4 Best Parts of TPB (and 3 Worst) by Fallowheart

Fallowheart shares the best and worst parts about the first arc.

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Hi everyone! I’m Fallowheart and this is my first article! I’m going to be explaining the four best things about the first series, and my three least favorite parts about it. Hope you enjoy and let me know what your opinion is!

#7 (Best): The Plot Twists

One of my favorite things about The Prophecies Begin is the plot twists. When I first started reading the series, I was unable to put down the books because of all the twists and turns. I loved trying to guess what was going to happen next, and I even got a few right. Some of the best plot twists happened in Forest of Secrets (Silverstream’s death, Bluestar’s kits, Tigerclaw’s betrayal with Brokenstar, Yellowfang killing her own son… the list goes on). Other memorable plot twists include Brindleface’s murder, Brightpaw and Swiftpaw getting attacked by dogs, and BloodClan. And who can forget that amazing cliffhanger at the end of Rising Storm? Overall, TPB had some of the best plot twists in the entire series… except maybe The Broken Code.

#6 (Worst): Allegiances

This probably didn’t bother anyone else, but it annoyed the heck out of me that only ThunderClan got the entire Clan listed in the allegiances while Clans like WindClan just had the leader, deputy, and medicine cat listed. I’m pretty sure that in the first book, only Tallstar was listed for WindClan, actually. Anyway, a minor thing, but it still bothered me for some reason.

#5 (Best): Cinderpelt

I personally love Cinderpelt, and I love her entire storyline. I remember being so scared that she was going to die, and the whole thing with her becoming a medicine cat was just so inspiring, but also sad because she wanted to be a warrior so bad! (I think she could have been a warrior still, just with modified tasks).

#4 (Worst): Rosetail

Another super small thing that annoys me way too much is Rosetail. Like, she isn’t listed in the allegiances, isn’t mentioned or introduced with the other elders, and then shows up literally just to die in a useless battle.

#3 (Best): Warrior Ceremonies

This is relevant in not just TPB, but it happened the most in this series. Whenever there was a warrior ceremony, I always loved guessing the warrior name for the cat right before they were named. I almost never got them right, but it was still fun. Unfortunately, in the more recent series, the warrior ceremonies are skipped over.

#2 (Worst): Family Relations

This is in the second spot because out of all of the worst things about the first series (in my opinion) this one is the worst. As I’m sure you all know, in almost every single series, the family relations are obvious and the families are super close. I said ALMOST every series because in TPB, almost zero mates are known, and we hardly know who any of the original apprentice’s parents are! Brindleface’s mate might be Whitestorm, but I don’t like that because Whitestorm was confirmed to be Willowpelt’s mate and that would mean he was cheating, and they were literally never shown together. Frostfur’s mate could be Lionheart, which I like, but I’m pretty sure that was never confirmed. All of the kits were unnamed until their apprentice ceremony when it seemed that Bluestar would name them, but then after Cloudtail was named Cloudkit that changed. None of the kits had genders and were simply referred to as “it”, and half of them disappeared. Speckletail had two kits originally, but then one of them just was never mentioned again after they were cured of greencough. Cinderpelt, Brightheart, Thornclaw, and Brackenfur are all siblings, but you would never know it because they have basically zero interactions together. Cats who are supposedly mates show no affection towards each other unless they are the main characters (Sandstorm and Firestar, Graystripe and Silverstream, Cloudtail and Brightheart), while in the more recent series every couple is known of.

#1 (Best): Main Character Relationships

While the background characters’ relationships may have been way too underdeveloped, the main characters had some great ones. Silverstream and Graystripe were a great pairing, even if it was never meant to be, and Brightheart and Cloudtail are adorable together. The best one, of course, is Firestar and Sandstorm. They had such great chemistry, and I am so happy that Firestar finally got over his crush on a dead cat who was way older than him. Plus, their kits are amazing. Leafpool is one of my favorites!

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  • Nice article! Although I don’t really think SandFire is the best couple here. They did have good chemistry, but the storyline itself… It just feels so plain and boring to me. Just another of those pairings based off the enemies to lovers cliché. A well-written enemies/rivals to lovers is amazing, but SandFire was just this “I hate you! Oh, you saved my life. You know, you’re handsome… What do you think about getting married?”. I like it when they’re already in the New Prophecy and later on, as a couple for years (seasons?) but still greatly in love and keeping the so-called spark, and I enjoy their positive impact on each other, yet I dislike the way it started. The best couple is CloudBright for me, it is unique and absolutely cute with how looks didn’t matter here because Brightherat was still no less beautiful to Cloudtail, as he loved her and didn’t care about her scars ’cause she was beautiful inside. They have built a well-developed couple for seasons and always had an unbreakable bond. But you have the right to have your opinion.

  • Great article! I agree! Cinderpelt is amazing!!!
    I also agree with all your other reasons! <3
    It is written very well! I guess your fan fiction writing skills work in articles too! 🙂

  • I sooooooo agree I was like who is Rosetail in the battle between SC and TC and she was never mentioned only when she died apparently by saving the kits.

  • Okay, I was reading this, and I agree on EVERY single one of your statements. The only thing I want to argue about is when you said “And I am so happy that Firestar finally got over his crush on a dead cat that was way older than him.” Seriously? Spottedleaf is not just “a dead cat that was way over than him”! Okay, I might go on a full-on rant here, but be prepared… this may contain spoilers for Spottedleaf’s Heart.
    Imagine you are Spottedleaf, but a kit. You dream of becoming a warrior so much, and when you become an apprentice, you get Thrushpelt as a mentor. Then, some random warrior named Thistleclaw comes along and tries to steal your relationship from Thrushpelt. Now, how would you feel? Yet Thistleclaw uses his own greed and ambition and treachery to trick you into believing he is good, and you decide to let him have a chance (but you don’t know he is evil yet). Then, one night, you realize that he trains in a horrible, bloody area known as the Dark Forest. How would you feel? Then, you have to give up your dream just to become a medicine cat! How would you feel now?! Then, you deliver a prophecy that SAVED the Clan! And yet some cats accuse you of being “too perfect” and “a Mary-sue” and “too old for Firestar.” (Sorry to those who don’t!) Okay, back to being our normal selves. Another thing in my opinion is that Spottedleaf is NOT a May-sue and NOT perfect. If she was perfect, she wouldn’t have fell for Thistleclaw’s trick! If she was perfect, she would automatically realize she had to become a medicine cat and not a warrior! If she was perfect, she would’ve never felt anything romantic for Firestar, and she would have never guided him in his quest to rebuild the lost Clan. Also, Spottedleaf is NOT way too old for Firestar. Well, I guess she might be… but look at BrackenxSorrel! And… CinderxFire! Are they “too old” for their mates?

    • Oh I’m not saying she’s perfect. I don’t think she’s a Mary Sue. I actually like her sometimes (I’m pretty neutral on her). But she was born at the same time as Whitestorm and Tigerclaw, who were both pretty old compared to Firestar (something to think about is that Mistystar wasn’t born until after Whitestorm was made a warrior, and she had kits by the time Firestar was of apprentice age). Brackenfur was still a very young warrior when Sorreltail was born, while Spottedleaf was the age of a senior warrior when Firestar was born. Even though she was described as young, the timeline says differently. Cinder X Fire was never canon, and Firestar was technically still the age of an apprentice when Cinderpelt was apprenticed to him. And… I mean, Spottedleaf was dead. She had been dead for moons. It was time for him to move on. But I respect your opinion.

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