Im finally back, after a week long nervous breakdown!
Now Ive got some more Warriors Abridged stuff, and this time its The Sight
, the book whose title is in no way a rip-off of David Clement-Daviess book about wolves.
The third series opens with Firestar having some kind of dream/flashback thing from all the way back in Firestar's Quest
, where he is given a prophecy about how his kin will hold the power of the stars in their paws.
Cut back to modern day, where Firestar worriedly looks out at
Squirrelflight's kits and thinks that the Power of Three has come. This shows that he knows about the prophecy, even though he never does anything about it, and this never really comes up again until the next series.
We are now introduced to the protagonists of this series: Jaykit, Hollykit and Lionkit. They somehow come up with the genius idea to go hunt some orphaned fox cubs in their territory, further proving that cats dont develop common sense for the first few months of their lives.
As expected, this plan fails, and they run the hell away from the bigger-than-expected foxes that are trying to kill them. In the chase, Jaykit accidentally falls into the hollow.
This would actually be kind of funny to watch, because he doesnt just fall, HE RUNS RIGHT OFF THE FREAKING CLIFF.
He wakes up in the medicine den and has some random conversation with Spottedleaf. After Spottedleaf disappears, Leafpool shows up and starts acting all motherly *hint-hint* towards him.
When he tells her about seeing Spottedleaf, Leafpool tells him that he would make a great medicine cat, and that he should become her apprentice because he doesnt have many other options. Jaykit starts yelling at her about how he doesnt want to waste his life being a medicine cat like her, and that he hates being blind and more random emo stuff.
Thats right, Jaykit is blind. The Erins managed to hide the fact that one of their POV characters was blind for about thirty-six pages. This was probably Vickys idea, considering how much she loves screwing with us.
Youve also got to love Jaykit for being such a dick here. I mean, he insults the lifestyle that Leafpool has given up literally everything
for, right to her face. Of course, he doesnt know what shes been through until Sunrise
, so he did it unintentionally, but that still doesnt change how rude he is here. Plus, after he does learn about her past, hes still
a total dick towards her. As the series goes on, we begin to get used to how much of a dick he is.
Meanwhile, Hollykit and Lionkit are off doing things. Hollykit becomes more and more obsessed with the idea of being a medicine cat, whereas Lionkit eavesdrops on some senior warriors in the middle of the night.
They are all talking about how RiverClan has been quieter since Hawkfrosts death, and mention that the circumstances behind it were mysterious. No! You think? A cat is found impaled on the opposite side of the lake from where he should be, and was killed by a stake that would have to have been willingly dug out of the ground, and you consider that mysterious?
This is just to tell us that the cats involved covered up the fact that Brambleclaw did it. Thats right; Brambleclaw can officially get away with murder! ... Well, involuntary manslaughter, but hes getting there.
I was hoping this whole Brambleclaw-killed-Hawkfrost-and-covered-it-up thing would come up again, like Hawkfrost would tell Lion that it was Brambleclaw who killed him, and Lion would begin to mistrust his "father" and question if he was truly an honourable warrior.
More than two years later, and it still hasnt come up yet. Almost the opposite, actually, since now Lionblaze and Jayfeather hate everyone except
We also see Lionkit expressing some pro-Stormfur sentiments, feelings that eventually build to a fully-legitimate slash pairing, despite their massive age difference. Is it still considered Shotacon if its boyxboy?
Now its finally time for the Threes apprentice ceremony, yay! Since Hollypaw dropped enough hints about being a medicine cat, shes Leafpools apprentice, and Lionpaw gets Ashfur, aka that-guy-who-was-a-minor-character-that-somehow-became-incredibly-popular-and-eventually-had-some-minor-roles-in-the-plot-and-then-went-evil-and-became-easily-the-mosty-divisive-character-in-the-series, as his mentor.
And who does Jaypaw get? Brightheart. Being Jaypaw, he starts to complain about how Firestar gave him the only one-eyed cat in the Clan as a mentor, and that shes only half a warrior. Other than the half a warrior thing, Im going to side with Jaypaw here. It doesnt seem very... politically correct... to give a disabled cat a mentor with a similar disability; especially since Firestar has never given Brightheart another chance at being a mentor (I can just see Brightheart yelling What? I slept with your nephew for nothing? ), which seems to imply he thinks cripples can only teach other cripples.
Apparently theyre also teaming up with Longtail, another blind cat, causing Jaypaw to remark Great! Lets lump all of the useless cats together and hope a tree falls on them.
a line that I have been in love with since I first read it. Although I may sound critical of Jaypaws whining, Im not really, and he does provide a lot of amusement.
Like father, like son.
Eventually fed up with his "training", Jaypaw goes out on his own, and for the second time in the book, he almost gets himself killed, this time by drowning in the lake.
Thankfully, a WindClan patrol was nearby, and Crowfeather comes to rescue him, not knowing that he is saving one of the genetic by-products of him and Leafpool making sweet, sweet love all night long. (
Also among the patrol are Whitetail, and a new apprentice, Heatherpaw, who keeps alternating between being a major character, and having a negligible presence.
We also meet Breezepaw, who complains about as much as Jaypaw, but in this case, with a legitimate reason: Crowfeathers abusiveness. This also introduces us to another aspect of Jaypaws characterization that I like: his hypocrisy. He hates Breezepaw almost instantly, and thinks hes a big jerk, despite the fact that hes just as much of a jerk as he is. The same thing applies to Berrypaw once he gets a personality.
Crowfeather volunteers to bring Jaypaw all the way back to ThunderClan camp. Now, he doesnt really care about Jaypaw at all, especially since hes become some cold emotionless jerk, and is really just taking this long trip so that he can ogle Leafpool.
Crowfeather simply cant pretend he doesnt care about Leafpool anymore, not just because hes going so far out of his way just to see her, but because seeing her causes him to feel pretty much the only emotion Jaypaw has felt coming from him. Not to mention that pretty much the whole scene between them features them trying their hardest not to just jump on each other.
Im sorry, I just love this scene so much, and I just need to get that out there. It shows that they still care very much about each other despite the fact that they have to act like strangers around each other.
And now its the night of the Gathering. Jaypaw doesnt get to go because of his constant complaining, and the fact that he nearly got himself killed by going out without his mentor, but Lionpaw and Hollypaw get to go.
Lionpaw meets Heatherpaw and is instantly aroused. The fact that something will happen between them later on is pretty obvious.
And then, suddenly, the Gathering is interrupted by Graystripe and Millie. Thats right, after a three book absence, Graystripe is finally back, and hes brought a character that almost everyone hates just because she wont change her name. No, really.
I dont like Millie, but I dont hate her, so I find myself standing up for her a lot. Really, I dont see anything wrong with her, even though I subconsciously associate her with Baten Kaitos Origins
Milly, who miffs me a bit. Seriously, I dont care if Guillo is a genderless animated puppet; I still think he/she is still a better match for Sagi. I dislike how being a human female supersedes that fact that Guillo was Sagis only friend for his entire life. Well, except for his mom, who is actually another shipping option since Sagi has such a massive Oedipus complex. Also, since I was too lazy to learn her regular attack combos, I dont get much use out of her. And all of her finishers, save Diamond Drop and Open Your Eyes, are pretty boring. Most of them are even copies of themselves. Wow, I got off-topic...
But seriously. Millie is okay. I dont really like her, but she hasnt done anything to warrant hatred. I also dont have any problems with BKO
Milly; I just needed to get that out.
Anyway, this is very awkward situation since Brambleclaw was named deputy in Graystripes absence. They cant reach a decision over whether the job should return to Graystripe, or whether it belongs to Brambleclaw since Graystripe was officially declared dead.
So the cats do what they always do: Ask StarClan for help. Leafpool goes to the Moonpool, and Jaypaw follows her. Once they get to the Moonpool, Jaypaw proceeds to eavesdrop on Leafpool as she has a meeting with StarClan. StarClan oh-so subtly hints at Brambleclaw by telling Leafpool that Firestar should make this decision with his head, not his heart, contradicting all of the times characters have been told to follow their heart or do what they felt was right.
I might as well inject my opinion on this issue here. In terms of fairness, I think Graystripe should have been deputy. Im just a bit annoyed that Brambleclaw gets to keep his position under the same circumstances that Hawkfrost lost his, as well as the fact that Graystripe not being Firestars deputy kind of makes a mockery of Whitestorms last words. I can understand the whole Graystripe doesnt know the new territory thing, but as pointed out in Outcast
, he does learn it eventually. However, in terms of who would be the better deputy, I would go with Brambleclaw. Not that I dont love Graystripe, its just that leadership isnt exactly a trait that comes to mind when you think about him.
Anyway, back to the story. Leafpool notices that Jaypaw was eavesdropping on her, and when he says that he saw into her dream, she once again tries to persuade him to be a medicine cat. She fails once again.
They go back to camp, and Brambleclaw gets to stay deputy, resolving this minor little issue until ShadowClan has starts getting violent over a recently moved border.
Of course, the change in borders was in their favour, so theyre just being selfish jerks and trying to steal more territory. Basically, theyre being ShadowClan.
I find that the resulting battle is a good indicator of how fights in the series have progressed to what I like to call Cat-Fu, such Firestars epic throw, and Millie apparently clawing a cat so fiercely she sprays his blood across the clearing.
Since she is tired of doing a bad job of being Leafpools apprentice, Hollypaw joins in the battle alongside her brothers. She does a good job, whereas Jaypaw... not so much. One thing I would like to point out here is that after the battle, Lionpaw is very clearly wounded.
I feel the need to point this out because of how often I see people saying that Lion is invincible and cant be killed in battle. His power is that he has innate combat instincts that make him almost unbeatable, yet he can still be wounded and killed. Now remember, "Invincible" does not mean "unkillable", it means "unbeatable", so when he claims hes invincible, thats what hes saying. I mean really, how much blood has he lost so far, yet people still say he cant be wounded? Jeez.
Anyway, the plot moves on, and Jaypaw and Hollypaw begin to ponder whether or not they have chosen the right paths. Jaypaw decides to go to the Moonpool again for an answer.
However, he accidentally ends up in the Place of No Stars; where Tigerstar and Hawkfrost are waiting to
lure him to the dark side.
Spottedleaf then comes in and rescues him, meeting absolutely no resistance from Tigerstar or Hawkfrost for no apparent reason. I mean, according to Vicky, the worst they could do is trap her in the Dark Forest, but that still does stop her from rescuing Jaypaw, and I honestly cant see how any straight tom would not
want Spottedleaf completely at their mercy.
Spottedleaf then gives Jaypaw the whole "be a medicine cat" speech again, and as usual he complains. He decides to scan her mind, and ends up with an image of Firestar angsting, a detail I feel the need to include because I love Dreamshipping.
Jaypaw decides to give in, and asks to become Leafpools apprentice. Coincidentally, Hollypaw decides that she is fed-up with being a medicine cat at the same time, so they do the olswitcharoo.
Well, not a complete switch, since Hollypaw gets Brackenfur instead of Brightheart as a mentor. Once again, Firestar is kinda being a jerk towards Brightheart. But, on the plus side: FREAKIN BRACKENFUR!
The majority of the rest of the chapters are little subplots like dogs attacking WindClan territory, and a Greencough epidemic. During the epidemic, Jaypaw manages to literally drag Poppypaw back from StarClan, somehow causing fans to ship them together. Apparently trying to save someones life after youve promised their mother that they wont die on your watch means you love them.
The final little subplot of the book is some kind of Olympics-like daytime Gathering to celebrate their second newleaf at the lake. This is apparently such a good idea that it causes everyone to forget all of the fighting that was about to break out before Squirrelflight pitched this quickly thrown together idea.
Jaypaw decides to not join in because, as usual, he doesnt want to be treated differently because hes blind. Eventually, he has a dream where he is Lionpaw suffocating in dirt, and runs out to try and rescue his brother
. It seems he was right: A rabbit den had collapsed with Lionpaw and Breezepaw inside, and they would have died if he hadnt brought help.
Leafpool manages to keep Breezepaw and Lionpaw alive, and she and Crowfeather have a tender moment (Daww...
), much to Nightclouds chagrin.
So yeah, Nightcloud is basically the random WindClan she-cat the Crowfeather mated with to create Breezepaw. She is a somewhat hot character within the fan base, even though she has only appeared about five times, and has had maybe three lines of dialogue.
Now as much as the people who think she should die are going way
too far, I cant help but think the people sympathizing with her are a bit misaimed, too. Their interpretation of her is based entirely on the fact that she is in love with Crowfeather, but can they prove it?
I seem to recall an interview on Warriors Wish where Blizz was asking Vicky a bunch of questions, and at some point Vicky says that Nightcloud is just using Crowfeather kind of as a status symbol. Really, it seems like no one has read this interview because nobody seems to know any information that was revealed in it (namely the fact that the Tribe cats have Welsh accents).
So it seems that Nightcloud only acts all clingy when Leafpool is around out of possessiveness, not love. Im guessing another reason that she took Crowfeather as a mate was so she could, yknow, mate with him, which probably never happened again after Breezepaw was conceived. Thats why Im not quiet sure why Leafpool seems to be so jealous of Nightcloud: Shes obviously
not getting any.
I also find it kind of odd just how close in age Breeze is to Holly, Jay, and Lion. It would mean that Crowfeather and Nightcloud would have to have mated almost immediately after he got back with Leafpool. If I recall correctly, Nightcloud was on the WindClan patrol that showed up at the end of Twilight
, so I cant help but picture them having this conversation while on the way back to camp:Crowfeather:
You want to mate?Nightcloud:
Okay, Ill go find some bushes or something.
Anyway, back on topic. Everything wraps itself with a little announcement about how all of the Clans won the competition, and giving special mention to Jaypaw because he helped out. It seems theyre taking a break from the normally dark and violent tone of the books to teach us a lesson about co-operation, good sportsmanship, and accepting others. This is the first time a Warriors
book has given me diabetes.
Jaypaw obviously feels the same about this uncharacteristically bright and cheery ending, and leaves to go mope about stuff.
Upon going to sleep, he ends up in Firestar's dream, and sees Skywatcher reciting the Power of Three prophecy to him. Jaypaw instantly connects the dots and deduces that it applies to him and his littermates.
And so, the book ends with Jaypaw learning an incredibly important bit of information on the very last page. Yup.
Inspired by YuGiOh the Abridged Series
by LittleKuriboh (CardGamesFTW)
I DO NOT OWN THESE CHARACTERS!
All characters are from WARRIORS by Erin Hunter
WARRIORS is © Harper Collins