Thursday, November 06, 2008

Guest book review: Eclipse (Warriors Power of Three, book 4)

Warriors Power of Three, book 4
by Erin Hunter

Today, I bring you a guest review written by a member of the Wands and Worlds community who goes by the username Spirithunter. Spirithunter is an avid reader, writer and artist; her art appears on Deviantart and she is participating in NaNoWriMo for the second year. I saw her review of Eclipse on Goodreads and thought it was very well-written and insightful, and she graciously consented to allow me to repost it here.

It's been a while since I've been truly impressed by a Warriors book. The writing style is just on the higher end of "good", and usually the plot and characterization aren't particularly strong. Things have been pretty interesting in PoT, however. The Erins have done a good job of keeping us in the dark.

I think that if I had to choose one thing about Eclipse that I liked best (it's a hard decision), I think I would say that my favorite element was that I actually couldn't guess what would happen. Sure, I predicted a battle, but I didn't know when or with whom--and I sure wasn't expecting a battle like this. Sure, I figured there would be an eclipse, but I didn't know what it would mean to the Clans. Sure, I knew that Lionpaw was developing from a Stu to something more interesting, but I didn't expect it to be this clever. Also, ShadowClan becomes more than just its normal cold closed-doors self, and WindClan becomes more than a meager Hufflepuff-like band.

The plot and characterization in this book are great. Several of the characters who sort of lost their personalities before got them back, and the main characters' personalities were developed more as well. I went from merely curious in the outcome of the series to engaged and interested. I much look forward to Long Shadows this December, and I hope that the Warriors books can at least maintain this level of greatness at least until the end of this series.

If you liked this review, you can read more of Spirithunter's reviews on Goodreads, where she goes by the name Firekeeper.
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Gail Gauthier said...

Sheila-This is off topic, but I wanted to congratulate you on your Horn Book article. I'm about to go finish reading it now.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Gail! Trying to write it was like trying to shoot a moving target, because everything kept changing in between revisions. Then, after it went to press, darn if Sony didn't announce a new version of their reader. Well, I hope it's helpful, anyway.

Anonymous said...

This was one of the best books in the serries yet! The battle seen was greatly detailed and the Author Tracker emails promise a lot from Long Shadows...