I was super eager to finish this one and get some answers. I actually had a really hard time putting it down to go to bed - it's been a while since thI was super eager to finish this one and get some answers. I actually had a really hard time putting it down to go to bed - it's been a while since this series made me feel that way! I feel like this book was a lot closer to the old series than any of the rest have been, but I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending.
(view spoiler)[I totally predicted Hollyleaf's death and the truth about the three's parentage. BUT what I didn't see coming is the way Hollyleaf died, and who killed Ashfur. The latter blew me away! I was SO SURE it was Squirrelflight, since she was missing right before it happened and she had the most to lose besides Leafpool (who I knew didn't do it). I never would have guessed it was actually Hollyleaf! She was so hardcore about the warrior code that I was totally blown away by her doing something so terrible. I was also shocked at the turn her character took - she was always so loyal to the code. I'm not sure how I feel about what happened. I thought she would die, yeah, but I thought it would be a noble sacrificial death, not that she'd lose her shit and basically kill herself. I don't think I'm okay with that. I really liked Hollyleaf as a character, and to me it felt out of character how she acted toward the end. Although, I can understand that finding out her whole life was a lie on top of murdering a fellow Clanmate would break her. Sigh.
I'm sad to say that I felt absolutely nothing when she died. Not only because she went off the deep end and basically became a villain, but also because it happened SO fast. I actually had to go back and re-read the paragraph because I didn't realize that she was actually dead. I wonder if she'll come back? It was just such a strange death. And even stranger, Jayfeather and Lionblaze barely showed any emotion at all, considering how close they were. That also added to my lack of emotion. I would have expected them to be devastated to lose their sister, but they kind of brushed it off and it was like nothing ever happened. So weird.
I actually felt more emotion when Honeyfern died, even though she was just a minor character. That made me cry, especially when Berrynose said he wished he could have raised kits with her! Poor Honeyfern. (hide spoiler)]
I'm interested to see where things go in Omen of the Stars, and I've heard THINGS about that one, so I'm hoping it will be a lot better than this series as a whole was! ...more
This one was better than the last couple have been, thankfully. With the threat of greencough tearing through the Clan, it raised the stakes a bi3.5/5
This one was better than the last couple have been, thankfully. With the threat of greencough tearing through the Clan, it raised the stakes a bit. (view spoiler)[However, I have to say I was equal parts relieved and disappointed that nobody actually died except Firestar (who has lives to spare, anyway). I was upset to see Firestar lose another life, but it felt really unrealistic that he was the only one to die with as severe as some of the cats were. I'm glad Millie didn't die, though, Graystripe has already seen enough loss and doesn't deserve any more! But someone should have died. (hide spoiler)]
I've been suspecting a major secret behind Jaypaw's upbringing - it's been hinting at it for a while - and was thrilled that it was finally revealed because it's been driving me crazy! (view spoiler)[I was honestly shocked that Squirrelflight wasn't their mother at all. I figured that she was the mother but that Brambleclaw wasn't actually the father - I had actually started to wonder if Ashfur was the father since he and Squirrelflight had a bit of a fling before she chose Brambleclaw. But it's apparently not a ThunderClan cat at all?? I'm super intrigued to find out who! And also, if they're not kin of Firestar's kin, who the hell are the three? The only three I can think of are Tawnypelt's kits, but that makes no sense because she's not related by blood to Firestar (I can't remember who the father is, though). I'm curious to see how this is going to play out in a way that makes sense! (hide spoiler)]
I'm glad that Lionblaze is finally realizing how treacherous Tigerstar is. The direction his character had been taking the past couple of books was really bothering me, so I'm glad he seems to be back on the right path. I'm curious as to what the Tribe cats have to do with things - (view spoiler)[part of me wonders if the three are Tribe kin, stolen away by Squirrelflight - BUT, at the same time, I'm also hardcore wondering if they're secretly Leafpool's? That would make them Firestar's kin, and there has been something going on with Leafpool as of late, some secret that she's hiding. Jaypaw also mentioned at one point that it felt like motherly love she was directing toward him, and she also had a pretty fierce conversation with Spiderleg about being there for his kits and telling him he should cherish his kits with every breath he takes, so it makes me think that she had to give hers up? I've always kind of wondered if she secretly had kits with Crowfeather. So it would make sense for them to be hers! (hide spoiler)]...more