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(original 2003; edition 2004)
Warriors: The First Prophecy (1)
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Eine Katzengeschichte aus Katzensicht. Rusty, eine Hauskatze, kann sich dem Ruf der Wildnis nicht entziehen und wird erst Firepaw, der Auszubildende und schließlich Fireheart, der Krieger, der sich im Kampf mit einem benachbarten Katzenclan bewährt hat. Die Verhaltensweise der Katzen entspricht sicher der natürlichen Verhaltensweise (so wird durchgehend 'miaut' und nicht 'gesprochen', dennoch enthält die Katzengemeinschaft alle Personen eines üblichen Abenteuerromans, inklusive Intrigen und Verrat. Durchaus spannend zu lesen, obgleich die Personifizierung zumindest für mich schnell in den Vordergrund trat.
| Apr 13, 2012 |
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good book love them all
| Oct 13, 2013 |
My biggest beef with this book is that it has the same title as Jon Krakauer's book about Christopher McCandless, which is a very different book than this one. Although now that I think about it, both follow a protagonist who chooses to leave behind a life in civilization for the comparative realness of the wilderness. But really, that's where the similarity ends because McCandless went out on his own, Thoreau-style (but without as much thought about his wardrobe or really any other planning), while Rusty/Firepaw/Fireheart joins a clan of wild cats. And, of course, McCandless was not a cat.
Which leads me to my second-biggest beef with this book: Cats living in colonies. This
Into the Wild
but with cats instead of rabbits. The only trouble is, I don't think feral cats and wild rabbits have similar social structures. Maybe I'm totally off with this. I've not studied the large feral cat populations that live in Key West and at the University of Hawaii; maybe they act just like the four clans in Hunter's book. I just had some trouble believing that cats would cooperate in the way that Hunter's cats do, sharing food and territory and organizing to protect this shared territory from other clans. The feral cats I've encountered are all pretty loner-ish. Also, they don't meow, which Hunter's cats do a lot.
But like I said, I'm no expert on the group behaviors of feral cats.
In spite of these annoyances---and in spite of myself---I enjoyed the story. Every time I sat down to read it and looked at the cover illustration, I just felt ridiculous. I mean, I should be reading David Hume's
The History of England, Volume V
, which I've been working on since June, and here I am with a book about the politics of a feral cat colony. It would be different if I were reading the book aloud to my kids, but that wasn't the case. My eight-year-old read it on her own and then said, "Mommy! You HAVE to read this! It's GREAT!" So it was my post-bedtime read for several nights.
The whole subplot with Yellowfang and how she gained the trust of the clan really drew me in. Was Yellowfang really guilty of the crimes with which she was charged? Would Firepaw finally tell Bluestar about Tigerclaw's secret?
I just had to keep reading to find out.
And to avoid reading about the ill-fated reign of King Charles.
| Sep 27, 2013 |
Loved it! I almost never read series books one after the other, but I'm really curious so I'm going to read the second book right away.
| Sep 26, 2013 |
It is about a house cat named Rusty, Rusty always wondered what was out in the forest. One day he went in got attacted by a wild apprentice and then offered to join a Clan called ThunderClan. He said yes and was soon in training to be a warrior. Bad things happened when he got there this other apprentice, Ravenpaw got badly injured in battle, the deputy Redtail died, and Lionheart was called the new deputy,(which made Tigerclaw angry). The next day Firepaw went hunting and found the former ShadowClan medicine cat, he brought her to camp to keep as a prisoner. Then ShadowClan attacked the ThunderClan camp while Bluestar, Tigerclaw,Firepaw (Rusty's apprentice name), Ravenpaw, and Graypaw (Firepaw's best friend) where on a long trek bak from the Moonstone. When they go there the Lionheart was killed, Poppydawn (one of the elders) was also killed and two kits were stolen and brought to ShadowClan camp. Spottedleaf got killed and Yellowfang mysteriously disappeared, Tigerclaw who always wanted Yellowfang dead said she was a spy, she took the kits, and that she should be killed, but Firepaw knew that couldn't be true so he took Graypaw with him the ShadowClan terrirory, found Yellowfang and she told them everything that happened right down to the lost kits. Bluestar belived it and she was the new ThunderClan medicine cat and Firepaw and Graypaw got their warrior names, Fireheart and Graystripe.
I liked this book series because it has a lot of action and romance (if you are that kind of person.) This book is mysterious and keeps me on the edge of the seat, plus it is about cats, like really about cats and it is hard to find a book like that?! I also like adventure and if you read more into the series it gets more adventurous. this book is cute and so detailed that I could actually visualize what is going on. One of the most important thing that I like about the book are the names. They may see confusing but the names match the cats well and they are adorable. And if you ask me, you should read them.
| Sep 4, 2013 |
While the story is not overly simple, the action and dialog is definitely aimed at children. Most offensive to me was the giant cat dump...pun intended...that the author heaps on humans. Twolegs, encroachment, kittypet. Yes, because four colonies of feral cats breeding at will and killing each other is so much more interesting to write about.
| May 16, 2013 |
The first in an ever-growing series of children's novels devoted to the adventures of four rival cat-clans,
Into the Wild
follows the story of Rusty, a kittypet (domesticated pet cat) whose dreams of the forest beyond his backyard prove prophetic. Leaving the safety of his twoleg (human) home behind, after a late night confrontation in the forest leads to an invitation to join ThunderClan, Rusty the Kittypet becomes Firepaw the Apprentice, and begins his training to become a Warrior. But with a fierce inter-clan competition for hunting grounds raging, Firepaw has entered a world of conflict and uncertainty, where even those he believes to be allies might not be all they claim...
Chosen as the July selection for the
Children's Fiction Club
to which I belong,
Into the Wild
is anthropomorphic animal fantasy that's light on the anthropomorphism. Or, I suppose I should say, while these kitties think and plan, speak to one another intelligently, and have complicated social structures, they don't walk on two feet, à la
Puss in Boots
, nor do they wield swords. In short: this isn't
. Although I have a fondness for that other kind of animal fantasy (I did grow up reading about Reepicheep, the gallant, swash-buckling mouse-hero of C.S. Lewis'
The Chronicles of Narnia
, after all), I appreciated the more "realistic" approach adopted here. I like the fact that these cats fought and lived like cats.
On the other hand, there's no denying that the author's constant use of "meowed," "mewled" and "yowled" got a little tired after a while -
OK, Erin Hunter!
I wanted to shout
We get it! They're cats!
- and that this is a story that takes itself very seriously. For the adult reader, the epic tone used to describe the conflicts in what is essentially a small, enclosed world, can be a little difficult to take, making the necessary suspension of disbelief almost impossible. To be absolutely honest, I was convinced, halfway through the book, that this review was going to be a massive pan. Fortunately, as the story progressed, I found myself becoming more involved, both in the world, and with the characters. I suspected Tigerclaw all along - I don't think even Erin Hunter's most devoted fans could claim her series was anything but predictable - but it was still engrossing to see my suspicions confirmed. I came to have a great fondness for Firepaw, Yellowfang, and Bluestar, and when, at the end, the ThunderClan kits are abducted, I was anxiously reading along, to see whether they would be rescued. In short: I was drawn in, and plan to read the next installment. Despite all my criticisms of the book, clearly it did something right!
| Apr 20, 2013 |
Although I understood why the authors chose the kinds of names that they did (Erin Hunter is a pen name for 3 different people), the characters' names felt a little repetitive and confusing at times. That was my biggest complaint about the book. Aside from that, I thought the writers did an excellent job of creating a believable world of tribalistic cats. My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it together and are looking forward to reading more in the series.
| Apr 1, 2013 |
This review is by Pippi, guest reviewer, age 1 and a half; tabby cat.
This is a book about cats who live in the wild and they catch mice and eat them and they fight. There are four colonies of cats and one of them is mean and steals the other colonies food.
At first I thought this book was hard to read because even though it's written in English they try to translate cat words into English so it's hard to follow at first until you get used to the cat words.
At the beginning of the story Rusty is a housecat and humans take care of him but then he decides he wants to be a warrior so he joins a clan of cats. They never say what happens to his humans but I bet they miss him a lot. There are not many humans in this book and the ones that are are bad humans. I live with nice humans so I don't know what this is like.
Mama says I should read Watership Down because the human author did a nice job of making a story about animals that sound real, kind of like this book does, but that story is about bunnies and who cares about bunnies anyway?
| Mar 30, 2013 |
This book had a slow start for me. However by the end of the book I could not put it down. I really loved Fireheart and the others of the Thunder Clan and I'm looking forward to the next book.
| Mar 29, 2013 |
Interesting storyline. A must for cat lovers. I liked the map at the beginning of the book.
| Feb 6, 2013 |
Such a beautiful, imaginative series. I choose to believe this is what happened to my Taz after she went missing. I can easily picture her being Shadow Clan.
| Sep 9, 2012 |
This is one the best books I have read! I love cats and can't wait to get the next book in the series. This was the first book that I read by Erin Hunter and it was great, can't wait for the new "Survivors" series to come out.
| Jul 30, 2012 |
In the book "Warriors: Into the Wild" Rusty, an orange house cat, is baffled by his dream of hunting mice and decides to go into the local woods. Ignoring his friend's warning of the wild cats, Rusty stumbles into a fight with a warrior apprentice named Graypaw. Near the younge apprentice is the Thunder Clan leader Bluestar and a warrior named Lionheart. Impressed by the kittens wits and fighting skills, she asks him to join her clan and live as a wild cat. Hesitant, Rusty decides to meet them next afternoon and eventually goes to become part of the clan. His presece makes many taunt him for being a kittypet, but he scilences them by fighting the bully Longtail. After only one night, Redtail the clan deputy is killed in battle by Oakheart a RiverClan cat. Tigerclaw claimed that he killed Oakheart soon after words and is congradulated for his bravery. After living in the clan for two months, Firepaw (Rusty), is begining to hunt on his first task when he suddenly runs into ShadowClan's cast out medicine cat named Yellowfang. To protect the clan, Firepaw badly injures Yellowang and gives her prey which he also eats. Soon, he is punished for eating the prey and has to treat Yellowfang until she recovers. After Yellowfang is better, Firepaw begins to do more hunting tasks and practices fighting moves with his mentor Bluestar. Tension with ShadowClan rise when they try to take ThunderClan hunting grounds, and they have driven out WindClan from its territory. One shocking day, Ravenpaw admits he saw his mentor Tigerclaw murder Redtail after Redtail killed Oakheart. Firepaw wanted to tell Bluestar, but he never got the chance. After the apprentices take Bluestar and Tigerclaw to the Moonstone to talke to their warrior ancesters called StarClan, a battle ragged in the ThunderClan terriory against ShadowClan. Many were killed inclueding Lionheart, so Tigerclaw was appointed deputy. Life became harder for Ravenpaw when Tigerclaw plot to kill him and the time came to save him when the kits were stolen from the den and the medicine cat died. Firepaw was set out to find YellowFang to see if she took them to ShadowClan so he took Ravenpaw to Barley's barn and live thier instead. Once Firepaw found Yellowfang, she say who murdered Spottedleaf and took the kits and offered to help get them back. With the help of a group of warriors and ShadowClan elders who want to over throw their leader, they over through the leader and took the kits back home. For his bravery, Graypaw and Firepaw became Graystrip and Fireheart to become true Warriors.
I absolutly love this series, but it is hard to make a summary of this book. Their is so much detail that it can be hard to fit in a long paragraph! I wish Fireheart could have told Bluestar about Tigerclaw before the end of the book. She probebly wouldn't believe him unless Ravenpaw told her before he left and was claimed dead to hid himself. I really want the Cat Clans to egsist, but saddly cats can't do many of these things. But the book makes them act like really smart cats that are just like my own. Freckles, Nellie, and Sophie, my cats, probebly would not survive in the Clan, but they sure do act like them sometimes. I hope that cat lovers enjoy this book. :)
| May 30, 2012 |
Warriors book 1,(Into the Wild), is a very interesting book about warrior cats. Although it is a good book, some parts are more confusing than others, and cats lovers may fing the book sad and depressing. Besides that, the book is soooooo awesome, I have started collecting the WHOLE series!!!!!!!!!!!!
| Mar 19, 2012 |
One of Lindsey's favorites. She asked me to read it so we can talk about it. Love that!
| Mar 11, 2012 |
This first book invites you into an entire saga of awesome adventures
| Mar 1, 2012 |
A very good first book, that starts off the entire Saga. Focuses on a protagonist, who is a cat. He finds himself in the wild forest, where "clans" of cats rule territories and have battles over food and more land from their boundaries. Allies and enemies are constantly changing.
| Jan 25, 2012 |
| Sep 1, 2011 |
The first of the series, Rusty enters a world he's never known of. Rusty finds himself with a new name, friends, enemies, and adventure. Join Rust in this amazing adventure! :)
| May 13, 2011 |
If you love cats, you should read the Warriors series! Into The Wild is the first book of the series. Rusty the “kittypet” has entered the forest where the four Clans of wild cats live. ThunderClan, one of the Clans, invites him to join their Clan and be a warrior. Firepaw (Rusty) and ThunderClan face many dangers, including a huge battle against ShadowClan. Warriors are dying, and some deaths have secrets yet to be revealed. Rusty must help in all the dangers and mysteries that appear within and outside of the Clan. I loved this book so much because I love cats. There is a lot of action and suspense, which made it even better! The message of the book is that you can change and become someone better than others think you can be. Rusty became a great warrior, and many other cats thought he couldn’t because he was not born wild. People who like cats or action would really enjoy this book. It is a great adventure book, so if you like adventure, this is a good book for you too. It would be smart to read this series in order, because it would be hard to follow otherwise.
| May 5, 2011 |
Rusty the 'Kittypet' wanders out in the woods hunting for mice and gets attacked from Graypaw a Thunderclan Apprentice. So rusty fights back and out of nowhere he is a apprentice now.
| Apr 11, 2011 |
"Kittypet" Rusty leaves his human family to run wild with the feral cats of ThunderClan. This book is for children, but sometimes adults need to read books for children. Although the cats are endowed with human qualities, I enjoyed not reading about humans for a change!
| Feb 5, 2011 |
Rusty who was a kitty pet goes in to the wild and be the thunder clan apprentice. Some of the cats blamed him because he doesn't have warrior blood but was a kitty. But Rusty made big progress and showed every one that he can do it. I recommend this book for people who likes a lot of actions, cat and wild.
| Jan 11, 2011 |
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. The origins of Fireheart are fascinating and inspiring - and this coming from someone about 20 years too old to be reading a book like this!
| Jan 1, 2011 |
This is a book about Rusty a cat who was a kittypet became a Fireheart,the thunderclan warrior. Rusty became a warrior by defending himself of the warriors. Even though Rusty didn't have a warrior blood, because he defend himself of the thunderclan warrior, Bluestar(the leader of the thunderclan)invited Rusty to thunderclan. And there is where Rusty got his name, Fireheart by becoming a warrior. I loved this book because there is a lot of actions in it. You guys have to read this!
| Dec 12, 2010 |
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