The Darkest Hour (Warriors, #6)

By Erin Hunter

40,101 ratings - 4.53* vote

ThunderClan's darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar's quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan:"Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest."The time has come ThunderClan's darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar's quest for power plunges all the Clans into

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Book details

Paperback, 315 pages
October 1st 2005 by Avon Books
Original Title
The Darkest Hour
0060525851 (ISBN13: 9780060525859)
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Until I’m old and gray, I will always champion the Warriors series as one of my all-time favorites, despite the fact that the first book wasn’t published until I was 23 and they are supposedly written for 8-year-olds.

If you aren’t familiar, the Warriors books follow four clans of what we would call feral cats that battle each other, and sometimes work together towards common enemies (two-legs, dogs, rogue cats, etc.). The first arch begins when a kittypet (house cat) is recruited into Thunderclan by their leader, Bluestar, after getting himself in a predicament due to his curiosity leading him out of his home and into the untamed woods. It takes a long time for the clan to accept him as a true warrior (and some never do), and the term “kittypet” is thrown around like the harshest of all slurs. Fireheart (as he is come to be known) does train to become a Warrior, however, and by the end of the 5th volume, he is Bluestar’s deputy and chief consultant.

The Darkest Hour is the final chapter in the first story arch of the Warriors. It sees our main protagonist, Fireheart, facing everything he has feared, as well as dreamed, all at once, in a serious shitstorm that he has to navigate not only for himself, but for all of Thunderclan as well. A final battle with Tigerstar turns out very unexpectedly, and a new menace makes itself known in the forest.

The writing of Erin Hunter (who is actually four different authors writing together) is sublime. The fights between cats are harsh and brutal (the amount of violence at times makes me question how these books could be for small children) and the characterization of the clan cats is so deeply intricate and believable that you can’t help but care for them on an intense, emotional level.

After finishing The Darkest Hour, I found myself crushed that my time with Fireheart had ended (the other archs deal with different cats), but I know that he is a character that has forever left a mark on my literary soul.

The Warriors series is a strong reminder that one should NEVER judge a book by it’s classification in the library/bookstore.


So glad I decided to reread these books finally. Loved them just as much as I did when I was younger. Gonna go ahead and read the next series.


I seriously need to reread these books again. I haven't read them in a good 10 or so years. These were right up there with Harry Potter.

Scourge is one of my favorites. You can't help but love him, even though he's a bit evil. ;)


This book contains lots of action, and some romance. Bluestar has just lost the last of her nine lives and now Firestar is leader of ThunderClan, now that he has a solitary den his relationship with his clan-mate, Sandstorm, can disappear easily. But many more problems are coming to the forest. Now Tigerstar has combined ShadowClan with RiverClan to create TigerClan and is trying to get ThunderClan and WindClan to join TigerClan. Since both of the two clans refused, Tigerstar is forced to get a clan of rouges to help him take over the forest. When the new clan is introduced Firestar tells the leader, Scourge, of Tigerstar's treachery. As furious as any cat could be Scourge killed Tigerstar with a swipe of his claw. Well to much said already...Bye!!!

Saar The Book owl

Well, this was the wrap up of the first series around the Warrior Cats. Okay, you can say that I'm 'to old' to read them, but I don't care. I mean, there are cats in it! Sure, it's written for children around 10, but as an adult you get carried away in the adventures of Firestart and his Thunderclan. All the books are written with a high pace and adventures that keeps you on your toes, but I was really looking forward to the ultimate confrontation between Firestar and Tigerstar. Well, I'm not going to spoil it, but did that took a turn!
Of course Firestar needs to deal with tough decisions and responsablities regarding his leadership, but he's a tough cookie!
On to the second series!


Oh.My.Gosh. This book was amazing. The warriors series is good, and the ending of the first sereis was surprising and action-filled. Thumbs up!


This book was great to read! It is part of the series WARRIOR Cats. In this book Firestar, starting out as a pampered house cat becomes leader of ThunderClan, and the time has come for him and his clan to fight a life or death battle for the future of the forest.
This Book was written by Erin Hunter. I really enjoy the way she writes, because she makes it seem as if you were in the story yourself, and even though it is all made up fantasy, she makes it seem as if it could actually happen in real life. That


This book contains suspense, action, and is a true epic. The Warriors series itself is a magnificent adventure. In this book specifically, it has alot of action and unexpected surprizes, you can hardly stop reading because nomatter where you stop you want to read more.


I'm pretty much over this series. It went on at least 2 books too many. Very repetitive with ridiculous improbable things always happening. Meh... I really liked the first 3 books though.

Luke Baldock

The grand finale to the epic series. Well, at least the first series of books. I was disappointed by the last book, mostly because it revolved around a mystery that the readers knew the answer to from the beginning. This time it was done much better. The prologue has Tigerstar meeting a clan of cats from Twoleg place. This isn't planned as a mystery, and as such it puts us into a position where we know more than the characters. They know something bad is coming, we know a little more, but it still doesn't all fit together. After the events of the last book, Fireheart becomes Firestar, the new leader of Thunderclan. This is the completion of his journey from naive kittypet. He is one of the youngest leaders of a clan, and as such he has a lot to prove. What I really liked about Firestar in this book is his ability to completely take control of any situation, but still listens to those around him. He achieves his 9 lives in a beautifully written chapter. He is reunited with many lost friends in Starclan and it's so clear to visualise. The main plot focuses on the coming battle between Firestar and Tigerstar. Tigerstar is uniting the other clans in an attempt to rule the forest as one. Tigerstar exudes is cruelty in this book. He does some shocking things and starts to clear the forest of half breeds. All big events such as fires, floods, storms etc. have been swept aside, as each fight is filled with intensity and is emotionally stunning. All bets are off, and that's what you really need for a climax. The biggest shock came about 3 quarters of the way through. It was possibly the most shocking twist I have experienced in any medium. Very quickly everything these books have been about changes. It heightens the drama and makes it the most dangerous and engaging story yet. It ends with an emotionally satisfactory moment, which may be a good jumping off point for some, but I can't wait to start the next series of books.

Trey Surina

Oh my god, this book was very, VERY, tense and thrilling. The end has come of the series, and it certainly was everything I was hoping for. There is lots of death and it is actually quite sad. This was definatly my favorite book.