A Dangerous Path: Warriors #5
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ireheart has no easy path as Thunderclan's Deputy. His beloved leader Bluestar has been in despair since Tigerclaw's treachery in
Forest of Secrets
, believing she has been abandoned by StarClan. This view was reinforced in
when a forest fire killed their healer and made prey scarce.
A Dangerous Path
opens and Fireheart attends the Gathering on Bluestar's behalf, he dreads bringing back the news that the traitor is now Tigerstar, new leader of ShadowClan. How will Tigerstar exploit this new power? In addition to the fact that Bluestar either refuses to act or reacts dangerously, Fireheart must cope with Tigerclaw's old friends in ThunderClan, with signs of a dog loose in their territory, and with Cinderpelt's dream warning of danger coming, calling '
' and '
ireheart has to make the kind of hard decisions that define a real leader, and it feels lonely at the top. His actions cause his romance with Sandstorm to take a bumpy course, but he does see two old friends again, and is pleased when his nephew and apprentice Cloudpaw wins his warrior name of Cloudtail. Tension mounts as it becomes increasingly clear that '
there is evil loose in the forest
', magnified by danger from their old enemy. Eventually Fireheart must face it ... but, surprisingly, not alone.
ach episode in this series has been better than the last.
A Dangerous Path
has a thrilling cliffhanger of an ending, which sets the scene for the next book, which will reveal
The Darkest Hour
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