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Review: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter

Submitted by on January 22, 2013 – 5:21 am4 Comments

Author: Erin Hunter
Title: Fire and Ice
Release: June 2004
Reviewer: Chrissy
Series: Warriors #2
Source: Personal library
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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.

Chrissy fell in love with books at an early age. It all started with Judi Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. At the tender age of five she decided that she wanted to be a writer. Later, she graduated to books like A Wrinkle in Time, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Goosebumps series, participating avidly in her school’s Book It program. High school brought on new challenges and loves. She began writing for the school’s newspaper and literary magazine. The works of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson quickly overran her bookshelves. But when Chrissy was introduced to the world of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, a grand love affair was set in motion. She is an avid reader of romance, urban fantasy, horror, erotica, and cozy mysteries. After working for the city library for six years and being surrounded by the works of greatly admired authors, she decided to devote her life to writing full time and hasn’t looked back since. When she is not devouring book after book, Chrissy loves to cook, bake, volunteer at the local animal shelter, and feed her addiction for horror movies. She lives in Maryland with her family and beloved pets.
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  • My Oldest loves these books. They are seriously her go to re-reads whenever she gets the chance.

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  • Doll Chrissy says:

    Thanks for the comment Patricia =) I’m so glad that she enjoys this series. It is magnificent for readers of all ages. Especially cat lovers like me!

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  • Lauren (Starving for Books) says:

    Love the Warriors books! Can’t tell you how many hours I spent roleplaying clan cats online.

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  • Doll Chrissy says:

    Thank you for your comment Lauren. =) The world of the cat clans is a fascinating one, isn’t it?

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