on October 28, 2012
I absolutely LOVED this book! When I saw it was coming out I screamed!! Yellowfang is my favorite cat from the Warriors series (besides Firestar) and to hear her story was the best. I devoured this book within a week. There were moments in the book where I was almost brought to tears or came close to trowing my kindle across the room in anger (dang Brokenster >:/ ) All in all this book was an AMAZING read, I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could!
on July 8, 2012
We know of Yellowfang's life in ThunderClan, but what of her life in ShadowClan? We know she broke the medicine code by taking Raggedstar as a mate, and she gave birth to Brokenkit. Brokenkit was nursed by another ShadowClan queen called Lizardstripe, and the clan was told the real mother of Brokenkit wished to have her identity kept secret. After Brokenkit's birth, Raggedstar ignored Yellowfang. Many cats assumed that Raggedstar's deputy was the mother, for she was always a bit secretive. Raggedstar was oblivious to Brokentail's ambition and violent ways, and soon he was Shadowclan deputy. Brokentail killed his own father to become leader of ShadowClan. Brokenstar was killed by his own mother by being fed deathberries while being held prisoner in ThunderClan camp. He was the leader of the dark forest, until Yellowfang killed him for the last time. But what about Yellowfang's life as a kit, and an apprentice? Here is where we will find out.
May StarClan light your path!
Deputy of IceClan
on November 7, 2012
This book is for anyone and everyone who ever wonders if Shadowclan does anything but fight.
I admire Yellowkit's sprit and determination to become a warrior. Her story is not a happy one. First her mother's mother dies, than the cat she loves casts her out when she becomes a medicine cat after she becomes a warrior. She gives away her kit, and leaves Shadowclan because her mother thinks Yellowfang killed her kits. Although there is a lot of drama, this is a great book, and I waited so long for it. A must read for all warriors' fans. I can't wait for the new series.
on November 12, 2012
Fans of the Warriors series will instantly recognise the name Yellowfang, the (in)famous medicine cat of ThunderClan and ShadowClan. But what fans don't know is the complete story of Yellowfang's past, starting with her as a kit. In Yellowfang's Secret, we witness Yellowkit yearning to become a fearless warrior--and when she receives her warrior name, Yellowfang, she's dismayed to discover that her true destiny lies as a medicine cat. And there is also a terrible secret she must keep, one associated with an ominous prophecy, one that could destroy them all.
There were many elements present in Yellowfang's Secret also present in the main Warriors series that made them both so enjoyable. For example, there's always an underlying tone of conflict between loyalty to oneself and loyalty to the Clan in Yellowfang's Secret, which creates some dramatic tension. And there's also the uniqueness of getting to see the inner workings of another Clan besides ThunderClan--especially so since most of ShadowClan has been (pardon the pun) shadowed in mystery. Not to mention that we all know that Yellowfang is a medicine cat, and we get to view the world from the viewpoint of a medicine cat much less than from a warrior's point. There are also your traditional battles, Gatherings, and lots of things that make the Warriors series so beloved to its fans.
However, there were also two main issues that prevented me from fully enjoying the book. First of all, the characterisation. Yellowfang as seen in the first Warriors arc is a slightly grumpy, slightly disheveled, and very sarcastic cat. Here in this book, though, she feels very tame and obedient. This would be fine if it were just at the beginning of the book, but even at the end, when the storyline segues into Into the Wild, Yellowfang is not the Yellowfang we know for the most part. And secondly, the book was too long! The obvious drawback of writing a prequel is that your fans know what's going to happen overall, so in a prequel, it's going to be the little details that matter. But Yellowfang's Secret seems so overloaded with details, it drags the book down. In my opinion, there is way too much time spent on Yellowfang as a kit. I get that this is supposed to be a Super Edition, and Super Editions are supposed to be 500+ pages, but I think this would have been better just at the standard 300 pages or so.
Overall, Yellowfang's Secret is a book that provides valuable insight for Warriors fans. The fourth and final arc of Warriors ended in April, and that makes this book even more special, especially for Yellowfang fans. I wouldn't say it's a must-buy like some of the other Super Editions (Bluestar's Prophecy anyone?), but for die-hard fans, it is certainly a must-read.
on January 15, 2016
Wow. This book was outstanding. I loved how Yellowfang had her "secret senses", which like Goosefeather didn't know if it where quite curse or blessing. She had this power, of sensing other cats pain, even before she knew it! Like, when Nutkit had a bellyache from eating crowfood, and Yellowkits belly somehow mysteriously hurt simultaneously. Hmm, odd? Maybe Yellowfang was lying after all.............nope! And when she realized her powers, she knew that is what caused her simultaneous bellyache with Nutkit. You just had to believe her innocence of her not lying. I also liked her roll of medicine cat, despite she wanted to be a warrior. Her love with Raggedpelt was cool, though it got bring after a while. Yet still, it is always nice to know Jayfeather, Dovewing, and Lionblaze where not the only cats to have special powers used to help their clans. We have Goosefeather and Yellowfang. The only complaint I have was despite the books length, it could have showed more about Yellowfangs time with Thunderclan, and learn to become accepted. But, overall this book was very good, read it, recommend it, and it is worth the money
on June 7, 2015
This book was excellent and I enjoyed reading it. The story of Yellowfang's life is very interesting because she is a mysterious character with much history. I recommend this book to any Warriors fan who has already read the original warriors series. Brokenstar is excellently portrayed, because even though we know he is terrible, this is where we see his full colors.
There were, however, some flaws in this book. When Yellowfang takes Brokenkit to the nursery to give him to Lizardstripe, Raggedpelt is referred to as "Raggedstar" even though he is still deputy. It almost seems like they copied and pasted the scene out of one of the special edition story books. Stonetooth gives Brokenstar a life and is then reported to have died AFTER the ceremony in the next chapter. The book also passed over long periods of time, which is fine, except for the fact that new warriors and kits appear without parents or connections of any kind. Nightpaw and Clawpaw randomly appear (and we still have no idea who their parents are, though known parents seems to be very important to ShadowClan) and we have no parentage throught this book for Ashheart, Newtspeck, and Frogtail. I don't mind skipping over non-eventful parts of their lives, but perhaps recap what happened durring that time. "So and so gave birth to...". Hollyflower's mate is never mentioned nor is Fernpaw's mentor. Frogpaw is missing a mentor in the allegiances.
These are the reasons that this book receives a 4/5 as opposed to a 5/5. They are not detrimental flaws, but are unfortunate, especially name mistakes and forgetting a mentor in the allegiances. Proof-reading?
Enjoy this book, because it really is a great story.