Dawn of the Clans #1. Author: Erin Hunter.
For many moons, a tribe of cats has lived peacefully near the top of a mountain. But prey is scarce and seasons are harsh–and their leader fears they will not survive. When a mysterious vision reveals a land filled with food and water, a group of brave young cats sets off in search of a better home. But great dangers await them. In this unfamiliar world, faced with loners and fierce rogues all vying for territory and power, the traveling cats must find a new way to live side by side–or risk tearing one another apart.
It was interesting to see the arrival of the first cats. Even before they got there, the foreshadowing of the clans was clear to those watching for it, as I was. However, the characters are not as relatable, and the love-trianglie-stuff with Storm/Grey Wing/Clear Sky and Turtle/Grey Wing was weird. Background enough that younger kids wouldn’t notice, but a little weird.
Sexual content: Over the course of the book, three cats are pregnant. Two give birth, one off-screen and the other very low detail. The cats do not marry or have other rites, unlike humans, but in the Warriors series they are monogamous. Some very low-key romance, mostly wanting to talk to the other cat.
Language: Nothing generally considered swearing. Some made up, such as ‘haredung’ or ‘mouse droppings’.
Violence: Cat is carried off by an eagle and presumably killed. A cat is hit by a car and killed. Some claw-to-claw fighting with foxes, some injuries but nothing serious. A cat has a shoulder dislocated when accidentally trampled by sheep, but it’s fixed. A cat has a leg broken in a fall from a tree, then splinted. A cat is accidentally killed in self-defense. A kit died quietly in her sleep from starvation during the winter. Bonus scene: Badger kills a mother cat.