The Sun Trail

November 27, 2016

Dawn of the Clans #1. Author: Erin Hunter.

Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.

Content Review:

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.

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