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Summary: What was predicted has happened. Three cats from the four clans around the lake are gifted with powers that surpass those of their warrior ancestors. Forces beyond the StarClan's control chose Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw. Their destiny is yet unknown, but that is for another day. There is great tension among the clans because of a drought. The lake is becoming a mud puddle, not a water source. Dovepaw's sensory powers tell her that the lake is shrinking because a group of beavers have made a dam far upstream. Ultimately, eight cats, representing each of the four clans, including LionBlaze and Dovepaw, travel upstream to deal with the water threat. In the meantime, Jayfeather is determined to find the truth behind their powers and their destiny. To have a power beyond the stars means that they have a foe whose powers can challenge the stars themselves, too. What lies ahead? This is a middle-grade fantasy with clans of cats as the main characters
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Young Reader Reaction: This book not only sets the stage for events to come, but ties up the loose ends from the last Warriors series. Even though it might be a little slower because you're unfamiliar with some of the characters, there are so many new ones that you can read this book without reading any of the others.
I would recommend The Fourth Apprentice to kids from fourth to sixth grade or even for older kids as a light read. It is full of suspense, action, and adventure. Animal lovers, especially cat lovers, will adore this book as it leaves you feeling like a cat after reading the book. It will also leave you wondering if cats how cats actually behave.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Lots of action and suspense and a spine-tingling ending will have you anxious to keep reading this series.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you've read and loved other books in the series, you may want to buy it. This is the foundation of all the books to come in the Omen of the Stars collection, so it has information you might want to reference.
Educational Themes: This is a series for fun reading. That said, there are events that affect the characters and the way they engage with each other that could make for interesting conversations ... and predictions.
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.