Secrets of the Clans (Warriors Field Guide Series)

Secrets of the Clans (Warriors Field Guide Series)


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Now the truth can be revealed

Look within to find:

  • The mystical origins and secret legends of the Clans.
  • An insiders' tour of the Clan camps and territories.
  • The histories and characters of each Clan, and information about their leaders and medicine cats.
  • Knowledge of cats outside the Clans.
  • The tenets of the warrior code.
  • Prophecies and omens, and how they have been fulfilled.

And many more truths about the secrets, beliefs, and daily lives of the cats of the Clans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061239038
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Series: Warriors Field Guide Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 113,359
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. In addition to having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is also the author of the Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands series.

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Warriors Field Guide

Secrets of the Clans
By Erin Hunter

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Erin Hunter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061239045

Chapter One

History of the Clans

Many moons ago, the forest was a wilderness, untamed by territories. In the north lay sweeping moorland; in the south was dense woodland. On the edge of the trees, a tumbling river flowed out of a dark ravine.

Cats came into the forest. They were drawn by the soft rustlings of small creatures, shadows under the water, and the sudden commotion of birds' wings in the trees. These were not warrior cats. They lived in small groups, not yet Clans. There were no borders set down. And they fought constantly, fearful that prey might run out and that their overlapping territories were being threatened.

It was a lawless, bloody time for the forest, and many cats died.

One night, when the moon was full, the cats agreed to meet at a clearing in the forest surrounded by four great oak trees. They argued over stolen prey. Claws flashed; challenging yowls rang across the forest. A terrible battle followed, and soon the ground was wet with spilled blood.

Many cats died that night. Exhausted by their wounds, the survivors slept where they had fought. When they woke they were bathed in moonlight. All around them they saw the spirits of their slain kin, no longer torn and bloodied but shining like fallen stars. They huddled on the ground, and, as the spirits spoke, they saw terrible visionsof the future. They saw the forest drowned in blood, their kits stalked by death at every pawstep. And they knew that the fighting had to end.

"Unite or die," said the spirits.

From among the living cats, a black female was the first to speak. She rose from the ground on stiff, battle-wearied legs. "My name is Shadow," she mewed. "How should we unite, unless we have a leader? I can hunt in the depths of the darkest night. Let Shadow rule the forest!"

"And you would lead us into darkness too!" meowed a silvery gray tom with green eyes. "I am River! I move through the forest along secret paths and hidden places. It is River, not Shadow, who should unite the forest!"

"The forest is more than River and Shadow," growled a wiry brown female. "Wind alone reaches its distant corners. I am as fast as the wind that blows from the high moors. I should be the ruler."

The largest surviving cat was called Thunder. He was a fiery orange tom with amber eyes and large white paws. "What good is any of that compared to my strength and skill at hunting? If any cat was born to rule, it is I."

A furious yowling broke out under the four great oaks, watched in silence by the spirit-cats. Dark clouds suddenly blew across the moon, and the living cats trembled in fear. On the top of a high rock, they saw a tabby cat, one of the fallen, her fur shining though there was no light in the sky. Her eyes flashed angrily at the cats on the ground.

"You are all as foolish as ducks!" she meowed. "Can't you think beyond yourselves for one moment? Think of your kits!"

The four cats—Shadow, River, Wind, and Thunder—looked up at the tabby, but none of them spoke.

"The forest is big enough to feed all your families and many more," she meowed. "You must find other cats like you, choose a home in the forest, and set down borders."

At that moment, the moon broke free of the clouds, revealing a circle of starlit spirit-cats around the edge of the clearing. A white tom stepped forward. "If you do this," he meowed, "we will reward you with eight more lives, so that you may lead your Clans for many moons to come."

Next to speak was a slender tortoiseshell. She stepped forward and stood beside the white tom. "We will watch over you from Silverpelt," she promised, and lifted her eyes to the crowded path of stars that swept across the night sky. "We will visit you in your dreams and guide you on your journeys."

"Once a month," meowed the white tom, "at the full moon, you will gather together here, between the four great oak trees, for a night of truce. You will see us above you in Silverpelt and know we are watching. And if blood is spilled on those nights, you will know we are angry."

"You will be warriors!" yowled the tabby from the high rock.

Thunder, River, Wind, and Shadow bowed their heads.

"From now on, you will live by a warrior code. Your hearts will be filled with courage and nobility, and if you must fight, it will be not for greed, but for honor and justice."

There was a long silence. Finally Thunder nodded his broad orange head. "This is wise advice. I believe we can choose our territories and lay down borders fairly, in peace."

One by one, the other cats murmured their agreement. Then they returned to their homes and sought out cats like themselves, with similar strengths and abilities. River found cats willing to fish for their prey. Shadow gathered nighttime hunters with clever minds and sharp claws. Thunder found hunters who could track prey through the thickest undergrowth. To Wind came the fastest runners and cats who loved the open moors. Then they divided the forest so each Clan had enough prey to survive, and all the cats could live in safety. And when the leaders returned to the four great oaks for the first night of the full-moon truce, their starry ancestors gave them eight more lives, as they had promised.

There was not always peace between the Clans, but that was to be expected—cats are born with claws and teeth for a reason. Still, as long as they lived by the warrior code, their fallen ancestors would watch over them and guide them through their lives.

And so the age of the warrior Clans began.


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Secrets of the Clans (Warriors Field Guide Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 440 reviews.
CA_mom More than 1 year ago
The Cat Warrior series is great for boys & girls in 4-6th grade range. This book is best read after the 1st series (1st 6 books) in the Cat Warrior series. It explains the history of how some of the things in the first series came to be - but you need the stories of the 1st 6 to understand what the Secrets are talking about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This gives you all the info that you need to know for the Wwarriors series. If you are hooked on this series like me, this is definetly something that you don't want to miss out on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reveals secrets you will not learn in other books. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
erin hunter u have inspired me.. my dream is to become an author like you.. im writing a book similiar to your books erin.. i love all the warrior books more than anyone can imagine.. and i love firestar.. ive always loved him ever since the very first book 'into the wild'.. these are definately my favorite books ever.. i cant wait for the next book in the series.. i know its gonna be great.. when i read your books i go into a different world.. its simply amazing.. i hope it never ends.. erin keep writing! sending out my love to all you true warrior fans and erin and all of the clans especially thunderclan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet book,its real cool and Ilearned new things. FIRESTAR RULES!
Jill Hannasch More than 1 year ago
it is awosome it tells the history the secorites but i can't tell you any more read the sampile if you like it by it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firestar died in the last hope want to help VOTE?VOTE if you want firestar to come back or stay dead so yes or no thx!!!;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, this is the best book series i have ever read. It is full of exitement and adventure, and perfectly suits the eneegetic readers mind. For all of you who are rather confused by the random posts, ignore them. Just look at the ratings starting with most helpful. These books consist of four main clans, thunderclan, windclan, riverclan, and shadowclan. Anything else mentioned is a bunch of mumbo jumbo crow food that shouldnt be mentioned. To all of you who post that, keep it to yourself! Nobody wants to hear about how badly you want a mate and kits, or about your clans that dont even exist. Post a review or dont post at all. You stir anger in starclan(warrior ancestors, not land clan).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for younger Warriors fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ... AWESOME!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This handybfield guid tells you every thing including medicines and what they do
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Please, I have my kits with me. They are cold and hunrgry as I am, please!" Tears well in her huge green eyes. "Please, Starclan, hear my prayer." She calls out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hear dabout this from my friend,she got it at the library. It said that Scourge was a black cat with a white paw, (r u ready for this? Spoiler alert!) and a HIGH. PITCH. VOICE!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Children will LOVE it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the same as the book enter the clans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leafpool is the best cat ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good :) SPAMMERS BELOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I liked how they did the myths and especailly all the herbs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't Waite to get this book and read it. I rated it a 4 because the book has not been released but I am sure it will be outstanding like all Erin Hunters other books Warriors books are outstanding, I read the power of three the sight and it is spellbinding I can't wait till book two Dark River comes out. When I read these books I am one of the cats in the clan and I experience the way of life they live, I even dream of the cats in my dreams they are that good. purrrficly written Thanks Erin. ^. .^
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I really learned a lot about the clans in this book! I think my favourite part was the myths at the end. But it was also really interesting learning about each clans' past leaders and medicine cats. Also how the clans first came to settle in the forest. Too bad they never talked about Skyclan, or any of the characters from the Power of Three series. That would've been cool! But this book was made before that series.
kenzie12368 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is VERY helpful to anyone who truly LOVES warriors. It teaches everything you need to know from making a cerimony to learning the most important medicines.
jians on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains the secrets and history of the clans also the rumors and guilt each cat has.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Join clawclan at 'three mile island' res1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother loves these books