Long Shadows (Warriors: Power of Three Series #5)

Long Shadows (Warriors: Power of Three Series #5)

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by Erin Hunter

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The Clans are in turmoil. ShadowClan has turned its back on StarClan and pledged to follow the dark predictions of Sol, the strange cat who foretold the solar eclipse. But not all the cats have lost faith in their warrior ancestors. . . .

Jaypaw is convinced that StarClan still holds an important place in the warrior code, and his search for answers leads him

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The Clans are in turmoil. ShadowClan has turned its back on StarClan and pledged to follow the dark predictions of Sol, the strange cat who foretold the solar eclipse. But not all the cats have lost faith in their warrior ancestors. . . .

Jaypaw is convinced that StarClan still holds an important place in the warrior code, and his search for answers leads him far back into the past, farther back than even StarClan can remember. Lionblaze, tortured by violent dreams and bloody visions, wishes he had never been prophesied to be one of the three but to turn his back on his littermates would be the ultimate betrayal. And Hollyleaf is terrified that once the Clans lose their faith, the warrior code will fall apart. She's willing to fight tooth and nail to preserve it—whatever the cost.

And when murder stalks into the heart of ThunderClan, the cats realize that the darkest shadows don't always lie outside the territory.

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In the fifth episode of the Warriors: Power of Three series, one cat's decision thrusts the entire StarClan into crisis. When ShadowClan leader Blackstar announces that his clan is abandoning the Warrior Code, the future itself seems endangered. To reclaim a sense of purpose, Jaypaw must search deep into memories forgotten or long-buried. A significant hinge novel in a reader favorite series.

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Warriors: Power of Three #5: Long Shadows

Chapter One

The moon was huge, a golden circle resting on a dark ridge of hills. Stars blazed above Hollyleaf's head, reminding her that the spirits of her ancestors were watching over her. Her fur prickled as something stirred on the ridge. A cat had appeared there, outlined against the moon. She recognized the broad head and tufted ears, and the tail with its bushy tip; even though the shape was black against the light, she knew the colors of its pelt: white with brown, black, and ginger blotches.

"Sol!" she hissed.

The outlined shape arched its back, then reared up on its hind paws, its forepaws stretched out as if it was about to rake its claws across the sky. It leaped upward, and as it leaped it swelled until it was so huge that it blotted out the moon and the blazing stars. Hollyleaf crouched, shivering, in darkness thicker than the deepest places of the forest.

Screeches of alarm rose up around her, a whole Clan of hidden cats wailing their fear of the shadow cutting them off from the protective gaze of StarClan. Above the noise, a single voice rang out: "Hollyleaf! Hollyleaf! Come out!"

Hollyleaf thrashed in terror and found her paws tangled in soft moss and bracken. Pale gray light was filtering through the branches of the warriors' den. A couple of foxlengths away, Hazeltail was scrambling out of her nest, shaking scraps of moss from her pelt.

"Hollyleaf!" The call came again, and this time Hollyleaf recognized Birchfall's voice, meowing irritably outside the den. "Are you going to sleep all day? We're supposed to be hunting."

"Coming."Groggy with sleep, every hair on her pelt still quivering from her nightmare, Hollyleaf headed toward the nearest gap between the branches. Before she reached it, her paws stumbled over the haunches of a sleeping cat, half hidden under the bracken.

Cloudtail's head popped up. "Great StarClan!" he grumbled. "Can't a cat get any sleep around here?"

"S-sorry," Hollyleaf stammered, remembering that Cloudtail had been out on a late patrol the night before; she had seen him return to camp with Dustpelt and Sorreltail while she was keeping her warrior's vigil.

Just my luck. My first day, and I manage to annoy one of the senior warriors!

Cloudtail snorted and curled up again, his blue eyes closing as he buried his nose in his fur.

"It's okay," Hazeltail murmured, brushing her muzzle against Hollyleaf's shoulder. "Cloudtail's mew is worse than his scratch. And don't let Birchfall ruffle your fur. He's bossy with the new warriors, but you'll soon get used to it."

Hollyleaf nodded gratefully, though she didn't tell Hazeltail the real reason she was thrown off balance. Birchfall didn't bother her; it was the memory of the dream that throbbed through her from ears to tail-tip, making her paws clumsy and her thoughts troubled.

Her gaze drifted to the nest where her brother Lionpaw-no, Lionblaze now-had curled up at the end of his vigil. She wanted to talk to him more than anything. But the nest was empty; Lionblaze must have gone out on the dawn patrol.

Careful where she put her paws, Hollyleaf pushed her way out of the den behind Hazeltail. Outside, Birchfall was scraping the ground impatiently.

"At last!" he snapped. "What kept you?"

"Take it easy, Birchfall." Brambleclaw, the ThunderClan deputy and Hollyleaf's father, was sitting a tail-length away with his tail wrapped neatly around his paws. His amber eyes were calm. "The prey won't run away."

"Not till they see us, anyway," Sandstorm added as she bounded across from the fresh-kill pile.

"If there is any prey." Birchfall lashed his tail. "Ever since the battle, fresh-kill's been much harder to find."

Hollyleaf's grumbling belly told her that Birchfall was right. Several sunrises ago all four Clans had battled in ThunderClan territory; their screeching and trampling had frightened off all the prey, or driven them deep underground.

"Maybe the prey will start to come back now," she suggested.

"Maybe," Brambleclaw agreed. "We'll head toward the ShadowClan border. There wasn't as much fighting over there."

Hollyleaf stiffened at the mention of ShadowClan. Will I see Sol again? she wondered.

"I wonder if we'll see any ShadowClan cats," Birchfall meowed, echoing her thought. "I'd like to know if they're all going to turn their back on StarClan, and follow that weirdo loner instead."

Hollyleaf felt as if stones were dragging in her belly, weighing her down. ShadowClan had not appeared at the last Gathering, two nights before. Instead, their leader Blackstar had come alone except for Sol, the loner who had recently arrived by the lake, and explained that his cats no longer believed in the power of their warrior ancestors.

But that can't be right! How can a Clan survive without StarClan? Without the warrior code?

"Sol's not such a weirdo," Hazeltail pointed out to Birchfall with a flick of her ears. "He predicted that the sun would vanish, and it did. None of the medicine cats knew that was going to happen."

Birchfall shrugged. "The sun came back, didn't it? It's not that big a deal."

"In any case," Brambleclaw interrupted, rising to his paws, "this is a hunting patrol. We're not going to pay a friendly visit to ShadowClan."

"But they fought beside us," Birchfall objected. "WindClan and RiverClan would have turned us into crow-food without the ShadowClan warriors. We can't be enemies again so soon, can we?"

"Not enemies," Sandstorm corrected. "But they're still a different Clan. Besides, I'm not sure we can be friends with cats who reject StarClan."

What about our own cats, then? Hollyleaf didn't dare to ask the question out loud. Cloudtail has never believed in StarClan. But she knew without question Cloudtail was a loyal warrior who would die for any of his Clanmates.

Brambleclaw said nothing, just gave his pelt a shake and kinked his tail to beckon the rest of the patrol. As they headed toward the thorn tunnel they met Brackenfur pushing his way into the hollow with Sorreltail and Lionblaze behind him. The dawn patrol had returned. As all three cats headed for the fresh-kill pile, Hollyleaf darted across and intercepted her brother.

Warriors: Power of Three #5: Long Shadows. Copyright (c) by Erin Hunter . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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 and Survivors series.

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Birchfall More than 1 year ago
Wow. One word. Wow. That pretty much sums it all up. Picking up this book, my thoughts were downcast. I thought that nothing could top the big battle in Eclipse, and that the fifth and sixth books would wrap up quickly and cheesily. Not so my friends, not so. Before reading this book, I had thoughts of the downfall of the Warriors series. The first two arcs were great. When I say great, that's exactly what I mean. Some of the best books I have ever read come from the first two series. The third series, however, seemed to lack something special the other two had. At one time I even had a doubt that I really liked Eclipse as much as I thought I did, and my mind was merely creating that impulse to satisfy my thoughts of downfall. As you may imagine, I banished that thought quickly. Throughout the first hundred pages, the thought kept creeping back and taunting me. Again and again I expelled it as pure folly, but it wouldn't leave. The last two hundred pages are a work of pure genious. I'll say one thing; no major battle, but it made me hold onto the book tighter and tighter. I honestly am head over heels waiting for Sunrise(which I nominate for best Warriors cover ever over Outcast) and hoping that Great Bear Lake will quench my thirst for a few months. One more major piece of news for all of you Warriors fanatics(myself included). It's no longer a rumour. New Line Cinema has purchased the rights to a warriors movie. The timeline to when it will be done is between 2010 and 2011. Elijah Wood(Frodo!) will be voicing Firestar, the voice of aslan in narnia will voice Lionheart, and Rihanna will voice Bluestar. Graystripe will be voiced by either Chris Brown or Zac Efron(depends on which report you read). The cats will be realistic CGI, like Aslan in Narnia(that came from Vicky Holmes herself!). Please, let Graystripe be Chris Brown! One final thing; if this movie is a total bust like Eragon(terrible acting, horrific script, and no faith to the book whatsover) I will be one unhappy warrior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, i just LOVE these books!! They are amazin! So, i loved eclipse and can't believe that long shadows is alredy about to come out. Usally it takes like 6 months! I just love lionpaw's and hollypaw's warrior names, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze, but i did think lionblaze's name was gonna be lionclaw bcuz' that was the end name for his father and grandfather, Brambleclaw and Tigerclaw. I hope in this book Jaypaw will get his name, but i already know it, Jayfeather. I really don't think that he is Leafpool's and Crowfeather's son though bcuz' how in the world could she hide the fact that she was pregnent from the others? He has to be Squirrelflights kit. I do think that Heatherpaw was telling the truth about not telling the clan about the tunnels bcuz when she and lionblaze used to play there together, she was always honest and she looked truly terrified at the battle. it would be hard to lie when you are really scared! I also think that on the front cover of Long Shadows it is Sol cuz' in eclipse, it said he had really big ears and long fur, and the cat on the cover meets that description. I'm really scared that Starclan are going to die out though. That doesn't really work! i mean, when the cats die, then where are they going to go?? i think that starclan will still exist, but hollyleaf, lionblaze, and jaypaw will rule over all. i have a really bad feeling about sol, i think he used to belong to the group of ancient cats. i think that he had ancestors who failed him once, so he has learned not to trust them and wants the other cats to see his views too. Ok, last thing. i do believe that Skyclan will return to the other clans and find territory not far from the others, like at the base of the mountain where all the clans first came to in dawn and starlight, or, the group of rouge cats living in the mountains with the tribe are actually skyclan, bcuz' in outcast, erin took care in describing the young tortiseshell apprentice looking cat. She could be kin to leafstar, leader of skyclan. Well, those are my views about Warriors and you can always expect more from Icefur of ThunderClan!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!!! I am so excited for this book to come out! I already read eclipse and I thought it was great. Lionblaze has the coolest warrior name. I love it. I also really like Hollyleafs name. Jaypaw should definitely get his name soon. I think that it should be Jayfeather. I also think that Heatherpaw and Breezepaw should get their warrior names soon. I think Heatherpaw should be Heathereyes and Breezepaw should be Breezestorm. I hope that Lionblaze learns to control his 'power' in the next book. I also hope that Lionblaze and Heatherpaw will get back together. Sol is probably the cat on this cover and I wonder why Sol is trying to lead the clan cats astray from their ancestors. Maybe his ancestors abandon him and he doesn't trust anybody now. I wonder who the murderer in Thunderclan could be? I don't think it's ashfur, he still a sweeeet cat, I think it will be someone unexpected. I also think that skyclan will come back to the clans, and they might even replace shadowclan as the fourth clan. Starclan may die and go away forever., If they do, does that mean that Jaypaw, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze control the clans, or does the time of the warrior end forever? I hope my review was helpfull, and I can't wait to read the new book. I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok I absolutley love warriors and I spend alot of time investigateing the hints in the books.What I have found out is.I am almost positive that at least Jaypaw is Leafs and crows kit probabley Hollyleaf too.It makes sense the Erin Hunters wouldn't give us that many hints for nothing.
I don't think Lionblaze wiil go evil that would be way to obvious.Hollypaw is the one that is truning evil you don't notice it now but she is becomeing a control freak about the warrior code.
As for the traitor I have to admit I am a little stumbed but I'm guessing it,s someone nobody expects like spiderleg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I start, I have to say that I love the warriors series! I am suprised that the next book is coming so soon. Usually you have to wait much longer. Anyway, everyone is asking the same question. Who's is whos parents. I think that Brambelclaw is definetly the father of Lionblaze. In Outcast he was paying so much attention to him, you could tell he was a proud father. Plus, Tigerstar hates half-clan cats. He wouldn't teach Lionblaze if he was. I am still uncertain about Holleyleaf, buy her name might be a clue(hense LEAFpool & HolleyLEAF). Jaypaw has so many clues it is not funny. For one, every medicine cat has a consequance to having children, such as Yellowfang having crookedstar(disaster). If he belonged to Leafpool, Jaypaws would be his blindness. Also, Squirelflight happened to "have HER three kits outside the den". Im guessing somone elses litter was involved. Other question: Who is the traitor that helped try kill Firstar? Hypathetically lets say it was Ashfur. It was him who got the cats to come right away. If he did help he would be able to expose that Brambelclaw killed Firstar, exhile him out of the clan, and have Squirrelflight to himself. You may say that Ashfur is too nice..........but isnt it true that Lionblaze is nice too. For some reason he is turning evil?(hope he doesnt in the end)
Read more of my reviews for evidence!-Mudfire
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the very best book so far, and i have read ALL the Warriors series. i would totally and completely recommend it! The plot was awesome and i was engrossed throughout the whole book. I would have never guessed the ending! when i finished it, i couldn't wait for the next one to come out!!!!! however, if u r a newbee to the warriors series's, you REALLY SHOULD start at the very first book, "into the wild", (not the one i recommended below, the warriors into the wild) this series is one of my fav books--right up there with Harry Potter. i would reccomend this to anyone--kids, adults, teens, everyone. although maybe not for kids under 8 years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome do buy it
Silverwind More than 1 year ago
SPOILERS ARE AHEAD! DON'T READ UNLESS YOU'VE FINISHED THIS BOOK!! this book was absolutely awesome! After every chapter, it kept you thinking, and making you want to read more. Simply awesomee. I can't say anything more. If you love the warriors seris, you will LOVE this book! It was my favorite out of the third series, so far anyway, because I have not read Sunrise. I couldn't believe all the things that happened, like how Jayfeather had somehow lived a second life as Jay's Wing. That was my favorite part of the book, when he was visiting the ancient cat's lives. And the fact that Squirrelflight is not the kits' mother wasn't necessarily a shock to me, but i still couldn't believe that Ashfur had always been angry with Squirrelflight, not Brambleclaw. Here I was thinking his battle was always with Brambleclaw! But Ashfur isn't the cat everyone thinks he is SPOILERS ENDING HERE! So I've gotta say. this book is amazing. I cannot wait to read Sunrise!!
Stormtail More than 1 year ago
Are you alone? Come into the heather with me. My name is Stormtail, the deputy of StoneClan. Anyway, i have something you can not tell any other cat in your clan. Seriously, don't tell anyone or i will find u and claw your tail off. I was a guest at the ThunderClan hollow for a while. They sheltered me when i had an ingured leg. What was i doin in the terriotry? A friend once was a part of the Clan and he told me about the other four clans. Anyway, the medicine cat, Leafpool, seemed to be a little shy and her apprentice was always sharp. What was his name? Jayfeather? a light gray mottled tom with sightless blue eyes that look at you as if he can see you? Yep thats him. Leafpool was looking at the apprentice very weird, like there was more then a mentor and apprentice relationship. I asked her what was her issue. In a nice way, of course. She told me that it was none of my business. But she told me that seeking answers would make me find out things that i didn't want to know. I mean, Leafpool was a good looking cat and a great medicine cat, but she had a dark secret. I didn't want to go asking every cat in the Clan, but somehow i would find out what her secret was. "Stormtail?" Jayfeather mewed quietly. His sightless eyes eyed me as if he could really see me. "How does your paw feel?" For a young cat he sure did know about medicine and herbs really well. "Fine, Jayfeather. Thank you." I stood up and shook out my dark tabby fur. Jayfeather sniffed and left the medicne den, leaving me alone with Leafpool, watching the young cat with warm eyes. "hes a good cat." I mewed curtly "Yes he is. Reminds me of....no one." Leafpool turned away, her eyes darkening."Forget i said anything." Leafpool will you tell me whats wrong please?" I asked nicely. Leafpool stiffened and turned to me with hostile eyes. "Your not my Clanmate. Your a guest. Now leave."With that she exited the den. What was with her? What did i say? Anyway, it was time for me to leave. Guess my quest was over. I started to pad out the den before the medcine cat padded back in. "Stormtail, i'm sorry. this secret hurts me and i just don't want u hurt too." She pressed her pelt against mine. I licked her ear afffectionately and she looked at me with amber eyes."moons ago, i gave away my three kits here in the clan. Jayfeather is one of them. Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are my kits also. I gave them to my sister, Squrrielflight." She shivered and put her head on her paws."Oh." Thats all i could say. This cat had broken the warrior code by mating and having kits of her own. "Who is the father? From this Clan i hope."That i cannot tell you.""Please leave now, Stormtail." Leafpool once again exited the den, her paws dragging on the ground. She looked back, her amber eyes sad "You cannot tell them i am their mother." I nodded promising to keep her secret.I wanted to head right back to the mountains, but then i noticed Ashfur, the weird cat that always looked at Squirrelflight weird, since the fire, that i noticed that looked very prideful. Now i overheard him ask Firestar for attendece at the Gathering, which was two nights away. I saw one of Leafpools kits, Lionblaze, looking very angry. I ran away from the camp and then ended up here. Now you understand you can not tell anybody leafpool's secret. Now go!
KierannaK More than 1 year ago
I enjoy how all the characters continue to develop, the unexpected plot twists, guessing who, what, where, when and what next. Trying to unravel the prophecy along with those that think they know what it means and find themselves not so sure but growing in character, finding their true worth and value. Building moral values of what it means to live in community, honesty, giving, integrity, reaching across "borders".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really starting to think that there's something funny about Jaypaw and Hollypaw. Hollypaw looks JUST LIKE Crowfeather! Same eyes, same pelt, same everything! I know she's Crowfeather's kit for sure, but I'm not sure about Jaypaw... he kind of looks like Bluestar. Maybe he's related to her. Lionpaw is Squirrelflight's kit for sure but the others Im not sure... But why would Leafpool do that? I was suspicious when she ran off with Crowfeather. She was always depressed after that... But some of us know that YELLOWFANG was Brokenstar's mother and she was a medicine cat as well. This is a kakakakarazy situation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look at what I found on the HarperCollins site! ''The Clans are in turmoil. ShadowClan has turned its back on StarClan and pledged to follow the dark predictions of Sol, the strange cat who foretold the solar eclipse. But not all the cats have lost faith in their warrior ancestors. . . . Jaypaw is convinced that StarClan still holds an important place in the warrior code, and his search for answers leads him far back into the past, farther back than even StarClan can remember. Lionblaze, tortured by violent dreams and bloody visions, wishes he had never been prophesied to be one of the three but to turn his back on his littermates would be the ultimate betrayal. And Hollyleaf is terrified that once the Clans lose their faith, the warrior code will fall apart. She's willing to fight tooth and nail to preserve it¡ªwhatever the cost. And when murder stalks into the heart of ThunderClan, the cats realize that the darkest shadows don't always lie outside the territory.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok as my caption says, I totally agree with Rainclaw. Blackstar is reminding me of Bluestar and how she lost her faith. Also in the The New Prophecy, it reveals that Tawnypelt is loyal to ShadowClan, but her love for StarClan in greater and so she will probably rejoin ThunderClan. I really don't like Sol since he a problem but I have a hunch that one of Tawnypelt's kits is going to be a medicine cat. I also hope that Lionblaze will ditch Tigerstar as Brambleclaw did. Oh and for the 'helper' to assassinate Firestar is more than likely Ashfur think about it. Ashfur sent Birchfall to Firestar saying Blackstar was on ThunderClan territory, Squirrelflight rejected Ashfur, it all adds up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plz join if you do not fear water. I am Rainstar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you! Just so you know, I will tell you the member of WaterClan: Leader: Lilystar- tortishell she-cat with black paws and piercing green eyes. Apprentice, Owlpaw. Deputy: Neonhawk- golden brown tom with blue hawk like eyes. Medicine Cat: Sapphireheart- bluish gray she-cat with sparkling blue eyes. Warriors: Forestshade- brown and black tom with long claws and green eyes. Rubyair- reddish she-cat with piercing green eyes. Apprentice, Windpaw. Amythestglaze- white and brown tabby tom with deep purple eyes. Seawave- grayish white tom with yellow eyes. Lilystar's littermate. Birdleaf- flame and white she-cat with green eyes. Also Lilystar's littermate. Suncloud- gold tom with white underbelly and amber eyes. Lilystar's mate. Queens: Lilystar, mother to Dewkit- gray tom with amber eyes, Cloverkit- brown she-cat with black paws and green eyes, Tawnykit- tortishell she-cat with white underbelly and green eyes, and Peachkit- gold she-cat with blue eyes. Firefrost- orange and white tabby with light blue eyes, mother to Thornkit- brown tom with red tipped tail, and (I am not sure aout this kit, sorry I forgot) Leafkit- flame and white tabby she-cat with green eyes. Apprentices: Owlpaw- brown, gold, and white tabby she-cat with yellow eyes. Windpaw- white tom with one gray ear and blue eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is just an amazing book because everything is just happening at once. First there is green-cough then there is Sol and ShawdowClan. The whole Warriors Series is non-put-down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scourge's Story Chapter 1 Tiny was in his nest with his Housefolk. Things were pretty normal; his brother and sister playing, his mother watching, and the Housefolk out. His mother, Quince was keeping a close eye on his littermates as they played. "Here I come!" Ruby, his sister yelled. Tiny winced as his sister barreled into him and pounced on him. "Found you, Tiny!" She mewed. "Hey, no fair! Mama! Mama!" Tiny called. "Socks! Ruby! Get over here at once!" Quince yowled, her eyes narrowing. Tiny rose to his paws as Socks and Ruby padded over to Quince and crouched in front of her. "Yes, Mama?" Socks asked. "I don't want to see you roughhousing like that again with your brother," Quince rasped.
JAYLAR More than 1 year ago
Dan40 More than 1 year ago
I got into these books when I was littil and I cant grow out of it. This book is great but if you havent read any other books going back to at least the first you will be lost and lose out on all the mentions of the first few book (i.e old forest). Now like every other book their are a large host of characters like that of a greek drama. This may be confusing for younger ages but if you you have read the other books qith no problum it should be fine.This is a must have for fans of the series.
KittyRa More than 1 year ago
Great book is all I can say. I loved the unexpected twist at the end those of you who are beginning to read this exciting novel or series you'll see and won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long Shadows solved some major problems that occurred within the Clans. There is excitement, heart-bound determination, and surprising twists. The past is revealed in a never-before-view, and new puzzles are made. I enjoyed the book, even though some parts were really slow. A lot more is revealed about the ancient cats that left the lake;which was very interesting. I was slightly disappointed though, because some of the characters felt too over-exaggerated. Other than some weak points, Long Shadows was an enjoyable book to read.
Leafstar More than 1 year ago
It may not be the best Warriors book written so far, but it certainly has surpassed Outcast and remains as a hope for the rest of the series. As always, I found myself frustrated with the characters but thrilled with the plot, and after putting it down yesterday I still can't decide exactly how much I like it. Certainly, it was thrilling at times, and this book in particular stands out in The Power of Three for its carefully controlled pace, as opposed to the glacier-to-hasty movement of Outcast. While it doesn't conceal its motives as well as the developments in the first arc, it was enjoyable to find parts of the previous books falling nicely into place and forming a more tangible problem for the characters.
The characters themselves, however, are a bit more faulty then the rest of the story, which was generally good save for the fact that the total death toll for the book is one. More than that later. Hollyfrost continued, as she has done from Dark River, to annoy me. While I appreciate a tormented character, her bizarre obsession with the warrior code had me crying alongside Jayfeather and Lionblaze for her to simply shut up. While in this book it is made more plain that her crazed devotion to the set of laws is abnormal and generally irritating for even the other cats, I nearly shuddered whenever her point of view fixated itself again on how much she loves the code. I can only hope this resolves itself as a plot device later, because it seems that the code is her complete character and has taken over her whole personality (which, in The Sight, was excellent).
Lionblaze's brooding character was highly interesting, until he began to dig in his heads and lose himself again. He supposes himself brave, but I was nearly yelling at him to buck up a bit, swallow his self pity and help his Clan like he's supposed to. That was the mantra: Hollypaw, shut up and Lionpaw, suck it up. It seemed for a while that the only character in the book who had any sense left was Jayfeather--who was brilliant as usual. The authors maintained his tetchy swings while also exploring his more thoughtful and compassionate side, which was a triumph after Outcast threatened to soften his prickly demeanor. His spur of the moment realizations and schemes were also enjoyable, and during their ShadowClan excursion I was reminded, oddly enough, of a 10th Doctor-like character with sudden bursts of ideas all the while maintaining a strict and swift delivery.

For a while, in terms of a villain, the Hunters had me worried. When Ashfur's treachery was revealed, I became nervous that he would become the villain of the series--despite the fact we only found out about his evil ways at the end of penultimate story of The Power of Three. Sol, too, was fixed too easily for both comfort and satisfaction. I highly suspect he will reappear to play a larger role in Sunrise (which, I'll just say, has a marvelous cover), and if he doesn't, his character will be added to my list of those the Hunters fell short on.
Similarly, I found the continuing lack of deaths very annoying. A huge amount of warriors were killed in the first arc, and The New Prophecy was forgiven due to the fact that there was no one villain plotting the destruction of everybody (just Firestar, it seemed)--and Hawkfrost's role, like Ashfurs, was only introduced at the end. They're warriors--kill one already. There's no real danger otherwise.
Runningpelt More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to find out who the traitor is. I think its Ashfur because he hates Brambleclaw and remember that birchpaw(ashfur's apprentice, now birchfall.) said that he found something and led firestar to the trap.(I doubt it was birchpaw, though. ashfur probably told him 2 do it.) I don't want it to be Ashfur-he's one of my favorite characters, but also they say that he never got along with lionpaw-the son of BRAMBLECLAW ad SQUIRRELFLIGHT- as well as he should have. duh! I hope its not him, but it probably is. I hope its spiderleg. I don't like him or berrynose.


I think its Jaypaw only...Not Hollyleaf. There are a lot of reasons why but above all, Leaf likes Jay a little more than Holly. When Jaypaw was her apprentice, she said something like "Oh, horray! I'm so happy!" and when it was Hollyleaf, it was just "Oh, really? It's hard, being a medicine cat..." Thats just my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the reiviews and I hear that Jaypaw is Leafpool's & Crowfeather's SON!!!! THAT CANNOT BE TRUE!!!!'at least i hope it is not' Why would Leafpool break her comandment as a medicaine cat?!?!? I THINK LIONBLAZE WOULD BE A GREAT NAME FOR LIONPAW!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! My mom said we don't have enough money to bye books #4 Eclispe or #5 Long Shadows. I HOPE I GET THEM!!!!!!!! I recomend this book to everyone on the planet! PEACE YAL!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the thunderclan leader after firstar passes should totally be graystripe, firestar said he would wait, and with time , graystripe will become aquainted with the territory just like brambleclaw. don't get me wrong, i like brambleclaw, but graystripe was here 1st. also, jaypaw is SO leafpool and crowfeathers kit! there were so many clues in Sunset, omg. leafpool kept being all concerned about herself, and she kept seeing the 3 stars-sure, she's a medicine cat and she's supposed to see that sort of stuff, but this is SO differnt. she needs to come out with it, like, now.