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Warriors: The Broken Code #4: Darkness Within Hardcover – November 10, 2020
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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 Seekers, Survivors, Bravelands, and Bamboo Kingdom series.
- Publisher : HarperCollins (November 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062823728
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062823724
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 650L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.13 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1) The impostor's confirmation to be Ashfur wasn't exactly a revelation since it was already so obvious in the previous three books, heck, a youtuber guessed it was Ashfur back when Lost Stars just came out
2) Mothwing's personality got completely butchered, especially the way she treats Shadowsight, it's infuriating
3) Why tf did ThunderClan become Thunderclan while the other clans were still WindClan, RiverClan, ShadowClan, SkyClan and StarClan it hurts my eyes
4) The cliffhanger doesn't do that much either, the next book is literally called The Dark Forest, now the question of where Ashfur and Squirrelflight disappeared to doesn't seem like that much of a question, does it?
A bunch of my personal opinions
Okay, where do I start?
It was preeettyy obvious that Ashfur was the Imposter. For a while, I thought it was Hawkfrost, Darktail or maybe even Sol. But Ash was already at the top of that list. The romance was kinda cringe, but not as bad as Disney. One thing I didn’t like was Mothwing’s attitude towards Shadowsight. Why the heck would you stroll into another Clan and then downgrade a medicine cat? Shadow is my second favorite medicine cat, right behind Jayfeather, who’s still a snarky little jerk. I found the ghost ritual unnerving. The description “eyes as black as holes” and “agonized yowling” was PRETTY intense, but I enjoy it. I think the POV most fun to read is either Shadowsight or Rootspring. I would like to see some more ghosts in the future. Characters I find to be most appealing in this book:
1. Tree (He’s such a good father! The stuff he says gives me the warm and fuzzies)
2. Shadowsight (I can totally relate)
3. Rootspring (His ghost powers are awesome)
4. Puddleshine (He was definitely higher on my list until he agreed to downgrade Shadowsight...)
5. Bristlefrost (I don’t really like Bristlefrost for some reason.)
6. Lionblaze (I remember Lionblaze used to be much more of a level-headed cat in the past.)
7. Mothwing (Gosh darn it)
8. Flipclaw (He leeeefffttt his CLAAAN)
9. Thornclaw (I think that was his name? The cat who decided to leave the clan in the first place)
10. Ashfur (Welp, here ya go Ashfur. A place on this list.)
I have no opinion on any of the other cats. Except Jayfeather, who’s pretty awesome, but only shows up like 3 times in the book, but it’s fine since him and his siblings had a whole arc
Welp, that’s that,
It was pretty obvious that Ashfur was the impostor. The plot in this book is pretty good, but the romance is a bit cringe. Shadowsight is an interesting character that gets played by Ashfur twice. Rootspring is still the same along with Bristefrost, who isn't my favorite character because of her personality in the first couple books. All of the characters didn't change much except Mothwing. Why is she so negative now? She used to be positive and passionate, but I guess it could be because of her getting older. This was, in my opinion the best book in this series because the plot was pretty intense at times. As always, this book ends in a cliffhanger which is ok I guess. Squirreflight will probably be in the Dark Forest next, because that's the name of the next book
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- SPOILERS ALERT -
so ashfur has stolen bramblestar's body, and he can let other spirits in and kick them out whenever he wants. i can see ashfur's clear intentions now. he just wanted squirrelflight's love, and he was willing to tear apart the clans for her. i wonder if he was willing to kill himself for her... haha
he apparently tried to bargain with shadowsight, if squirrelflight left the clans with him he'd leave the clans - and bramblestar's body - alone. as shadowsight never told her the bargain, ashfur decided that squirrelflight rejected it, so he decided to kidnap her and make them leave the clans. his intention might have to been to give bramblestar his body back, so that the two stay heartbroken - and separated - forever.
he may not be the only villain the clans will face in this arc, though. in the past arcs, there is a main villain-leader and their followers, such as darktail's kin and the dark forest. in the silent thaw ( or was it veil of shadows? i can't remember ) ashfur appeared to be yelling at someone, "i will do it and make the clans pay for what they did to me!" which brings me to the idea that ashfur may not be the only villain. as ashfur proved in this book, that he can let other spirits take over the body from time to time.
as mentioned in this book, it was pointed out that ashfur was not lazy in his days, and in squirrelflight's hope he appeared to be hunting! so, it is either that ashfur has changed, or at the times he eats prey or lounges around, another cat is in control. perhaps it was a slight twist that ashfur made to hopefully deceive the clan cats.
overall, i think it was an awesome page-turner, and i can't wait for the place of no stars to come out!
- overexcited ten year old kid -
- known online as lumi -
Sorry for bad spellibg and grammar, kindes are hard to write on!