The Darkest Hour by Erin Hunter. Warriors, #6.
My copy: Avon Books (Harper Collins Publishers), 2006. Paperback, 315 pages.
ThunderClan’s darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar’s quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan:
“Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest.”
The time has come for prophecies to unfold, and for heroes to rise …
Some random thoughts on The Darkest Hour:
+ Epic conclusion to the original Warriors series!
+ What’s it about? Taking on Tigerstar head on and fulfilling that damn prophecy from book 1.
+ While Tigerstar is the series‘ main villain, wait until you meet Sourge, this book’s main villain. Yup, the Erins throw everything they have into this finale, which might be the darkest book of the series!
+ The Darkest Hour is basically all preparation for and then a giant battle, and it pulls off this whirlwind setup well.
+ Almost every cat in ThunderClan gets mentioned, and quite a lot of cats from the other clans pop up, too. It’s great to see such a big ensemble cast. Firestar’s awesome, so is Cinderpelt, and Sandstorm, and Graystripe, and Cloudtail, and Whitestorm, and all my favorite characters!
+ It’s just non-stop action! Which is pretty great considering the major lull that was book 4 and a little bit of 5, although book 5, A Dangerous Path, did pick up greatly, but was mostly plotting rather than non-stop action.
+ I didn’t review this book right after finishing it, so I don’t have much to say besides these random, overall thoughts. But it’s a thrilling conclusion to the beloved Warriors series! I know that not everyone is or will be a fan, seeing as these books are middle grade and about cats — but I will forever love them. Because I want to be forever a child and will never stop loving cats. ♦
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And, as always, happy reading!