'm not telling what they do- you'll have to read to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recomended to anybody who loves mysteries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are amazing you read one and you get hooked also read seekers/bears and the new series survivors/dogs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend the Warriors series.Once I found the first book I loved the series.The only Warriors books I haven't read are last hope and crookedstar's promise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go firehart go!!!!!! Go firehart go!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most people want to read a reveiw not a bunch of people who have no life things. Stop rping. This book is good. Read the first then this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect follow up to warriors in the wild
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Im looking for a clan, heres my info:" Name: Shadefur Gender: She-cat Mate: None (Would like one if has to become warrior) Kits: None (Same as above) Mother: Aspenheart (Earthclan) Father: N/a (Can't remember) Silblings: Lynxstar (Rageclan) ((Aspenheart and Lynxstar are actaully my sisters but we share a NOOK. Sometimes we rp each other)) Pelt: Sleek white short hair Markings: Jet-black paws and muzzle Eyes: Emerald green Position: Medicine cat (Will become a warrior if has too) Past Clans: Blazeclan Current Clan: Still searching "Let me know if I can join your clan at 'bookclub' first result! Thanks!" -Shadefur