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More of the Same; And 'The Same' is Exellent!
on December 28, 2005
Yup, Erin Hunter's done it again. This new addition has given readers no more or less then they expected; a completely staisfying read, DAWN follows the five remaining heros and Leafpaw exactly where we left off.
The book begins with a shattering discovery; the Twolegs, who had been destroying the forest at alarming rates, cut down the fourtrees. Every Clan, already weakened by starvation, took this as a sign that Starclan had deserted them. Then Brambleclaw, Squirrelpaw, Tawnypelt, Crowpaw, and Stormfur return, bringing hope and news that not all the Clans accept. Leopardstar in particular refuses to leave the forest when the Twolegs have gone nowhere near her territory.
Meanwhile, ThunderClan has more pressing matters to deal with. It soon becomes apparent that Brambleclaw is not the only one with strange dreams; Squirrelpaw, after a night-time visit by Spottedleaf, she and a patrol of ThunderClan cats are able to rescue Leafpaw, Cloudtail, and the other trapped Clan cats (including a kittypet that just might become one). Unfourtunantly, their victory is not unhindered; they lose Graystripe to the Twolegs.
Finally, all the clans agree to travel together. With the help of 'a dying warrior' - though not the sort anycat expected - the cats, now one bedraggled clan, make their way over the mountains.
It's great to see the characters mature, and the relationship between Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw is predictable but heartwarming. There is also the reappearance of the Tribe of Rushing Water, first seen in MOONRISE, and of Brook, a tribe she-cat that stole Stormfur's heart. Together the Clan cats face death, love, loss, and struggle with loyalties.
Hope is a big theme this book; the hope of the Clan cats, struggling as they never have before to find a place where they belong and can reside in peace. I cannot reccomend it more highly.