“You must punish all the cats who have commited unpunished and unforgivable crimes.”
Haha… so yeah, anyway, about Breezepelt.
I don’t hate Breezepelt, and I do kind of like him as a character. I just have some issues with how he was written (specifically his redemption arc).
In the Power of Three series, he wasn’t that bad. He was just moody, grumpy, sassy, and snarky, but he wasn’t really bad or evil.
However, this changed in Omen of the Stars, when he actually became evil and attempted murder (multiple times of multiple cats). Then in Dovewing’s Silence, which takes place right after OotS, he didn’t feel any remorse for his actions at all.
Bramblestar’s Storm takes place around six months after DS, and Crowfeather’s Trial takes place sometime in between BrS and DS.
So let’s talk about Breezepelt’s “redemption” in CT.
It wasn’t really much of a redemption. The book starts out with Breezepelt pretty much just being a different cat altogether. He’s a good person now, despite not that long ago being really bad and having no remorse for what he’s done. He didn’t go through any character development to become good. He was just all of a sudden good.
He wasn’t even portrayed as if he had ever been bad. It was instead like he had been good all along, even though he wasn’t. He was portrayed as a good person who was always good, instead of a bad person who became good.
He didn’t even really take responsibility for his own actions. He was portrayed as an innocent, misunderstood baby, and all his bad actions were blamed on his father.
I think the book should’ve started out having Breezepelt acting the same way he did in Dovewing’s Silence, then throughout the book and throughout certain things happening, he could’ve gone through development and eventually become good by the end of the book (which was around 425 pages long).
And he should’ve been portrayed as a person who was bad but then became good, and on top of that, she should’ve taken responsibility for his own actions and owned up to them.
I definitely didn’t hate Crowfeather’s Trial because of its issues with Breezepelt. I really loved and enjoyed reading the book, and I also love Crowfeather and the way he was done (in fact, he sort of had his own, well-done, redemption arc in the book).
And despite my problems with Breezepelt and his redemption, I did enjoy reading about him in the book. He was quite funny and cute, and his relationship with Heathertail is really cute and sweet (I would actually consider it one of my top five favorite Warriors ships), and the scene at the end with Crowfeather playing with Breeze and Heather’s kits is just – YES!
I just think Breezepelt and his redemption arc could’ve been done better.
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