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ThunderClan's darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar's quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan: "Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest." The time has come ThunderClan's darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar's quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan: "Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest." The time has come for prophecies to unfold, and for heroes to rise ...


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ThunderClan's darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar's quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan: "Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest." The time has come ThunderClan's darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar's quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan: "Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest." The time has come for prophecies to unfold, and for heroes to rise ...

30 review for The Darkest Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    Until I’m old and gray, I will always champion the Warriors series as one of my all-time favorites, despite the fact that the first book wasn’t published until I was 23 and they are supposedly written for 8-year-olds. If you aren’t familiar, the Warriors books follow four clans of what we would call feral cats that battle each other, and sometimes work together towards common enemies (two-legs, dogs, rogue cats, etc.). The first arch begins when a kittypet (house cat) is recruited into Thundercla Until I’m old and gray, I will always champion the Warriors series as one of my all-time favorites, despite the fact that the first book wasn’t published until I was 23 and they are supposedly written for 8-year-olds. If you aren’t familiar, the Warriors books follow four clans of what we would call feral cats that battle each other, and sometimes work together towards common enemies (two-legs, dogs, rogue cats, etc.). The first arch begins when a kittypet (house cat) is recruited into Thunderclan by their leader, Bluestar, after getting himself in a predicament due to his curiosity leading him out of his home and into the untamed woods. It takes a long time for the clan to accept him as a true warrior (and some never do), and the term “kittypet” is thrown around like the harshest of all slurs. Fireheart (as he is come to be known) does train to become a Warrior, however, and by the end of the 5th volume, he is Bluestar’s deputy and chief consultant. The Darkest Hour is the final chapter in the first story arch of the Warriors. It sees our main protagonist, Fireheart, facing everything he has feared, as well as dreamed, all at once, in a serious shitstorm that he has to navigate not only for himself, but for all of Thunderclan as well. A final battle with Tigerstar turns out very unexpectedly, and a new menace makes itself known in the forest. The writing of Erin Hunter (who is actually four different authors writing together) is sublime. The fights between cats are harsh and brutal (the amount of violence at times makes me question how these books could be for small children) and the characterization of the clan cats is so deeply intricate and believable that you can’t help but care for them on an intense, emotional level. After finishing The Darkest Hour, I found myself crushed that my time with Fireheart had ended (the other archs deal with different cats), but I know that he is a character that has forever left a mark on my literary soul. The Warriors series is a strong reminder that one should NEVER judge a book by it’s classification in the library/bookstore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☣Lynn☣

    So glad I decided to reread these books finally. Loved them just as much as I did when I was younger. Gonna go ahead and read the next series. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I seriously need to reread these books again. I haven't read them in a good 10 or so years. These were right up there with Harry Potter. Scourge is one of my favorites. You can't help but love him, even though he's a bit evil. ;) So glad I decided to reread these books finally. Loved them just as much as I did when I was younger. Gonna go ahead and read the next series. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I seriously need to reread these books again. I haven't read them in a good 10 or so years. These were right up there with Harry Potter. Scourge is one of my favorites. You can't help but love him, even though he's a bit evil. ;)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book contains lots of action, and some romance. Bluestar has just lost the last of her nine lives and now Firestar is leader of ThunderClan, now that he has a solitary den his relationship with his clan-mate, Sandstorm, can disappear easily. But many more problems are coming to the forest. Now Tigerstar has combined ShadowClan with RiverClan to create TigerClan and is trying to get ThunderClan and WindClan to join TigerClan. Since both of the two clans refused, Tigerstar is forced to get a This book contains lots of action, and some romance. Bluestar has just lost the last of her nine lives and now Firestar is leader of ThunderClan, now that he has a solitary den his relationship with his clan-mate, Sandstorm, can disappear easily. But many more problems are coming to the forest. Now Tigerstar has combined ShadowClan with RiverClan to create TigerClan and is trying to get ThunderClan and WindClan to join TigerClan. Since both of the two clans refused, Tigerstar is forced to get a clan of rouges to help him take over the forest. When the new clan is introduced Firestar tells the leader, Scourge, of Tigerstar's treachery. As furious as any cat could be Scourge killed Tigerstar with a swipe of his claw. Well to much said already...Bye!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Oh.My.Gosh. This book was amazing. The warriors series is good, and the ending of the first sereis was surprising and action-filled. Thumbs up!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    This book was great to read! It is part of the series WARRIOR Cats. In this book Firestar, starting out as a pampered house cat becomes leader of ThunderClan, and the time has come for him and his clan to fight a life or death battle for the future of the forest. This Book was written by Erin Hunter. I really enjoy the way she writes, because she makes it seem as if you were in the story yourself, and even though it is all made up fantasy, she makes it seem as if it could actually happen in rea This book was great to read! It is part of the series WARRIOR Cats. In this book Firestar, starting out as a pampered house cat becomes leader of ThunderClan, and the time has come for him and his clan to fight a life or death battle for the future of the forest. This Book was written by Erin Hunter. I really enjoy the way she writes, because she makes it seem as if you were in the story yourself, and even though it is all made up fantasy, she makes it seem as if it could actually happen in real life. That

  6. 5 out of 5

    Domofudge

    This book contains suspense, action, and is a true epic. The Warriors series itself is a magnificent adventure. In this book specifically, it has alot of action and unexpected surprizes, you can hardly stop reading because nomatter where you stop you want to read more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I'm pretty much over this series. It went on at least 2 books too many. Very repetitive with ridiculous improbable things always happening. Meh... I really liked the first 3 books though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luke Baldock

    The grand finale to the epic series. Well, at least the first series of books. I was disappointed by the last book, mostly because it revolved around a mystery that the readers knew the answer to from the beginning. This time it was done much better. The prologue has Tigerstar meeting a clan of cats from Twoleg place. This isn't planned as a mystery, and as such it puts us into a position where we know more than the characters. They know something bad is coming, we know a little more, but it sti The grand finale to the epic series. Well, at least the first series of books. I was disappointed by the last book, mostly because it revolved around a mystery that the readers knew the answer to from the beginning. This time it was done much better. The prologue has Tigerstar meeting a clan of cats from Twoleg place. This isn't planned as a mystery, and as such it puts us into a position where we know more than the characters. They know something bad is coming, we know a little more, but it still doesn't all fit together. After the events of the last book, Fireheart becomes Firestar, the new leader of Thunderclan. This is the completion of his journey from naive kittypet. He is one of the youngest leaders of a clan, and as such he has a lot to prove. What I really liked about Firestar in this book is his ability to completely take control of any situation, but still listens to those around him. He achieves his 9 lives in a beautifully written chapter. He is reunited with many lost friends in Starclan and it's so clear to visualise. The main plot focuses on the coming battle between Firestar and Tigerstar. Tigerstar is uniting the other clans in an attempt to rule the forest as one. Tigerstar exudes is cruelty in this book. He does some shocking things and starts to clear the forest of half breeds. All big events such as fires, floods, storms etc. have been swept aside, as each fight is filled with intensity and is emotionally stunning. All bets are off, and that's what you really need for a climax. The biggest shock came about 3 quarters of the way through. It was possibly the most shocking twist I have experienced in any medium. Very quickly everything these books have been about changes. It heightens the drama and makes it the most dangerous and engaging story yet. It ends with an emotionally satisfactory moment, which may be a good jumping off point for some, but I can't wait to start the next series of books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trey Surina

    Oh my god, this book was very, VERY, tense and thrilling. The end has come of the series, and it certainly was everything I was hoping for. There is lots of death and it is actually quite sad. This was definatly my favorite book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is the sixth and last book in the Warriors series. It appears to be the first series of many about wild cats. With more than 300 pages, this is a great book for children to start expanding their reading comprehension abilities and challenging themselves with longer books. I love books that get our girls excited to read and this series did that for our youngest. She is in love with this series! I like to read whatever they are reading, so we can chat about the stories and discuss the charact This is the sixth and last book in the Warriors series. It appears to be the first series of many about wild cats. With more than 300 pages, this is a great book for children to start expanding their reading comprehension abilities and challenging themselves with longer books. I love books that get our girls excited to read and this series did that for our youngest. She is in love with this series! I like to read whatever they are reading, so we can chat about the stories and discuss the characters and plots. This was a quick, entertaining and dramatic read. Despite the number of pages, I was still able to finish it in a short time. I find it interesting that this series is cowritten by a group of female authors who go by the pseudonym Erin Hunter. With four writers in the group, it certainly allows them to be prolific. There is more violence, danger, and treachery in this book than I expected, but with the sheer number of books, I suppose the authors have to keep the audience's attention somehow. I am sure that our youngest will want to read all of the different Warriors series, and I will probably read them right along with her. I am starting to grow attached to the different characters and I'm beginning to care what happens to them. I'm not sure if I'll love the series, but I certainly like it. She's gotten a bit far ahead of me, so I have a lot of reading to do to catch up!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tarmia

    This was a satisfying and well-written end to an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable series. I read these books because when they were really popular at my primary school I was too busy reading 'adult books' and I to see what I missed out on. I am happy I made the decision to read these books! Now, I'm not sure if I am willing to put in the effort to continue reading the gazillion other titles in this universe but I'll think about it. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys middle-g This was a satisfying and well-written end to an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable series. I read these books because when they were really popular at my primary school I was too busy reading 'adult books' and I to see what I missed out on. I am happy I made the decision to read these books! Now, I'm not sure if I am willing to put in the effort to continue reading the gazillion other titles in this universe but I'll think about it. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys middle-grade fantasy, cats, and adventure. All in all, a worthwhile time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aju

    Ever thought that having nine life was possible ? Bluestar has gone to hunt with star clan forever and the fall of one great comes the rise of another. Fireheart now with nine life and the new name of Firestar, has to uncover what Bluestar meant by "Four will become two. and Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest" if he is to save the forest form a darker, stronger and bloodthirstier force than any cat has ever seen or imagined. Tigerstar, who has not got his revenge Ever thought that having nine life was possible ? Bluestar has gone to hunt with star clan forever and the fall of one great comes the rise of another. Fireheart now with nine life and the new name of Firestar, has to uncover what Bluestar meant by "Four will become two. and Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest" if he is to save the forest form a darker, stronger and bloodthirstier force than any cat has ever seen or imagined. Tigerstar, who has not got his revenge is still hiding in the shadows with the heart of a lion. Firestar fears that Darkstripe will follow in his old friend's foot steps. Firestar was drinking fresh water when a reflection appeared but to his surprise it was a lion. Fireheart, Graystripe and Ravenpaw watched helplessly as Stonefur was being torn apart as he refused to kill Graystripe's kits, to Graystripe's relief his kits were spared but not for long unless they are saved. Tigerstar the founder of Tigerclan gave Firestar and Tallstar an offer but with they deny and instead made a clan called Lionclan, Firestar thought that a battle was going to happen just like what Bluestar warned him but with a blink of a eye Tigerstar's plan backfired. Unfortunately with the faller of one leads to a ambition of another as Scourge the leader of Blood clan the backbone of Tiger clan intends to drive every clan out of the forest that was ruled by star clan. Firestar knew he had to do something or the all will have to leave the forest that was there by all rights and that's when Bluestar's words all made sense to him, so with the future all the clans of the forest in his paws he gathers all the clans and leads them in battle with Tiger clan. During the battle Firestar fought the Blood clan leader but then Scourge escaped, Firestar who was looking for Scourge found out that Whitestorm was on the brink of being reunited with Bluestar. At first it looked like Lion clan was winning Tiger clan but then in the drop of a hat things changed and Scourge had the upper hand in the battle, then Firestar spotted Scourge and without a warning Scourge bit in to his shoulders and landed a blow to Firestar's head. Will Firestar live on and fight or will Firestar see his plan get torn apart then die? Find out!!!! This is one of the book where what you expectation is not realty and once you start reading you can never tear your eyes of it. I like this book as it shows that no matter what your roots you still will leave a great legacy behind and it will be remembered till the end of time. The only thing I did not like about the book was how the death was described so in dept, it might make some people feel uneasy but over all this was a great book and I could not drop it till I finished it.This book really had the twist and turns of a marvelous book, the action of a action book, the mystery of a mystery book and the imagination of a fairytale . I really think that this book was the right way to end the season.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Pickstone

    Final volume of the first series. Four became two and then two became one to battle the ultimate threat to the forest. The forest (naturally) was triumphant. I still find inconsistencies that appear to be due to so many authors but it's a good read, every time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Second read: September 22-25, 2017 Wow! I had forgotten how intense this last book was. I was glued to the pages at the end. It was surprising how much I did not remember. I had completely forgotten about the treacherous bone hill and the tragic scene that played out there. I was urging those cats on to escape; gut wrenching! It was great to reread the first series. I first read this series when I was 13 and I'm 21 now; I can say that I enjoyed them just as much as I did the first time around. I Second read: September 22-25, 2017 Wow! I had forgotten how intense this last book was. I was glued to the pages at the end. It was surprising how much I did not remember. I had completely forgotten about the treacherous bone hill and the tragic scene that played out there. I was urging those cats on to escape; gut wrenching! It was great to reread the first series. I first read this series when I was 13 and I'm 21 now; I can say that I enjoyed them just as much as I did the first time around. I did not think they were too childish and I'll probably reread them again in the years to come. Firestar fan for life! :) First read: August 11-12, 2009 I cannot wait to read the next series, The New Prophecy, I hope it is just as good as this series was. Although I'm a little bummed that Firestar will not be the main character. I recommend these books to anyone who love suspense, cats/animals, and the wilderness. These books are the best and you will not be able to put them down. ☺

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Despite the fact that I read this book a few years ago, I can still remember the intense emotion and thrills that my pre-teen self experienced after reading the final book of the first arc in Erin Hunter's Warriors series. While this series appears to be a mild-mannered cat fable, it is in fact more than that, and this book is proof. With riveting battle sequences executed with seamless transition, the action leaves the young heart pounding, especially with the climax and denouement of the final Despite the fact that I read this book a few years ago, I can still remember the intense emotion and thrills that my pre-teen self experienced after reading the final book of the first arc in Erin Hunter's Warriors series. While this series appears to be a mild-mannered cat fable, it is in fact more than that, and this book is proof. With riveting battle sequences executed with seamless transition, the action leaves the young heart pounding, especially with the climax and denouement of the final scenes. While fur and claws are flying in a blur in the reader's direct thoughts, the description of the surroundings that is still present packs a powerful punch for the reader's senses, making for a truly engrossing experience. However, this action does not completely overtake the novel's plot, and allows for slower and easier moments to balance things out. With colourful characters that contribute to these moments, you are left with a superbly crafted novel and series, one that I would recommend to anyone interested in a great animal fantasy adventure to delve into with fervour.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    The thrilling conclusion to the excellent Warriors series! I have very much enjoyed my foray into this world, even staying up late some nights to get books finished and turning up woke bleary eyed and feeble minded. I followed along with Firestar all the way to his receiving of nine lives, and the ultimate showdown with Tigerstar (not to spoil anything, but wow, that was unexpected!) And now, armed with the knowledge about this world, I can move on to other series in the collection. I knew what The thrilling conclusion to the excellent Warriors series! I have very much enjoyed my foray into this world, even staying up late some nights to get books finished and turning up woke bleary eyed and feeble minded. I followed along with Firestar all the way to his receiving of nine lives, and the ultimate showdown with Tigerstar (not to spoil anything, but wow, that was unexpected!) And now, armed with the knowledge about this world, I can move on to other series in the collection. I knew what I was doing when I picked up the first book, I am just glad my addictions are limited to books and chocolate! The fast paced action and built up mystery make these books. Add to the mix lovable characters who sometimes make mistakes, brilliant world building and believable history and you have got yourself an incredible collection of books. I am so glad I started reading these! Not just for kids, these books are for big kids too!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. WOW! Consistently fantastic! Read the warrior books in order, so you can really get to know the characters and the clans and so you can really enjoy the full magnitude of the series! In this book, We see Firestar, is now the leader of Thunderclan, and this time the whole forest is threatened by sinister forces. The clans must unite as we see the true colours of some cats. Brave cats die trying to save others, while others die trying to gain power and because of greedy ambition. The book "stresse WOW! Consistently fantastic! Read the warrior books in order, so you can really get to know the characters and the clans and so you can really enjoy the full magnitude of the series! In this book, We see Firestar, is now the leader of Thunderclan, and this time the whole forest is threatened by sinister forces. The clans must unite as we see the true colours of some cats. Brave cats die trying to save others, while others die trying to gain power and because of greedy ambition. The book "stresses the importance of caring and community". Very well written and a real page turner. This is a gripping end to the original warriors arc, full of bravery, loyalty, battle, good and evil.. Another must read - but if you've been following the warrior books so far I'm sure you'll be wanting to read this one ASAP! :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jasmina

    THE BEST Warriors book of them all (and I've read all 3 series). This book wonderfully brings the first epic Warriors series to a conclusion. Fireheart receives his nine lives as a leader, which is unbelievably fascinating to read. I felt like I was there with Fireheart when he received his nine lives and became Firestar. As Firestar settles into his new role, we draw closer tot he final confrontation between Firestar and Tigerstar. But that confrontation might be different than you expected. An THE BEST Warriors book of them all (and I've read all 3 series). This book wonderfully brings the first epic Warriors series to a conclusion. Fireheart receives his nine lives as a leader, which is unbelievably fascinating to read. I felt like I was there with Fireheart when he received his nine lives and became Firestar. As Firestar settles into his new role, we draw closer tot he final confrontation between Firestar and Tigerstar. But that confrontation might be different than you expected. And the last battle at the end was wonderful! Whichever Erin wrote this book really knows how to draw you into a scene. I feel like I was fighting in that battle! "Four will become two, Lion and Tiger will meet in battle, and Blood will rule the forest."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Louise Hanley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a fabulous ending to the first series involving the lives of these wonderful warrior cats. I was going to buy the paperback copy of the next book in a week or so, but I can't wait so I've bought the ebook. I was so shocked by the change of events towards the end of the book. I hated the way Stonefur died, he didn't deserve that. It reminded me a little of Harry Potter and how 'half-blood' children are looked down upon. And don't even mention Tigerstar's death. I hated him with ever This book was a fabulous ending to the first series involving the lives of these wonderful warrior cats. I was going to buy the paperback copy of the next book in a week or so, but I can't wait so I've bought the ebook. I was so shocked by the change of events towards the end of the book. I hated the way Stonefur died, he didn't deserve that. It reminded me a little of Harry Potter and how 'half-blood' children are looked down upon. And don't even mention Tigerstar's death. I hated him with everything I had, yet I felt the same sense of morbid grief that Firestar did. It felt like a whole chapter of the story had left. The end of Tigerstar's era. His death was such a shock to me, and I was crying when whitestorm died. Have a good time hunting with starclan, Whitestorm. :'(

  20. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An amazing ending to the book and not what you would expect as BloodClan came in the way - curtsy of Tigerstar. In the end all 4 Clans had to come together to defeat BloodClan who had declared the forest theirs, not RiverClan and ShadowClan against WindClan and ThunderClan like I'm sure everyone thought it was going to be. This time it was Darkstripe's turn to show where his loyalties lie. In the end, with no one as he attacked his former leader and left TigerClan in reaction to Tigerstar's death An amazing ending to the book and not what you would expect as BloodClan came in the way - curtsy of Tigerstar. In the end all 4 Clans had to come together to defeat BloodClan who had declared the forest theirs, not RiverClan and ShadowClan against WindClan and ThunderClan like I'm sure everyone thought it was going to be. This time it was Darkstripe's turn to show where his loyalties lie. In the end, with no one as he attacked his former leader and left TigerClan in reaction to Tigerstar's death. Feeding an apprentice death berries is on the same level as Tigerstar. I've read these before (as I've previously mentioned) but I cannot remember what Darkstripe did and I was disgusted as much as I was at the first time. Bluestar's prophecy was clear, I think, and Firestar got it as soon as Tigerstar announced RiverClan and ShadowClan uniting. I think Firestar meeting Mistyfoot near the river one day was very important because she told him about all the visits Tigerstar had been paying to Leopardstar. Although he didn't get the bit about him having to merge with WindClan for a while. The Clan all teaming up against a treat really is something because it's said to have never happened before and it just shows what the Clans will do to protect their home. They are true warriors and they will not be driven out from it. It was absolutely amazing but I cannot understand how Tigerstar lost all of those lives straight away, and Fireheart didn't - it was a significant point because Scourge would have then been made of StarClan's existence therefore it would not have been a weakness anymore. I think it's because the wounds were different and blood was coming out too fast for Tigerstar to heal. I kind of did feel sorry for him but I kind of never. I felt sorry for him because no cat should have died like that - so quickly and so effortlessly but then again I didn't because of all the things he had done in his life. I forgot to mention that we saw some new things in this book and it was as about as refreshing as the first book. We had a glimpse inside StarClan and reading about all the warriors who had died as so sad. At least the last book wasn't the last time we would read about Bluestar. The 9 ceremonies was excellent. Who knew getting lives would hurt? and the naming ceremony for Lostface (now Brightheart). Amazing. Whitestorm dying was horrible, and it was even worse because Firestar had mentioned he wouldn't know what to do if he didn't come back from battle. Whitestorm was a fine warrior, a really fine warrior and I even liked him as a fictional character. I think him being a older cat made me think he should have been deputy and then Firestar but I know Firestar is a great choice. If Whitestorm chose Firestar as leader then he would have been made leader then, but we'll never know and it didn't work out like that anyway. I thought the first series great and I'm willing to move on to the second (and if I get enough money, hopefully third).

  21. 5 out of 5

    06erikm

    Warriors: book 6- The Darkest Hour by Erin Hunter Published 2004 315 pages The intended audience of this book is Teenagers and preteens that love fantasy. The book begins with the leader of Thunderclan, Bluestar, dying. As her deputy, Fireheart becomes the new leader of the clan. Oh by the way, these are all cats. Yes, this book is different from others. In this book, humans are called twolegs and cats talk to each other. It's an interesting subject, because you don't usually see a book with jus Warriors: book 6- The Darkest Hour by Erin Hunter Published 2004 315 pages The intended audience of this book is Teenagers and preteens that love fantasy. The book begins with the leader of Thunderclan, Bluestar, dying. As her deputy, Fireheart becomes the new leader of the clan. Oh by the way, these are all cats. Yes, this book is different from others. In this book, humans are called twolegs and cats talk to each other. It's an interesting subject, because you don't usually see a book with just cats and nothing else that talks. In other books, you might find a wizard or something talking to cats, but not usually just cats talking. Anyway, back to the book. The four clans of the forest have had some trouble with fires, flooding, and a pack of dogs, and now an even bigger problem emerges. Tigerstar,(the antagonist) known throughout Thunderclan for his treachary, has become the new leader of shadowclan, and wants to "unite" the forest under his rule. Fireheart, now Firestar, must make sure that he doesn't. Firestar is the protagonist, and just wants to keep the peace of the clans. Firestar discovers Tigerstars plot right when he is about to tell the rest of the clans about Tigerstar's treachary. He never gets a chance though because the gathering ends too soon. After a series of battles and other problems, Tigerstar eventually brings in Bloodclan, a band of evil cat that kill Tigerstar and try to take the forest for themselves. Firestar must then find a way to stop them. He eventually meets them in intense battle. Those battle scenes were something I liked about this book. For example, on page 171, it says "slipping to one side, he raked his claws down Darkstripe's side, and followed up with a blow to his back leg as the dark warrior crashed past him." Another example on page 305 was this- "His claws raked along Scourge's side and he dodged a blow to his head like the one that had claimed his first life." I also liked how well the writer uses sensory details and word choices. I found myself thinking I was in the forest stalking a mouse more than once. I believe that one theme of this book is that a lust for power often leads to disaster. I loved this book. I could barely put it down. I spent hours sitting on the couch reading it because it was so well written and drew me in. I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, Or cats.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A disappointing ending to an otherwise surprisingly poignant series. I'm wondering if a new author joined the circle of Erin Hunter when this book came along. It felt disconnected, maybe rushed, and lacked the depth and substance of character that makes the previous five books so captivating. There were also some painfully obvious, heavy-handed christianity themes present in this book that might not have been so distracting had the rest of it been a gratifying experience - but it wasn't. The ent A disappointing ending to an otherwise surprisingly poignant series. I'm wondering if a new author joined the circle of Erin Hunter when this book came along. It felt disconnected, maybe rushed, and lacked the depth and substance of character that makes the previous five books so captivating. There were also some painfully obvious, heavy-handed christianity themes present in this book that might not have been so distracting had the rest of it been a gratifying experience - but it wasn't. The entire series built up to a final showdown between Firestar and Tigerstar that never even happens. Instead, they introduce Scourge once during the prologue, for maybe a page, and the next time we see him he kills Tigerstar in one fell blow. I thought I could accept this, thinking maybe this was an in for an even deadlier and scarier villain, but instead Scourge dies too just a few chapters later. This useless character served as a deus ex machina to quickly write off Tigerstar's nine lives, as if the author(s) couldn't figure how else to do it. Anticlimactic and very Hollywood - basically the book can be summed up as "Firestar and his warriors take back the forest and live happily ever after." It's particularly frustrating because the buildup was great - we had this running villain the readers grew to despise, and whom was so manipulative it seemed impossible to defeat him or outwit him at any turn. I can't understand why the arc was wrapped up so easily. Despite a shallow and abrupt ending, the rest of the series was never something I expected out of books about talking cats; fingers crossed that the next generation of books handles its conflicts a little better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Owen

    Bluestar has lost her last life whal defending her clan aganst a pack of dogs that were trained by Tigerstar. Firestar is now the leader of Thunderclan. Firestar is trying to decide who will be the deputy Of Thunderclan. He ends up choseing Whitestorm. Tigerstar combined Shadowclan and Riverclan. Thunderclan and Windclan had to combind to fight Tigerclan (Riverclan and Shadowclan). Tigerclaw also brought Bloodclan into the forest. There leader Scourge has dog claws in his colar and for claws al Bluestar has lost her last life whal defending her clan aganst a pack of dogs that were trained by Tigerstar. Firestar is now the leader of Thunderclan. Firestar is trying to decide who will be the deputy Of Thunderclan. He ends up choseing Whitestorm. Tigerstar combined Shadowclan and Riverclan. Thunderclan and Windclan had to combind to fight Tigerclan (Riverclan and Shadowclan). Tigerclaw also brought Bloodclan into the forest. There leader Scourge has dog claws in his colar and for claws also. He kills Tigerstar with one massive wound. Then all the clans come togeather to defeat bloodclan. Scourge only had one life because he did not believe in Starclan. Whitestorm dies and Greystripe becomes deputy. I can make a text-to-self Connection to this book. In the book Firestar has to make a hard choice. He has to chose who he would pick as deputy. He had to pick betwean friendship and responcability. This helps me understand how Firestar felt in this pozition. Your friends or your responceability. This book is action packed. There are huge amounts of action and adventure. It makes this book almost believeable. I cant read a book when it has not mutch action. This book I couldn't put down. I would recomend this book to people of all ages. This book I would give five stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are no books in the entire Warriors series that I've read that are as good as this one (but they are all still good), and I've read up to series three book five. I'm sure loads of Warriors fans will agree with me on this. The best battle descriptions are in this book, with blood flying around everywhere and cats with dog's claws for claws. Tigerstar finally dies *hooray* leaving Fireheart suprisingly devastated. Yes, I was confused here to. Even though Scourge killed Tigerstar, we should a There are no books in the entire Warriors series that I've read that are as good as this one (but they are all still good), and I've read up to series three book five. I'm sure loads of Warriors fans will agree with me on this. The best battle descriptions are in this book, with blood flying around everywhere and cats with dog's claws for claws. Tigerstar finally dies *hooray* leaving Fireheart suprisingly devastated. Yes, I was confused here to. Even though Scourge killed Tigerstar, we should all be happy, even if it was horrible imagining a cat dying nine times. *Yuk*. That might not sound gross to you right now, but just you wait until you read pages 233 and 234. I don't mean to put you off though, anyone who's anyone should read this book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    An amazing finish to the first Prophesy! I must admit, I never saw the climax coming and, what had been building in my mind from books 2 through 5 of this series ... well, I am not often surprised but I will say that I didn't see this coming. If you've read the books in order, you will find the true meaning of StarClan's prophesy: "Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest." The authors have done a masterful job of weaving the story from beginning to en An amazing finish to the first Prophesy! I must admit, I never saw the climax coming and, what had been building in my mind from books 2 through 5 of this series ... well, I am not often surprised but I will say that I didn't see this coming. If you've read the books in order, you will find the true meaning of StarClan's prophesy: "Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest." The authors have done a masterful job of weaving the story from beginning to end in the first six books of the series. At the end, I could not wait to start on the next series, The New Prophesy: Warriors.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lilly H

    The darkest hour was one of my favorite warriors books. Scourage and the rest of blood clan was a very cool detail in this story. Scince scourage kills one of the cats, (didn't want to be a real spoiler) because they dissaprove of a fight, the real battle begins. Firestar loses his first life and I loved the interaction with Firestar and Starclan. Totally recommendend this book to any young reader.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aarduser3 Arduser

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tigerstar wants all of the clans to unite as one, but Tallstar and Firestar disagree because there have always been four clans in the forest. So Tigerstar unites with Riverclan and puts other cats called bloodclan to attack the other clans and instead destroy Tigerstar. Then Firestar, Riverclan, and Windclan team up to destroy Bloodclan.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jaida

    I thought Warriors 6: The Darkest Hour was a very good book because the main character has such a good heart. Also, I love the plot and the mystery in the forest. Plus, the detail added in the book are very specific.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lucija The Reader

    Okay so... This book and the whole series was just so epic, magical and awesome. And woah! The ending of this book just got almost biting my nails! I need to read all series by Erin Hunter. Seriously, I have to!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catalina

    Wild and free warrior cats definitely have interesting stories. But also very difficult lives, as they are sometimes cold, hungry and they also have to fight for territory. I'd make all of them plump "kittypets" who won't need to go to war or freeze in the forest

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