Forest of Secrets (Warriors Series #3) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Forest of Secrets (Warriors Series #3) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Erin Hunter
     
 

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Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want.

Fireheart is determined to find out the truth about the mysterious death of brave ThunderClan warrior Redtail. But as he searches for answers, he

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Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want.

Fireheart is determined to find out the truth about the mysterious death of brave ThunderClan warrior Redtail. But as he searches for answers, he uncovers secrets that some believe would be better left hidden.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Warriors: Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter is the third title in the series about warring clans of feral cats. Food is scarce, so tensions escalate between the four clans of the forest, and young Fireheart suspects the loyalty of his own ThunderClan deputy, Tigerclaw. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Fireheart, feline warrior for Thunderclan, knows a horrible secret. Tigerclaw, deputy of the clan, killed one of the clan warriors and blamed it on a rival clan. However, Fireheard is unable to prove it to the clan. He begins to search for further evidence, but uncovers multiple instances of cats from rival clans having kittens together. After rescuing another clan's kittens from the river, Fireheart comes under fire from both his own and the rival clan. For this kindness, Fireheart is demoted from warrior to apprentice. He soon discovers that the practice of having kittens with rival clan members and females giving kittens up to advance their careers goes all the way to the top of the cats. Eventually, the clan traitor is revealed and Fireheart is faced with responsibility he never imagined. Hunter's feline fantasy is filled with intrigue and adventure. The world the cats inhabit is rich and detailed; Hunter even provides two maps as well as a complete list of characters, their clan, and their roles in the clan. Fantasy and cat lovers alike will enjoy this story. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 10 up.
— Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-As this third book in this series begins, Fireheart, former house pet turned warrior cat, continues to be torn between his allegiance to his Thunderclan and his suspicions that Tigerclaw is planning to take over as its leader. When Fireheart gets proof of his deceit and presents his findings to the clan's wise and compassionate leader, she refuses to believe him. Tensions are already running high between the clans because the cats are getting sick from fish from the polluted rivers, flooding is widespread, and they must invade each other's territory for food. The tragic death of Graystripe's mate as she's giving birth and his betrayal of the clan by loving a cat from an enemy clan bring the simmering tensions to a boil as both groups claim rights to the kits. Other secrets come to light as Tigerclaw, exiled in disgrace, vows revenge and Fireheart becomes the new deputy. This exciting book is not for the faint of heart as it is often violent. It is reminiscent of Greek drama, with its huge cast of characters (a chart of allegiances is included), intrigues, divided loyalties, star-crossed lovers, and parents murdering their offspring. Fans of the series will lap it up while impatiently awaiting the next entry.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Hunter moves forward with a sure hand in the third installment of this fast-moving series. The story is suspenseful; the feline characters are engaging.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417735563
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Warriors Series , #3
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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Warriors #3: Forest of Secrets Chapter One

The icy wind whirled snow into Fireheart's face as he struggled down the ravine toward the ThunderClan camp, the mouse he had just killed gripped firmly in his jaws. The flakes were falling so thickly that he could scarcely see where he was going.

His mouth watered as the prey-scent of mouse filled his nostrils. He hadn't eaten since the previous night, a grim sign of how scarce prey was in leaf-bare. Hunger clawed at his belly, but Fireheart would not break the warrior code: The Clan must be fed first.

A glow of pride briefly drove off the chill from the snow that matted his flame-colored coat, as Fireheart remembered the battle that had taken place only three days before. He had joined the other ThunderClan warriors to help support WindClan when the moorland cats were attacked by the other two Clans in the forest. Many cats had been injured in that battle, so it was even more important for those who could still hunt to bring home prey.

As Fireheart pushed his way through the gorse tunnel leading into the camp, he dislodged snow from the spiky branches above, and he flicked his ears as the cold lumps fell on his head. The thorn trees around the camp gave some shelter from the wind, but the clearing in the center of the camp was deserted; all the cats preferred to stay in their dens to keep warm when the snow lay this thick. Broken tree stumps and the branches of a fallen tree poked above the covering of snow. A single line of pawprints crossed from the apprentices' den to the bramble thicket where the kits were cared for. Seeing the trail, Fireheart could not help remembering thathe was without an apprentice now, since Cinderpaw had been injured beside the Thunderpath.

Trotting across the snow into the heart of the camp, Fireheart dropped his mouse on the pile of fresh-kill near the bush where the warriors slept. The pile was pitifully small. Such prey as could be found was thin and scrawny, hardly a mouthful for a famished warrior. There would be no more plump mice until newleaf, and that was many moons away.

Fireheart was turning away, ready to go back on hunting duty, when a loud meow sounded behind him. He whirled around.

Shouldering his way out of the warriors' den was the Clan deputy, Tigerclaw. "Fireheart!"

Fireheart padded through the snow toward him, respectfully lowering his head, but conscious that the huge tabby's amber eyes burned into him. All his misgivings about Tigerclaw flooded through him again. The deputy was strong, respected, and an outstanding fighter, but Fireheart knew there was darkness in his heart.

"You don't need to go out hunting again tonight," Tigerclaw growled as Fireheart approached. "Bluestar has chosen you and Graystripe to go to the Gathering."

Fireheart's ears twitched with excitement. It was an honor to accompany the Clan leader to the Gathering, where all four Clans met in peace at full moon.

"You had better eat now," added the dark-coated deputy. "We leave at moonrise." He began to stalk across the clearing toward the Highrock, where Bluestar, the Clan leader, had her den; then he paused and swiveled his massive head to look back at Fireheart. "Just make sure you remember which Clan you belong to at the Gathering," he hissed.

Fireheart felt his fur bristle as anger flared inside him. "What makes you say that?" he demanded boldly. "Do you think I would be disloyal to my own Clan?"

Tigerclaw turned to face him, and Fireheart tried hard not to flinch at the menace in the cat's tensed shoulders. "I saw you in the last battle." The deputy's voice was a low growl, and his ears were flattened against his head as he spat, "I saw you let that RiverClan warrior escape."

Fireheart winced, his mind flashing back to the battle in the WindClan camp. What Tigerclaw said was true. Fireheart had allowed a RiverClan warrior to flee without a scratch, but not out of cowardice or disloyalty. The warrior had been Silverstream. Unknown to the rest of ThunderClan, Fireheart's best friend, Graystripe, was in love with her, and Fireheart could not bring himself to wound her.

Fireheart had done his best to talk his friend out of visiting Silverstream—their relationship went against the warrior code and put both of them in grave danger. But Fireheart also knew that he would never betray Graystripe.

Besides, Tigerclaw had no right to accuse any cat of disloyalty. He had stood on the edge of the battle, watching while Fireheart fought for his life against another RiverClan warrior, and turned away instead of helping him. And that was not the worst accusation Fireheart could make against the deputy. He suspected Tigerclaw of murdering the former ThunderClan deputy, Redtail, and even planning to get rid of their leader herself.

"If you think I'm disloyal, tell Bluestar," he meowed challengingly.

Tigerclaw drew back his lips in a snarl and dropped into a half crouch, sliding out his long claws. "I don't need to bother Bluestar," he hissed. "I can deal with a kittypet like you."

He stared at Fireheart for a moment longer. Fireheart realized with a jolt that there was a trace of fear as well as distrust in the blazing amber eyes. Tigerclaw wonders how much I know, he thought suddenly.

Fireheart's friend Ravenpaw, Tigerclaw's own apprentice, had witnessed the murder of Redtail. Tigerclaw had tried to kill him to keep him quiet, so Fireheart had taken him to live with Barley, a loner who lived near a Twoleg farm on the other side of WindClan's territory. Fireheart had tried to tell Ravenpaw's story to Bluestar, but the Clan leader refused to believe that her brave deputy could be guilty of such a thing. As he glared at Tigerclaw, Fireheart's frustration returned; he felt as if a tree had fallen and pinned him to the ground.

Warriors #3: Forest of Secrets. Copyright © 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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Forest of Secrets (Warriors Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 891 reviews.
Tangleheart More than 1 year ago
i picked this book up a few months ago halfway through my 8th grade year. i never heard of these books before so i pretty much took it randomly. i never looked back! i never really liked reading but after this it all changed. i got through it in 2 days. I had to read every single one after i finished it!! This was the start of my journey through the warriors world. this is an awesome book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review was written by my 3rd grade daughter. The best book ever! I loved it.It's so interesting and always so exciting when the cats are fighting and fixing problems. It's definately one of my favorite books! I love the whole entire Warriors series but this one's probably my favorite. I can't stop telling you how good it is! Erin Hunter is definately my favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!!! Its the best series ive read since the harry potter and percy jackson books. This book has just the right amount of sadness. I started the series two days ago and i couldnt put them down!!! I finesed this one in one night. You have to read this book!!!!!! Hope ive been helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the absolute best book ever written. i love the whole sieries. its a work of art,in annother way.i am currently reading the 4th book in the sieries and its awsome. you have got to read the sieries.if you dont, your crazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ever, and a must read book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yesterday,i read Into the Wild,and i've already read all of the books between it and this one. I'll be back in a few hours to get the next book! P.S. I'm only 9!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U would really luv this book bcause normally my mom says" turn off the tv and go read a book i'll get your book for u" but ever since i had this book my mom kept saying" U HAVE read enough cause u can stop now and take a break; watch tv i will even turn it on for u" but i said "no let me read! I loved this book after all and i hope u like or luv this book but the ending i really really sad ( ;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the fourth one now and I'm gonna keep on reading. PS. You are gonna hear lots of secrets when you read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sad :( but it is still awesome!!!
LionBlaze2464 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THE WARRIORS!!!!! ~Luv Lionblaze, Corwfeather, Graystripe, Blackstar, Crookedstar, Onestar, Owlwhisker, Bluestar, Oakheart, Cloudtail, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Floss, Smoky, Daisy, Cody, Yellowfang, Owlstar, Raggedstar, Brokenstar, Silverstream, Spottedleaf, Squirrielflight, Mothwing, Sasha, Ravenpaw, Princess, Webfoot, Deadfoot, Tallstar, Thunderstar, Windstar, Brightheart, Rainwhisker, Brakenfur, Thornclaw, Sorreltail, Leafpool, Featherwhisker, Sandstorm, Dustpelt, Goldenflower, mousefur, Whitestorm, Willowpelt, Brindleface, Speckletail, Frostfur, Redtail, Mistyfoot, Dappletail, Stonefur, Snowfur, Thisleclaw, Sootfur, Breezepelt, Mosskit, Larchkit, Hollykit, Brichkit, Dawnflower, Tallpoppy, Mosspelt, Longtail, Shrewpaw, Ashfur, Ferncloud, Cinderpelt, Morningflower, Heavystep, Loudbelly, Blouder, Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, Brambleclaw, Tawnypelt, Feathertail, Stormfur, Brook (A.K.A. Brook Where Small Fish Swim), Stoneteller (A.K.A. Teller of the Pointed Stones), Talon (A.K.A. Talon of Swooping Eagle), Willowkit, ALL THUNDERCLAN, SHADOWCLAN, WINDCLAN, RIVERCLAN, STARCLAN, AND SKYCLAN!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story! Its really good. T hope they make more of these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read most of the books and they all rock some of my all-time favs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fireheart has to face alot of things in this book. The loss of his best friend is one of these happenings. This is also the book where Tigerclaw's intentions are revealed. I find Fireheart a worthy main character because of his brave actions and sworn loyalty. This book gives away many secrets and some surprises are included as well. Make sure you read the first and second books first however or you could become confused.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am eagleclaw.leader of shadowclanand this book was awesome.i am a huge fan of the warriors series
bookworm211 More than 1 year ago
People this is not a chatroom. People who actually want reviews (like me) get really annoyed with this. Seriously, get a GRIP! I believe there are fansites for this kind of thing, so stop wasting our time and review. Btw none of those Clans are real. Did u read the books?! I can understand making up cats but IvyClan? Really?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erin has done it again. Pooor Silverstream!!! I feel sorry for Graystripe. This book is a suspencful and well Awsome!!! Ive been searching for a book that I can read curled up in my bed, and well Ive found them! Erin keep makin those books cuz Im buying all of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. Through the whole book my mind was buzzing with questions. This book is amazing. I recomend this book to people who like fantasy and of course, cats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since my library had the 1st book checked out, I started the series from this book and it is amazing the detail is amazing. It's just like you are with Fireheart and Graystripe fighting the rogues and WIndclan and Shadowclan. It is easy to picture in your mind and easy to understand and perfect story. It is sad at moments but it will pick back up to the awesomeness in just a moment. You should really read this amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book very good,infact the book is great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing, but sooo sad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of these books. I read the seconed book in under 12 hours I loved it so much. Gonna keep on reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I belive alot of people will like this book:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love em all! Can i strt a clan? If i can i wud call it MIX CLAN "GOOD TO ALL" join today! I wud rate all the boox 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000003 strs. Say ill join if u wunt too well.......JOIN mix clan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book some violence and sexuality but other than that its awesome i suggest reading the whole series beginning with warriors into the wild the whole series has violence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it because it is very intresing