Greystripe, whatever you decide to do, I will always be your friend.
In delving back into the world of warriors, I read through book two, Fire and Ice, by Erin Hunter rather quickly. It’s wild to me how fast Firepaw, now Fireheart, grows up in the course of these novels. As a cat, though, I suppose it makes sense in the end. Fireheart begins his life as a warrior in this novel, having been granted the honor alongside his best friend, now Greystripe, at the end of book one.
A Secret Mission
Fire and Ice begins with the retrieval of WindClan, the cats having been driven out of their territory by the fiendish ShadowClan cats in the first book. But, now that Brokenstar no longer leads ShadowClan, ThunderClan’s leader, Bluestar, tasks new warriors Fireheart and Greystripe to bring them back.
This, of course, is met with some hostility from the other two remaining clans. RiverClan and ShadowClan had expected the opportunity to expand their own territories. Unfortunately, neither are eager to have WindClan return. Thus, Fireheart and Greystripes mission begins in secret.
A Secret Romance
Once WindClan is returned to their territory, Fireheart expects warrior life will return to normal. But, when Greystripe meets a RiverClan cat, Silverstream, it is anything but. Suddenly his friend is sneaking out repeatedly, leaving Fireheart to answer for his disappearances.
High tensions between the clans wanting to expand their territory and Greystripe’s feelings become the center focus of book two. Truthfully, it was here that I began to compare the series to Harry Potter. Four clans vs. four houses is the most obvious comparison of course. ThunderClan and ShadowClan match up well with Gryffindor and Slytherin, respectively.
Though I don’t genuinely think these books are very comparable, I was amused when I realized Fireheart and Greystripe reminded me a lot of Harry and Ron, respectively.
What really sticks with me from Fire and Ice is how large the maturity jump was. Fireheart, once Firepaw, goes from a young and very immature cat to what basically equates to a young adult warrior. You get a sense with the first novel that these cats are super young, but all that changes in book two. It’s certainly an interesting dichotomy, especially because so much changes in such a short period of time.
I definitely feel like it sets a trend for the rest of the novels, as well.
In general, I sort of see the series as a single tale. In that sense, each book garners the same amount of respect and love. Fire and Ice is a sold continuation of Fireheart’s journey. I love it for what it is and am always eager to read the next installment.
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