Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review - Warriors Power of Three series

Power of Three Series
by Erin Hunter
Sept 28, 2010 Haper Collins

The Sight (Warriors: Power of Three, #1) Dark River (Warriors: Power of Three, #2) Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three, #3)

Eclipse (Warriors: Power of Three, #4) Long Shadows (Warriors: Power of Three, #5) Sunrise (Warriors: Power of Three, #6)

Set in the riveting world of "Warriors," this exciting new story arc follows the next generation of heroic cats--the grandchildren of the legendary Firestar--who are destined to bring the Clans to new heights or destroy them... 
There will be three, kin of your kin . . . who hold the power of the stars in their paws. 
A mysterious murder in the ranks has ripped ThunderClan apart. But more secrets still remain to be discovered. 
Jayfeather is determined to find out who his real parents are. But he'll have to trample through a forest of lies in order to uncover the truth. Hollyleaf is shocked by her Clan's disobedience of the warrior code, and distraught enough to strike out at someone she's always admired. And Lionblaze must bear horrified witness to events that will change everything he believes. 
In the harshest days of leaf-bare Clanmate turns upon Clanmate, danger lurks behind familiar faces, and one more warrior may be lost forever. . . 
My Review:

Ok... this isn't exactly my review.  I interviewed Bear, who read this series so fast, I didn't get a chance to interview him book by book... and since I want my kids to read, I'm dancing in joy instead of complaining. So this is how the review went down:

So... tell me about these books.

What do you remember?
In the book Eclipse, an eclipse happened. And there’s this one cat named Sol – he’s not part of the clans and he told Thunder Clan that the sun was going to vanish. The clans didn't believe Sol.

Was that exciting?
The eclipse happened during a battle, all four clans were fighting in two teams. And then the eclipse happened while they were battling and they were all scared.

Did it stop the fight?

What about Book 5?
In Long Shadow there’s these three cats named Jay Feather, Holly Leaf, and Line Blaze. Jay Feather can walk in other cats’ dreams and he walked into Firestar’s dream. And the Starclan told Jay Feather and Firestar a prophecy.

Can you tell us?
“There will be three kin of your kin who hold the power of the stars in their paws.”

It’s on the back of books 5 & 6.
Jay Feather, Holly Leaf and Line Blaze… and there’s this cat named Squirrel Flight who is Firestar’s daughter and, uh, these three cats thought that she was their mom – that’s what she told them. That is THREE KIN OF FIRESTAR’S KIN, so Jay Feather thought they were the cats prophecied!!  You have to read it to find out if they are.

*laugh* Ok
In book 6 Sunrise, a mysterious death happened to Ash Fur. They found him in the river and thought he drowned. Then the medicine cat saw scratches on his neck and bite marks… a cat killed him! 

So, where are they in these books? Same forest?
No! They’re at the lake!  They moved there in the second series, The New Prophecy.

Doesn’t Graystripe join the clans again in this series?
Yea, I think in the second book… he’s in the Great Battle when the eclipse happened.

Is there anything else you want to tell me?
Not really.

Do you think you’ll reread this series?
I want to read all of the books again.

What are you going to read next.
Omen of the Stars – the next series.

I found some books at the library, which of those are you going to start first?
The Battle of the Clans Guidebook.  I like the battles.

My Rating: 4.5 - Good reading, worth re-reading, but maybe not for everyone.

About the Amazing Authors:

Erin Hunter
Erin Hunter is the pseudonym of four people: Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry and Tui Sutherland. Together, they write the Warriors series as well as the Seekers series.  
Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having a great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior, shaped by her interest in astronomy and standing stones.

The website is a ton of fun. That's where we find the latest on the books in the series, author touring action, the latest in phone apps and games (no kidding!) and all kinds of fun stuff.  As soon as you click this, be ready for some action!!  :-)  Warriors!!

I consulted Skyclan... and my Warrior name is... (drum roll please)...


Oh yea. That's me.

I recommend this series. It's a lot of fun for getting some fighting action, some intrigue and social acceptance all within four warring tribes of wild cats. I had to stop  the play-acting of the books after Cam got scratched really close to his eye and I couldn't get anything done with cat squealing in the background. (It's different than music, sword fighting or nerf gun blasting - more grating on the nerves!)

But for getting active kids enjoying books... the Warrior cat series is a HIT!  :-)

Sometimes we talk about Skyclan or dead warriors coming back in dreams to talk to living cats... how creative that is for the story, how they don't have to worry about their own dreams, how sometimes stories are fun even if they aren't "real". (This was very important information the first time it came up!!) We discuss what mouse tastes like to a cat, since it sounds delicious in the books, but... ew!!  We also talk about how our "kitty-pets" are happy living in our home, happy eating that "nasty" dry cat food!!  Hahahahaha  HAPPY!!  (Spoiled, more like!)

Bear has pretty much taken over these discussions, explaining this stuff to our 8 and 6 yr olds who are learning how to read as fast as they can so they can read about Warriors just like Bear!  (Who is 11, btw.)

So, yea... recommended.

I haven't been able to read more than two out of the series. I started off reading them by flashlight in the dark before bedtime. The dark helped to settle my bouncy boys and the flashlight added a mysterious edge to the action.  As much action as there is, there's plenty of description and cat-lore and that just didn't grab my attention for the full series, nor our oldest, who is more into historical disasters, I guess.

Have you read any of the Warriors books?

What's your Warrior name?!