Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 3

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

Into the midst of this turmoil comes an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

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Warriors 3-Book Collection with Bonus Material: Warriors #1: Into the Wild; Warriors #2: Fire and Ice; Warriors #3: Forest of Secrets

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Overview

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

Into the midst of this turmoil comes an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060891909
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Warriors Series
  • Sales rank: 77,119
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. In addition to 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.

Biography

Erin Hunter is the nom de plume of three British writers who create enthralling, animal-centric YA fantasies in the tradition of Brian Jacques's Redwall books. In 2003, they launched their bestselling Warriors series with Into the Wild, the story of a domesticated kitten who leaves the comforts of his human home to join a family of feral cats living in the woods. Introducing a captivating world where rival cat clans struggle for survival, the book was an immediate sensation with animal- and adventure-loving preteens. Since its debut, Warriors has become a genuine publishing phenomenon, spawning a string of six-book miniseries, each with its own distinct story arc.

The Erin Hunter collaboration is an unusual but highly successful one. Characters and story ideas emanate from editor Victoria Holmes, who keeps track of previous plot lines, ensures continuity, and coordinates the details of a complex and growing cast of characters. Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry take turns writing individual books; then everything is vetted again through Holmes, who checks carefully to make sure the stories are told in a single, unified voice. With different writing styles at work, this would seem a daunting task. However, in a 2006 interview, Holmes explained her modus operandi: "I think of it as being able to "speak Erin Hunter", like speaking a different language, and after working on [so many] scripts, I know pretty much at once if a line or phrase doesn't sound right."

Although the Erin Hunter books are written for young readers, they do not shy away from difficult material. The animals face life-threatening dangers and experience pain, grief, and loss -- sometimes even treachery within their own ranks. But the authors are always careful to reinforce positive messages about family, friendship, loyalty, and love. Independently, Holmes, Cary, and Baldry stay busy with their own writing and editing projects; but in 2008, they reunited for a second animal fantasy series. Seekers: The Quest Begins features a trio of bears from different species (black, polar, and grizzly), who join together for an adventure-filled odyssey that will change their lives forever.

Good To Know

Fun facts about "Erin Hunter" and the Warrior books, plus advice for aspiring writers:
Cherith Baldry and Kate Cary have always loved cats -- and writing fantasy stories! Cherith is particularly interested in the stories of King Arthur, with all those glorious battles, knights, and a courtly code of behavior. Kate is fascinated by animal interaction and the way you can read all sorts of hidden motivation into what cats do. She's also not afraid of describing the goriest scenes!

Says Victoria Holmes, "I love being one of the Erins and frequently dream of being a cat running through a forest when I am coming up with new story lines. Teaming up with Kate and Cherith on the Warriors books is an unconventional way of working, but we love writing the books together and it means we can produce them much faster than a single writer could."

They came up with the single name, Erin Hunter, to avoid confusing their readers by having books from the same series filed in different places on the bookshelves.

Erin's advice for aspiring writers: "Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach you how to describe relationships. Also, write as many stories as you can, even if no one else reads them. And remember that the best inspiration comes from what's around you -- Kate and Cherith go for long walks through the woods to find new locations for the cats to explore. They also spend hours watching their cats -- and other people -- to see how they behave in certain situations."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Erin Hunter is the pseudonym for three writers: Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, and Victoria Holmes
    2. Hometown:
      All three writers live in the U.K.

Read an Excerpt

Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 3


By Erin Hunter

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Erin Hunter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060891904

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 torun, 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 as he 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 . . .



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Excerpted from Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 3 by Erin Hunter Copyright © 2006 by Erin Hunter. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    LOVE IT!

    I had heard so many bad things about this series, so I was reluctant to read it, but after the first few pages, I totally hooked!

    There were times I gasped at events in the books, and times I yelled at the Nook to warn the Warriors of danger.

    This series is great, and I'd recomend it to anyone who loves adventure and excitement.

    ThunderClan forever, nyah~!

    88 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Love these books!!!!

    These books are wonderful they are very good reads make sure to read the other warrior series go to warriors,com

    41 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Best book

    In my opinion this is the best series ever

    39 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Series

    Warriors:
    Into the wild fire and ice forest of secrets rising storm a dangorus path the darkest hour
    Warriors the new prophecy:
    Midnight moonrise dawn starlight twilight sunset
    Warriors power of the three:the sight dark river outcast eclipse long shadows sunrise
    Warriors omen of the stars:
    The fourth apprentice fading echos night whispers sighn f the moon the forgotten warrior the last hope
    Warriors dawn of clans:
    The sun trail
    Warriors novalls:
    Mistystars omen hollyleafs story cloudstars journey
    Warriors super edition series:
    Firestars quest bluestars prophecy crookedstars promise skyclans destiny yellowfangs secret tallstars revenge
    Manga:
    Tigerstar and sasha the lost warrior warriors return warriors refudge skyclan and the stranger
    If i see more i will write another review.

    29 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    I luv it!

    Warriors are awesome. I read all of erin hunters books. I hope other people enjoy it to.

    29 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Awesome

    I ,Goldenstar, leader of Brightclan call upon on this book. Its mentor erin hunter was a really good mentor. From now on this book will be called warriors. As its nick name it will be known as awesomeness!!!! :D

    26 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Warroirs all the way!

    OUTSTADING!!!!!! I LOVE HOW ERIN HUNTER WRITES!! ITS SO AWESOME BUY THE WHOLE SEIRES!!!! :D @-@ XD

    24 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Amazing

    At first i wasnt sure about this book. But after i read it i was like wow. Give this book achance im sure you'll like it.

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    My favorite book:)

    This book is a little lets say hard but grate it is so detaild its
    Just the perfact book got to buy it!

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Tricky but good!

    Like many books, it takes a while to get hooked, espcecialpy this one, you get into it pretty quickly though!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Warrior cats for the win!

    Someone told me about this series and they kept trying to get me to read it but deep down i was thing 'are you nuts? a fantasy cat story with killing?' but then when i got the first book in my school library. and i fell in love with the series XD It's very creative and i love how you think something is going to happen, but then the oppisite happens. amazing series and very creative. i highly recomend it for all aged readers.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    fantastic

    Once in a great wiel I find a book that I like. But theas books are different . There somthing I love and I cant get enof of. Its a hole new world for me. Its advencher good and evil and I love them.<3

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    AWESOMEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    Warriors is awesome! Erin Hunter is my idol!!!! :) times 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999998999999899999999999999999199999990553732346787534

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    I Really,really,like it

    Awesome like I it battles and stuff.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Hygfsrfv

    Ripoff! not cuz they are bad books they are amazing but i did the math the first one is free and the other two cost 5.99 each 5.99+5.99 is 11.98! 12.99-11.98 is 2.01! if my math i correct you save 2.01 by getting each book seperate

    8 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    My friend's daughter loves these. She says they are interesting and likes the fact that they have cats in them.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

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    6 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Getting hooked on these books!!!!!!

    This is a really good series of books about a cat from Thunderclan. There are four different clans of cats, Thunderclan, Riverclan, Windclan, and Shadowclan. Each of the clans has a leader, elders, a deputy, warriors, queens, kits, and apprentices. The cat from Thunderclan was once was a kittypet and was named Rusty and then one day while he was wondering in he was attacked by Graypaw and was taken back to the Thunderclan and once he proved himself worthy to the clan, Bluestar Thunderclan's leader made him an apprentice and renamed him Firepaw (Warning: spoiler alert!!!!) and once Graypaw and Firepaw prove themselves ready to be warriors Bluestar makes them warriors and they are renamed Fireheart and Graystripe. There is more in this series that is much more exciting BUT……………………………………
    I can't tell you and the only way to find out is to READ THE BOOK!!!

    The Warriors series is full of suspense, love, adventure, betrayal and much, much more! So get the series as soon as possible! Trust me they are really, really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY good books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another series of books by Erin Hunter is the Survivors series. The survivors series is about a dog named Lucky and how he and some others gogs survive after a huge earthquake (Which the dogs call the Big Growl).


    THANK YOU

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Who wants to join MoonClan?

    Who wants to join MoonClan? I'm Silverstar, leader! Respond if you want to join!

    From Silverstar, leader of Moonclan

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Swag

    I am slashnose and i wish to join a clan. I am called that because i got into a fight as a apprentice and got a giant cut down my nose.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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