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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Fire and Ice The cover of Fire and Ice. First edition cover Author Erin Hunter (pen name of Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry) Cover artist Wayne McLoughlin Country United States Language English Series Warriors (novel series) Genre(s) Fantasy novel Publisher Avon Publication date June 1, 2003 Media type print (paperback) Pages 317 ISBN 978-0060525590 Preceded by Into the Wild Followed by Forest of Secrets

Fire and Ice is the second book in the Warriors series, written by Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry under the pen name of Erin Hunter. This individual book was written by Kate Cary.

The plot is centered around Fireheart and Graystripe, newly promoted warriors of ThunderClan, one of the four cat clans living in the wilderness. It takes up where the previous book left off, and presents the events taking place between late Autumn and late Winter.

[edit] Plot summary

The first warrior assignment of Fireheart and his friend Graystripe is to find and bring back the cats of WindClan who were driven out from their hunting grounds by ShadowClan. They find the cats living in canals below a remote intersection of highways, and convince them to return to their territory. On their way back from the successful mission, they decide to take a shortcut through RiverClan territory, but they are spotted by a patrol. A fight ensues, and a RiverClan warrior, Whiteclaw, is killed, marking the beginning of new hostilities between the Clans.

Soon after, the two young warriors are given their first apprentices. Fireheart is given Cinderpaw, a lively, enthusiastic gray she-cat, and Graystripe is given Brackenpaw, a golden-brown tabby tom. Winter arrives soon, a hard season for the feral cats because of the scarcity of prey and illnesses that claim several lives. Fireheart is meanwhile reunited with his sister, Princess, a house cat. Later, she offers one of her kittens - named Cloudkit by Bluestar, the ThunderClan leader - for Fireheart to bring to the Clan. Fireheart also finds a new friend in Sandpaw, a young she-cat who has grown fond of him after he saved her life. Additionally, he is frequently visited in his dreams by his first and forbidden love, the now deceased Spottedleaf, to give him counsel, warning and comfort.

When Graystripe falls into the river on RiverClan territory, the beautiful tabby Silverstream—daughter of the RiverClan leader, Crookedstar—saves Graystripe's life. The two later fall in love and Graystripe starts to neglect his Clan duties to secretly meet with Silverstream. Fireheart soon has to mentor Cinderpaw as well as Brackenpaw when Graystripe isn't around. This leads to tensions between him and Fireheart. His Clan also begins to suspect him of disloyalty.

The main antagonist of the book is Tigerclaw, the ThunderClan deputy, who continues to give a hard time to Fireheart and Graystripe. After realizing he is not satisfied with being deputy, he sets up a trap to murder Bluestar so he can be leader himself. However, Fireheart's apprentice Cinderpaw falls into Tigerclaw's trap, becoming crippled for life. During a battle against Riverclan and ShadowClan, Tigerclaw sees Fireheart let Silverstream escape from his grasp and now plans to turn the Clan against Fireheart. There are other signs showing that Tigerclaw can never be trusted as well, but Bluestar continues to have faith in the dark-hearted warrior.

The cover features Fireheart and Graystripe.

[edit] Critical reception

The critical reaction for Fire and Ice was mixed, with some positive and negative reviews. A reviewer from Children's Literature criticized the story, saying it was repetitious and had an unsatisfying end. School Library Journal also gave a negative review, noting the predictable and hard to follow plot.[1]

Kirkus Reviews gave a more positive review. In the review, the increasing tension is particularly praised.[1] In another review, the suspense was noted again.[2] A Booklist reviewer said:[3]

   "Characters remain true to their feline natures, adding to the plausibility of events in this tension-filled story."

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