Dawn (Warriors: The New Prophecy Series #3)

Dawn (Warriors: The New Prophecy Series #3)

by Erin Hunter

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Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series continues with the third book in the New Prophecy series!

The third book in this second series, Warriors: The New Prophecy #3: Dawn, brings more adventure, intrigue, and thrilling battles to the epic world of the warrior Clans.

The young cats who set off on a quest many moons ago have returned with a chilling message: the Clans must move to a new home or risk extermination.

But the dangers waiting for them beyond their borders are impossible to predict, and the cats have no idea where to go. What they need is a sign from StarClan….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061757433
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Warriors: The New Prophecy Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 96,878
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as 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 bestselling Warriors series.

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Warriors: The New Prophecy #3: Dawn

By Erin Hunter

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006

Erin Hunter

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060744553

Chapter One

"Spottedleaf!" Leafpaw called into the forest. There was no reply. Desperation rose in her belly like bile. The wise medicine cat had guided her many times before in dreams; if ever Leafpaw had needed Spottedleaf's help, it was now.

"Spottedleaf, where are you?" she called again.

The trees, heavy with leaf, did not tremble in the breeze. No prey-sound whispered in the shadows. The silence tore at Leafpaw's heart like a claw.

Suddenly an unfamiliar yowl echoed in her ears, forcing its way into her dream. Leafpaw opened her eyes with a jolt. For a moment she couldn't think where she was. Her fur was ruffled by a cold draught and instead of a soft mossy nest there was strange, cold, shiny web beneath her paws. She stood up in panic and more shiny web grazed her ears. Wherever she was, it was a very small space, hardly taller than her. Taking a deep breath, Leafpaw forced herself to look around, and everything came rushing back to her.

She was trapped in a tiny den, with walls, floor and roof made entirely from cold hard web. There was just enough space to stand and stretch, but no more. It was packed among other dens, lining every wall of a small wooden Twoleg nest.

Leafpaw longed to see the stars, to breathe in the comforting presence of StarClan and know they were watching her, but when she looked up she sawnothing but the nest's steeply pitched roof. The only light came from a shaft of moonlight that streamed through a small hole in the wall at one end of the nest. Her den was on top of others; the one directly below was empty but beneath that she could just make out a bundle of dark fur. Another cat? Not a forest cat, since its scent was unfamiliar. The shape was so still, it must have been sleeping. If it was alive at all, Leafpaw thought grimly.

She listened again for the yowl, but the cat that had cried out was silent now and Leafpaw could only hear the soft mewling and shuffling of cats trapped in the other dens. She sniffed the air but recognized no scents. An acrid Twoleg stench filled the nest, tinged with fear. Leafpaw unsheathed her claws, feeling them catch on the shiny web.

StarClan, where are you? The thought fleetingly crossed her mind that she was already dead, but she thrust it away with a shudder that made her claws scrape against the floor of the den.

"I see you're awake at last," whispered a voice.

Leafpaw jumped and craned her neck to look over her shoulder. A heap of tabby fur stirred in the den beside hers and she smelled the unmistakeable Twoleg-tainted scent of a kittypet. There had been kindness in the she-cat's voice but Leafpaw felt too wretched to reply. Her mind flooded with bitter memories of how the Twolegs had trapped her while she was hunting with Sorreltail and brought her to this awful place. She had been separated from her Clan and locked in darkness. Overwhelmed by despair, she buried her nose in her paws and closed her eyes.

Another voice sounded from a den further along. It was too quiet to make out the words, but there was something familiar about it. Leafpaw lifted her muzzle to taste the air, but all she could smell was a sour tang that reminded her of the herbs Cinderpelt used for cleaning wounds. The voice spoke again, and Leafpaw strained her ears to listen.

"We must get out of here," the cat was mewing.

Another cat answered from the far side of the nest. "How? There's no way out."

"We can't just sit here waiting to die!" the first voice insisted. "There have been other cats here - I can smell them, and their fear-scent. I don't know what happened to them but whatever it was must have scared their fur off. We've got to get out before we become nothing but stale fear-scent!"

"There's no way out, you mouse-brain," came a rough mew. "Shut up and let us sleep."

The words made Leafpaw feel sick with fear and sadness. She didn't want to die here, leaving nothing but a reek of fear! She flattened her ears and closed her eyes, clawing for the safety of sleep.

"Wake up!" A voice hissed in Leafpaw's ear, jolting her out of troubled dreams.

She lifted her head and looked around. Watery sunlight filtered in through the hole in the wall, though it did nothing to lift the chill from her fur. In the weak dawn light she could see the tabby she-cat in the den next to her more clearly. It was soft and well groomed, and Leafpaw was conscious of her own matted pelt as she stared at her. She was definitely a kittypet, plump and soft-muscled beneath her tabby pelt.

"Are you all right?" asked the kittypet, her eyes wide with worry. "You sounded as if you were in pain."

"I was dreaming," Leafpaw replied hoarsely. Her voice felt strange, as if she hadn't spoken for several days, and as she spoke memories of her nightmare came flooding back: images of water - swollen rivers scarlet with blood - and great birds swooping out of the sky with thorn-sharp claws. For a heartbeat, Leafpaw saw Feathertail hidden in darkness and then swathed in starlight, and without understanding why, her paws trembled.

Outside a Twoleg monster roared into wakefulness, bringing her back to the wooden nest and the den that pressed around her.

"You don't look well," the kittypet commented. "Try eating some breakfast. There's some in the corner of your cage."

Cage? Leafpaw wondered at the strange word. Is that what this den is called? The kittypet was nodding through the web that separated the two 'cages' toward a half-empty holder of stinking pellets.

Leafpaw looked at the Twoleg food in disgust. "I'm not eating that!"

"Then at least sit up and give yourself a wash," the kittypet urged. "You've been hunched up like a wounded mouse since the workfolk brought you here."

Leafpaw twitched her shoulders but didn't move.

"They didn't hurt you when they caught you did they?" the kittypet asked. There was concern in her voice.

"No," Leafpaw mumbled.

"Then get up and wash yourself," she went on more briskly. "You're no use to yourself or any cat moping around like that."

Leafpaw did not want to get up and wash herself. The web floor scratched against her paws, and blood oozed from beneath one of her claws. Her eyes stung with the filthy air that filtered into the nest, fouled by the monsters outside. And StarClan had sent no comfort to ease the desperate fear that gripped her heart.


Excerpted from Warriors: The New Prophecy #3: Dawn
by Erin Hunter
Copyright © 2006 by Erin Hunter.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not rating the book but i have good news. Erin Hunter is coming out with a NEW BOOK!! It will be called Leafpool's Wish. I am not sure what its about but it is coming out this year ( 2013) !!! Share this review and press yes so th whole world knows!! Thanks!! - Daisyfur
BradleyStarr More than 1 year ago
Though this isn't called the Great Journey until later books, "Dawn" is the book when the Clans leave the forest to find a new home. This book is narrated by Squirrelpaw and Leafpaw, who unfortunately grow more distant due to certain events. Yes, the sisters who had telepathic connections grow distant. I wasn't very pleased with that. But that is another book or so, there are bigger problems: The Clans are pretty much dying. Old friends are left behind, and we get angst and a touching warrior ceremony for a certain WindClan apprentice. The Clans really work together in this book. I actually didn't find this one pretty compelling, but alot of things happen. I feel bad about those left behind/that died (even though one's story is continued in another book), and I still miss the forest, even though the next series (which I'm on now) takes place in the Clans' new home. This book is probably best for those who are at least eleven or twelve-it gets pretty dramatic. You'll be left ready to buy Starlight right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this series (Into the Wild, the one with Firestar when he first came to the forest) in the nook store on FreeFriday, and I loved the first book but never bought any more. Then i started reading more and I love them. Definitly recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The four diffrent clan cats(Feathertail died)have finally returned to there home to find it destroyed by twolegs. The for diffrent clan cats(Squirrelpaw,Crowpaw,Brambleclaw and Tawneypelt)are furious about the hunger. Finally all clans are forced to move out of the forest and find a new home. Join the clans as they go find a new home!
kaylic More than 1 year ago
I really love this whole series. It is one of the reasons i became an avid reader.
Chris White More than 1 year ago
These books are all thrilling and leave you hanging on at every word. I wish they put more importance into Firestar though, instead of turning him jnto a background character.
Mad Petree More than 1 year ago
These books are the best in the world, and trust me, I have read tons of books!!!
Lynn Hamblen More than 1 year ago
StarClan says it's your destiny to read this book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant believe how good it was sooooooooooo good
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warriors: Dawn by Erin Hunter is one of the best books I've ever raed. It follows the adventures of various wild cats as they try to survive in their forest homes. So when I saw the word 'cat' I just picked the book up and started reading. The series in the books are still going on. They've all ready made a manga version of Warriors, and it's very interesting. One of my favorites in the series is Dawn, the third book from Warriors: The New Prophecy series. I like this one cause it's very cool but very sad at the same time. In Dawn, something terrifying happens in the world of the Clans. The cats are being taken away by Twolegs, also ThunderClan's beloved medicine cat apprentice, Leafpaw. So now the young cats who set off on a quest many moons ago came back, even though all but one have return, with a chilling message: The Clans must move to a new home, or risk extermination. In the end...I'm not gonna tell! You have to read the book to see what happens. But if you haven't read the series yet, go and start now. You'll love the book when you read the first chapter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just stumbled on the Warriors series when i couldn't find anything else to read in the book store. now i love them!!! my dad reads them too, because he loves cats. everyone should read them-first Warriors, then The New Prophecy Warriors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book i love warriors <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Erin Hunnter. Besr author ever. This was a great book. I recomend it :). Great book. Out of seekers, warriors, and survivors my fav is warriors. I recomend all Erin Hutner books. :) five stars for me. I rated all Erin Hunter books five stars so far. Good book. <33
LionBlaze2464 More than 1 year ago
great book! LUV IT!!! hey search me on AJ ppl xxsoccer626 plz plz plz PLZ join y clan me names either Windwhisker, Breezeclaw, Lightpelt, Lionfur, Breezetail,Lillyblaze, Breezestar, Willowcloud, lightstar, Crowfeather....... -so on- -_- AWESOME BOOK!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thids book is so good that i would suggest it too any one who likes an adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is the most amaxing in the history of Erin Hunter's book! Find spare time and read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awsome in the series. I could barely put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rise of BloodClan Chapter 13 (before I write this let me make sure you know this is Willowfur telling the stories) - Willowfur(Scourge's mate) Scourge's ice-blue eyes met his mate's gaze "I'm going to hunt at the Twoleg park. You and Bone are in charge while I am gone, Willow," Scourge meowed. Jumping down, Scourge padded to the Twoleg park. He stopped. Something caught his gaze. "Hollyleaf, the battle with DarkForest is coming and we must be prepared," mewed a gray tom. Scourge froze. "I know, Jayfeather. Thats why Firestar asked us to spy here," meowed a black she-cat. "Hey Lionblaze, did you notice anything strange lately?" Hollyleaf asked. "Are you mouse-brained? Ask Jayfeather! I'm not a medicine cat, Hollyleaf," Lionblaze retorted. "Mouse-brained yourself! You are one of the Three, aren't you? You can't be beaten in even the most fierce battles!" Hollyleaf shot back. "Well you're not. Dovepaw is and she has the skills that allow her to smell and see things that other cats cannot," Lionblaze rasped. Hollyleaf winced. "Stop it guys! A DarkForest warrior could hear us!" Jayfeather hissed. "Well DarkForest must have taken mercy on you. But I haven't!" Scourge hissed, leaping out of the bushes. "S-Scourge!" Hollyleaf shrieked. To Be Continued...............
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the warrior books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting to get it at the library. I read the sample and really want to finish!!!! P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story isn't even done yet and it deserves four stars! Although it stinks that feathertail dies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the book so far, a little more action would make it super
Alexis Lagerholm More than 1 year ago
sooooo intense! every chapter makes you want to keep reading and pretty soon you will have finished the book! this is a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Amazing! Erin Hunter continues to amaze us with her great imagination! I hope the next books are just as good! If all books were half as good as this, I would have read them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago