The first six books tell a delightful tale. We learn the story of a seemingly ordinary house cat, who stumbles upon a clan of feral cats and decides to join them. We learn how he struggles to establish a rightful place in the clan and gain his clanmates' acceptance, all the while grappling with the outside affairs of conflicting neighbor clans and ultimately facing a prophecy that he alone can save his clan. We also deal with death, the merciless forces of nature, and a hint of the supernatural, all building up to an explosive climax and a satisfying ending. That's where my praise ends. Warriors did well as just six books. The second arc of books bear an interesting premise. What bugged me was the decision to give StarClan such a driving influence on the rest of the plot. Back in the first series, the existence of StarClan in the Warriors universe was left relatively ambiguous. StarClan cats only appeared as vague apparitions in cats' dreams and were never outwardly stated to be real supernatural forces. It was just a religion and nothing more. Readers could decide for themselves whether or not there really was a StarClan. The story just felt more contrived to me when StarClan started appearing regularly and influencing the plot more heavily. Beyond TNP, the storytelling begins to feel the strain. Plot devices begin to repeat. StarClan influences practically everything. I felt that PoT was mostly just filler, as it often included stuff irrelevant to the actual plot like the Daylight gathering in The Sight and Sol's manipulation. As the prose gets better, the storytelling gets worse. The first series had fine storytelling but somewhat mechanical prose. In the later books, the authors have improved in their writing and it shows in the text - but the storytelling suffers when the books keep dragging on and on. Only the main and supporting characters are given much depth. The rest act as mere props in the stage to make the Clans appear big, appearing regularly in the text to remind the reader they're there. Once you get into it, the series becomes addicting. But there came to be a point where I just stopped caring about what happens. I'll give that the super editions are significantly better than the main books. But they really need to give this series a rest.
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