Warriors: Omen of the Stars: The Fourth Apprentice
Erin Hunter
HarperCollins (2009)
ISBN 9780061555091
Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 11) for Reader Views (12/09)


“Warriors: Omen of the Stars: The Fourth Apprentice” by Erin Hunter is a great turning point in the series because the third cat in an ancient prophecy is finally revealed.  A terrible drought has struck the cats’ territory. All that remains of the formerly grand lake is a small brackish pool which is now fought over by the four clans.  All the little animals that the cats rely on for food are dying or dead.  The plants are withering.  Two cats, Lionblaze and Dovepaw, must go on a dangerous mission to save the clans.  Jayfeather must deal with problems closer to home.  The cats have survived many things before, but can they survive this?

When a young cat, Dovepaw, has a vision of a beaver dam blocking the river that feeds the lake, will anyone believe her?  Thankfully Lionblaze believes her; for he, like Dovepaw, has a powerful special ability, and he is able to convince the clan leader, Firestar, to send a patrol to remove the blockage.  Will they be able to defeat the beavers and dismantle dam before it is too late and all the cats die of thirst?

Erin Hunter has written many Warriors books (a whole three series) about four clans of cats that have constantly changing alliances and even wars.  The cats’ ultimate enemy is the twolegs (humans) who have destroyed the cats’ original habitat and continue to terrorize the cats and threaten them with monsters (cars, bulldozers etc…).  The books were all very good and were so well written that you can just pick this one up and read it without having read the preceding books.  This book, like all her others, ends with a cliff hanger and you will be reaching for the next book.  An interesting factoid about Erin Hunter is that she is not one, but three people.  That’s why the Warriors books keep coming out very fast.

I would recommend “Warriors: Omen of the Stars: The Fourth Apprentice” to people who like cats and adventure.  This was a very intriguing book and once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down.  This is the most recent book in a long Warriors saga, but it was so well written that you can just pick it up and start reading.  I can’t wait for the next book.

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