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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Kestrelflight's Slumber Party by Hopesplash
Synopsis: Kestrelflight wants to hold a Slumber party so Onestar recommends he get all the medicine cats. Kestrelflight gathers them all up (Jayfeather brings Lionblaze for protection) and Kestrelflight, Jayfeather, Lionblaze, Flametail and Willowshine have a slumber party. Hilarity Ensues.
Comments: Kestrelflight's Slumber Party is very long. You can read the entire thing up until now (helpfully posted by me) on page 40. This is pretty much the funniest warriors story ever, but if you aren't a fan of numerous Brick Jokes you might not want to read it.
Despite the fact that it focuses on OC Clans, this fic is well written and has an interesting cast. The Chosen One isn't a Mary Sue, the author shows instead is merely telling, and the official couple is awesome. And the plot twists are really cool!
Synopsis: It focuses on Feather, an aging cat with a Dark and Troubled Past and a blind kit named Rusty living in a city. A rather violent one, in fact, though it is heavily hinted that this is a norm in all cities. As a rather young fic, not much of the plot is yet revealed, though the summary talks about a tie-in with the clans fighting the Place of No Stars...
Being heavily AU from the third Warriors series on, if you don't like A Us, you should skip this one. Also, the writer is heading for dark with this one. But other than that, it is rather good! Her characters are well-rounded as of yet and the setting is well described. Her writing style takes a few chapters to adjust to though.
Synopsis: An alternate universe where Thistleclaw died soon after fathering Whitekit, Tigerstar (In this story Tigerheart) lacks the ambition he does in canon. It is so far from Ravenpaw's point of view. The plot hasn't really started up yet, but the author has an excellent writing style that can get you hooked.
Like I said, It's AU. So if you're not a fan, stay away from this.
It's very interesting and the writing is several classes above most fanfic. However, it isn't without its flaws. Most obviously: even though the protagonist is supposed to be evil (or at least morally ambiguous), she's still kind of a Sue. Also, it's sixty-some chapters long so far.
YMMV. I found the main character to be a huge Sue, and the purple prose is painful.
Synopsis: "An apprentice with prophetic dreams. A forgotten Clan returns. The land of the dead threatened. The peace of the world shattered with the arrival of a strange kit with wisdom far beyond her years, who knows not only of the past, but also of the future of the Clans. Can Skypaw and Aura work together to save both this world and beyond from a danger that even Rock did not foresee?" -FF.Net summary
This is a really beautiful fanfic. The author is amazing with words; Shout writes in a way that amazes you. It helps that the plot is an interesting one, too—the general idea has been done before (cat in Clan who is special), but Skypaw's powers are very different from what you see in other fanfiction, and I think the character Aura really distinguishes this story from other ones. You should definitely give it a read! (It also has a page right here.)
Synopsis: Long after the events of The Last Hope, the Clans are about to face even greater challenges and confront their inward problems.
The story focuses on OCs, but it contains references of characters from canon. It also has more fantasy elements than the canon. While the overview of the story may not look most innovative, the story is well thought-out, expands the canon setting in an interesting way while keeping the spirit of it, and has a good plot and brilliant character development. It's pretty long, but definitely worth reading.
Synopsis: Dawnpaw is a new apprentice of Thunder Clan, determined and eager to serve her Clan. But her dreams are continually quashed by her callous and sarcastic mentor, Thickfur, who doesn't seem like he will ever approve of her. Sootpaw is an experienced Shadow Clan apprentice, arrogant and skilled, praised by all of the warriors including his critical father, Falconswoop. These two cats have nothing in common, yet when they find their minds inexplicably linked, they are forced to question all they held to be true, including Star Clan themselves. A web of deception and fear is woven around them, trapping the pair in a war much older than they could possibly have imagined.
This story is completely OC-filled, yet it is amazing. It has a new and original plot, nothing like I've ever seen before, and the characters are easy to get attached to. This is one of the first Warriors fics I ever read, and definitely one of my favourites. Now has a sequel here
Synopsis: The Three have taken mates, and their children have mysterious powers and a new prophecy surrounding them. The Dark Forest battle has ended, the Clans are shaken to the core by their Clanmate's betrayal and no cat knows who to trust. Will the chosen cats use their new powers for good or evil?
It sounds boring, but trust me, it's far from it! One of the main themes of the story is 'history repeats itself', yet the story puts new twists on old warriors themes and it really is a great story.
Pairing(s): Mainly AshfurxHollyleaf (here called Hollythorn); also contains HollyxMouse, LionxPoppy, and just a tad of HoneyxBirchfall.
Synopsis: Hollypaw/Ashfur darkfic! Written pre-Dark River. Ashfur never got over his lost love, Squirrelflight. He is willing to do anything to have a part of her back- even if that means tangling young Hollypaw in a web of hurt and fear. Can she escape his grasp?
Comments: Be warned, Love You to Death is very dark; it follows the twisted, obsessive, controlling relationship of a person who never really got over his first love interest and a— at the beginning, anyway— relatively naive apprentice who really wasn't entirely sure what she was getting herself into. It deals with the tragic consequences of playing with someone's heart, and not letting them really know whether you care about them or not until it's too late; it also deals with simply choosing someone because of a fleeting moment of infatuation, and why it generally doesn't end well. It also earns points for using rape as a proper plot device, and not just for cheap drama. The majority of it was written before Dark River came out, so all warrior names afterwards are different from the books; this doesn't detract too much from the experience, however, unless you're a stickler about that sort of thing. All in all a fantastic read, although I wouldn't read it if you only like happy endings.
The companion fic, Death Did Us Part, told from Ashfur's point of view, is currently in progress as well.
Pairing(s): Mainly revolves around Fire/Spotted, but also lightly touches on Fire/Cinder, Littlecloud/Cinderpelt, Raggedstar/Yellowfang, and Crow/Leaf
Synopsis: 'We are medicine cats. We give and we give and we give. After all we have lost, StarClan does not have the right to dictate the matters of our hearts.' Spottedleaf speaks out for all the medicine cats, challenging the rule that forbids them to love.
Comments: This isn't a mushy romance story, actually classed under angst. And there are some issues with the author's interpretation of canon, mainly the age difference between Spotted and the ThunderClan apprentices when Firestar arrived. However, it is the best attempt to date to ground Spottedleaf in an actual personality that's not up in the air, and is the best argument ever against forbidden love when it comes to medicine cats, and how it would prevent a lot of sneaking around and drama. Could also be viewed as an essay in support of allowing medicine cats to love, as I have seen it used on a couple occasions in the fandom as evidence against the rule. Whether you're looking for a somewhat emotional story, or another point of view to consider in a debate on romance in the fandom, give this a read.