Title: Dark River
Author: Erin Hunter
Published: December 26, 2007 by HarperCollins
Purchased: Years ago, $6.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: The three children of Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, grandchildren of the great leader Firestar, have thrived in their apprenticeships: Lionpaw’s strength and energy serve him well as a warrior in training, Hollypaw hones her understanding of the warrior code, and Jaypaw explores his mysterious powers and connection to StarClan as the medicine cat apprentice.
With more experience comes both power and danger: Lionpaw makes a friendship—and a discovery—that must be kept hidden; Jaypaw learns a secret that could benefit ThunderClan by damaging others; and Hollypaw knows something that could avert a battle, if she could convince the rest of her Clan.
The three are torn apart as each discovers darkness: in themselves, in the Clans, and in the past. And, as conflict begins over what it means to be a warrior, rising tensions threaten to overflow, washing away the peace that has existed for many moons.
Review: This had a lot going on, a little more than the first book, it kept the story interesting though.
I kind of felt like Jawpaw grew a little here, he isn’t as much of a grouch but that could just be because I can’t remember the rest of the series.
The writing here was better and I loved that we are getting to see the really ancient cats and exploring the tunnels a bit. I kind of feel like this could have just been an unneeded extension of the first and second series but the way the Erin’s executed this, they pulled it off.
I love the series and I enjoyed this book, even though I did have a few problems with it. Well, one problem really. Heavystep died in The New Prophecy series and yet he was still mentioned in the allegiances but I was willing to let that go until this book when he was mentioned glaring at Hollypaw and Willowpaw. We got a ghost here. How many times is this elder going to die?
I kind of feel like the authors need notes or something to help them remember.
The writing was good and the pace felt steady for everything going on and I got to say, I love the new cover.
Thank you for reading my review.