Warriors: Power of Three Box Set: Volumes 1 to 3

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There will be three, kin of your kin . . . who hold the power of the stars in their paws

The time has come for Hollypaw, Jaypaw, and Lionpaw to become ThunderClan apprentices. Grandchildren of the great leader Firestar, all three possess unusual power and talent. But dark secrets surround them, and a mysterious prophecy hints at trouble to come for all Clans. The warrior code is in danger of being washed away by a river of blood, and all the ...

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Overview

There will be three, kin of your kin . . . who hold the power of the stars in their paws

The time has come for Hollypaw, Jaypaw, and Lionpaw to become ThunderClan apprentices. Grandchildren of the great leader Firestar, all three possess unusual power and talent. But dark secrets surround them, and a mysterious prophecy hints at trouble to come for all Clans. The warrior code is in danger of being washed away by a river of blood, and all the young cats' strength will be needed for the Clans to survive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061782299
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Warriors: Power of Three Series
  • Pages: 1104
  • Sales rank: 195,809
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 2.62 (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.

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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.

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Warriors: Power of Three #5: Long Shadows SNY

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 SNY. Copyright © by Erin Hunter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    My Daughter Loves The Warriors Series!

    I bought the Warriors books for my daughter, who is 9 years old, and she absolutely loves them! She is a huge reader and is rapidly reading each one. She said, "she likes the Warriors better than Harry Potter!" That must mean they are good because she was glued to reading the Hotter Potter series.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

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    Just...just...

    Series one: Loved it.
    Series two: ehhh...
    Series three: MEGA FAIL.

    ...I'm sorry but if anyone wants to enjoy Warriors properly, they need to pretend that series two, three, and four don't exist. That's all there is to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    Taylor Swift

    Writing again, on my favorite Book Series. Warriors by Erin Hunter is the BEST books i've read! I'm currently reading the last book in this three book-set. Outcast. For middle school readers, read this book and you'll fall in love!


    -Taylor

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    This should be made into a movie

    We have every book in this set. My kids love this story line. It is there #1 books of all time. They are very well writin by a super writer. I would hope other kids would give this set a try. It is the BEST!!!!! The detail that are in every book is so very good. Warrior cats what a way to tell there story, If you start with the first book nof the set and just keep reading until you catch up you will not be disapointed.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Stray Cat Fever

    Warriors is a book about stray cats.  Cats.  They're awesome.  Some people think that reading Warriors is a waste of time, or that it's just plain silly!  Those people don't know what a good book Warriors is.  They'll pick it up, read the back, and put it back down.  I think that everyone should at least TRY to read Warriors.

    Warriors has a very wide range of vocabulary.  It uses words such as ravine and some different kinds of berries.  At the end of each chapter there are some very exciting words that make you really want to read onto the next chapter.  Despite the vocabulary, the book and the words that it uses are very easy to understand.

    Furthermore, Warriors can really get young readers to be creative.  There are very unique names in the book.  For example, Bluestar Fireheart, Graystripe Mistyfoot, etc.  It also helps people who want to write stories base personalities on characters.  They can base them off of their favorite story characters.  It also helps kids figure out where and how to put events in a writing story. 

    Third, reading Warriors also helps understand cats.  You get to know what a cat dreams of, what every cat wants!  You also learn what a flick of a cat's tail or paw means, what just a glance can signal.  You may learn what types of things stray cats eat.  Warriors may also make readers think more about different environments and how they can help the world. 

    Reading Warriors can keep you occupied in so many ways.  Those ways are that it improves your knowledge of words.  Another is that your imagination gets powered up.  Lastly, it gets you more familiar with cats.  These skills can be very useful in the daily life if you haven't noticed.  If you like cats and action, then this is the book for YOU. 

    Warriors is a great book.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    1st review

    My 9 yr old came home requesting a certian "Warriors" book. I found this box set & gave it to him for Christmas.
    He has been reading this series for over 6 months & getting "AR" points in the school library for them.
    They completeing fasanate him & his friends.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    My 10 year old has read them all

    It is hard to get him to put these books down. He talks about them all of the time and loves the adventures and the battles. He has enjoyed watching the characters as they grow. It has been fun imagining cats in the wild with this kind of structure. If your child loves animals they will enjoy this book series.

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