Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6: The Last Hope (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/4/2
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The end of the stars draws near. Three must become four to battle the darkness that lasts forever. . . .
After countless moons of treachery and deceit, the battle between the Dark Forest and the warrior Clans has arrived. As the cats seek out their allies and enemies, Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovewing wait desperately for the fourth cat who is prophesied to help them lead the Clans to victory—and who may be their only hope for survival.
Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of animals and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich, mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is the author of the Warriors, Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands series. She lives in the UK. Visit her online at www.warriorcats.com.
Even though this book was suspenseful, creative, and perfectly placed, I feel it was rushed and slightly confusing. When Firestar died, suddenly everything pieced together after the war. I forget Midnight's last words, (since it was quite a while since I finished this book), but I remember that it was something of an ending. And here comes out the next series. While the beginning was slow paced, the ending went by quickly, a bit too quick for my taste. It could've been a two part book, actually. And all this switching points of views made me slightly confused as well. Anyway, amazing book. Another great one, Erins!
I thought this book as good. It really built up suspense leading to The Great Battle, and my heart was racing at every page. It was sad, yet amazing. Believe it or not, but to me Firestar's death was not as heartbreaking as the others. The one that really got me was Spottedleaf. Why, Spottedleaf? Also, Hollyleaf really made me feel sad. The Great Battle though did leave me perplexed in some spots. Why didn't Starclan or The Ancients come right away? Also, the battle hardly, if not at all, mentioned Riverclan. We mainly got Thunderclan and Shadowclan, and some Windclan. Yet, no Riverclan cats deaths are mentioned. Also, what about Riverclan camp itself? Why not show how that one held up? We only hear that at the end from Molepaw and Cherrypaw that Riverclan chased off the Dark Forest cats. The final things thought was weird was Firestar's death. I knew the instant that tree fell, he was dead. At first I thought the tree crushed him, or the fire burned him. Later, as I read other reviews, I heard he died from his battle wounds. Which way did he actually die? Like Mapleshade's Vengeance, it is unclear that he/she died, or how they died. And if Firestar actually died from wounds, why strike the tree with lightning? To this very moment I still wonder how he died. But, the book was exciting, sad, happy, and begins a new story. I'm happy to say this book deserved four stars, with just a few of unclear parts. Amazing, and a good wrap up for the Warriors Series. Hopefully, the series continues on after this.
Younger readers might find some of the battles disturbing because of the deaths involved of beloved characters. This is definitely a book for older Warriors fans.
There were things I liked about this book including an exciting confrontation between Firestar and Tigerstar, The powers of the three being used to protect the Clans, the finding of the fourth cat, which was both surprising to me, and very satisfying as to who it was. I also liked how many of the relationship problems between various characters were dealt with in the novel. Leafpool and her kits deal with their relationship problems, Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw deal with theirs, even Crowfeather discusses his feelings about Breezepelt and his other kits, and also his feelings about Leafpool. Leafpool's status as medicine cat or warrior is discussed, and Cinderheart chooses her destiny.
Even though there were some parts that made me very sad such as my favorite cat's spirit apparently being annihilated, which I don't think he or she deserved in any way, overall I found this to be a satisfying and well-written novel well worth the read.
I wish instead of focusing on series about dogs and bears that the Erins would do more Warriors. I would love to see a series that follows this one even though this seems to be a good ending if indeed it is an ending.