This was most likely the best book of this series. I read this series a long time ago and was so dissatisfied that I didn't want to read it until now. I'm certainly glad I re read it. While there are still points in the book that I think are kinda dumb, the series as a whole isn't bad. Clear Sky and unnecessary drama made the series kind of annoying, but when I got over it I saw that there was some good stuff in this series. The whole evil rogue Slash who wants control over the land (for no specified reason really) probably could have been executed better. I felt like they needed a villian to continue the story, so there's Slash. I don't really understand why Gray Wing never really told anyone until they found out themselves. His reasoning wasn't that clear and it really wasn't all that smart either.
Overall the whole Slash thing was interesting but could have been handled better. If he had some actual reason to want to wreck havoc then it would make sense. Perhaps if he was related to One Eye or Star Flower, or if perhaps his mother was killed by one of the mountain cats or something. Some sort of backstory.
I hated Star Flower before, but after she had kits I ended up liking her. (Sorta). I just don't really understand the whole Star Flower/Clear Sky fiasco. I still can't believe he took over Thunders first love interest but I guess what can you do. It's also kind of weird how old Clear Sky is compared to her lol. The Erin's basically changed some cats personalities to make them seem like they've changed, like they're these kind, selfless cats now. Star Flower and Clear Sky for example, and kind of Leaf too.
The ending could have been more satisfying. I always wished that Thunder and Turtle Tails kits had shown him more gratitude for raising them, but Thunder and Pebble Heart didn't seem very sad at all, and the rest of Turtle Tails kits didn't even show up. Also, is Gray Wing gonna get back together with Turtle Tail in Starclan, or is he gonna wait for Slate? I've always been curious about how relationships continue in Starclan after being in multiple relationships lol.
Overall decent book, okay series. I kinda wished that we could have seen more interactions between Gray Wing and his kits - it would have made his death even more heartwrenching.