Darkness Within Spoiler Page

Spoiler page for The Broken Code #4: Darkness Within!

Official cover art by Owen Richardson (presumably)!

We’re jumping right into making this a spoiler page since we have the title, cover, and blurb for the fourth installment of The Broken Code!

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December 5, 2020 4:05 pm

I just kind of feel like these 4 books have all been the same: Bramblestar is gone, there’s an imposter, the leaders hold a Gathering about it, they argue about it, decide to wait and see what happens, then do absolutely nothing to change anything. Then repeat that 4-5 times per book and voila. Plus how many times can the characters shuffle their paws nervously, or exchange glances nervously, or do anything “nervously” frankly. What happened to warriors who are fearless or reckless or prone to anger or any other emotions other than being nervous? I will say I do like that we got to see the Sisters again, and that we got to see some other characters from each of the Clans, even if they were just mentioned. It seems like there are sooooo many cats now, and with POVs in three different Clans, we don’t get much character development on many cats other than the main characters. I miss from previous arcs where I felt like I really knew the personality of most of the cats in ThunderClan, where now I don’t think we’ve even heard from at least half of them this arc! I know it’s hard with three different POV Clans to deal with, but I’d like for some of the marginal characters to also get a little of a personality and share the spotlight!

Also, do we have descriptions for some of the new cats introduced? I know it’s minor, but as a reader I like to know what these cats look like, rather than just being like a tabby like Tempest, Reedclaw, or Beekit, I like to know their colors!

December 7, 2020 2:40 pm

How did Cheddar die?

December 7, 2020 7:52 pm

How exactly did Ashfur make Bramblestar sick?

December 14, 2020 5:35 pm

Spoilers for Darkness Within
So here is my monologue on Darkness Within.
First of all, poor Shadowsight. I mean really. So he has to be demoted because he might not be fully trained for being a medicine cat. Really? Wasn’t he the same age as most medicine cats when they get their full name? But, okay, Mothwing, I’ll take your word for it. I don’t know what herbs are supposed to be wrapped or dried or whatever.
But if the issue is that he’s inexperienced, so teach him! Puddleshine and Mothwing weren’t teaching him! Also, it’s not like Puddleshine was so gifted at being a medicine cat. He didn’t WANT to be a medicine cat. ShadowClan was desperate.
And then you give him the job of taking care of Ashfur. Who recently tried to kill Shadowsight. Brilliant. Whose idea was this? Also, if you’re so worried about Shadowsight treating cats- didn’t they want to keep him alive? And now you’re sending Shadowsight to spend alone time with the cat who tried to kill him, who might be out for revenge, and who we already know is an expert manipulator. Really, what did you expect was going to happen? I think Tigerstar needs to start talking over his decisons with Cloverfoot and Dovewing.
And in the end of the book, Rootspring and Bristlefrost hear a screech of pain, but we know they never attacked Ashfur. Poor Shadowsight. This does not bode well…
I did like that the Sisters showed up again, but who is this Pancakes kittypet, and how does he know them? And why was Leaf still hanging around them? I thought toms are supposed to leave forever and speak to the earth or something.
Speaking of speaking to the earth-now Rootspring can do it too. Tree won’t be very happy.
But I’m really glad Ice is alive! She was sick in Tree’s Roots and she wasn’t in Squirrelflight’s Hope so I was sure she had died. I’m really glad she didn’t. Does Tree know this? I hope so.
I feel like the whole Bristlefrost-Rootspring thing is slightly forced. I mean, we already know that Rootspring had a crush on Bristlefrost for moons, but this book was literally the first time it showed her returning those feelings. Besides, who thought it would be a good idea to send the two of them on a quest together?
Does anybody else get the feeling the Needleclaw is living up to her namesake?
I’m glad Spotfur is expecting kits! Stemleaf lives on! Something for Spotfur to live for! I already have names and everything. 😉
Does anybody else get the feeling that Warriors is becoming more…more explicit? There are children who read these books, you know!
In the prologue, Leafpool thinks that some cats still didn’t forgive her for lying about her kits? Who? Let me yell at them.
How did Ashfur bring Squirrelflight through the Moonpool to the Dark Forest? If it was a portal wouldn’t the medicine cats have noticed by now? I thought it only worked if spirits use it! And even allowing that Ashfur is a spirit, what about Squirrelflight? And shouldn’t their bodies still be there?
What exactly did Rootspring and Tree hope to accomplish be telling the Clan leaders that the spirits were fading? They can’t do anything about it. Do they want a mass panic?


December 18, 2020 4:40 pm

Minor Darkness Within spoliers
I just finished Darkness Within. It was average for me, I really liked Rootspring and Bristlefrost, but Shadowsight is getting treated TERRIBLE! HE doesn’t even know when a cat has whitechough, which most warriors do!

My new theory is that Onestar is doing something bad this arc

December 20, 2020 7:35 pm

Hi Kate!
Why is Mistystar not so smart in the latest books?

December 20, 2020 10:47 pm

Ok, I’m going to review rant now

Rant Warning + DW spoilers
Ok, in Darkness Within, the Clans finally decided to kill Bramblestar’s body so that they can get rid of Ashfur.


What were the Clans trying to accomplish when they came up with that plan? I know they wanted to kill Ashfur, but that’s not how it works!

Ok, so if you kill someone’s body, then their spirit is still alive and can go to the afterlife. This holds the same for Bramblestar’s body. If you kill the body, you’re not hurting Ashfur, you’re hurting Bramblestar! Ashfur doesn’t need Bramblestar’s body anymore, so it’s not doing anything to prevent Ashfur, he’ll just find a way around and will continue wreaking havoc. So Bramblestar will die and Ashfur will still be there.

Now let’s talk about Shadowsight. He was probably the only cat who thought close to this logic, but he used this because he wanted to save Bramblestar. And sending him to take care of Ashfur—WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, TIGERSTAR? If you thought your son wasn’t qualified enough, then you get him more training, not send him to take care of his would-be murderer! Obviously, Mothwing was delusional when she suggested this. How was it Shadowsight’s fault that he accidentally killed Bramblestar? What would you have done in Shadowsight’s shoes Mothwing, tell me (Oh wait, she’s an atheist. BUT STILL…).

And imagine his situation in the next book! Everyone is going to be screaming at him for letting Ashfur go, and no one is understanding that Shadowsight’s life was already horrible before they started scolding him. Then, everyone finds out that Squirrelflight’s gone as well, and they’re just going to blame Shadowsight even more! Like I said, WHY ARE YOU BLAMING HIM FOR THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU ALLOWED HIM TO TAKE CARE OF ASHFUR?

I have no idea what I’m even ranting about anymore.

The BristlexRoot romance was ok overall, and I want to know what happens next. I really liked it, and I’m excited for the fifth book.

And that’s my review, the book was pretty good overall. Good job, Erins!

🥳 New year's Sandy hopes for the best in 2021! 🎉 (Sandpaw/frost)
🥳 New year's Sandy hopes for the best in 2021! 🎉 (Sandpaw/frost)
December 27, 2020 2:43 am

I just watched this….now I really wanna read Darkness Within. 😔😲

December 29, 2020 1:18 am

Wasn’t Reedclaw’s mate supposed to be found out in this book?

December 29, 2020 6:09 pm

I got the book for Christmas so I’m only half way through it, but I have already squealed like a fan girl twice 😂

Spots of Rot in the Leaves (Spot)
Spots of Rot in the Leaves (Spot)
January 6, 2021 4:14 pm

I wish Harelight got more screentime

Rufflecloud (AKA 'Ruffles')
Rufflecloud (AKA 'Ruffles')
January 17, 2021 8:22 pm

DW Spoiler Talk
I’ve just read this book, and it was quite uneventful, except for near the end.

The tortured spirits? Nightmare fuel.

Ashfur changing spirits to mess with Shadowsight? One of the best parts.

The very last scene with Ashfur literally dragging Squirrelflight down with him into the Moonpool had me on edge.

It took me longer to read this book than the last ones (maybe because of the pacing and lack of action at the start?) but when I got near the end, I couldn’t put it down!

The Amazing Briarkit!!!
The Amazing Briarkit!!!
January 23, 2021 2:41 pm

I hate you Mothwing.
I don’t really hate Rootspring anymore, but I’m not saying I like him.

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