Review: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
Fireheart could hear a roaring around him, like wind in tall trees. The acrid stench of the Thunderpath stung his nostrils, together with a new smell, sharper and more terrifying. Fire!
Book Two of WARRIORS continues Fireheart’s quest to be a true warrior, when he finds new danger lurking in the woods as the chill of winter sets in.
WindClan is missing, and hostilities between the remaining three clans place all the cats in peril. Illness and tragic accidents weaken the camp, and ThunderClan needs all its warriors to defent itself – but Fireheart suspects that certain cats may not be as loyal as they appear.
Having recently read Into the Wild, I was more than happy to dive into the second installment of Erin Hunter’s Warrior series, a book entitled Fire and Ice. In each of the books in this series, warrior Fireheart encounters a new and more complicated problem in the forest than the last. In this novel we are introduced to members of the WindClan and RiverClan as well as Fireheart’s sister, Princess.
Problems within the clans arise and unlikely alliances are made. Friendships and loyalty are tested and Fireheart’s suspicions of Deputy Tigerclaw continue to grow as he exhibits more and more odd and sinister behavior. New apprentices are named and trained, and Fireheart wonders if he made the right choice giving up the kittypet lifestyle for the hard and cold world of a warrior.
This was another fantastic book by Erin Hunter. The world of the warriors grows more complex and drama-riddled with each turning of the page. We see many returning characters in this book and are introduced to some new ones. The setting is that which readers fell in love with in the first book of this series. The characters continue to evolve, some for the better, some for the worse.
The artwork at the beginning of each chapter, while quite small, is extremely beautiful and adds to the enjoyment of reading Fire and Ice. This book, even more so than Into the Wild, tests the character of each cat as well as their loyalties and strength. This is a marvelous read and is a fantastic selection for adults as well as young adult readers.
While this is a young adult novel, please remember that it does contain frightening images and a great deal of violence, so it may not be suitable for readers under the age of 12.