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These notes are brief, noting major events and minor events in Dawn that will be of consequence later. They are intended to be used as a reference for those looking for specific events for re-reading and the book discussions.

  • Firestar takes ThunderClan away from their camp for safety.
    • Sandstorm expresses worry over their daughters.
  • The Clan watches as Fourtrees is destroyed by the Twolegs.

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view.
  • The journeying cats stop at WindClan territory for Crowpaw.
    • Owlpaw and Webfoot are the first to find him.
    • Webfoot tells them about the Fourtrees' destruction.
  • The journeying cats work out a plan to speak with their leaders.

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view.
  • Brambleclaw, Stormfur and Squirrelpaw leave the other cats and travel to ThunderClan territory.
    • They find that the camp has been abandoned.
    • Squirrelpaw goes into the medicine cat den to check for Leafpaw.
  • Having not recognized her, Cinderpelt leaps onto Squirrelpaw, thinking she was stealing her herbs.
    • After the medicine cat recognizes her and Brambleclaw, she leads them to Sunningrocks and informs them on what has happened to the Clan.
  • The three cats then tell her about the prophetic dreams from StarClan and explain why they left.

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view.
  • Cinderpelt takes them to the Clan who are at Sunningrocks.
    • Squirrelpaw notices how thin she and the other cats are.
  • The Clan questions their loyalty because they left the Clan when it was beginning to starve.
  • Stormfur tells Graystripe about Feathertail's death.
  • After Stormfur returned to RiverClan, Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw explain their absence to Firestar and his senior warriors.
    • Firestar agrees to meet the other leaders at Fourtrees.

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • Sasha tells the Clan cats that she returned to see Mothwing and Hawkfrost when she heard about the starvation
  • A rogue named Coal gets hurt by a twoleg when he attacked it
    • Leafpaw gets Gorsetail to pass her a cobweb to stop the bleeding
  • The cats attempt an escape by undoing the catches on the cages but cannot reach them

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • She and Brambleclaw go with Firestar and Cinderpelt to Fourtrees at midnight
    • The other leaders, medicine cats and journeying cats arrive as well
      • Hawkfrost is also there to represent RiverClan
  • The sign from StarClan does not come and the cats disperse
  • They return home without coming to an agreement

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • She receives a dream from Spottedleaf, who shows her where Leafpaw has been taken
    • She wakes in the night and tells Shrewpaw about her dream
      • He convinces her to wait until morning
  • Squirrelpaw oversleeps and when she awakens, Firestar is out on patrol so she can't tell him about her dream
    • She asks Brambleclaw to go with her to find Leafpaw
    • He refuses, saying that they needed to wait
      • Sorreltail overhears them, and tells Squirrelpaw that she would go
  • Once they reach the area where Leafpaw and the others are, Squirrelpaw and Sorreltail are almost caught by Twolegs
  • They meet Graystripe's patrol at Snakerocks, who is with Thornclaw and Rainwhisker
    • Brambleclaw joins them, saying he had been looking for Squirrelpaw
  • Graystripe agrees to rescue the cats, issuing orders to the patrol
    • They manage to release all of the cats. Graystripe stays behind to free Brightheart, but is caught himself

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • The cats go back to Sunningrocks
    • Cody joins them, as it wasn't safe for her to go home
  • After they are reunited with the Clan, Brambleclaw and the others tell Firestar that Graystripe was captured
    • He is devastated by Graystripe's disappearance, and refuses to appoint a new deputy

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • Hollykit, Ferncloud and Dustpelt's kit, dies in the middle of the night
    • Birchkit is now the remaining kit of his litter
  • Leafpaw finds Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw talking
    • They begin to doubt the message Midnight gave them
  • Leafpaw tells them about the fire and tiger prophecy when Squirrelpaw asks about it
    • Brambleclaw isn't so sure that they wouldn't destroy the Clan, even if it was unintentionally
  • The Clan begins to agree that they need to leave the forest
    • Mousefur asks who would be the new deputy, but Firestar tells her that Graystripe would remain deputy

  • Squirrelpaw’s point of view.
  • Whilst on patrol with Firestar, Ashfur and Brambleclaw meet Hawkfrost and his mother Sasha by the RiverClan border after they chased Sasha out of ThunderClan
  • They find out that Hawkfrost and Mothwing's father was Tigerstar

  • Squirrelpaw’s point of view
  • Firestar tells the patrol not to tell the rest of the Clan about Tigerstar's two other kits
  • When they reach Sunningrocks, they find that Shrewpaw had been killed by a monster
  • Brambleclaw states that he will remain loyal only to ThunderClan, and not his kin
  • Squirrelpaw sees that the water level in the river had gone down despite all of the rain
    • They met up with Stormfur, and ask him if Leopardstar would consider leaving the forest, but he says no

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • Squirrelpaw and Leafpaw discuss Tigerstar's kin
    • Squirrelpaw tells Leafpaw that she does not trust Hawkfrost
  • Mothwing comes to ask for help for Mudfur, who had grown very ill
    • Leafpaw and Cinderpelt go to RiverClan to help him
  • Leafpaw speaks with Mothwing and Hawkfrost
    • She decides that Hawkfrost could not be trusted

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • Tallstar brings WindClan to Sunningrocks and begs Firestar to journey with them to a new home
  • Tawnypelt arrives and asks for their help to save ShadowClan, as their camp was being destroyed
    • Brambleclaw is sent to RiverClan to ask Leopardstar to help them
  • Along the way, Crowpaw temporarily loses his mind, not caring that he was almost killed by a Twoleg monster

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • Brambleclaw convinces Crowpaw to help live warriors instead of joining dead ones
  • The other Clans help rescue ShadowClan from the Twoleg monsters
    • In the process of escaping, Firestar loses a life from being crushed by a tree after saving a kit and Onewhisker
  • Squirrelpaw acts as decoy to distract the Twolegs while the others escape
  • ShadowClan's camp is completely destroyed

  • Leafpaw's point of view.
  • ShadowClan shelter with ThunderClan at Sunningrocks.
  • RiverClan and ShadowClan decide to leave with the other two Clans.
    • The Clans decide to leave at dawn and head towards Highstones.

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • Cody returns to her Twolegs, saying a sorrowful good-bye to Leafpaw
  • Firestar sends out ThunderClan hunting patrols for the last time in the forest
    • Blackstar stubbornly refuses to join them and send out his own patrols
  • Leafpaw and Cinderpelt prepare travelling herbs for the cats
  • Frostfur, Speckletail and Longtail decide to stay in the forest
    • Firestar convinces Longtail to join the journeying cats but allows the others to make their own decision
  • The travelling herbs are passed out among ThunderClan and the rest are given to Littlecloud for ShadowClan
  • Stormfur comes to Sunningrocks and tells the Clans that RiverClan could not leave because Mudfur was dying
    • Runningnose, Frostfur, and Speckletail go with Firestar, Cinderpelt, and Leafpaw to RiverClan
      • They find Mothwing with Mudfur, who dies shortly after they arrive

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • Leopardstar informs Firestar that Shadepelt and Loudbelly wish to remain with the ThunderClan elders and they agree to stay in the RiverClan camp
  • Before all four Clans can set out, Sasha arrives
  • She asks Mothwing and Hawkfrost to leave RiverClan to go with her
    • It is revealed to all the cats that they are Tigerstar's kits
  • Hawkfrost and Mothwing choose to stay with RiverClan when Firestar supports their position within the Clans

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • The Clans cross the moors, narrowly escaping Twoleg monsters
  • Tawnypelt, Brambleclaw and Crowpaw fight off a dog that threatens the Clans

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • The Clans encounter Ravenpaw and Barley outside their barn and then spend the night in the broken Twoleg nest.
  • Upon waking, Ravenpaw asks Firestar who the new ThunderClan deputy is now that Graystripe is gone
    • Firestar seems distressed by the question, and replies that Graystripe remains the deputy, refusing to believe his friend has left forever
  • The Clans reach Highstones. The leaders and medicine cats enter Mothermouth to receive guidance from StarClan for the journey ahead
  • Brambleclaw, Squirrelpaw, Crowpaw, Tawnypelt, and Stormfur discuss whether to continue leading the Clans to sun-drown place
    • They see the "dying warrior" - a falling star - that Midnight had said would show them the way, passing over the mountains and guiding them onward

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • Ravenpaw says good-bye to Firestar, and wishes the Clans good luck
  • The questing cats tell the Clans about the sign and that they must travel over the mountains
  • The Clans continue on their journey and come across a Thunderpath
    • After ShadowClan crosses, a kit becomes confused and wanders onto the Thunderpath
  • The next day, Firestar sends out hunting patrols
    • Leafpaw gets caught by a dog and is rescued by Hawkfrost
    • Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw arrive and succeed in driving the dog off

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • The Clans begin ascending through the mountains
  • Smokepaw, a ShadowClan apprentice, falls into a gorge after the ledge he was standing on gave way
    • Russetfur tries to save him, but almost falls over herself
  • Brambleclaw tells the Clans how to hunt in the mountains and hunting patrols are sent out
  • They find an eagle, but it dives down to the Clans and picks up Marshkit
    • Brackenfur leaps up and manages to loosen the eagle's hold on the kit, so that it fell to the ground
  • The cats begin to panic about more attacks on them in the mountains

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • While hunting, Squirrelpaw comes across Talon and two other cave-guards
    • He goes to the Clans and takes them to the Cave of Rushing Water
  • When they arrive, Stormfur immediately rushes over to Brook, a Tribe cat he had fallen in love with

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • The Clans rest and eat in the Tribe
    • Stoneteller meets with the Clan leaders and medicine cats, and formally tells them that they can stay
  • Stoneteller shows Leafpaw the Cave of Pointed Stones, a place where he spoke with the Tribe of Endless Hunting
  • Spottedleaf visits Leafpaw in a dream, telling her that StarClan will follow the Clans
  • The Clans are forced to stay another day due to the snow
    • Leafpaw tells Stoneteller about Gathering, and he announces that they will have a gathering of their own
    • Crag shares prey with Leafpaw during the celebration of the death of Sharptooth, a mountain lion
  • Tallstar has Crowpaw's warrior ceremony
    • He requests that his name be Crowfeather, and Tallstar agrees

  • Squirrelpaw's point of view
  • While hunting, Stormfur tells Squirrelpaw that he is staying with the Tribe to be with Brook
  • She meets up with Brambleclaw and he guesses that Stormfur is staying behind
    • He expresses jealousy at how much Squirrelpaw will miss him
    • Squirrelpaw tells him that her heart will always be with Brambleclaw
  • Before the Clans leave, Stormfur announces that he is staying behind
  • A few Tribe cats lead the Clans out of the mountains

  • Leafpaw's point of view
  • She notices how comfortable the Clans have gotten with each other and how being out of the mountains had given them new hope
  • When the Clans are undecided on where to go, Leafpaw tells them about her dream of great shining water that held Silverpelt in it
  • Firestar tells Leafpaw how proud he was of her and Squirrelpaw
    • He goes on to say that Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw didn't destroy the Clan, but saved it
  • The Clans climb over a valley and find what would be the Clans' future home
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Arc Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
New Prophecy Arc MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three Arc The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars Arc The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans Arc The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows Arc The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered Sky
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's Journey
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
The Lost Warrior Arc The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Arc Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Arc Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger Arc The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's Echo

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