Genres: Childrens, Animals, Xenofiction
Publication Date: March 15th 2016
2 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky.”
The clans have lived in peace for many moons since the great battle, however, a new prophecy threatens to destroy the peace. A time of great change if coming for cats of all clans, and they’ll need to figure our how to find what’s in the shadows if they want to save themselves.
Though the Warrior Cats series is long running, it’s never been amazing. A Vision of Shadows is perhaps one of the weakest books in the main series. It opens with a prophecy, as all the arcs do, but then it’s pretty stagnant. There’s a lot of walking, then a short bit of action before more walking. Opening books are traditionally more exciting, if I was not already invested in the series I wouldn’t have made it to the end, which does show some potential.
The characters aren’t as robust and relatable as they should have been. Alderpaw definitely has a personality, but it doesn’t have levels. The same goes for Needlepaw and Sparkpaw, they aren’t well-rounded characters despite being the protagonists. Worse off are Cherryfall and Molewhisker who have almost no character traits at all. There was a good opportunity for Hunter to use older characters, or at least characters with substance in Cherryfall and Molewhisker’s place.
As mentioned before the ending is the highlight of this book. It finally feels like something is happening. Granted, the book ends immediately after the most exciting moment, but promises that the rest of the books in the series could be better.