hello this is old but I just finished the book
I enjoyed it well enough, but I have to echo several of the complaints already mentioned... in particular I just can't stand the antagonistic characters. just when clear sky seemed like he might finally start to redeem himself, he went back to being as aggressively self-centered as always. I get that it's his land and all, but the "I'd rather let someone die than give up a little of my spare medicine" attitude is just astronomically mandariny - especially when he turns around and gets mad at the other clans for not saving his own kit ://
jagged peak and holly just get more and more disappointing too, tbh. it's so hypocritical for them to criticize moth flight's relationship and doubt her loyalty, when jagged peak took a former rogue as a mate and lived with like four different groups himself
I was also a little weirded out that moth flight actually had micah's kits... I didn't mind their relationship as a whole, but other cats were still calling her "hardly more than a kit" at that point which just feels too young (for humanized characters), and also she and micah had barely agreed to be mates
(and they'd had basically no time alone since then, so like... how...)
and then the end... I could sort of see the thematic point of splitting the kits up, but it still seems like a strange decision?? like, yeah, giving the kits away removes the temptation for moth flight to prioritize them, but she'll still be anxious about whether they're okay, and now she can't even see them to confirm that they are... I feel like she could have just as easily given them to her own clanmates
the territories continue to confuse me with each new book. the way they described the journey to highstones (especially the first time) made it seem like suuuch a long trip, when it never felt that way before. I can't reconcile the way I imagined thunderclan's camp in the original series with the way it's described in DotC, and I don't understand where skyclan and thunderclan's territories divide...
on the other hand I always appreciate river ripple and tall shadow and pebble heart, and I've come to like gorse fur, dust muzzle, and sun shadow more too. and it was nice that we got to see more of riverclan and shadowclan, since they don't get featured in DotC-era stories as much