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"Down here I can feel the evil growing. The forest is dark with it, and StarClan cannot help us. It's up to us. [...] What happens tomorrow can determine the very future of our Clan."
Cinderpelt warning Fireheart in A Dangerous Path, page 279
A Dangerous Path

FrontOfficial Reprint

OS-5
General
Author: Cherith Baldry[1]
Cover Artist: Wayne McLoughlin,[2] Owen Richardson[3]
Jacket Designer: Karin Paprocki[2]
Details
Publish Date: 01 June 2004[4]
Identification: ISBN 0060000066
Editions: Hardcover, Paperback, e-Book
More Info

Chapter-by-Chapter Notes
Allegiances
Book Cover Gallery

Summary
Tigerclaw is back and more dangerous than ever as the new leader of ShadowClan, but he is not the most terrifying enemy Fireheart must face as a new force sweeps through the woods.
Chronology
Preceded by: Into the Woods
Followed by: The Rise of Scourge

A Dangerous Path is the fifth book in The Prophecies Begin arc, formerly known as the Original Arc. Bluestar is the cat featured on the reprinted cover.[5]

Dedication

To the real Bramblepaw

The Blurb

Fire Alone Can Save Our Clan...
ShadowClan now has a dark new leader, but will he be satisfied with his power now - or does his desire for revenge burn even more strongly? Fireheart fears that there is a connection between the rise of Tigerstar and the terrible dreams of danger that haunts his nights.
Meanwhile, a mysterious threat has invaded the forest, placing every cat's life in peril. Fireheart's beloved leader has turned her back on their warrior ancestors, and Fireheart can't help but wonder if she's right. Has StarClan abandoned them forever?

The Praise

"Spine-tingling. Sure to appeal to followers of Brian Jacques' ongoing Redwall series."[2]
-ALA Booklist
"Hunter's world keeps getting more finely drawn and her characters more complex. Fans will be on edge for the next title."[2]
-Kirkus Reviews
"The saga continues in the fifth book in the Warriors series as the cat Fireheart, now deputy leader of Thunderclan, finds himself taking on even more responsibility because clan-leader Bluestar is both physically and mentally ill. Add to that the dangerous machinations of treacherous Tigarstar, the head of Shadowclan, and a pack of renegade dogs. Bluestar becomes certain that all the members of her clan, including Fireheart, have betrayed her; the ancestral StarClan cats have abandoned her; and Windclan is hunting in Thunderclan's territory. After Bluestar declares war, it's up to Fireheart to find a way to avoid the battle. Hunter maintains the established characterizations of his sentient cats, who still retain their feline natures. With compelling intrigue and fast-paced actions, this is one of the most exciting books in the series--and, happily, there's another volume to come."[4]
-Sally Estes, ALA Booklist
"A fast-paced animal adventure. Recommend this series to fans of animal fantasies such as Redwall or Dark Portal."[4]
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"A good, suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward."[4]
-ALA Booklist
"The stage is set for more action-packed adventure. Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat."[6]
-Publisher's Weekly
"In the style of classics by Tolkien or Jacques. You’ll never look at your plain old tabby the same way again."[7]
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Brilliantly written by someone who knows what children like to read. Inspired."[8]
-The Gateway
"Another fabulous book in the excellent series! Plenty of twists and turns. Any 9 to13 year old should have these books!"[8]
-Kidaround

Detailed Plot Summary

The book opens with a scene of ferocious guard dogs escaping the Treecut place and their owners and running wild in ThunderClan territory. They are referred to as The Pack, and led by the Pack Leader.
During a Gathering, the Clans learn that ShadowClan has a new leader, Tigerstar, the exiled former deputy of ThunderClan. He accepts several rogues into ShadowClan, many of which are former cats of ShadowClan who were driven out with Brokentail, including former deputy Blackfoot, and promises that he will make the Clan great. After the Gathering is over, Fireheart, the ThunderClan deputy, tells about Tigerstar to the rest of the Clan, and all cats are shocked. They fear an attack from ShadowClan, but the days pass, and everything is peaceful. ThunderClan is surviving, but all warriors are overstretched; they spend a lot of time hunting, patrolling, and rebuilding the camp after the recent fire.
Meanwhile, a mysterious threat has invaded the forest, and Cinderpelt, the ThunderClan medicine cat hears the words "pack, pack" and "kill, kill" in a dream. There are also reports of dog scent on ThunderClan territory, but Fireheart dismisses them, believing that it was only a Twoleg walking their pet. Soon after, they find more traces of dogs, and Fireheart concludes that a dog is loose in the forest, living at Snakerocks.
Bluestar slips further into dementia, thinking that StarClan has abandoned her, and refuses to appoint new warriors. Her misgivings are enhanced by the various hardships they meet: the recent fire, the scarce prey, the death of Snowkit and the unknown evil menacing the Clan. Most of the leadership duties are fulfilled by Fireheart.
When the patrols find scraps of prey, obviously hunted by dogs, Bluestar claims that it was WindClan stealing prey from ThunderClan, and plans to attack them. The other cats know, however, that this is not true, and Fireheart tries to prevent the battle, even if it means he has to disobey his leader, going against the warrior code. He arranges a meeting between Bluestar and Tallstar, and the battle is averted, but Bluestar becomes angry at Fireheart and states that he also betrayed her. She punishes him by doing nothing, so there would be 'a traitor leading a bunch of traitors' after she died.
At the Gathering, it is revealed that Crookedstar is dead and Leopardstar is the new RiverClan leader. During the Gathering, Bluestar accuses WindClan cats of prey-stealing, and she also acts strangely friendly towards Leopardstar and RiverClan.
Leopardstar's first action is to try and retake Sunningrocks due to the debt ThunderClan owes them since they sheltered them from the fire in the previous book, but the ThunderClan cats drive RiverClan out. Graystripe is exiled from RiverClan, as he helped Fireheart during the battle, and rejoins ThunderClan. Bluestar reveals to Mistyfoot and Stonefur that she is their mother during the battle when they are attacking her, but they do not believe her.
Cloudtail is made a warrior, but Bluestar refuses to promote any other apprentices because the rest do not lack faith in StarClan, like Cloudtail does. Swiftpaw and Brightpaw are offended, and plan to go to Snakerocks and find out who is stealing prey, hoping that they would become warriors after their brave actions. The Pack attacks them; Swiftpaw is killed and Brightpaw is seriously injured, losing an eye. Bluestar gives her the name Lostface in a dying apprentice ceremony, to show the Clan what StarClan took from Lostface. She later recovers, but cannot recall anything about the attack except the words "pack pack, kill kill."
Meanwhile, Tigerstar's kits are apprenticed, and are named Bramblepaw and Tawnypaw. Fireheart decides to mentor Bramblepaw, and gives Tawnypaw to Brackenfur. Fireheart gives Brackenfur to mentor Tawnypaw because he is afraid of what Tigerstar will do to claim these kits and doesn't want to put Sandstorm in danger, despite the fact Brackenfur was less experienced than her. Tigerstar claims that they should be in ShadowClan, and asks Darkstripe to bring them to him, but Fireheart stops them each time. Sandstorm is angry with Fireheart, as she wasn't chosen to mentor Tawnypaw, and their friendship suffers. Fireheart later tells Sandstorm that he loves her and she admits that she loves Fireheart as well.
The dogs are finally sighted by Longtail, who reports that there are several enormous dogs living at Snakerocks, not just a single dog as they initially believed, and that he saw Tigerstar feeding them a rabbit. Tigerstar plans to use the dogs to take revenge on ThunderClan; he lays a trail of rabbits to the ThunderClan camp, with Brindleface's dead body at the end of the trail. The ThunderClan cats notice it in time, and Fireheart forms a plan to take the dogs to the gorge, and lure them over the edge. He chooses some warriors and apprentices to lead the dogs, while the rest of the Clan go to Sunningrocks.
Fireheart is the last in the line of cats that lure the dogs to the gorge, and he almost succeeds, but Tigerstar appears and pins him down until the dogs catch up. The pack leader grabs Fireheart by his scruff and shakes him, but Bluestar comes out of nowhere and drives the leader down the gorge where he dies, and the rest of the dogs scatter. However, Bluestar falls in the river as well. Fireheart jumps down to save her, and is helped by Mistyfoot and Stonefur. The two RiverClan cats recognize Bluestar as their mother, and forgive her. Bluestar reconciles with StarClan, and names Fireheart as her successor, appointing him the leader of ThunderClan.

Publication History

  • A Dangerous Path (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 1 June 2004[9]
  • A Dangerous Path (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 24 May 2005[10]
  • Опасная тропа (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 17 June 2005, translated by Veronica Maximova[11]
  • 위험한 길 (KR), Kyobo (unknown binding) 5 February 2007, translated by Kim Yi Seon[12]
  • A Dangerous Path (EN), HarperCollins Children (paperback), 2 April 2007[13]
  • Sur le sentier de la guerre (FR), Pocket Jeunesse (paperback), 16 August 2007, translated by Cécile Pournin[14]
  • ファイヤハートの危機 (JA), Komine Shoten (hardcover), 10 September 2007, translated by Yukako Takabayashi[15]
  • 危險小徑 (ZH), Morning Star (unknown binding), 1 December 2008, translated by Gao Mei[16]
  • 险路惊魂 (ZH), China Children's Publishing (paperback), 1 March 2009, unknown translator[17]
  • ファイヤハートの危機 (JA), Komine Shoten (hardcover), 20 May 2009, translated by Yukako Takabayashi[18]
  • Gefährliche Spuren (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (hardcover), August 2009, translated by Klaus Weimann[19]
  • Gefährliche Spuren (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (audiobook), November 2009, translated by Klaus Weimann, narrated by Marlen Diekhoff[20]
  • Gevaar (NL), Baeckens Books (hardcover), 1 April 2011, translated by Huberte Vriesendorp[21]
  • Vaarallinen polku (FI), Art House (hardcover), April 2011, translated by Vesa-Matti Paija[22]
  • En farlig sti (DK), Sohn (hardcover),17 August 2012, translated by Gabriela Lundbye [23]
  • Huellas peligrosas (ES), Salamandra (paperback), 4 July 2013, translated by Begoña Hernández Sala[24]
  • Gevaar (NL), Baeckens Books (paperback), 11 March 2014, translated by Huberte Vriesendorp[25]
  • A Dangerous Path (EN), HarperCollins (paperback; reprint), 17 March 2015[26]
  • Gefährliche Spuren (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (paperback), 14 March 2017[27]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed on Dedication Page
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed on the back cover
  3. Revealed on The Warrior Cats Forums
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Information from amazon.com
  5. Revealed on The Warrior Cats Forums
  6. Information from harpercollins.ca
  7. Information from amazon.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 Information from amazon.co.uk
  9. Information from amazon.com
  10. Information from amazon.com
  11. Information from ru.wikipedia
  12. Information from libro.co.kr
  13. Information from amazon.co.uk
  14. Information from Pocket Jeunesse
  15. Information from Komine Shoten
  16. Information from cn.wikipedia
  17. Information from Xinhua Books
  18. Information from Komine Shoten
  19. Information from beltz.de
  20. Information from beltz.de
  21. Information from [1]
  22. Information from tietosanoma.fi
  23. Information from gucca.dk
  24. Information from amazon.com
  25. Information from [2]
  26. Revealed on HarperCollins.com
  27. Revealed on beltz.de


Warriors books
The Prophecies Begin Arc Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
New Prophecy Arc MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three Arc The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars Arc The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans Arc The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows Arc The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of Fire
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's Shadow
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Warriors GuideThe Ultimate Guide
The Lost Warrior Arc The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Arc Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Arc Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger Arc The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's MercyThe Elders' ConcernSpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans Decide
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyThe Untold StoriesTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceTales from the ClansMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellShadows of the ClansSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoLegends of the Clans


A Dangerous Path chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27

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