In the midst of ThunderClan, a kit is born.
According to a prophecy, blue-grey she-cat Bluekit will possess a
firelike power that win her a dominant place in her Clan's ranks, but
even that gift can not protect her from one swift foe. The second
Warrior Super Edition novel will enthrall you with its feline strength
and mythological aura.
Erin Hunter is the nom de plume of three British writers who create
enthralling, animal-centric YA fantasies in the tradition of Brian
Jacques's Redwall books. In 2003, they launched their bestselling
Warriors series with Into the Wild, the story of a domesticated
kitten who leaves the comforts of his human home to join a family of
feral cats living in the woods. Introducing a captivating world where
rival cat clans struggle for survival, the book was an immediate
sensation with animal- and adventure-loving preteens. Since its debut,
Warriors has become a genuine publishing phenomenon, spawning a string
of six-book miniseries, each with its own distinct story arc.
The Erin Hunter collaboration is an unusual but highly successful one.
Characters and story ideas emanate from editor Victoria Holmes, who
keeps track of previous plot lines, ensures continuity, and coordinates
the details of a complex and growing cast of characters. Kate Cary and
Cherith Baldry take turns writing individual books; then everything is
vetted again through Holmes, who checks carefully to make sure the
stories are told in a single, unified voice. With different writing
styles at work, this would seem a daunting task. However, in a 2006
interview, Holmes explained her modus operandi: "I think of it as being
able to "speak Erin Hunter", like speaking a different language, and
after working on [so many] scripts, I know pretty much at once if a
line or phrase doesn't sound right."
Although the Erin Hunter
books are written for young readers, they do not shy away from
difficult material. The animals face life-threatening dangers and
experience pain, grief, and loss -- sometimes even treachery within
their own ranks. But the authors are always careful to reinforce
positive messages about family, friendship, loyalty, and love.
Independently, Holmes, Cary, and Baldry stay busy with their own
writing and editing projects; but in 2008, they reunited for a second
animal fantasy series. Seekers: The Quest Begins features a
trio of bears from different species (black, polar, and grizzly), who
join together for an adventure-filled odyssey that will change their