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"As you've heard, we are not always perfect, but we have a great deal of faith in our warrior ancestors. The code lives in our heartbeat, the blood pulsing beneath our fur. When we die, the code carries on in our kits, and their kits, for all the moons to come. StarClan willing, the code of the Clans will live forever, until the forest and the lake have turned to dust and our hunting grounds are no more."
Leafpool concluding the kittypet's time with her in Code of the Clans, page 156
Code of the Clans

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General
Author: Victoria Holmes[1]
Cover Artist: Wayne McLoughlin[1]
Jacket Designer: Hillary Zarycky[2]
Details
Publish Date: 9 June 2009[3]
Identification: ISBN 9780061660092
Editions: Hardcover, e-Book
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Summary
The warrior Clans have embraced the warrior code for as long as any living cat can remember. Now, for the first time, discover the secrets behind the code: What was the origin of the code? Which cats decreed the legendary laws? Which laws failed to become part of the code? All this and more will be revealed in Code of the Clans!

Code of the Clans is the third book in the Field Guide arc and is about The Warrior Code. The cats on the cover are Tallstar and three other iconic leaders.[4]

Dedication

For Mr. Pugh, with love
Special Thanks to Victoria Holmes

Bookjacket

The Front Flap

The secrets behind the warrior code will finally be revealed....

  • An ominous sign from StarClan that signaled the need to patrol borders.
  • The unexpected help from a warrior ancestor that cemented the importance of elders.
  • A secret coup that led to a deputy's new role.
  • A medicine cat's pleas that stopped a spree of interClan bloodshed.

- And many more never-before-told stories!

Back Cover

LIVE BY THE WARRIOR CODE...

The warrior clans have embraced the warrior code for as long as any living cat can remember. Now, for the first time, discover the secrets behind the code: What was the origin of the code? Which cats decreed the legendary laws? Which laws failed to become part of the code? All this and more will be revealed in CODE OF THE CLANS!


Detailed Plot Summary

Though it has no real plot, Code of the Clans contains a lot of information that is not revealed in the main arc books. It starts with the story of the beginning of the Clans, and goes on to explain how in the beginning, the cats divided themselves up based on their prey preferences. During the early times of the Clans, there were no borders. Each of the Clans respective hunting grounds contained suitable prey that would satisfy their tastes. They rarely ever meet, only if they happened to be tracking the same piece of prey.
Leafpool narrates the story which includes explanations of how all the laws of the Warrior Code were created, why they were created, laws that were not accepted as part of the code, examples of cats breaking the warrior code or following it, and short stories from different cats who narrate on what they think of the different Codes.
There are also short stories from other cats who talk on subjects close to them such as Sandstorm confessing her love for Firestar, Tallstar explaining his choosing of Onewhisker for leader of WindClan, Cloudstar and the exiled SkyClan, and Whitestorm teaching a group of young apprentices about guarding the ThunderClan border. There is also a story explaining how to act during a warrior vigil, narrated by Squirrelflight.
For a comprehensive list of events from each story, see the cliffnotes.

Trivia

  • Squirrelflight's Words of Wisdom has Squirrelflight telling of when she had her warrior vigil. However, this cannot be true, because Squirrelflight never had a vigil, due to her being given her warrior name while all four Clans were gathered up on the hill during Starlight, and not having a vigil.[5]
  • In A Dark Path Chosen, Longtail is referred to as Longstripe.[6]
  • In Who Goes There? Whitestorm Teaches Border Tactics, Graypaw is mistakenly called Graystripe.[7] This would have taken place before Graystripe was given his warrior name, as Ravenpaw is still in ThunderClan,[8] and Sandstorm, Firestar, and Dustpelt are all referred to as apprentices, with Firestar receiving his warrior name at the same time as Graystripe and Sandstorm and Dustpelt not receiving them until after Graystripe had.[9]
  • Although The Vanishing Moon states that Finchstar created the tenth code, where there must be a truce at the full moon Gathering, there is a full-moon truce at the Gathering in Moth Flight's Vision[10], which took place before Finchstar's time.

Publication History

  • Code of the Clans (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 9 June 2009[3]
  • Code of the Clans (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 9 June 2009[11]
  • Das Gesetz der Krieger (DE), Beltz & Gelberg (hardcover), 30 July 2011, translated by Friederike Levin[12]
  • Закон племён (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 2013, translator unknown[13]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in the front matter
  2. Revealed in the inside right-flap
  3. 3.0 3.1 Information from amazon.com
  4. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  5. Revealed in Starlight, pages 26-27
  6. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 42
  7. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 109
  8. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 107
  9. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 102
  10. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 341
  11. Information from amazon.com
  12. Information from [1]
  13. Information from olmamedia.ru


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


Code of the Clans chapters
The Dawn of the ClansThe Warrior CodeCode 1Code 2Code 3Code 4Code 5Code 6Code 7Code 8Code 9Code 10Code 11Code 12Code 13Code 14Code 15Rules That Did Not Become Part of the CodeEpilogue

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