Welcome back to our series exploring the different arcs of Warriors. This is a space to share your thoughts and opinions, and we might have some trivia along the way!
Welcome back! Now it’s time for the Power of Three, the third arc of the franchise, published between 24th April 2007 and 21st April 2009.
In the space of those two years, the Erins explored the journeys of a new set of primary characters: Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze. The prophecy – “There will be three, kin of your kin, who hold the power of the stars in their paws” – was at the heart of the action.
But what does the prophecy mean by the “power of the stars”? As it turns out, it meant a set of furry, four-legged superheroes. Jayfeather is blind, but has the unique ability to feel emotions and memories coming off of other cats, as well as the ability to enter their dreams. Lionblaze has the power to never get hurt in a fight. Hollyleaf found her power in being completely loyal. What first appears to be an unfair distribution of powers turns out to be the key to the whole mystery, however, as the arc went on to uncover.
The broader narrative of the arc saw all four clans battling one another, as well as the introduction of Sol, a loner cat who tricked Blackstar, leader of ShadowClan, into losing faith in StarClan. It was an arc of eclipses, parental discovery, and the ultimate twist that Hollyleaf was never truly meant to be one of the titular trio. Twisty stuff, eh?
It must have been a winning formula: The Sight reached number one on all major sales charts, including the New York Times Bestseller List. Kate still glows with pride at that one. The same book was also nominated as the best Middle Readers book at Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in 2007, placing sixth out of the ten nominees, obtaining six percent of the total votes.
Warriors was definitely hitting it’s stride of popularity in this arc, but the question is: what did you think of it? How does it rate? What were your favourite moments and characters, and which book was your favourite?
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