Rising Storm (Warriors Series #4)

Rising Storm (Warriors Series #4)

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by Erin Hunter

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Fire alone can save our clan...

Fireheart's traitorous enemy Tigerclaw has been vanquished and exiled from ThunderClan -- but Fireheart can't shake the feeling that he's lurking out there in the forest, waiting for the chance to strike.

That's not the only problem facing the young ThunderClan deputy in these blazing summer months, as he struggles to handle ominous

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Fire alone can save our clan...

Fireheart's traitorous enemy Tigerclaw has been vanquished and exiled from ThunderClan -- but Fireheart can't shake the feeling that he's lurking out there in the forest, waiting for the chance to strike.

That's not the only problem facing the young ThunderClan deputy in these blazing summer months, as he struggles to handle ominous omens, adisrespectful apprentice with a shocking secret, and a devastated Clan leader who is a shell of her former self.

Meanwhile the forest gets hotter and hotter . . . and everyone braces for the coming storm. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“[A] fast-moving series. The story is suspenseful; the feline characters are engaging and endowed with authentic cat mannerisms and behaviors.”
Children's Literature
Book 4 of the "Warriors" series finds the stalwart cat hero Fireheart with his paws full once more. Will his kittypet nephew Cloudpaw shape up as a Thunderclan apprentice? Will the clan's aging leader Bluestar get her act together or succumb to feline Alzheimer's? What will be the effect of the unusual heat and drought? And most pertinently, is the traitor warrior still Tigerclaw lying in wait? This "created by" a corporation series forges on relentlessly, but because a year or two has passed since its first episode, it is necessary to take into account the prolific nature of feral cats. Already it is becoming a burden to work through the clan genealogies, not to mention the succession of leaders as they drop like flies to warfare and treachery. Where is the Animal Humane Society when you really need it? 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr
Once a pampered "kittypet" (housecat), Fireheart is now deputy leader of ThunderClan, one of four groups of forest-dwelling, feral cats. Clan leader Bluestar lies lethargically in her den, traumatized by the treachery of her previous deputy, Tigerclaw, and the threat to the clan from his band of rogues. Fireheart struggles to defend ThunderClan territory, find his own runaway apprentice, and convince the other warriors that he is worthy of their trust. When fire threatens the forest, Fireheart must lead his band to safety, only to face Tigerclaw's renewed bid for power. The life of a feral cat is perilous indeed in this fourth volume of the Warriors series. Violence and death are common, and the complex story with its large cast of characters can be challenging to follow. Although this installment can stand alone, its many references to past episodes require the unfamiliar reader to puzzle out what came before. Nevertheless animal lovers will be drawn to this band of cats. The idea that a creature regarded as a pet can have a complex, danger-filled, independent existence is intriguing. The series lacks the quirky humor of Brian Jacques's Redwall series or the depth of Ratha's Creature (Atheneum/S & S, 1983/VOYA October 1983) and sequels by Clare Bell. But the series shares the appeal of an intricate society hidden from humankind, with its own history and code of conduct. Go ahead and buy the whole series. 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). 2004, HarperCollins, 336p., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.
—Kathleen Beck
ALA Booklist
“A good, suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward.”

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Warriors Series, #4
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5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.67(d)
890L (what's this?)
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10 - 12 Years

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Warriors #4: Rising Storm Chapter One

Warm shafts of sun shine streamed through the canopy of leaves and flickered over Fireheart's pelt. He crouched lower, aware that his coat would be glowing amber among the lush green undergrowth.

Paw by paw, he crept beneath a fern. He could smell a pigeon. He moved slowly toward the mouth watering scent until he could see the plump bird pecking among the ferns.

Fireheart flexed his claws, his paws itching with anticipation. He was hungry after leading the dawn patrol and hunting all morning. This was the high season for prey, a time for the Clan to grow fat on the forest's bounty. And although there had been little rain since the new leaf floods, the woods were rich with food. After stocking the fresh-kill pile back at camp, it was time for Fireheart to hunt for himself. He tensed his muscles, ready to leap.

Suddenly a second scent wafted toward him on the dry breeze. Fireheart opened his mouth, tipping his head to one side. The pigeon must have smelled it too, for its head shot up and it began to unfold its wings, but it was too late. A rush of white fur shot out from under some brambles. Fireheart stared in surprise as the cat pounced on the startled bird, pinning it to the ground with his front paws before finishing it off with a swift bite to the neck.

The delicious smell of fresh-kill filled Fireheart's nostrils. He stood up and padded out of the undergrowth toward the fluffy white tom. "Well caught, Cloudpaw," he meowed. "I didn't see you coming until it was too late."

"Nor did this stupid bird," crowed Cloudpaw, flicking his tail smugly.

Fireheart felt hisshoulders tense. Cloudpaw was his apprentice as well as his sister's son. It was Fireheart's responsibility to teach him the skills of a Clan warrior, and how to respect the warrior code. The young tom was undeniably a good hunter, but Fireheart couldn't help wishing that he would learn a little humility. Deep down, he sometimes wondered if Cloudpaw would ever understand the importance of the warrior code, the moons-old traditions of loyalty and ritual that had been passed down through generations of cats in the forest.

But Cloudpaw had been born in Twolegplace to Fireheart's kittypet sister, Princess, and brought to ThunderClan by Fireheart as a tiny kit. Fireheart knew from his own bitter experience that Clan cats had no respect for kittypets. Fireheart had spent his first six moons living with Twolegs, and there were cats in his Clan that would never let him forget the fact that he was not forest-born. He twitched his ears impatiently. He knew he did everything he could to prove his loyalty to the Clan, but his stubborn apprentice was a different matter. If Cloudpaw were going to win any sympathy from his Clan mates, he was going to have to lose some of his arrogance.

"It's just as well you're so quick," Fireheart pointed out. "You were upwind. I could smell you, even if I couldn't see you. And so could the bird."

Cloudpaw's long snowy fur bristled and he snapped back, "I know I was upwind! But I could tell this dumb dove wasn't going to be hard to catch whether he smelled me or not."

The young cat stared defiantly into Fireheart's eyes, and Fireheart felt his annoyance turning to anger. "It's a pigeon, not a dove!" he spat. "And a true warrior shows more respect for the prey that feeds his Clan."

"Yeah, right!" retorted Cloudpaw. "I didn't see Thornpaw show much respect for that squirrel he dragged back to camp yesterday. He said it was so dopey, a kit could have caught it."

"Thornpaw is just an apprentice," Fireheart growled. "Like you, he still has a lot to learn."

"Well, I caught it, didn't I?" grumbled Cloudpaw, prodding the pigeon with a sullen paw.

"There's more to being a warrior than catching pigeons!"

"I'm faster than Brightpaw and stronger than Thornpaw," Cloudpaw spat back. "What more do you want?"

"Your den-mates would know that a warrior never attacks with the wind behind him!" Fireheart knew he shouldn't let himself be drawn into an argument, but his apprentice's stubbornness infuriated him like a tick on his ear.

"Big deal. You might have been downwind like a good warrior, but I got to the pigeon first!" Cloudpaw raised his voice in an angry yowl.

"Be quiet," Fireheart hissed, suddenly distracted. He lifted his head and sniffed the air. The forest seemed strangely silent, and Cloudpaw's loud meows were echoing too loudly through the trees.

"What's the matter?" Cloudpaw glanced around. "I can't smell anything."

"Neither can I," Fireheart admitted.

"So what are you worried about?"

"Tigerclaw," Fireheart answered bluntly. The dark warrior had been prowling through his dreams since Bluestar had banished him from the Clan a quarter moon ago. Tigerclaw had tried to kill the ThunderClan leader, but Fireheart had stopped him and exposed his long-hidden treachery to the whole Clan. There had been no sign of Tigerclaw since, but Fireheart felt icy claws of fear pricking at his heart now as he listened to the stillness of the forest. It seemed to be listening too, holding its breath, and Tigerclaw's parting words echoed in Fireheart's mind: Keep your eyes open, Fireheart. Keep your ears pricked. Keep looking behind you. Because one day I'll find you, and then you'll be crow food. Cloudpaw's mew broke the silence. "What would Tigerclaw be doing around here?" he scoffed. "Bluestar exiled him!"

"I know," Fireheart agreed. "And only StarClan knows where he went. But Tigerclaw made it clear that we'd not seen the last of him!"

"I'm not scared of that traitor."

"Well, you should be!" hissed Fireheart. "Tigerclaw knows these woods as well as any cat in ThunderClan. He'd tear you to shreds if he got the chance."

Cloudpaw snorted and circled his catch impatiently. "You've been no fun since Bluestar made you deputy. I'm not hanging around if you're just going to waste the morning trying to scare me with nursery tales. I'm meant to be hunting for the Clan elders." And he dashed away into the brambles, leaving the lifeless pigeon lying on the earth.

"Cloudpaw, come back!" Fireheart yowled furiously. Then he shook his head. "Let Tigerclaw have the young mouse-brained idiot!" he muttered to himself.

Lashing his tail, he snatched up the pigeon and wondered whether to carry it back to camp for Cloudpaw. A warrior should be responsible for his own fresh-kill, he concluded, and tossed the pigeon into a thick clump of grass. He padded after it and flattened down the green stalks to cover the fat bird, wishing he could be sure that Cloudpaw would return and take it back with the rest of his catch to the hungry elders. If he doesn't bring it home with him, he can go hungry until he does, Fireheart decided. His apprentice had to learn that even in greenleaf, prey should never be wasted.

Warriors #4: Rising Storm. 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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Rising Storm (Warriors Series #4) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 978 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!!!! I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down!!!! In my opinion, Erin Hunter is a great author, and I hope her books will just keep coming. I love cats, and these books are a fun and mythical explaination to why Cats act the way they do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and this is probably the only book Ive cried in exept Where The Red Fern Grows. It is sad,exiting,and wonderful it reminds me of my dad the great and wonderful. If you havent read this you should. My opinion of Erin Hunter is the best auther ever and I hope her books never ends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books. They are great read even for adults. As a cat lover I love the fantasy world that Erin has created. Her stories are so imaginative. I adore the characters she has created.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is an action-packed one! However this book is not as exciting as the others. It is mostly preparing you for the next book. I still suggest this book to all. For those who are rping, Ive started reporting/ flagging your posts as off-topic. This is for reviews!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finish this book last night and just start number five. i only cry once in this book and i always cry during animal book like Wolves of Beyond and Guardians of Ga'Hoole both by Kathryn Lasky and Warriors and Seekers!!!! LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I'M 16
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The ending is wierd but all the same, Awesome. The Warrior series rocks, its my favorite series. I can't believe I hadn't found it sooner. My friend told me about this series and I'm glad she did. I love Fireheart, Graystripe, and Mistyfoot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really is amazing. It really has a twist and a exciting adventure through the forest and hills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books soo much I just can't stop myself from reading them over again! Love this book it has twists in it that makes you never want to put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! A must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Erin Hunter!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tigerclaw has been banished from ThunderClan and is still lurking in the shadows ready for revenge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author ,Erin Hunter was one of my favorites.My favorite character is FireHeart the deputy. The leader,Bluestar is having a hard time of the shock of Tigerclaw turning against Thunder Clan & trying to kill Bluestar fully. ~ _____~{age :8}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Erin Hunters books cant stop reading them on my fifth one totally AWESOME!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ravenkit woke up in a pile of soft leaves and cobwebs on her wounds. " welcome to thunderclan young kit." Said one cat. Your very lucky we found you". My name is firestar and beside me is dustpelt." " we would like to hea your story." Said dustpelt. Ravenkit told them everything. " and now i guess im here." Said ravenkit. Dustpelt and firestars eyes widened. " your the survivor!" Said dustpelt speechless. Firestar was in deep thought until he said, " would you like something to eat?" Yes please." Said ravenkit she forgot she was STARVING! " dustpelt would you please give her something to eat?" Yes firestar." As he walked out. " welcome to thunderclan ravenkit." Said firestar amd he walked out into his den.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is oneof the BEST series I have EVER read!!! I may only have just finished #4, but I am saying this anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its very good. Also try 'A dangorous path' or 'darkest hour'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taco sale at taco result one. Pet store at pets result one. Oddfur's choice at books result one through four. Briartail's gift at deo result one through five. Beachclan at beaches result six. Fernclan at pop result one. Farmclan at farm result three. Also coming soon!!!!! Waterclan at waterfall result one!!!! Go now!!!!!!!!!! Book comment requests at comment result one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am locked out of the warriors series. The nickel has stopped. Im sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, my name is Heatherfawn and I am searching for a clan that seeks a medicine cat, a warrior, an elder, and a queen and her two kits. I am a medicine cat and I am light gray with white paws and ears. I need healing herbs. My sister, Aquastep is a queen who looks just like me, only blue-gray with piercing blue eyes. She has two kits, one who is very light gray with a white muzzle (Dovekit, a she-cat), and one who is gray with paler streaks (Fogkit, a tom). My brother, Shadeclaw, is a brave dark-gray warrior that is ill with the same disease that killed my sister's mate. The disease bears no name, but I believe I know of herbs they will cure it. Finally, my mother Sparrowflight is a strong but old cat, mottled different shades of gray. I fear that she, too, will catch ill and that she will not make it. I need a clan very badly, and I will offer it my skills as a med cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After book 3 I was ready to stop the series because the ending was too depressing. I am glad I picked it back up because Fireheart is stronger then ever and for good reason traitors in the forest and possibly clan, a headstrong apprentice and a clan leader that seems unfit to take care of the clan. In all great story line still has a lot of sad moments but strong storyline and leaves me wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! A little confusing but I recomend it. Does anyone else know that Erin Hunter is not one author, but multiple? I think almost all of them are british, too. Explains why the word FAVORITE is spelled FAVOURITE because that is how britans spell words. Read this book series in order or you will be completely lost. Have fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! Cant wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how Erin Hunter writes the books as if she is a clan cat. She does a great job writing exciting, great, and detailed books.
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