Warriors is a series of novels based around the adventures and drama of several groups (Clans) of wild cats. The series is primarily set in the fictional location of White Hart Woods, and, later, Sanctuary Lake. The series is published by HarperCollins and written by authors Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui T. Sutherland under the collective pseudonym Erin Hunter, with the plot developed by editor Victoria Holmes.
There are currently seven sub-series, each containing six books except for the seventh sub-series, which is currently in progress. The first, Warriors (later re-titled Warriors: The Prophecies Begin), was published from 2003 to 2004, and details the adventures of a housecat named Rusty, who joins one of the warrior cat Clans, ThunderClan. Warriors: The New Prophecy, published from 2005 to 2006, follows the first sub-series, chronicling the Clans' journey to a new home. The third story arc, Warriors: Power of Three, was published from 2007 to 2009, and centres around a prophecy about three cats with extraordinary powers. The fourth sub-series, Warriors: Omen of the Stars, was published from 2009 to 2012 and continues the story arc of Warriors: Power of Three. The fifth sub-series, Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, was published from 2013 to 2015. This prequel series arc details the formation of the Clans. The sixth sub-series, Warriors: A Vision of Shadows, was published from 2016 to 2018. Chronologically, Warriors: A Vision of Shadows follows Warriors: Omen of the Stars. The seventh sub-series is entitled Warriors: The Broken Code. The first book in the seventh series, Lost Stars, was released on 9 April 2019. The next book in Warriors: The Broken Code is Silent Thaw. After that is Veil of Shadows and the fourth book, Darkness Within has not been released yet.Other books have been released in addition to the main series, including eleven lengthier stand-alone "Super Edition" novels, several e-book novellas later published in five print compilations, six guide books, and several volumes of original English-language manga, initially produced as a collaboration between HarperCollins and TOKYOPOP before the latter's closure. The series has also been translated into several languages. Alibaba Pictures has acquired the film rights to the series as of 2016.
Major themes in the series include adventure, forbidden love, the concept of nature vs. nurture, acceptance, the struggle of good vs. evil, the reactions of different faiths meeting each other, and all people being a mix of good and bad. The authors draw inspiration from several natural locations and other authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and William Shakespeare.
Warriors has received mostly positive reviews, but it has also been criticized for being confusing due to its large number of characters and complex relationships. Critics have compared it to the Redwall series. Although nominated for several awards, Warriors has yet to receive any major literary prizes. Several novels in the series have reached the New York Times Bestseller List, and the series has found popularity in many countries, including Trinidad, the U.K, Germany, and China.
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