Warriors (book series)

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Warriors is a series of fantasy fiction books written by Erin Hunter (a fake name that consists of five people: Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui T. Sutherland, and Dan Jolley). The series is about the adventures of wild cats as they try to survive in their forest homes. The cats call themselves warriors. The series is made up of six mini-series with six books in each series. The first of these, called Warriors: The Prophecies Begin, was released in 2003, starting with the book Into the Wild. The authors were not planning to write another mini-series, but they eventually began the second mini-series. The second mini-series is titled Warriors: The New Prophecy and was published in 2005. The first book was called Midnight. The first book of the third mini-series Warriors: Power of Three, is titled The Sight, and it was released on 24 April 2007. The fourth series, Warriors: Omen of the Stars, began with The Fourth Apprentice on 24 November 2009. The fifth series, Warriors: Dawn of the Clans began with The Sun Trail on 5 March 2013. The sixth series, Warriors: A Vision of Shadows began with The Apprentice's Quest on 25 March 2016. The sixth mini-series, Warriors: The Broken Code began on 9 April 2019 with Lost Stars. The eighth mini-series, Warriors: A Starless Clan, began with River on 5 April 2022.

Seven field guides were also released. They give more information about the cats and their history. Fourteen "Super Edition" books have been released, with two more announced to be released in 2022 and 2023. These books are about double the length of the normal books. Fifteen manga books have been released, with another to be released in 2022. These are graphic novels that tell short stories not seen in the main books.

The series focuses on five groups of cats that live in Clans, and their lives. They live by a set of rules called the warrior code. Each mini-series focuses on different characters.

Setting and characters[change | change source]

The first mini-series centers around Rusty, a kittypet (housecat) who joins ThunderClan, and eventually becomes leader of it. The second mini-series focuses on the cats finding a new home after their old home was destroyed by Twolegs (humans). The third mini-series focuses on three cats who were born with special powers. The fourth mini-series focuses on two sisters, who work together to fight the ghosts of evil cats. The fifth mini-series shows how the Clans were created. The sixth mini-series focuses on the Clans trying to bring a new Clan to live with them, while fighting an evil group of rogues (stray cats). The seventh mini-series focuses on the Clans trying to defeat an evil ghost who has possessed ThunderClan's leader.

The cats live in five groups called Clans: ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan, ShadowClan, and SkyClan. When Clan cats die, they go to StarClan (Heaven) or the Dark Forest/Place of No Stars (Hell). The first mini-series, the first two books of the second mini-series, and the fifth mini-series are set in a forest that the authors have said was based on the New Forest area of England.[1] The rest of the second mini-series and the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth mini-series are set in a different forest that surrounds a lake.

Warriors book list[change | change source]

Warriors: The Prophecies Begin[change | change source]

The first mini-series is about the young kitten Rusty, who is later renamed Firestar. He rises to become the leader of ThunderClan.

The books in the Warriors: The Prophecies Begin series are:

Warriors: The New Prophecy[change | change source]

The second mini-series is about three ThunderClan cats - Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight, and Leafpool - who must save the Clans by finding a new home for them.

  • Book 1: Midnight
  • Book 2: Moonrise
  • Book 3: Dawn
  • Book 4: Starlight
  • Book 5: Twilight
  • Book 6: Sunset

Warriors: Power of Three[change | change source]

The third mini-series is about three ThunderClan cats - Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze - who are born with special powers. In this series, it is revealed that the ghosts of the Clan cats' former enemies are planning on taking revenge.

  • Book 1: The Sight
  • Book 2: Dark River
  • Book 3: Outcast
  • Book 4: Eclipse
  • Book 5: Long Shadows
  • Book 6: Sunrise

Warriors: Omen of the Stars[change | change source]

The fourth mini-series is about Jayfeather, Lionblaze, Dovewing, and Ivypool. They must unite the Clans so that they can defeat the evil ghosts of the Clans' former enemies.

  • Book 1: The Fourth Apprentice
  • Book 2: Fading Echoes
  • Book 3: Night Whispers
  • Book 4: Sign of the Moon
  • Book 5: The Forgotten Warrior
  • Book 6: The Last Hope

Warriors: Dawn of the Clans[change | change source]

The fifth mini-series is about how the five Clans were created. It centers around many cats, but mostly Gray Wing, Shadowstar, Windstar, Thunderstar, Shadowstar, and Skystar.

  • Book 1: The Sun Trail
  • Book 2: Thunder Rising
  • Book 3: The First Battle
  • Book 4: The Blazing Star
  • Book 5: A Forest Divided
  • Book 6: Path of Stars

Warriors: A Vision Of Shadows[change | change source]

The sixth mini-series shows how Alderheart and Twigbranch of ThunderClan and Violetshine of ShadowClan brought a new Clan, SkyClan, to live with the other four Clans. It also reveals how the Clans defeated an evil group of rogues who want to destroy the Clans.

  • Book 1: The Apprentice's Quest
  • Book 2: Thunder and Shadow
  • Book 3: Shattered Sky
  • Book 4: Darkest Night
  • Book 5: River of Fire
  • Book 6: The Raging Storm

Warriors: The Broken Code[change | change source]

The seventh mini-series centers around Bristlefrost of ThunderClan, Shadowsight of ShadowClan, and Rootspring of SkyClan as they try to defeat an evil ghost cat who has possessed the ThunderClan leader, and blocked communication with StarClan.

  • Book 1: Lost Stars
  • Book 2: The Silent Thaw
  • Book 3: Veil of Shadows
  • Book 4: Darkness Within
  • Book 5: The Place of No Stars
  • Book 6: A Light in the Mist

Warriors: A Starless Clan[change | change source]

The eighth mini-series centers around Frostpaw of RiverClan, Nightheart of ThunderClan, and Sunbeam of ShadowClan. The Clans are making changes to the rules they live by, and some cats don't like these changes, while other cats do.

  • Book 1: River
  • Book 2: Sky
  • Book 3: Shadow (4 April 2023)

Standalone Books[change | change source]

Super Editions[change | change source]

Firestar goes on a quest to make a new Clan, SkyClan.

Bluestar's life from kitten to leader of ThunderClan.

  • SkyClan's Destiny

SkyClan's life after Firestar leaves.

  • Crookedstar's Promise

Crookedstar's promise to a mysterious cat leaves him with all the power he could dream of, but no one to share it with.

Yellowfang's ability to feel the pain of other cats has to be kept a secret to her Clan, and at a high price.

  • Tallstar’s Revenge

Tallstar sets out on a quest for revenge on the cat he believes killed his father.

  • Bramblestar’s Storm

Bramblestar questions his place as leader of ThunderClan as a large storm almost destroys their home.

  • Moth Flight's Vision

Moth Flight learns of her destiny as the first medicine cat.

  • Hawkwing’s Journey

SkyClan is sent away from their home. Hawkwing has to help them find the other Clans.

  • Tigerheart’s Shadow

Dovewing is pregnant with Tigerheart's kits. She travels far away to find a safe place to give birth. Tigerheart has to find them and bring them back home.

  • Crowfeather’s Trial

Crowfeather tries to make peace with his family.

  • Squirrelflight’s Hope

Squirrelflight fights for the protection of a peaceful group of female cats known as The Sisters, while worrying that she'll leave no legacy when she dies.

  • Graystripe’s Vow

Long ago, Graystripe promised never to leave his Clan, but as trouble happens in ThunderClan, he realizes he has to leave it if he wants to save it.

  • Leopardstar's Honor

Leopardstar wants what is best for her Clan, but she needs to avoid being reckless.

  • Onestar's Confession

Onestar must confess something to his Clan.

  • Riverstar's Home (2023)

Not much is known about this book yet. It features the first leader of RiverClan, Riverstar.

Novellas[change | change source]

  • Hollyleaf's Story

Hollyleaf meets a strange cat in the tunnels beneath the Clans' territory.

  • Mistystar's Omen

Mistystar struggles to cope with the knowledge that her medicine cat doesn't believe in StarClan.

  • Cloudstar’s Journey

Cloudstar leads SkyClan on a troubled journey to find a new home.

  • Tigerclaw’s Fury

Tigerclaw, former deputy of ThunderClan, seeks revenge on his old Clanmates.

  • Leafpool’s Wish

Leafpool hides her kits from her Clan with the help of Squirrelflight.

  • Dovewing’s Silence

Dovewing finds the loss of her powers impossible to deal with.

  • Mapleshade’s Vengeance

Mapleshade seeks revenge on every cat who has wronged her.

  • Goosefeather’s Curse

Goosefeather must cope with the ability to see the fate of cats around him, including his own fate.

  • Ravenpaw’s Farewell

Ravenpaw takes his friend, Barley, and Barley's sister's kittens to SkyClan before dying.

  • Spottedleaf’s Heart

Spottedleaf must decide where her heart lies.

  • Pinestar’s Choice

Pinestar decides to leave ThunderClan and become a house cat.

  • Thunderstar’s Echo

Thunderstar struggles as the first leader of ThunderClan.

  • Redtail’s Debt

Redtail's life was saved by Tigerclaw, but they begin to become enemies.

  • Tawnypelt’s Clan

Tawnypelt takes her grandson on a quest.

  • Shadowstar’s Life

Shadowstar prepares her Clan for her death.

  • Pebbleshine’s Kits

Pebbleshine tries to defend her kits from harm while being stranded from her Clan.

  • Tree’s Roots

Tree leaves his family to discover who he really is.

  • Mothwing’s Secret

Mothwing struggles to keep her disbelief in StarClan hidden from her Clan.

  • Daisy’s Kin

Daisy questions her place in the Clans as she realizes what a violent place the forest can be.

  • Spotfur’s Rebellion

Spotfur leads a rebellion against the possessed leader of ThunderClan.

  • Blackfoot’s Reckoning

Blackfoot was one of the evil Tigerstar's closest friends, and he struggles to find his place as the new leader of ShadowClan.

Field Guides[change | change source]

  • Secrets of the Clans

Secrets of the Clans has a list of healing plants, a tour of the camps of all four forest Clans, maps, stories, Clan folktales, Clan histories, prophecies, and a cat language to human language glossary.

  • Cats of the Clans

Cats of the Clans has biographies and pictures of most important Warriors characters.

  • Code of the Clans

Code of the Clans explains the reasons behind all the rules of the warrior code using 15 short stories.

  • Battles of the Clans

Battles of the Clans explains all of the clans' battle moves and details some famous past battles.

  • Enter the Clans

Enter the Clans is Secrets of the Clans and Code of the Clans in one book.

  • The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide is an expanded version of Cats of the Clans with more characters.

  • The Warriors Guide

The Warriors Guide is an updated version of Secrets of the Clans.

Warriors manga[change | change source]

Graystripe's Adventure[change | change source]

This series shows what happened to ThunderClan warrior Graystripe when he was captured by humans.

  • The Lost Warrior
  • Warrior's Refuge
  • Warrior's Return

Tigerstar and Sasha[change | change source]

This series shows how a house cat named Sasha fell in love with a dangerous Clan cat, Tigerstar.

  • Into the Woods
  • Escape from the Forest
  • Return to the Clans

Ravenpaw's Path[change | change source]

This series shows how former ThunderClan cat Ravenpaw and his friend fight to take back their home from a group of evil cats who have stolen it from them.

  • Shattered Peace
  • A Clan in Need
  • Heart of a Warrior

SkyClan and the Stranger[change | change source]

This series shows how SkyClan leader Leafstar deals with a troublesome house cat.

  • The Rescue
  • Beyond the Code
  • After the Flood

The Rise of Scourge[change | change source]

This single manga shows how a small kitten named Tiny became the evil leader of BloodClan named Scourge.

A Shadow In RiverClan[change | change source]

This single manga shows how Feathertail questions her place in RiverClan.

Winds of Change[change | change source]

This single manga shows how former WindClan deputy Mudclaw feels after being replaced by a warrior called Onewhisker.

Exile from ShadowClan[change | change source]

This single manga shows what happened to former ShadowClan warriors when they were banished from their Clan by their evil leader.

A Thief in ThunderClan (6 June 2023)[change | change source]

Not much is known about this book yet. It features Cloudtail and Brightheart.

Warriors plays[change | change source]

A play called After Sunset: We Need to Talk first premiered on April 28, 2007 at the Secret Garden bookstore in Seattle, Washington. It was written by Victoria Holmes for a tour. It shows a meeting between Leafpool of ThunderClan and Crowfeather of WindClan after the events of Sunset. The script was released to the public on www.warriorcats.com, the official site for the Warriors series.

In 2009, another play called Brightspirit's Mercy was released. This play is about the ThunderClan cat Jayfeather helping the other Clans, even though it is against the warrior code. This play was also released at www.warriorcats.com.[2] It was written in memory of a Warriors fan and her parents, who all died in a tornado.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Transcript Of Erin Hunter Chat". Wands and Worlds. http://www.wandsandworlds.com/community/node/52 Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-03-02.
  2. "Warriors". www.warriorcats.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2008-01-01.

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