Why Sign of the Moon was my least favorite book by Freespirit

Freespirit explains their least favorite book.Β 

Cover art by Wayne McLoughlin

Over the past several weeks, I have reread omen of the stars. However, I changed one factor. I skipped to the fourth book, Sign of the Moon. “Why?” you might be asking? The reason is I wanted to see if it actually contributed anything worthwhile to the series as a whole. When I first read a few years ago, it felt like filler meant to drag on the series to that 6 books per series quota. And now, rereading the Omen of the Stars series without it barely made any noticeable changes. The one thing I found that I didn’t quite understand, was the new prophecy, which could have been part of a prologue or something. It wasn’t enough to warrant a whole book about it. But Freespirit, you might be asking, just because it’s filler doesn’t mean that it is bad. To that answer I say, I TOTALLY agree with you! Some of my favorite series contains many filler books or episodes, Andy there still amazing. Being filler is not why I didn’t like Sign of the Moon. To explain this, I’ll need to break down the plot of the book, so MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD! You have been warned.
We start at the tribe, arguing fighting, general drama with Stoneteller refusing to choose an heir, and refusing the Tribe of Endless Hunting. So basically we have BluestarTwo. After that, we have an exciting scene of Dovepaw saving the day again by rescuing Icecloud, and Dovepaw not getting hurt because of plot armor. Dovepaw and Ivypaw get there warriors names and we ignore the scene that we should have explained, the night vigil. Lionblaze and Briarlight get there daily drama. The new Ivypool gets to go and spend the night in the dark forest, while Dovewimg does nothing actually dangerous, and just whines about toms all chapter. Finally things get better, they go off to the tribe, and get periodically interrupted by Lionblaze have kittypet drama. A non Thunderclan cat dies, and no one cares since he’s not Thunderclan. The tribe comes along and helps the Clan cats, When things get good, Lionblaze stops it with his drama back home. Jayfeather goes with the ancients, how is never explained, but don’t worry, Ivypool will but into save the day, and distract you from a good scene. Jayfeather save the tribe by choosing a new leader, and we never see them get home. Ever.
This is highly paraphrased, but it should help to explain some things. As you could see, it was interrupted constantly by the cats at home, Lionblaze and Ivypool. If something interesting was happening, yes, show us but we don’t need a scene interrupted by Lionblaze going all Lovey-dovey. Cats do die, but not Thunderclan cats, and only they really count. If Jayfeather or Ivypool (plot armor!) or even just Foxleap died, we’d take the loss worse. Also, never reading about the journey back home is (no offense to the

As you could see, it was interrupted constantly by the cats at home, Lionblaze and Ivypool. If something interesting was happening, yes, show us but we don’t need a scene interrupted by Lionblaze going all Lovey-dovey. Cats do die, but not Thunderclan cats, and only they really count. If Jayfeather or Ivypool (plot armor!) or even just Foxleap died, we’d take the loss worse. Also, never reading about the journey back home is (no offense to the Erins, you’re still awesome!) poor writing. But what’s worse is no one talking about it! It’s like “Oh what did I do this weekend? I saved the clans and took a trip to the mountains to save the tribe.” If I heard about a cat doing that, I’d be amazed and ask all about it! Finally, I just don’t like the tribe. They never seemed to have a reason for existence, they just happened to be related to the clans, and live at the lake once too. No super editions were made about them, and often times I forget about them.

So anyway, that was my rant about how bad that book was. You might love it and I respect your opinion, I just don’t share it. And the book wasn’t all that bad, it had some good points to it, but not where is was located. If it had been made into a novella, or a small super edition, it would’ve been ten times better.

  14 Replies to “Why Sign of the Moon was my least favorite book by Freespirit”

  1. Firepaw(Firestrike)
    May 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    First comment! Nice article. I agree with you in the respect that not all filler books/shows are bad. I also agree that Sign of the Moon wasn’t that good of a book. Finaly, I really wish that they hadn’t cut into the interesting parts with boring parts of Ivypool or Lionblaze.

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  2. Mintkit(feather)/Mint That Grows Where Feathers Fall
    May 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Interesting article.

    the summary sounded like a Moonkitti video


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  3. Butterflypaw(flower) Who Loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    May 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I liked the part when the dog was chasing them so they ran into the bushes to hide, then another dog showed up and started barking at the one that had been chasing them so it stopped chasing the cats and ran over to the dog that was barking. Then one of the cats (I forgot who it was) said that it was a mentor telling its apprentice to “Stop chasing those cats you stupid fur ball and get to work!” XD If this book didn’t exist we wouldn’t have this scene and it really adds some amazing comedy to the story!

  4. May 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Nice article! πŸ˜€


    geese ftw

  5. Sunpaw
    May 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Okay so I know you don’t want hear this but the thing you hate about the book is actually a writing style so say you have action through some key very interesting but then to appeal to other readers you have the lovey dovey that’s boring as all get out and the slow talk so other slower readers understand

    And another explanation so say your writing an action you try an write all action but you end up with a small book so you have to add on other parts so that your book is bigger and believe it or not those boring parts you hate are actually character building parts although not very good character building it still is

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    • Freespirit
      May 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Yes, they do have to do it, but the cuts were illplaced, as if to remind us they were there. We rarely see the tribe, so I don’t get why we couldn’t have gotten tribe drama instead! I’d love the tribe much more if it weren’t for the fact they were always needing thunderclan to save them!


      Mew

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  6. Sleetfall The Yellow Eraser
    May 27, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Yay, BluestarTwo! That just cracked me up. Honestly, I read the entire series without even thinking about the plot. In lots of books nothing seemed to happen to me. As the world human population grows, the cat population in the series grows. Now how many cats would be in each clan after a few generations? They didn’t start out with too many cats, but now it seems too crowded and each cat is just there for no reason. Some cats are probably paired up as mates so their not mateless. Do you think that the warrior cats eventually would get extinct somehow like dinosaurs? Oh StarClan, I should probably put this in an article since nobody seems to have discussed this at all so far.

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  7. Shiverfur
    May 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Good article! (Sign of the Moon is my least favourite book too.) πŸ™‚

  8. Eagleclaw
    May 27, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I agree that Sign of the Moon, and often books involving the tribe, aren’t as good to read – in my opinion, the tribe only ever got really good with the ancient version at the start of DotC. But I disagree with Stoneteller being compared to Bluestar just because they shared similar character development: of losing confidence in their faith/their decisions. The chapters changing PoV help alter pace, though I agree that this can agitate a reader if one is better than the other. I disagree also with whichever Erin was writing not covering the journey back as ‘poor writing’. First, it’s a technique known as a narrative gap. Second, I think that would just be more filler. There’s no reason to show the same journey to the mountains but vice-versa, especially since the characters have travelled there and back many times before in the series.

    But, yeah, good article. It’s always great when the points raised are debatable, and I do very much agree with some of your opinions. πŸ™‚

    • Butterflypaw(flower) Who Loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
      May 28, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Yeah. Some books DO show the journey back, but it wasn’t necessary for Sign of the Moon to show that since like you said, it would pretty much be the same thing and it left more space for important details in the next book. Seekers was two series(es) where they showed the journey there and back because that’s the type of story Seekers is.

  9. Russetflame
    May 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I remember enjoying Sign of the Moon, but I haven’t read it for a while. I like the tribe so I enjoyed it, but I think it rambled a little and didn’t add much to the main plot in my opinion. I almost think it would have worked as a novella if you cut out some of it. Interesting article!

  10. Embertsar (Emberdawn)
    June 2, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Hm, interesting opinion, Free! I’m honestly not sure if there’s a book that I dislike in the Warriors series πŸ˜›


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  11. Creekdapple
    May 17, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Oo, a super edition about the tribe! Good idea. I don’t really remember too much about Sign of the Moon.

  12. Star that falls through navy sky
    August 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I only like tribe names. They really only seemed like bland filler otherwise. The ancients were much better to me.


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