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Warriors: The New Prophecy #1: Midnight

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Warriors: The New Prophecy #1: Midnight

When the ancestor warrior cats of StarClan meet, they know the forest is in danger. They must choose a warrior leader cat from each of the four Clans --- ShadowClan, RiverClan, WindClan and ThunderClan --- in which to entrust the fate of their future.

The young tabby Brambleclaw sees Bluestar, the leader of his ThunderClan. Bluestar tells Brambleclaw that he has been chosen to meet with three other cats at the new moon. The only problem is that Bluestar is dead. Brambleclaw must have been dreaming. Besides, if StarClan wanted to send a prophecy of danger, they surely would give it to someone important such as the present Clan leader, Firestar.

Brambleclaw continues with his ordinary life. He patrols at dawn and is surprised to find the irrepressible she-cat warrior apprentice Squirrelpaw sneaking along behind. Brambleclaw finds her strangely intriguing in an irritating way.

Leafpaw, Squirrelpaw's sister, is ThunderClan's apprentice medicine cat. She attends the Gathering, the meeting of all the Clans, and meets another apprentice medicine cat, Mothwing. Mothwing's position is controversial in her RiverClan because she's a rogue cat, taken into the Clan.

At the same Gathering, Brambleclaw is astonished to learn that his sister, the ShadowClan warrior Tawnypelt, had a dream similar to his own. Now Brambleclaw is convinced that trouble is on the way.

When the night of the new moon finally arrives, Brambleclaw heads with foreboding to Fourtrees, the meeting place. Unfortunately, the scamp Squirrelpaw follows him, to his displeasure. She refuses to leave even after Tawnypelt and ShadowClan's Stormfur and Feathertail arrive. Feathertail also had the dream; her brother Stormfur accompanies her. Crowpaw of the WindClan is the last to arrive.

To their immense disappointment, there is no message from StarClan. The cats disband. When Squirrelpaw begs to be allowed at the next meeting, Brambleclaw fears she will talk. He agrees, as long as she keeps the secret. But will Squirrelpaw be able to keep the secret from her sister, Leafpaw, considering their psychic bond?

Brambleclaw has another dream, of a vast body of saltwater and cliffs. He learns from Ravenpaw, a loner, that there is such a place. Could StarClan mean for Brambleclaw and the others to travel to that far, strange region? Meanwhile, some believe Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw are destined to be a danger to the forest. Will Brambleclaw be able to take the next step to fulfill his destiny? The band of warriors' journey begins, full of danger, excitement and mystery. Can they save the Clans?

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on April 4, 2006

Warriors: The New Prophecy #1: Midnight
(Warriors: The New Prophecy #1)
by Erin Hunter

  • Publication Date: April 4, 2006
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060744510
  • ISBN-13: 9780060744519