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Warriors: A Vision of Shadows #2: Thunder and Shadow Paperback – November 7, 2017
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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; Reprint edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062386433
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062386434
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 560L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.83 x 5.12 x 7.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #143,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So why the hell are these characters so inconsistent?!?!?!? The best thing about the cats in this series is that they remain consistent with their character growth. Firestar raised himself up from kittypet to a strong and compassionate leader. Dustpelt and Sandstorm grew from hateful jerks to loyal and trusted companions. Hollyleaf grew to learn that sometimes the warrior's code must be bent for ensure the survival of all. In Bramblestar's Storm, Bramblestar admitted that he would never allow another clan to suffer when he could help. And the Clans all agreed to add a rule to the Warrior's Code that should anything threaten one of the clans, boundaries become meaningless and they fight together to overcome it because there MUST be 4 clans.
Yet in this book, not only does Bramblestar not care that the ShadowClan cats are sick (Remember how his SISTER is in that clan?) But the rest of the Clans seem to forget that they are breaking the Warrior's code by not helping! They hint at that new rule when WindClan confronts the rouges, but then ignore it completely! "Onestar is super hellbent on following the Warrior's code" How when he's allowing one of the 4 clans to die? The inconsistencies are ridiculous.
Now characters... Alderpaw is... Boring. Twigpaw is... Annoying. Violetpaw is... Bipolar. Alderpaw is so focused on figuring out how to save SkyClan that he doesn't seem to care about the threat in front of them. Twigpaw only cares about herself, but in a weird way. She never should've gotten to that point! "I'm not Clanborn what if they kick me out?" So no one in ThunderClan mentions Millie, Daisy, or Stormcloud? Three cats who were not Clanborn? Or maybe... I dunno... Firestar?! And Violetpaw. First she leaves ShadowClan because she feels she isn't wanted. Okay. She returns because the rouges are too violent and she doesn't want to live her life in fear. Fair. This is character growth. JUST KIDDING she decides to stay with the rouges in the end because Needletail gave her moon eyes, the cat that was literally threatening her earlier. What kind of contrived crap is this?
Then all the crap about ShadowClan being oh so brutal was ridiculous. They have never been painted in such a light before. And honestly I find it hard to believe that out of all of ShadowClan, only Tigerheart and Tawnypelt left with Rowanstar.
And don't get me started on how cats like Ivypool are apparently no longer skilled at fighting anymore. I mean how exactly did the rouge cats kill Furzepelt? She trained in the Dark Forest. She has the moves. The cats who trained in the Dark Forest are some of the most skilled fighters of the clans. Granted that makes me think of Breezepelt and HOW IS HE STILL IN WINDCLAN?! HE BETRAYED THEM!
I want this to be good. I want it to be better. I want to care about these characters like I do the others. But I'm finding it hard to when nothing remains consistent and there are plotholes everywhere. I could go on for ages, but I think you get the picture.
I'll finish this series because this is (thus far) the last section of it and I'ma completionist when it comes to books. And I hope it gets better. Because this was sad. There was such a good set-up in the first book of this section, but this book screws everything up.
So much happens in this book, this story arc in the Warriors series sends back those familiar chills down my spine just like when I was reading the Original Arc alongside Fireheart. It's an amazing book even better than the first and I will continue looking forward to reading the next book (next year...;_;)!
By the way, I'm in my 50's and I love cats. I don't think I'm the only adult who enjoys the Warrior series.