Remember how I've been complaining that the old series I loved had vanished - for like the past 12 boo4.5/5
Welp that was traumatizing.
Remember how I've been complaining that the old series I loved had vanished - for like the past 12 books? Well, apparently they decided to cram 12 books of emotion into this one last book.
I'm equal parts relieved, devastated, and pissed. Relieved that I finally got to see a glimmer of what I loved so much about the series before I called it quits. Devastated because my favorite character and other beloved characters are now dead. PISSED because they waited so long to actually DO something with my emotions that it now feels like a plot device.
(view spoiler)[I knew Firestar was going to die. I knew that two series ago and felt it in my bones going into this series. I knew he'd die in the final battle. But I am HELLA PISSED that he went out the way he did. I love that he saved his clan, but a fucking lightning strike and flaming tree?? Really? It's absolutely fucking stupid that he survived the major battle (we finally got to see that epic showdown with Tigerstar that I was hoping for the first time he died!!) with little to no wounds only to be taken down by a falling, burning tree that got hit by lightning. He should have died from his wounds after taking Tigerstar out. *rolls eyes*
I wasn't at all surprised at the return of Hollyleaf. I had started to suspect she wasn't dead (and also there was no closure in her death because she just disappeared - I never believe a character is actually dead in fiction unless we SEE it happen - and sometimes not even then, fucking fiction). I cried when she died, but I was also kinda pissed about that one too. It feels like she came back JUST to die for real. At least she went out with honor this time! I sobbed when Mousefur died, but it wasn't as hard as I expected with her being my favorite character. I was thrilled that she got to go out fighting and got the warrior's death that she deserved! Spottedleaf's death hit me harder than I expected. We've already seen her die once, and she seemed untouchable in StarClan, so it felt so unfair for her to die again. I lost my fucking shit when Firestar protested that she promised to be there to welcome him into StarClan and she told him it wasn't meant to be. I was also really surprised by how hard Ferncloud's death hit me. I didn't realize how attached I was to her, and when Dustpelt found his dead mate I lost my shit again :( Poor Dustpelt! (hide spoiler)]
I loved that there was a little bit of catharsis between Leafpool and Crowfeather, as well as Leafpool and her kits. And Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight as well! (view spoiler)[He made her his deputy, dawwwww *sobs* (hide spoiler)]
The little moment between Longtail and Mousefur got me all misty too: "You took your time," Mousefur muttered. "Always late, that's your trouble." "Not too late, I hope," Longtail retorted. Oh Mousefur how I love you, you bitter and snarky little cinnamon roll. (view spoiler)[But then she died right after that. BRB SOBBING. (hide spoiler)]
I wasn't really a fan of the whole Tigerheart/Dovewing ship. I wanted her to get with Bumblestripe so bad! I didn't care for the love triangle they had going. Dovewing was kind of an idiot in that regard.
All in all, this one finally brought the old series back and I'm glad I got to have my emotional attachment before calling quits on the series. I am kind of aggravated that it was all crammed into the span of 25 pages, though -__-...more
This one was slightly more eventful than the last, thankfully. Tensions are building between the Clans and it's definitely headed toward a major climaThis one was slightly more eventful than the last, thankfully. Tensions are building between the Clans and it's definitely headed toward a major climax with the Clans and the Dark Forest. There are still no stakes, though. Ever since the first series, there hasn't been. There's barely any death despite all the danger happening. (view spoiler)[All I could think when Mousewhisker and Cherrypaw accidentally poisoned themselves was, If this were the old series, they'd have died. I mean, I was glad they didn't, but not glad at the same time? That sounds terrible, but I miss the emotional attachment I had in the old series. It's just not there anymore. I feel so detached from the series now :(
The only feeling that I had while reading this was for Cinderheart. (view spoiler)[When we relived Cinderpelt's memories, and her death, I did get a tad misty. That was one of the roughest parts of the old series for me because I loved Cinderpelt. Her death devastated me, and it was hard to relive it. I also feel terrible for Cinderheart and being torn between who she was and who she is. Poor thing! (hide spoiler)]
I think after this last book of this series, I'm going to be done with the Warriors world. It's a pale reflection of what it used to be (and honestly, what it is now is what I was expecting when I picked up that first series) and it's ruining the old series for me. (hide spoiler)]...more
WHERE is the magic of the first series?! I am so depressed that it is now completely gone. Nothing really happened in this one, and I was bor2.5/5
WHERE is the magic of the first series?! I am so depressed that it is now completely gone. Nothing really happened in this one, and I was bored for most of it. I'm really over the Dark Forest storyline AND the Tribe storyline. Snoooore. Can something interesting please happen? And no, I don't mean Firestar's death, which I am positive is coming, and soon. At this point the death of a major character would just piss me off, because hardly anyone important has died in several series despite the dangers of the outdoors that the cats face. THERE ARE NO STAKES ANYMORE. I was reading my reviews of the first series yesterday, and it made me even more depressed that the rest of the series is nothing like that first set. It really is like Game of Thrones with cats, and the last 3 sets of 6 books have been season 8.
The only thing that really stood out in this one is that I feel bad for Jayfeather. I wish he could have had a normal life with Half Moon!...more
These are getting harder and harder to review, because they all feel the same now *sighs*
Nothing really happened. The cats were still recoThese are getting harder and harder to review, because they all feel the same now *sighs*
Nothing really happened. The cats were still recovering after the big battle at the end of the last book, and there was little to no action at all in this one? Just more of the same. I really don't like the Dark Forest story line at all, I'm ready for it to be over honestly.
I'm glad that Ivypaw finally saw how terrible Tigerstar was, so there's one bonus. I don't really know why the Flametail story line was relevant, though. I didn't really care about his chapters because they didn't seem to add anything to the story.
It's not that I didn't enjoy it, I still love the world of the Clans. But it feels like a totally different story now, like it's just being drawn out. Makes me sad....more
Slightly better than the first book, but I still feel like nothing really happened? There were two major events in the whole book - the falling tree iSlightly better than the first book, but I still feel like nothing really happened? There were two major events in the whole book - the falling tree in ThunderClan and the end battle. Other than those, the book was pretty slow.
I will say that I felt a lot more in this one than I have for a while in the series. (view spoiler)[I was really upset when Longtail died. I didn't realize how attached I was to him! Even though he was in the Elder's den and his days were numbered, he wasn't super old. I'm going to miss the blind warrior :( I'm mostly upset on Mousefur's behalf, (who I am quite attached to because she's fiesty AF) who lost her best friend. I worry that she'll die in the next book and I love her!!
Firestar losing a life didn't really affect me this time. Usually I feel something when he loses a life because I know he's that much closer to true death. I still think I'm gonna be fucked up when he dies for real though, which I'm afraid is coming very soon... (hide spoiler)]
I really didn't like the direction that Ivypaw's character took. She's not evil or anything, but it bothers me that she's acting so naive and bringing death into ThunderClan through her naivety. Can the Tigerstar plotline just be done already?! I'm so sick of him *sighs*...more