I got the book earlier this week and read it in one evening. I really enjoyed it - best Warriors book in a while!
- Characterization was really good in this. That's something that the main series was lacking. Dawn of the Clans did a bit better, but with the spotlight on so few characters in this book, their personalities really got to shine through. Cherryfall and Molewhisker for instance were just generic cheerful apprentices before and I really don't remember them at all in Bramblestar's Storm, but they got distinct personalities here. I liked the focus on Sandstorm, and Needlepaw's a really interesting character. I hope this continues and that it's not just because the focus was on so few characters.
- I think they learned a bit with the whole "journey" thing, which had been getting repetitive: you don't need to spend an entire book talking about them traveling, just show the interesting scenes.
- Really interested in how the whole SkyClan thing plays out. Depending on how they do it, I have a feeling that this series is either going to be really epic, or a disappointment that fans pretend isn't canon. I'm optimistic after this first book.
- Sandstorm. :'( It was a fitting end for her, though: it definitely is how she'd want to go, instead of gradually growing old and weak in the elders' den.
- Bonus scene was a bit pointless. And if it had to be included, should've been in all editions, not a B&N exclusive. :/