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A Dangerous Path

(Warriors #5)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  40,275 ratings  ·  1,126 reviews
ShadowClan has a dark new leader, but will he be satisfied with his power now -- or does his desire for revenge burn even more strongly? Fireheart fears that there is a connection between the rise of Tigerstar and the terrible dreams that haunt his nights, murmuring of danger and death.Meanwhile, a mysterious and vicious threat unlike any other has invaded the forest, plac ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Avon Books (first published June 1st 2004)
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Bri During a battle near Sunningrocks, Leopardstar wants the former place back. In order for ThunderClan to get it back, they have to win a battle against…moreDuring a battle near Sunningrocks, Leopardstar wants the former place back. In order for ThunderClan to get it back, they have to win a battle against them. Fireheart then informed Stonefur and Mistyfoot that they are Bluestar's kits, and he was trying to defend his leader because they were trying to battle her. Once Graystripe warns Fireheart of Leopardstar's attack behind the rocks, he is told that he is a traitor and can no longer be in RiverClan territory. If a RiverClan cat sees him on their territory, he will be killed. They then win the battle, keep Sunningrocks in their territory, and accept Graystripe back into ThunderClan, though many cats do not like him since he left for his kits.

Other spoilers (that most people may already know):
~ Crookedstar - RiverClan's leader (and Silverstream's father) dies, and Leopardfur becomes the new leader of RiverClan.
~ Bluestar looses her last life.
~ Graypool dies from - what she first thought was Oakheart - Tigerstar.
~ The Clan finds out Snowkit is/was deaf, and gets carried off by a hawk.(less)

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Jocelyn Morgan
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Saar The Book owl
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sra
This is the 5th book in the first series of Erin Hunter's Warrior Cats.
Okay, I must admit: I'm an adult (thirty - something) reading these children books, but, hey, I'm a crazy cat lady, so it's okay, right?
There's only one book left in these series and everytime I think: 'This story will loose it's magic', but everytime I'm relieved that it didn't. The story is full of loyality, suspense, intrige and there's Always a clifhanger.(In this book you can take that last part very literally).
At every
“His voice barely more than a whisper, he added, “I love you.” Sandstorm’s eyes glowed. “I love you too, Fireheart,” she whispered.”

There is much left to be desired in this instalment of the series. Characters I loved previously became frustrating, the story dragged, and the climax of the whole thing was far from exciting. Nothing seemed to go well for Thunderclan (or Fireheart for that matter) and the final death in the book was almost a relief for me, although somewhat sad. Sadder still, my ma
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
What went wrong?

Up till now, the Warriors series has been entertaining despite a few flaws (such as problems conveniently being solved in a second, leaving no real sense of trouble or complication). But never has it been as mediocre in terms of plot and character as A Dangerous Path!

Let me enumerate the main problems I found. Firstly, Bluestar. Yes, Bluestar has endured a serious shock. Yes, she’s going through a hard time. Yes, it’s ‘normal’ for her to be traumatised, mistrustful and difficult
Luke Farr
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really feel like Children's books of this genre didn't used to be so terrifying and stressful. As a child (and obviously still presently) I always read a lot of animal-themed books, and while many of them were frightening and dealt with themes maybe not present in other children's books (or books encouraged for children) I feel like they were on a different emotional level than what's being put out today. I think what it comes down to is no children's author has successfully created the overwh ...more
Sophie Crane
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
This book promises the same astonishment you feel when you read the other books in this series. Packed with suprises, jaw-dropping situations and unbelievable secrets, the story is difficult to stop reading. But above all, the amazing descriptions - the forests, the scents and sounds, the feelings and emotions, the thundering of the cats rushing into battle -make this novel come to life.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
something is in the forest and Fireheart doesn't know what it is. Bluestar thinks that it is windclan steeling prey and she declares a fight. Fireheart found a way to stop it. Bluestar thinks every one in the clan is a traiter except for Fireheart until he stoped the fight. Riverclan tries to take part of thunderclans territory but thunderclan wont allow it. they start to fight. During the fight Bluestar tells mistyfoot and stonefur the truth that they were her kits and she gave them to rivercla ...more
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warriors
Second read: September 15-19, 2017

I knew what the end of this book brought; it was sad, but it needed to happen for the sake of Thunder Clan. On to the next book and the epic battle that looms in the distance.

First read: August 10-11, 2009

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☆ Michelle Kobus
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-favorites
Originally read in December 2010.

Re-read September 1 ~ 10, 2013.



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May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed the first four books but this one wasn't that great. Bluestar was just annoying and unbelievable, the actions of the other clans toward Thunderclan weren't believable. Not figuring out what "pack, kill" meant was unbelievable. Plus nothing really happened. Apprentices were trained, cats hunted, cats went to meetings, cats died... but it was just really repetitive of other books. So many chances missed to kill Tigerstar (like at the very end). Well, one book left. Maybe it will g ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had a loss that scarred you for life?
This book is about Tigerstar's horrible ambitions to revenge thunderclan, the tragic result scars fireheart and the clans for a long time. Things are going to change greatly in all the clans. As the dark plans start to come together the forest is going to be blood-stained. One thing i really like about this book is that there is always darkness hidden in places that are quite closer that imagined, the mystery is unfolding. this book always urged
Allen Garvin
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
After the rather bland fourth book, a really strong story follows, probably the best in the series so far. Fireheart deals with a paranoid-delusional clan leader who thinks they're at war with Star Clan... Cloudpaw develops an atheistic attitude towards the cats in the stars... there are some nicely developed interfeline relationships here, while the story rollicks along at a very fast pace and ends in a quite satisfying (though a bit manipulative, emotionally) way. ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
ShadowClan has chosen Tigerclaw--now called TigerStar--as their new leader, and Fireheart fears that his old enemy still harbors dark plans for vengeance on his former clan.

In this book, Bluestar dies, and Firestar becomes leader. [We all knew this would happen, seriously!]
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who love adventure!
Finished! Need book 6! and It was sad when bluestar died....and the packpack! kill kill! thing was scary....
Elizabeth Dragina
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Goodness gracious that was exhilarating.


#cliffhanger #offtothenextone
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!
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Gerry Hine
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
The write up for this book expresses the love the author feels for the natural world, and the wonder towards what cats think as they look out the window watching the world go by. I found this book a bit slow through the first half but muddled on because I finally started becoming interested in what was going to happen to the the main character and his clan. I am sorry to say that the plot seemed weak and the writing style was less than it should be. This book is suppose to be for children in the ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I feel like this book was kind of a filler right until the last five pages but I still liked it.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've loved this series since I was little, so I go back and reread it every once in a while. To me, this is really when the series starts picking up. I had forgotten how heartbreaking this book was, so I was in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. regardless, I loved it.

Two of my favorite characters got a lot of page time in this one, Cloudtail and Brightpaw. (I refuse to acknowledge the fact that Lostface is her current name.) This book was when I first started loving Cloudtail, so I'm excited to c
Axel J. Sparrow
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i cannot in good conscience give this book a five star rating, because despite loving this story and these cats with all my heart and soul, this particular book is miserable and it took a lot out of me to read it. a lot of really depressing things happen without any real reprieve. if there had been more good things sprinkled in with the bad, it would have been fine and five. but good grief.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I'm actually going to be really sad when this series is over. I love these cats. ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book, A Dangerous Path is about four different clans made up of cats who live in the forest. The clans are called ThunderClan, WindClan, RiverClan, and ShadowClan. The main character is a tabby cat with firey-red fur named Fireheart. He is part of ThunderClan. Every cat must be loyal to their clan and their leader and fight to risk their lives for their clan. In A Dangerous Path the ThunderClan leader suspects WindClan for trespassing and stealing their prey. However, Fireheart, the deputy ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Overall my son is enjoying the series. However, there is a passage in this book that I found offensive and disturbing. This is on page 82 of the edition we have. One of the kittens is deaf and the well respected leader of the clan says upon learning that the kitten is deaf that "I'm afraid he can never be a warrior"...he can't be taught to "fight or hunt...he can't hear commands in battle...and how could he catch prey if he can't listen" and then in the next chapter this kitten, specifically bec ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally five stars! The best out of all the warriors so far that I've read. The story begins with Bluestar her insane self after Tigerclaw betrays the clan as Fireheart predicted. Once Bluestar is at peace again the clan has no time to be thankful due to the BloodClan battle that Tigerstar has wrongly arranged. The clans will have to uniteonce more to defeat the evil leaders. This book may not be as epic but touching and truely a warriors life. It shows that when then chips are done, all you hav ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was in my opinion was not very entertaining just like the last one. I did not like the fact that Bluestar started to be nasty to her clan and the other leaders of the forest. I did not like Dog Pack and what happened to Brightpaw. I read the next one just to see what happened. I have to say that I think the next book was much better.

Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Tigerstar is on the loose!!! Upon being killed the clans enter turmoil and grief! If you don't read this after reading the others then your a baka. Really good series still. Friggin' better then Harry Potter and the Alanna books! ...more
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Erin Hunter is the pseudonym of five people: Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui T. Sutherland, Gillian Philip, and Inbali Iserles, as well as editor Victoria Holmes. Together, they write the Warriors series as well as the Seekers and Survivors series. Erin Hunter is working on a new series now called Bravelands.

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natur

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“I'm sorry Sandstorm" he murmured. "I never meant to hurt you" His voice barely more than a whisper, he added,"I love you."
Sandstorm's eyes glowed."I love you too,Fireheart.”
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