|"The Clan may not be able to offer you such easy food or warmth. In the season of leaf-bare, nights in the forest can be cruel. The Clan will demand great loyalty and hard work. You will be expected to protect your Clan with your life if necessary. And there are many mouths to feed. But the rewards are great. You will remain a tom. You will be trained in the ways of the wild. You will learn what it is like to be a real cat. The strength and the fellowship of the Clan will always be with you, even when you hunt alone."|
|— Bluestar telling Firepaw about ThunderClan in Into the Wild, page 23|
|Into the Wild|
|Cover Artist:||Wayne McLoughlin|
|Jacket Designer:||Karin Paprocki|
|Publish Date:||21 January 2003|
|Editions:||Hardcover, Paperback, e-Book|
|For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the Forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.|
|Preceded by:||Bluestar's Prophecy|
|Followed by:||Fire and Ice|
- For Billy—who left our Twoleg home to become a Warrior.
- We still miss him very much.
- And for Benjamin—his brother
- who is with him now in StarClan.
- Fire Alone Can Save Our Clan...
- For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying - and some deaths are more mysterious than others.
- In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty... who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.
- "The author has created an intriguing world with an intricate structure and mythology, and an engaging young hero. The supporting cast of players is large and a little confusing, but there are standouts who give dimension to the tale. The difficult life of a feral cat is described in some detail, and a fair amount of violence is included. The ending is left ambiguous-there is definitely more to come. This is not as elegantly written as Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel), but it's another option for fans of animal adventure / fantasy stories."
- -Mara Alpert, School Library Journal
- "In this first spine-tingling episode in the planned Warriors series, Firepaw learns the ways of the wild life, facing many dangers and treachery both within and without his new clan. Intelligence notwithstanding, the cat characters are true to their feline nature, making this sure to appeal to fans of Clare Bell's long-popular Ratha's Creature (1983) and its sequels and also to followers of Brian Jacques' ongoing Redwall series."
- -Sally Estes, Booklist
- "Action-packed adventure. Certain to please any reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat."
- -Publishers Weekly
- "A suspenseful animal adventure…. Teen readers will readily identify with Firepaw’s strenuous efforts to fit into the group, applaud his courage to follow his own convictions, and rejoice at the promised sequel."
- -Kirkus Reviews
Detailed Plot Summary
- In the prologue, a group of feral cats named ThunderClan are battling against their rival, RiverClan, by a river for control over a place called Sunningrocks, that both Clans have equal claim to. Redtail, ThunderClan's deputy, soon realizes that ThunderClan is badly outnumbered so they have to retreat, but Tigerclaw is reluctant to allow RiverClan to celebrate over a win over territory so quickly. Redtail orders the battle patrol to retreat. Tigerclaw reluctantly follows the order, looking at the RiverClan cats with anger. Later, in the ThunderClan camp, Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan, is trying to seek answers from StarClan, troubled by that night's defeat. Spottedleaf, the medicine cat of ThunderClan, joins her, and Bluestar asks her of Mousefur's current state, for she's been wounded badly. Spottedleaf replies, saying that she is young and will heal quickly. Then, Spottedleaf receives a prophecy from StarClan, from a shooting star, echoing to Bluestar that "Fire alone can save our Clan."
- The first chapter then starts out with a kittypet named Rusty, wandering into the woods after dreaming about hunting a mouse in the wild. He is briefly attacked by Graypaw, who is a ThunderClan apprentice, and who tells Rusty about Clan life. Unbeknownst to the two young cats, two warriors from ThunderClan watch them - Lionheart, Graypaw's mentor, and Bluestar, ThunderClan's leader. After they watch Rusty and Graypaw fight, Bluestar offers Rusty a chance to join their Clan of feral cats and train as an apprentice, due to the warrior shortage in ThunderClan. Rusty goes home to think it over, and Smudge, his kittypet friend, tells him that he shouldn't join and are shouldn't be trusted, although Rusty wants to. Smudge sees that he can't change his friend's mind and they decide to be with each other for one more morning.
- The next day, Rusty meets Lionheart and another ThunderClan cat, Whitestorm, in the woods. Rusty then accepts Bluestar's offer. He travels to the ThunderClan camp, where most of the cats disagree with a kittypet joining their ranks. Longtail, who shows extreme opposition to Bluestar's decision to let Rusty join the Clan, taunts Rusty. Lionheart persuades Rusty to prove his loyalty and use in the Clan, so he fights Longtail in a battle of honor. Rusty wins the fight, but Longtail gets another grasp on Rusty--but on his collar. The collar snaps off; this is taken as an omen from StarClan that Rusty belongs in their Clan. Bluestar then renames Rusty with the apprentice name of Firepaw in the traditional Clan way, and appointed as a Clan apprentice. At this time, his mentor is not announced, so he trains with Ravenpaw and Graypaw and their mentors, Tigerclaw and Lionheart.
- Firepaw soon learns that kittypets are thought to be soft and useless by most Clan-born cats, and Firepaw is a cat who has no "warrior blood". Despite being seen as inferior, he is slowly able to adjust to his new life. He grows up fast and trains hard to become a respected member of the Clan, hoping to earn full warrior status. On his first solo hunting assignment, Firepaw finds Yellowfang, a medicine cat who was exiled from ShadowClan. He leaps into a battle with her, because he knows that rogue cats are not tolerated in enemy territory. He doesn't kill Yellowfang out of pity--the old cat was starving. Instead, although he knew it was against the Warrior Code, he feeds her and eats the remains of the rabbit he had caught for her, in the process beraking the Warrior Code once more.
- A ThunderClan patrol soon came along. Bluestar was in the lead, but surprisingly, she didn't seem mad at all over Firepaw. Instead, she takes Yellowfang into camp as a prisoner and announced to the Clan that for now, she would stay at camp. Firepaw also gains a mentor in the process to speed up all the apprentice training. His new mentor is Bluestar herself. For a small punishment for Firepaw, he is put in charge of nursing Yellowfang back to help. Many cats in ThunderClan distrust Yellowfang both because of her former Clan, and also because of a warning given at a Gathering by Brokenstar, claiming that a 'rogue cat' killed ShadowClan kits. He makes it clear that a cat had been driven from ShadowClan and that she should be killed as soon as any cat found her. Brokenstar also urges the Clans to keep a close eye on their kits. The cats rush back to the ThunderClan camp to accuse Yellowfang, but Bluestar says that they have no proof it was her and she will remain prisionor.
- Firepaw's natural curiosity is aroused when he finds himself becoming suspicious of Tigerclaw, a senior warrior. Ravenpaw, Tigerclaw's apprentice, who witnessed the events at Sunningrocks, tells Firepaw that it was Tigerclaw, not Oakheart, who killed Redtail, most likely so he could become deputy. Tigerclaw suspects that his secret has been discovered and secures his position by making sure that no cats, not even his Clanmates, trust Ravenpaw. To protect his friend, Firepaw takes Ravenpaw to a new home with a loner named Barley, who lives in a barn outside of WindClan territory. When Ravenpaw asks what Firepaw would tell the Clan about him, Firepaw says that he would tell the Clan that he was dead, but later on, he tells Bluestar the truth. Bluestar says that he might be better off without the Clan.
- In the midst of this, Spottedleaf is killed by a merciless death blow from Clawface, a warrior of ShadowClan in an attack in which two of Frostfur's kits are stolen. Firepaw is devastated, because although she was a medicine cat and therefore unable to take a mate, they both had developed a love for each other. Tigerclaw immediately blames Yellowfang for the disappearance of the kits and the death of Spottedleaf, because she was taken into the Clan as a ShadowClan prisoner. Yellowfang is also not present when the kits are discovered missing, therefore making Tigerclaw and the rest of the Clan even more suspicious of her. Bluestar intervenes and says that there is no proof that Yellowfang is at fault and refuses to blame her for it without proof. Tigerclaw also makes an assertion that Ravenpaw helped Yellowfang steal the kits, causing Frostfur to chase Ravenpaw out when he tried to check up on the other kits.
- Firepaw is determined to prove Yellowfang innocent of the accusation that she had been stealing kits. He and Graypaw are sent to find the missing kits and rescue them from ShadowClan. With help from Yellowfang, who is found attempting to rescue them herself, and a ThunderClan patrol led by Whitestorm, they drive off the real kit snatcher, Brokenstar, from his position as ShadowClan leader. Brokenstar had intended to train the tiny kits early so he could have more warriors for his Clan, but this had been prevented.
- After the battle, Firepaw and Graypaw are promoted to warriors, and receive warrior names - Fireheart and Graystripe. Just before his vigil is supposed to start, Fireheart tries to tell Bluestar about Tigerclaw's betrayal, but she silences him with reminding him about his vigil. The story ends as the two new warriors guard the camp until dawn.
- In the allegiances, Firepaw is listed as an apprentice, even though he doesn't join ThunderClan until later in the book.
- Kate has stated that she thinks that the cats in the background of the cover are Graypaw and a cat from another Clan.
- Into the Wild (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 21 January 2003
- Into the Wild (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 1 January 2004
- Into the Wild (EN), Collins UK (paperback), 5 April 2004
- Na Wolności (PL), Amber (paperback), 2004, translated by Agnieszka Różańska
- Retour à l'état sauvage (FR), Pocket Jeunesse (unknown binding), 17 March 2005, translated by Cécile Pournin
- Divoké Kočky (CZ), Albatros (hardcover), 2 October 2006, translated by Peter Petráková
- Into the Wild (EN), HarperCollins Children (paperback), 3 April 2006
- Į tyrus (LT), Garnelis (unknown binding), 2006, translated by Danguole Žalytė[source?]
- Vào Trong Hoang Dã (VI), Da Nang (paperback), November 2006, translated by Huong Lan
- ファイヤポー、野生にかえる (JA), Komine Shoten (unknown binding), 22 November 2006, translated by Kanehara Rui
- Hív a vadon (HU) Egmont (paperback), 2007, translated by Andrea Márton
- 야생 속으로 (KR), Gimyoungsa (unknown binding) 30 January 2007, translated by Gimyiseon
- Стань диким! (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 2008, translator unknown 
- In die Wildnis (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (paperback), September 2008, translated by Klaus Weimann
- 荒野新生 (ZH-TW), MorningStar Press (paperback), 31 October 2008, translated by Gao Mei
- In die Wildnis (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (audiobook), January 2009, translated by Klaus Weimann, narrated by Ulrike Krumbiegel
- ファイヤポー、野生にかえる (JA), Komine Shoten (unknown binding), 20 February 2009, translated by Kanehara Rui
- 呼唤野性 (ZH-CN), China Children's (unknown binding), 1 March 2009, Zhao In
- De wildernis in (NL), Baeckens Books (hardcover), 7 January 2009, translator unknown
- Into the Wild (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 13 October 2009
- Villiin luontoon (FI), Art House (unknown binding), October 2009, translated by Vesa-Matti Paija
- Vahşi Doğa (TR), Artemis (unknown binding), 2009, translated by Barbaros Bostan
- V divjino (SI), Mettis Bukvarna (hardback), 6 May 2009, translator unknown
- Na Floresta (PT), Wmf Martins Fontes Ltda (paperback), 2010, translated by Marilena Moraes
- Ritorno Nella Foresta (IT), Sonda (unknown binding), 2010, translated by Sarah Kaminski and Maria Teresa Mliano
- V divočine (SK),Mladé léta (paperback), 2011, unknown translator
- U divljini (HR), Znanje (Paperback), 9 November 2011, translator unknown[source?]
- Ud i vildnisset (DK) Sohn (unknown binding), 2011, translated by Gabriela Lundbye
- Metsikusse ellu (EE), Tiritamm (paperback), 21.9.2011 , translator unknown
- En territorio salvaje (ES), Salamandra (paperback), March 2012, translated by Begoña Hernández Sala
References and Citations
- ↑ Revealed on the dedication page
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the inside right flap
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Information from HarperCollins.com
- ↑ Revealed on warriorcats.com - Firestar's fact sheet has the same picture as the book cover
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Information from amazon.com
- ↑ Revealed on the back cover
- ↑ Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's Facebook page
- ↑ Information from HarperCollins.com
- ↑ Information from amazon.com
- ↑ Information from lubimyczytac.pl
- ↑ Information from Pocket Jeunesse
- ↑ Information from knihy.abz.cz
- ↑ Information from amazon.com
- ↑ Information from vinabook.com
- ↑ Information from komineshoten.co.jp
- ↑ Information from libri.hu
- ↑ Information from gimmyoung.com
- ↑ Information from olmamedia.ru
- ↑ Information from warriorcats.de
- ↑ Information from morningstar.com.tw
- ↑ Information from beltz.de
- ↑ Information from Komine Shoten
- ↑ Information from ccread.cn
- ↑ Information from cosmox.nl
- ↑ Information from HarperCollins.com
- ↑ Information from tietosanoma.fi
- ↑ Information from kitapyurdu.com
- ↑ Information from emka.si
- ↑ Information from planetanews.com
- ↑ Information from sonda.it
- ↑ Information from martinus.sk
- ↑ Information from boghallen.dk
- ↑ http://www.apollo.ee/raamatud/eestikeelsed-raamtatud/lastekirjandus/nooremale-koolieale/metsikusse-ellu-sodalased.html
- ↑ Information from salamandra.info