|"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 Rusty about ThunderClan in Into the Wild, page 23|
Into the Wild is the first book in The Prophecies Begin arc, formerly known as the Original arc. Firepaw is the cat depicted in the center of the cover on the original cover, and the reprinted one. It features Firepaw as the main protagonist.
- 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.
- Special thanks to Kate Cary
- 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 that will leave readers eyeing Puss a bit nervously ."
- -Kirkus Reviews
Detailed plot description
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- A group of feral cats known as ThunderClan are battling against their rival, RiverClan, by a river for control over a territory called Sunningrocks, to which both Clans have equal claim. Redtail, ThunderClan's deputy, soon realizes ThunderClan is badly outnumbered and orders the battle patrol to retreat. Tigerclaw, a ThunderClan warrior, reluctantly follows the order, angered that RiverClan should be allowed to win territory so quickly. In the ThunderClan camp, Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan, is trying to seek answers from StarClan, troubled by that night's defeat. At that moment, Spottedleaf, the medicine cat of ThunderClan, receives a prophecy from StarClan, echoing to Bluestar that "Fire alone can save our Clan." But Bluestar is confused, for fire is feared by all Clans, until....
- A kittypet named Rusty has a dream about catching a mouse in the forest, but lets his prey go due to a distracting noise. As he wakes up, he finds that this is food pellets being poured into his food bowl. This dream drives the young cat into the forest, though his friend Smudge warns him that forest cats are much bigger and dangerous. On his arrival in the forest, he is briefly attacked by Graypaw, a ThunderClan apprentice. Instead of fleeing, Rusty turns and fights back. Unbeknownst to the two young cats, two warriors from ThunderClan are watching - Lionheart, Graypaw's mentor, and Bluestar, ThunderClan's leader. Impressed after having seen Rusty and Graypaw fight instead of fleeing, Bluestar offers Rusty a chance to join their Clan of feral cats and train as an apprentice.
- The next day, Rusty is escorted to the ThunderClan camp by Lionheart and another ThunderClan cat, Whitestorm. Most of the cats disagree with a kittypet joining their ranks, especially Longtail, who relentlessly taunts Rusty. Rusty attacks Longtail after being persuaded by Lionheart to prove his loyalty and worth to the Clan. Rusty's collar snaps off during the fight, which Bluestar takes as an omen from StarClan that Rusty belongs in their Clan. Bluestar renames him Firepaw, after his flame-colored pelt, and officially appoints him as a Clan apprentice. Suddenly, another apprentice, Ravenpaw, rushes into camp with the news that Redtail has been killed in a skirmish near Sunningrocks. Tigerclaw soon follows with Redtail's body, claiming Redtail to have been killed by Oakheart, the RiverClan deputy, who Tigerclaw says he has killed in vengeance. Firepaw is unable to see the body, only spotting a red tail, true to the deputy's name, from around a bush. Lionheart is made deputy in Redtail's place.
- Firepaw is not immediately assigned a mentor of his own and instead trains with Ravenpaw and Graypaw and their mentors, Tigerclaw and Lionheart, respectively. Firepaw soon learns that kittypets are traditionally thought to be weak and useless amongst Clan-born cats. He is steadily able to adjust to his new life despite being seen as an inferior. He trains hard to become a respected member of the Clan, hoping to eventually earn full warrior status.
- On his first solo hunting assignment, Firepaw comes across Yellowfang, a medicine cat who has been exiled from ShadowClan. He immediately attacks, knowing rogue cats are not tolerated in enemy territory. After defeating her, he realizes that the old cat is starving, and he hunts a rabbit for her out of pity and eats some himself, breaking the warrior code. When a patrol led by Bluestar arrives, Yellowfang tries to flee but is hindered from doing so by her wounds. The ThunderClan leader recognizes Yellowfang as ShadowClan's former medicine cat, and the Clan brings Yellowfang into camp as a prisoner. After appointing herself as Firepaw's mentor in order to speed up apprentice training, Bluestar puts Firepaw in charge of taking care of Yellowfang as punishment for eating before his Clanmates are fed.
- At a Gathering, Brokenstar, the leader of ShadowClan , reports that ShadowClan has recently driven out a cat who has murdered ShadowClan kits. He makes it clear that this rogue should be killed as soon as any cat finds her and urges the Clans to keep a close eye on their kits. He also states that since ShadowClan are the strongest and most thriving Clan, they require more territory to support themselves and that they drove WindClan out of their territory and claimed it for their own after they refused to surrender it willingly. This explains WindClan's absence from the Gathering. Crookedstar, RiverClan's leader, announces that he has allowed ShadowClan hunting rights on the edge of their territory. After the Gathering the ThunderClan cats rush back to camp, suspecting Yellowfang to be the cat Brokenstar warned them of, but Bluestar orders that Yellowfang should not be harmed, arguing that since there is no proof of Yellowfang being the culprit (as Brokenstar has not named her as the rogue), and since she has not yet done anything wrong to ThunderClan, Yellowfang will remain in camp. She puts the Clan on battle-readiness as they are now the only ones standing up to Brokenstar.
- Bluestar goes to the Moonstone to seek guidance from StarClan with Firepaw, Ravenpaw, Graypaw, and Tigerclaw, leaving Lionheart in charge. Firepaw, Tigerclaw, and Bluestar go into Mothermouth, but Tigerclaw is overwhelmed and flees, telling Graypaw and Ravenpaw that he was sent back to keep watch. Bluestar has a dream of trouble back at the camp. They meet Barley on the way back, who warns them to stay clear of the dogs on his farm, but then they are attacked by rats and Bluestar loses a life. Tigerclaw believes that Barley sent them there on purpose, though the others don't. Back at camp, ShadowClan launches an attack on ThunderClan's camp, and Lionheart is killed in the battle, allowing Tigerclaw to be appointed as the new ThunderClan deputy. Ravenpaw, Tigerclaw's apprentice who had witnessed the earlier events at Sunningrocks, confesses to Firepaw that it was Tigerclaw, not Oakheart, who killed Redtail, presumably in his ambition to become deputy. Tigerclaw suspects his secret has been discovered and begins to secure his status in the Clan by spreading rumors about Ravenpaw and making sure no cats, not even his Clanmates, trust the apprentice.
- Soon after, Frostfur's litter of kits vanish, and Spottedleaf is found dead near the nursery. Firepaw, who had developed a close bond with the medicine cat, was devastated. When Yellowfang is discovered to be missing as well, Tigerclaw immediately blames her for the disappearance of the kits as well as the death of Spottedleaf. This rumor is immediately accepted by the other cats in the Clan, as most of them, excluding Firepaw, did not trust the former ShadowClan medicine cat. Tigerclaw proceeds to make the assertion that Ravenpaw helped Yellowfang steal the kits, as he witnessed the true death of Redtail, being killed by Tigerclaw. This, in turn, prompts Frostfur to chase him out of the nursery when he attempts to check on the other kits. Bluestar asks Firepaw to find Yellowfang instead of sending a patrol to find the kits and the former ShadowClan cat, because she knows that they share a bond and if Firepaw asks her to come back, she will. Firepaw takes Graypaw and Ravenpaw with him, sending Ravenpaw to Barley’s barn, where he hopes that he will be safe from Tigerclaw.
- When Firepaw and Graypaw find her, Yellowfang tells the apprentices she left camp as soon as she discovered the kits were missing and smelled the scent of Clawface - a ShadowClan warrior - in the nursery. Yellowfang reveals that Brokenstar has been mercilessly training kits early so that ShadowClan could have more warriors and be the most feared Clan in the forest, even going so far as to kill his own Clan's kits. This lead to Yellowfang being framed for the murder of Brightflower's kits, and in turn, being exiled from the clan. She reveals that they are sent out to be warriors at just 3 moons old, and Firepaw and Graypaw realize that this is why the ShadowClan apprentices seemed so small and young at the Gathering. With the help of a ThunderClan patrol, led by Whitestorm, and a ShadowClan patrol, made up of senior warriors who were kicked out by Brokenstar, they raid ShadowClan's camp. The patrols drive out the blood-thirsty leader along with his closest followers, but not before Brokenstar reveals himself as the killer of the ShadowClan kits for whose death Yellowfang had been blamed for, as well as the killer of Raggedstar, the previous ShadowClan leader and Brokenstar's father, whose death had been first attributed to an ambush by a patrol from another Clan. ThunderClan promises to leave ShadowClan in peace for one moon while they adjust and find a new leader. The ThunderClan cats, including Yellowfang, return with the kits to their camp, where Firepaw and Graypaw inform the Clan it was Clawface, not Yellowfang, who had stolen the kits and killed Spottedleaf. When Ravenpaw's absence is noted, Firepaw, for Ravenpaw's safety, tells the Clan he has been killed by a ShadowClan patrol. Bluestar asks Yellowfang to be ThunderClan's new medicine cat, and she accepts, realizing that ShadowClan is not the Clan she once knew. Most cats are still wary of Yellowfang, but begin to slowly accept her in books to come.
- After the battle, Tigerclaw looks all around for Ravenpaw, and not finding him, says loudly how suspicious it was that he should go missing when Brokenstar attacks. Firepaw says boldly that Ravenpaw was not traitorous to his Clan, but found murdered beside ShadowClan territory, not giving away his true location. Tigerclaw quickly retorts that he never thought Ravenpaw was a traitor and says that he would have become a fine warrior. Soon after Firepaw and Graypaw are promoted to warriors and receive their warrior names - Fireheart and Graystripe. Bluestar honors Ravenpaw's memory, saying before the ceremony that he also would have taken part and earned his warrior name. Just before their vigil is supposed to begin, Fireheart attempts to speak to Bluestar about Tigerclaw's betrayal, but she silences him by reminding him about his vigil. Tigerclaw locks his eyes with Fireheart, and they glare at each other. Fireheart realizes that he has made a powerful enemy, but is ready for the challenge. He and Graystripe guard the camp until dawn.
- Kate has stated that she thinks that the cats in the background of the cover are Graypaw and a cat from another Clan.
- A compiled list of the errors present in Into the Wild can be found here.
- 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
- 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, translated by Veronica Maximova
- 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 (Paperback), 1 March 2009, Zhao Iin
- De wildernis in (NL), Baeckens Books (hardcover), 7 January 2009, translated by Huberte Vriesendorp
- Into the Wild (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 13 October 2009
- Villiin luontoon (FI), Art House (hardcover), 15 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, translated by Sandra Kalogjera
- Ud i vildnisset (DK), Sohn (unknown binding), 2011, translated by Gabriela Lundbye
- Metsikusse ellu (EE), Tiritamm (paperback), 21 November 2011, translator unknown
- De wildernis in (NL), Baeckens Books (paperback), 26 March 2012, translated by Huberte Vriesendorp
- En territorio salvaje (ES), Salamandra (paperback), 28 March 2012, translated by Begoña Hernández Sala
- Villiin luontoon (FI), Art House (paperpack), June 2014
- Into the Wild (EN), HarperCollins (paperback; reprint), 17 March 2015
- In die Wildnis (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (hardcover), 1 December 2015, translated by Klaus Weimann
- На волю! (UK), АССА (hardcover), 2016, translated by Katerina Dudka and Ostap Ukrainec
- In die Wildnis (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (paperback), 21 March 2017
- 呼唤野性 (CN), China Children's Press (paperback), 1 September 2017, translated by Zhao Zhenzhong
- De wildernis in (NL), Fantoom (e-book), 1 February 2018
Notes and references
- Revealed on the dedication page of Into the Wild
- Revealed on the inside right flap of Into the Wild
- Revealed on The Warrior Cats Forums
- Information from HarperCollins.com
- Revealed on warriorcats.com - Fireheart's fact sheet has the same picture as the book cover
- Revealed on Facebook messenger with the Erin Hunter marketing team
- Information from amazon.com
- Revealed on the back cover of Into the Wild
- 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 retrieved from kainos.lt
- Information from vinabook.com
- Information from komineshoten.co.jp
- Information from libri.hu
- Information from gimmyoung.com
- Information from wikipedia.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 risingshadow.fi
- Information from kitapyurdu.com
- Information from emka.si
- Information from planetanews.com
- Information from sonda.it
- Information from martinus.sk
- Information retrieved from kgz.hr
- Information from boghallen.dk
- Revealed on apollo.ee
- Information from titelbank.nl
- Information from Amazon
- Information from tietosanoma.fi
- Revealed on HarperCollins.com
- Information from amazon.de
- Revealed on acca.ua
- Revealed on warriors.com.ua
- Revealed on Beltz
- Revealed on amazon.cn
- Revealed on hebban.nl
|Into the Wild chapters|
|Prologue • Chapter 1 • Chapter 2 • Chapter 3 • Chapter 4 • Chapter 5 • Chapter 6 • Chapter 7 • Chapter 8 • Chapter 9 • Chapter 10 • Chapter 11 • Chapter 12 • Chapter 13 • Chapter 14 • Chapter 15 • Chapter 16 • Chapter 17 • Chapter 18 • Chapter 19 • Chapter 20 • Chapter 21 • Chapter 22 • Chapter 23 • Chapter 24 • Chapter 25|