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Summary: Following Squirrelflight’s confession that she is not their mother, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze are left reeling. Who are their parents? what is their place in ThunderClan? and what is their role in the earth-shattering prophecy promising unrivaled power to Firestar’s descendants? They begin to openly investigate their past, which only reveals betrayal upon betrayal. Before long, the effects of dark secrets that preceded the three cats’ births begin to penetrate Thunderclan’s current state. The cat that forces Squirrelflight’s concession is murdered. Another cat, a prime suspect in Ashfur's death and dangerous because of the secrets he knows is brought back to Thunderclan. The past and the present are suffocating the cats as they try to find the truth about their heritage. Those truths may bring about unforeseen consequences for them and for the clan. Is it worth the cost? Sunrise is the sixth book in the Warriors Series
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Sunrise is as exhilarating as any of the books in the Warriors series. The distinctive feline character comes through despite the story being portrayed in the human world. Each cat stays true to the qualities from earlier books. Even so, if you haven't read another of the book, you can still get a sense of who the character is and the situations presented in the plot and the smaller story lines that are the driving force in the series. The Warriors series has always had parallels to a human community, which made it seem very realistic. In Sunrise, the series leans toward more magic and the supernatural, pushing the series into more fantasy. This development is not negative, only different.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Animal lovers and fantasy readers alike will be enthralled by the nonstop action, suspense, and humor. Warriors in general, and Sunrise in particular will entice anyone with a vivid imagination.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Whether you start with Sunrise or go back and read all the Warriors books, this is a series to borrow from the library.
Educational Themes: This is a fantasy story that is meant to be read for fun.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal fantasy, adventure, middle grade series
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2015
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.