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Into the Wild (Warriors Series #1)

4.6 3487
by Erin Hunter

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Fire alone can save our Clan...

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying -- and some deaths are


Fire alone can save our Clan...

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying -- and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

Editorial Reviews

“The cat characters are true to their feline nature, making this sure to appeal to fans of Clare Bell’s long popular “Ratha’s Creature” and its sequels and to followers of Brian Jacques’ ongoing Redwall series.”
ALA Booklist
“[The] first spine-tingling episode in the planned Warriors series. Sure to appeal to...followers of Brian Jacques’ ongoing Redwall series.”
Cat fancier Erin Hunter spins a rapturous tale about four territorial feline clans who descend into sharp-clawed discord. In this first volume of a series, a rustic house cat named Rusty accepts a challenge that will transform him into a fiery cat warrior. A swift, graceful fantasy.
Publishers Weekly
In the first exciting installment of the Warriors fantasy series, debut novelist Hunter creates a cat world shared by four tribal clans, drawing on the habits of feral animals and also inserting valuable themes regarding family, friendship and responsibility. Rusty, a young tomcat, forsakes the soft world of the "Twolegs" for the riskier life of the wildcat clans that rule in the woods, beyond the Twolegplace. When Rusty tries to snare a mouse in what proves to be ThunderClan territory, he meets Bluestar, the leader of the Clan, who invites him to learn "what it is to be a real cat. The strength and the fellowship of the Clan will always be with you, even when you hunt alone." Becoming "Firepaw," a warrior-cat-in-training, the once pampered pet adapts quickly to the tribal rules, bonds with his fellow apprentices and with the old she-cat Yellowfang, who is on the run from ShadowClan. When the merciless leader of ShadowClan drives out WindClan and demands to share ShadowClan's hunting territories, the stage is set for more action-packed adventure. (The second Warriors novel, Fire and Ice, is due out in June.) Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature
Book I of the many-part "Warrior" series introduces its feline hero: Rusty/Firepaw/Fireheart, a "kittypet" who is seduced from his comfy "twoleg" existence into joining the Thunderclan of feral cats. What follows is the regulation training of a warrior and the hero's proof of his bonds of fellowship with the clan through the ferocity of battle. Fortunately, Firepaw is a well-set young fellow who adapts well. Also fortunately, he fulfills a prophecy granted to the clan leader, Bluestar, that "only fire can save their clan" from the onslaughts of the three other warring clans in the neighborhood. He just happens to be a fiery-furred ginger tom—and the results of the series is thus a fait accompli. The writing quality is another matter. The series is one of these "created by" affairs farmed out to writers willing to take on the task. Erin Hunter (if she exists) has done a yeoman's job of bringing life to the book, but don't expect any brilliant insights into the feline mind. This is a story that could have been told with any animal group substituted—or fantasy story, or inner-city gang story for that matter. It has a certain relentless pacing, but the "he mewed" and "she purred" and "the warrior mewled" which pass for cat talk grows old fast. Maybe less critical young readers won't notice they are being fed corporate pabulum. 2003, Avon, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Rusty, a young "kittypet" (house cat), yearns for adventure. When he's offered the chance to join the ThunderClan, one of the gangs of feral cats in the area, he doesn't hesitate. Renamed Firepaw, he becomes an apprentice and begins to train as a warrior. After rescuing Yellowfang, ex-medicine cat for the ShadowClan who has fled for her life, Firepaw and the other ThunderClan members find themselves in the middle of a turf war against the rival gang, led by the nefarious Brokenstar. There's a traitor in their midst, though, and Firepaw must learn more than just hunting and fighting to survive. The author has created an intriguing world with an intricate structure and mythology, and an engaging young hero. The supporting cast of players is large and a little confusing, but there are standouts who give dimension to the tale. The difficult life of a feral cat is described in some detail, and a fair amount of violence is included. The ending is left ambiguous-there is definitely more to come. This is not as elegantly written as Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel), but it's another option for fans of animal adventure/fantasy stories.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hunter debuts with a suspenseful animal adventure that will leave readers eyeing Puss a bit nervously. House kitten Rusty is restless, bored with his safe, bland existence; no wonder he jumps at an invitation to join the feral cats in the woods. Now called Firepaw, he relishes his lessons in fighting, hunting wild prey, and above all becoming one with the close-knit, ferociously loyal ThunderClan. Although some scorn his "kittypet" origins, he gains the friendship of the other apprentice kittens, approval from the wise leader Bluestar, and a peculiar bond with the battered, bad-tempered loner Yellowfang. ThunderClan maintains an uneasy truce with the three other packs in the woods until militant ShadowClan lays claim to hunting rights in all territories, a demand they swiftly back up with murderous force. Such a threat serves the dangerously ambitious ThunderClan warrior Tigerclaw well-until Tigerclaw notices young Firepaw standing in his way. This is no charming tale of sweet moggies; despite a touch of mysticism, Hunter ruthlessly rejects any hint of sentimentality. Snapping bones, flowing blood, and sudden death abundantly demonstrate how these cats walk on the thin edge of survival. But Hunter also clearly conveys the exhilaration of freedom, the stimulation of the hunt, and the strength and comfort that comes from the clan's mutual loyalty. Teen readers will readily identify with Firepaw's strenuous efforts to fit into the group, applaud his courage to follow his own convictions, cheer his eventual recognition by ThunderClan, and rejoice at the promised sequel. (Fantasy. 11+)

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Warriors Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.57(d)
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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Warriors #1: Into the Wild (summer reading)

Chapter One

It was very dark. Rusty could sense something was near. The young tomcat's eyes opened wide as he scanned the dense undergrowth. This place was unfamiliar, but the strange scents drew him onward, deeper into the shadows. His stomach growled, reminding him of his hunger. He opened his jaws slightly to let the warm smells of the forest reach the scent glands on the roof of his mouth. Musty odors of leaf mold mingled with the tempting aroma of a small furry creature.

Suddenly a flash of gray raced past him. Rusty stopped still, listening. It was hiding in the leaves less than two tail-lengths away. Rusty knew it was a mouse—he could feel the rapid pulsing of a tiny heart deep within his ear fur. He swallowed, stifling his rumbling stomach. Soon his hunger would be satisfied.

Slowly he lowered his body into position, crouching for the attack. He was downwind of the mouse. He knew it was not aware of him. With one final check on his prey's position, Rusty pushed back hard on his haunches and sprang, kicking up leaves on the forest floor as he rose.

The mouse dived for cover, heading toward a hole in the ground. But Rusty was already on top of it. He scooped it into the air, hooking the helpless creature with his thorn-sharp claws, flinging it up in a high arc onto the leaf-covered ground. The mouse landed dazed, but alive. It tried to run, but Rusty snatched it up again. He tossed the mouse once more, this time a little farther away. The mouse managed to scramble a few paces before Rusty caught up with it.

Suddenly a noise roared nearby. Rusty looked around, and ashe did so, the mouse was able to pull away from his claws. When Rusty turned back he saw it dart into the darkness among the tangled roots of a tree.

Angry, Rusty gave up the hunt. He spun around, his green eyes glaring, intent on searching out the noise that had cost him his kill. The sound rattled on, becoming more familiar. Rusty blinked open his eyes.

The forest had disappeared. He was inside a hot and airless kitchen, curled in his bed. Moonlight filtered through the window, casting shadows on the smooth, hard floor. The noise had been the rattle of hard, dried pellets of food as they were tipped into his dish. Rusty had been dreaming.

Lifting his head, he rested his chin on the side of his bed. His collar rubbed uncomfortably around his neck. In his dream he had felt fresh air ruffling the soft fur where the collar usually pinched. Rusty rolled onto his back, savoring the dream for a few more moments. He could still smell mouse. It was the third time since full moon that he'd had the dream, and every time the mouse had escaped his grasp.

He licked his lips. From his bed he could smell the bland odor of his food. His owners always refilled his dish before they went to bed. The dusty smell chased away the warm scents of his dream. But the hunger rumbled on in his stomach, so Rusty stretched the sleep out of his limbs and padded across the kitchen floor to his dinner. The food felt dry and tasteless on his tongue. Rusty reluctantly swallowed one more mouthful. Then he turned away from the food dish and pushed his way out through the cat flap, hoping that the smell of the garden would bring back the feelings from his dream.

Outside, the moon was bright. It was raining lightly. Rusty stalked down the tidy garden, following the starlit gravel path, feeling the stones cold and sharp beneath his paws. He made his dirt beneath a large bush with glossy green leaves and heavy purple flowers. Their sickly sweet scent cloyed the damp air around him, and he curled his lip to drive the smell out of his nostrils.

Afterward, Rusty settled down on top of one of the posts in the fence that marked the limits of his garden. It was a favorite spot of his, as he could see right into the neighboring gardens as well as into the dense green forest on the other side of the garden fence.

The rain had stopped. Behind him, the close-cropped lawn was bathed in moonlight, but beyond his fence the woods were full of shadows. Rusty stretched his head forward to take a sniff of the damp air. His skin was warm and dry under his thick coat, but he could feel the weight of the raindrops that sparkled on his ginger fur.

He heard his owners giving him one last call from the back door. If he went to them now, they would greet him with gentle words and caresses and welcome him onto their bed, where he would curl, purring, warm in the crook of a bent knee.

But this time Rusty ignored his owners' voices and turned his gaze back to the forest. The crisp smell of the woods had grown fresher after the rain.

Suddenly the fur on his spine prickled. Was something moving out there? Was something watching him? Rusty stared ahead, but it was impossible to see or smell anything in the dark, tree-scented air. He lifted his chin boldly, stood up, and stretched, one paw gripping each corner of the fencepost as he straightened his legs and arched his back. He closed his eyes and breathed in the smell of the woods once more. It seemed to promise him something, tempting him onward into the whispering shadows. Tensing his muscles, he crouched for a moment. Then he leaped lightly down into the rough grass on the other side of the garden fence. As he landed, the bell on his collar rang out through the still night air.

"Where are you off to, Rusty?" meowed a familiar voice behind him . . .

Warriors #1: Into the Wild (summer reading). 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 animals 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 the author of the Warriors, Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands series. She lives in the UK. Visit her online at www.warriorcats.com.

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Into the Wild (Warriors Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3487 reviews.
--Scarheart-- More than 1 year ago
Into the Wild, a great book that intorduces the clan cats. ThunderClan, leader: Bluestar; RiverClan, leader: Crookedstar; WindClan, leader: Tallstar; and ShadowClan, leader: Brokenstar. The book is a great way to meet all the characters and explore the world of warriors! It starts out a great series and begins a journey with the four Clans. *~Scarheart~*
catloverMJ More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole series so far and I can't wait for the latest book to come out! I am a cat lover and I actually felt like I was a part of the clan. Erin Hunter is an excellent author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book into the wild by Erin Hunter is wonderful. The book is about a Kittypet 'house cat' giving up everything he has to live out in the wild. This book will warm the hearts of many. I loved the tale of Firestar and his beloved friends. It was absolutely wonderful to read. The characters were phenomenal. I was astonished to find that each cat had something different about it. For example, Firestar was very brave and quiet while Spottedleaf smelled nice and was very kind hearted. Tigerclaw was very law enforcing, but always aware of the crowd's opinions. What I mostly liked about the story was the author¿s ability to describe the characters and setting. I really felt like I was in the story feeling the moist air on my nose. It was amazing.
Balina More than 1 year ago
I am totally hooked. Awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i am reading it for the third time even though i am only 10 i recomend this to everyone if you like this book you will also love seekers by erin hunter
ReaderMomMC More than 1 year ago
My nine-year old daughter loves this series. She is already on Book 3. She finds them exciting because you never know what will happen! They are well-written and I find that they have expanded her vocabulary - which was already pretty impressive. But I love it when she comes over to ask "What does this mean?" These books are pretty detailed (lots of places and characters to remember), so keep that in mind when considering this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book of ,action ,drama ,and humor. When an ordinary house cat named Rusty embarks on on a grand adventure he changes more of a wild cat. And migth be the bravest of them all. With help from Graypaw and Raven paw ,his freands ,they have to save the thunder clan . This is a book for all ages .I highly recommend that you try to read the rest of the books, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storms, A Dangerous Path, and The Darkest Hour.
Ali34 More than 1 year ago
this book is OUTstanding. ive read the whole first series, but im rereading it because it was so good. i love how the reader (which would be me in this case...) gets to know the characters so well as if im right there observing everything. THIS IS THE BEST SERIES IVE EVER READ!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Warriors series. At first I was skeptical about the setup, Clans and deputies and elders and apprentices but I find that Hunter manages to explain the concept thoroughly throughout the book. An exciting storyline and an incredible cliff hanger at the end. Read Into the Wild and look for Book 2: Fire aand Ice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rusty, a 'kitty pet' goes into the forest to join clan cats. He has much more responsibilities, and te risk of losing his life in battl. Yet he is free, and not cooped up in a house. This book is hard to put down, and makes you want to read the next on in the series. It's impossible to stop once you start!
Timberwolf More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING!!! I cannot describe how much I love this book and this series. It's addicting (in a good way), and even now two years later, I'm still rereading them and rereading them. You NEVER get tired of them! Once you start you can't stop. The story starts out with little Rusty, who dreams of a life in the wild forest. Soon he learns the exciting life the cats of the Clans must live. THey must hunt for themselves, and fight to maintain their borders. Is Rusty ready for all this? If you read, you'll find out! All in all, this is a great, thrilling book you'll never want to put down, even when you're done! You'll stay on the edge of your seat biting your nails until it's over, then beg your mom to go to the store to buy you the next one. All my friends who've read them love them too!
Natalie Penry More than 1 year ago
i luved it and everyone should read it. seriously, i read it in one day and i am begging my friend to lend me book#2! read it soon!
Saraphina More than 1 year ago
The Warriors series is excellent! Particularly this for the first one, Warriors:Into The Wild. It is great for anybody who wants a book with adventure and action, perfect for a cat-lover who wants a story with a bit of a twist to it. Erin Hunter did a fabulous job with this book! Even people who aren't crazy for cats, I think will find some interest in it. It starts out with Rusty, a normal house cat who gets offered into the the exciting and dangerous world of the warriors. All the characters in this book really come alive. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book.I recommend it to whoever likes reading.
Stormtail More than 1 year ago
Great start to the warrior series, Erin! Who knew that a kittypet can become the great Firepaw who is loyal and courageos if anyone would like to join Iceclan just ask and ask my friend greystar if you want to join StoneClan. he will gladly post his clan up on the Outcast book #3 of power of three
samdLA More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book with the intention of giving it to my granddaughter to expand her reading skills. I read the book to see if the book was on her reading level, and found that I enjoyed the "cast of characters" of the different warriors. I will have to wait a couple of years for my granddaughter's reading skills to be on the level of the book, it will make great summer reading for her when the time comes.
tangleclaw More than 1 year ago
first off, I thought this book was really great! it was the first warrior book I read and I just got stuck in it and didn`t stop reading till i was done with it! Oh and foxstar if you are there could you en make a book club thing so i could talk to you? It would be really great if you did! type in "tangleclaw`s talk to friends place" into the search thing and you will find it! Well hope to TTLY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was about a house cat named Rusty who took to clan life. It tells about Rusty's apprentice life and how he became a warrior and defended the forest from the bad shadowclan leader. It was a good book because it talked about friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Animal lovers will love this story...its amazing how erin huner portrays cats as intellgent while us "two legs" are the stupid ones. Cat lovers everywhere will enjoy firepaws tale of triumph in the face of adversity
sarahreader4466 More than 1 year ago
Warriors into the wild is the first in the warriors series. It is by Erin Hunter who is actually three people. Victoria Holmes is in charge of making sure that the books stay consistent and she comes up with the storylines. Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry take turns writing the books. They have one name so all the books are in one place in the library.The book is about a house-cat named Rusty. He has dreams of hunting and being mighty. Then one day he says to his neighbor cat Smudge that he is tired of being a house-cat. So Rusty sets of into the forest behind his yar or to him "the wild". He ends up being attacked. He goes with wild cats to their clan. In the forest there are five clans. The clan he joins is the thunderclan, there is also the river clan, the star clan, the shadow clan, and the wind clan.The clans all have boundaries for their land. Then all of a sudden the shadow clan starts taking land. Then one clan mysteriously dissapears. The thunderclan puts up a fight. Rusty goes on a special journey since he is now a priveleged warrior in-training. Then murder and dissapearences strike. Rusty's new friend is accused but she is gone. He solves the mystery by going to the forbidden shadow clan. He saves the shadow clan from their crazed leader and becomes a brave warrior. The three women who make up Erin Hunter share an interest in ancient form of worship, astrology, and stone circles. They use that knowledge to give depth to the cats own mythology. I think Erin Hunter did an amazing job with this book. She has fantasy as the main genre but there is action and mystery tied in. I think Erin Hunter really made this a good book. I do not dislike anything about it. What i really like about this book is that Rusty does not kill the cat he finds. Instead he saves her and gives her a new life. I also like the fact that he has gone from house pet to brave investigator risking his life. I really enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you hate this book you are a kitty-pet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
warioBM More than 1 year ago
I just love this book. It's a start to a great series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book twice, i've been a warrior fan for 2 years and love them! I'm in the middle of re-reading them right now. But overall, LOVE THE BOOKS
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend had been begging me for 2 months to read this book. So finally I picked it up at my school library and fell in love!!!!! Twists and turns, lovable characters and some not so lovable ones. But once you read it you feel like part of the story. If you're looking for a book,pick up Warriors!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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