i concur that bumble was damned to a horrible fate and im so salty about that... like her death served no purpose other than to get cats salty at clear sky
speaking of clear sky i like his development [for warriors, it's pretty good] but i hate him as a character like. sure he might ''know better'' now and all but he still is the cause of multiple deaths and even killed a cat over a BUSH on his territory. how low can he go.
onto faves [which i cant put into words too well. oop.] well, hawk swoop is my absolute favorite. she's such a sweetie, and besides tryin to brush off what jagged peak did [more on him in a sec], she did nothing wrong. her death served nothing but to get her kids riled up. also, petal was amazing - she was an interesting character for the arc, and her death, also, imo, served pointless. it's not like it's even mentioned much at all in the next book, which makes me more bitter. turtle tail is pretty cool too, being a cat who isn't afraid to stand up and also is very energetic. was angry to see her die - what was the point??? other than for gray wing to get slate as a mate later on and for gray wing to lose someone close to him.
also, falling feather is pretty lovely. i love how she stood up against clear sky - that took guts!! again, was disappointed at the friendly fire w/ jackdaw's cry in the first battle. quick water is kind of cool for a background character - she may be old but she is aware of what she's doing. blossom is cute, but i don't have much thoughts on her yet. sparrow fur is fantastic and i love how she tries to help out as much as she can. lastly, fern is amazing in that she managed to outsmart her abusive boss, slash, and i hope she lives the next book.
i don't care too much about the tom characters, but river, cloud spots, and pebble heart seem alright. pebble heart is a small child, cloud spots is chill, and river is like. he is in his own league now he is too chill.
now, onto the cats i dislike. first of all, i despise jagged peak for how he thinks he can play the disability card to win his arguments [you should feel bad for me because im limp!!!] and honestly he became worse as the books go on. even with holly, it was only diminished a little, as he did a small thing in DotC no. 4. in DotC no. 5, heck, even gray wing knows that he's extremely arrogant. the worst part is, he's rewarded for barely doing anything/nearly getting himself killed like. way to go. if he wanted to do something he should ask because. if he keeps quiet then no duh will he not be able to prove himself. [there's skype convos ive had on this that i can add onto this later on too]
also, tom, one eye, and slash are all very nasty fellows. i guess their abusive natures makes them more close to reality, but still!!! tom was just a CREEP and i glad he died. one eye's cult shtick was interesting and found it unique, but he was manipulative garbage. slash is pretty generic rn, but lets see how that goes.
i find gray wing boring to be quite honest, and ditto wit hthunder. like they seem pretty generic [aside from gray wing's asthma - never expected that!] protagonists and frankly i would love to read through other POVs. wind is a jerkwad and i hate how she can get sometimes warlike. like... wind please chill. also, shattered ice and jackdaw's cry are complete douchenuggets. shattered ice in particular was all 'i can rebel against tall shadow because i dont agree with her policies' which is petty, and jackdaw's cry is always against gray wing just because he can, which is annoying. i don't know how people could find them 'cool', imo, but to each own.
i adore the arc's set up - it's unique in that it's unpredictable, like you said, but also because it tackles themes the other arcs did. dealing with asthma? was briefly touched upon in yellowfang's secret, but that's it. dealing with abuse? not done, as far as i know. well-intentioned extremists who think what they're doing is the best? as far as i know, hasn't been done yet. a lot of new issues come up in this arc, and they're tackled in very interesting ways. a good read, imo. one complaint; the pointless death. like, yeah, i know, that's the point, but i hate how so many good characters die, only for the boring background characters to live. how come leaf's still alive, yet rainswept flower's dead?
also, also, as for ships wise; i guess i only ship grayturtle as far as canon pairings go. non-canon wise, turtlebumble and hawkquick are reaaally good imo. dapplefalling can work too.
[ i will post more in later posts, but now this is becoming an essay OOPSIE DINGLE]