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Power of three because it introduced many of my now favorite characters and my all time favorite Jayfeather, the story was engaging and suspenseful. With just the right amount of side stories and little love stories thrown in to the overarching story. Hands down the best in my opinion, even bought the all the new covers for it haha
I liked the first series a lot, because it introduced us to the world of Warriors. But honestly? My favorite has got to be Dawn of the Clans. There's something so interesting about the founding of the clans. How once a close-knit group must now divide so they can live in peace. And the plot, the twists, were all just fantastic!
I liked the first series but the one that got to and I enjoyed quite a bit was either Omen of the Stars as it brought prophecies and revelations into the series and Dawn of the Clans, that set everything in stone for how everything came into place and I enjoyed that, A Vision of Shadows (AVOS as I like to call it) has been quite well, hoping to see where that goes now that Skyclan is back with the other Clans.
I've enjoyed all of the Warriors arcs so far! But the first series will always hold a special place in my heart (what with it being the original) but I did really enjoy The New Prophecy and Power of Three. I can't really pick a favourite. 😊
The first one will always be special and have its place in my heart. It's the quintessential coming-of-age story of a "Chosen One" hero. I think about the themes in the first story that isn't just about the inherent good vs evil, but also about the idea that sometimes our institutionalized rules (in this case, the Warrior Code and all the traditional etiquette of the Clans) cannot always be relied upon in times of trouble - think of all the times Firestar went against rules and direct orders to rescue good cats and help out those in need! These themes carry on in the later series, of course, but the first series is very singular in its ability to establish the age-old story of strong-minded character, born outside of "the system", who goes against the status quo and must overcome challenges from all angles in order to fulfill their destiny.
I never realized at the time of reading it (I was a little kid!) just how awesome it was, but when I reflect on it now, working on my degree in English Literature, the first Warriors series did very well in terms of setting up a very Harry Potter-esque story progression, using a very typical story formula, while still being incredibly unique. Nothing gets me more than a cheesy story with cheesy elements that manages to write itself higher than the tropes they started off with.
That being said, the New Prophecy was really something. We don't get a singular "Chosen One" hero this time, we have four! And even outside of the four we have characters who just go "I don't care about that, I'm going to be a part of this" for different and also sympathetic reasons. It's hard to write a big gang of protagonists that all contribute and progress the plot in a significant way, but they were all able to stand out while also melding together perfectly as a coherent team dynamic. Not to mention these "Chosen Ones" are again chosen because of how against the status quo they are, either in personality or the origins of their birth.
The character development in all the cats was truly heartwarming to read; they start off bickering and arguing constantly and not quite having a strong plan, but by the end they've all earned a place on the team and have accepted one another. Nothing gets me more than a story about a group of misfits who work and grow together, and find "home" within one another (and in the case of the New Prophecy, they also quite literally find their new "home" together!) And of course, seeing how the Clans united and put aside their differences - after all, borders are meaningless outside of the forest they knew so well - was also super awesome to read. The New Prophecy also had the subplot of humans destroying nature and upending the natural lives of animals that live in said nature, through the prospective of the animals, and I'm always up for humans being called out on our destruction even in a lowkey way.
(Adding on to that, of course our main protagonist in New Prophecy was Brambleclaw, and I loved how one of the major character arcs in it was Brambleclaw shedding off his father's legacy and coming into his own. It really puts a perspective on his character in the later series, i.e. being a father to the Power of Three trio, and how he would've wanted himself to be a good father, worthy of being looked up to by his children, and basically be the father Tigerstar was never and could never have been for him. Now I'm making myself emotional.)
I've read all the books up till Bramblestar's Storm (which was a good end point for me, as the book felt like it tied up a circle very nicely, with what I like to call the "legacy" characters - our crew from the original series - reaching a closure), and all of the major Warriors arcs were amazing in their own way, but nothing moved me more than the original and New Prophecy.
(Didn't expect to write a whole essay-style comment on it, but I just really heckin' love Warriors.)
I loved the original series, and can actually attribute my love of reading/writing to this series. I remember seeing it's book cover for the first book, and it was then that I began reading long books. I also really loved the power of three, it brought some amazing themes to it and the end was superb. I will always love these books, even as an adult.
gotta be the original, for me, none of the subsequent series kept that wonder going on, like we followed Firepaw/Heart/Star in his journey through, and learned the wilds with him, the others I feel that there's not as much character building or that learning with them, people may disagree with me, but it's how I feel
Loved the original forest-squad!! But the New Prophecy is near and dear to my heart too
Haven't had a chance to read the third, fourth or fifth arcs, or Dawn of the Clans just yet I'm so far behind.. BUT I've heard good things about all 4 so I'm excited to get all caught up with the cats!!
I liked the first series (only got to the power of three so far), because it had some serious themes to it, the other series seemed more.. personally dramatic, like relationships and such. But I heard the prequels are just as good and I'm excited to read them!
The power of three arc has always been my absolute favorite, but I'm really not sure why. I think it's just the residual excitement of my library finally carrying the books.