Thank goodness my son started reading this series and insisted that I join him! All these years, I have been under the mistaken impression that the Warriors series was a lot like Redwall but with cats. Yes, there are rivalries and battles, but this is much more realistic than the very fantastic (in both senses of the word) Redwall series. Rather than being set in some fantasy world in which anthropomorphized animals build their own cities and battle against other anthropomorphized animals, this is a story about a house cat named Rusty who longs to live in the wild and joins a clan of feral cats called the ThunderClan. There are actually four clans of cats, and they have co-existed for a long time by following the rules and boundaries laid out by their ancestors. The balance of the clans is threatened, though, as the ShadowClan grows stronger and encroaches upon the hunting grounds of the ThunderClan. With all the action, adventure, and mystery, it’s no wonder I’ve had kids asking me for these books for so long… I just wish I would have followed their lead and read this sooner. If you’ve made the same mistake and haven’t yet read these books, I highly recommend you add this to your reading pile soon.