Midnight (Warriors: The New Prophecy, #1)

By Erin Hunter

35,104 ratings - 4.28* vote

Darkness, air, water, and sky will come together... The wild cats of the forest have lived in peace and harmony for many moons but a doom that will change everything is coming. Strange messages from their warrior ancestors speak of terrifying new prophecies, danger, and a mysterious destiny. All the signs point to young warrior Brambleclaw as the cat with the fat Darkness, air, water, and sky will come together... The wild cats of the forest have lived in peace and harmony for

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Book details

Paperback, 303 pages
April 4th 2006 by HarperCollins

(first published May 10th 2005)

Original Title
0060744510 (ISBN13: 9780060744519)
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Community Reviews


I love the warriors series. But in this one absolutely NOTHING HAPPENED!
It was just like..
(sing to the tune of "Follow the Leader")
and even thought they all new the clans were in trouble, the six cats on the journey were in no apparent hurry to get home.

Well ok, something did happen.
They found midnight.
thats it...:)

My favorite character in this book was Squirrelpaw. She kinda reminded me of the annoying orange.
(sounds familiar?)
Not to mention how much Crowpaw reminded me of midget apple.
sorry. i watch WAAAAAAYYY too much youtube.


I cried for a really long time when I realized this new series was no longer in firestar's pov. Middle school me was devastated

Elin (Tickmicks bokblogg)

4,5 stars

Abby Shaffer

Midnight (Warriors: The New Prophecy, #1) by Erin Hunter (Pages: 3 or 400.)

I loved this book because this time the main character wasn't Firestar, it happened to have 2 main characters! The 2 main characters this time are Brambeclaw and a new medicine cat apprentice (AKA: Firestars daughter) Leafpaw. Leafpaw is having visions of her sister, Squirrelpaw and what she faces while Brambleclaw got a new prophecy: Darkness, Air, Water, And sky will shake the forest to its roots. Nobody knows what it means (Well, Brambleclaw doesn't since he didn't tell anybody at all about this dream.)
Also, atleast 4 cats from each clan got a dream. These cats are: Brambleclaw, his sister: Tawnypaw, Crowpaw, and Feathertail. They each got a dream from old starclan members that there was danger coming. (But Firestars other daughter, Squirrelpaw and another Riverclan warrior, Stormfur, came for extra protection on a long journey to a place that is very dangerous.) The 6 cats are all going on an adventure to a sun-drown-place, when the sun goes down, it is red and the water is salty and there is a huge cave with sharp teeth. Brambleclaw had a dream of this and he decided Starclan wanted them to go there. So now all 6 cats are going on an adventure to somewhere no forest cat has really been before!

I believe everyone should read this book cause there is some events that nobody would of experienced in the first series: The prophecies begin.


I felt like this book was set to be a bit of a letdown; after the ending to the first Warriors series, I really don't see how anything could compare. This definitely felt like an introduction, but still kept some of the same aspects and situations as the first series so as not to scare long time readers. There are also more 'travel' scenes, reminiscent of all the camping that goes on in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. You know they're all headed towards something, and you can't wait to get there with them.

I love the new characters, and the fleshing out of some old names. Firestar reads like Simba in the second Lion King movie, I've even got that song that plays when Kovu is chased from th pridelands stuck in my head now! -Deception, Disgrace, evil as clear as the scar on his faaaace!-

I am a fairly easy to please reader, and I don't really try books I know I'm not going to like (like that isn't obvious from my rating average) I don't mind reader filler scenes and introductions so long as there is action somewhere, and from this ending you can tell the series will pick up. I will be there to follow the journey, I know I have the next few books. Look out for new reviews is the coming days!


Re-reading this reminds me why this is my least favorite of the Warriors series.

I hate Squirrelpaw. If there were at least some legitimate reason why she was a jerk the whole time then I could at least tolerate her, but there is absolutely no reason for her behavior. I'm sorry if I can't relate or sympathize with a character who yells at everyone for no reason, has no respect for anyone, constantly talks backs, and gets herself into dangerous situations after being warned and then acts like it's their fault. There is no way I could ever root for a character like that. What makes it worse is that I feel as the author wants me to think what a great character she is and how wonderful and brave and strong she is... nope.

Then there's the whole traveling aspect of the book. The Erins aren't really good at writing them. They kind of drag. I could easily skim them and not miss much of anything. And considering that it takes up the vast majority of the book there really isn't much to actually read.

I'm determined to re-read the rest of these books though. It's just going to be a struggle for the next few of them.

Deborah Pickstone

The start of the second series. A new prophecy seems to be leading the cats out of the forest as it is about to be destroyed by humans. New set of POVs with younger cats taking the limelight. Remains very readable.


This series has always been one of my favorites, so I love to go back and reread it every few years. This mini series has always been one of my least favorites, it's not as quick paced as the first set, and I don't like all of the characters as much. I did still enjoy this, it just took me a bit longer to get through because it is mainly the cats wandering across the land. I'm excited to continue rereading this series and catch up on all of the books I missed!


Second read - September 2 2020
3 stars. buddy read

I completely forgot what happened since the first time I read this book. Compared to the first read, it was a bit lackluster. It was an introduction back into the world and building up the plot, so it was a bit slow. I liked how Hunter came up with new names for the cats instead of repeating them endlessly. Even though I have ranked this book a bit low compared to the others, I feel like it will get better in time.

4/5 stars - Nov. 27 2013
*** spoiler review ***

I have to say, I honestly doubted Hunter since she changed the POV to Brambleclaw from Firestar. Also, how Firestar seemed like a closeminded cat and pushing Squirrelpaw from Brambleclaw, which didn't work out ...

The journey to the sun-down place was interesting. From meeting Purdy, having milk, the rat encounter, the plains, to the sun-down place. I also liked Midnight, I did not expect that and it changed my whole thinking of the book.

Can't wait to buy the next one!