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These notes are brief, noting major events and minor events in Forest of Secrets 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.

  • Oakheart takes Bluestar's surviving kits, Mistykit and Stonekit, to RiverClan, in the middle of leaf-bare.
    • They arrive at the RiverClan camp.
  • Graypool demands to know whose kits they are, and Oakheart says he found them in the forest
    • Graypool agrees to suckle them, but knows that Oakheart did not tell her the truth.
    • She realizes they carry ThunderClan scent.

  • Fireheart returns from a hunting patrol.
    • The fresh-kill pile is pitifully small, with not much prey to be found in leaf-bare.
  • Tigerclaw taunts Fireheart and calls him disloyal, as he let a RiverClan warrior escape in the recent battle.
  • Fireheart shares tongues with Graystripe; after the battle, their friendship was rekindled.
    • Fireheart does not trust Tigerclaw and plans to speak with Ravenpaw, to find out more about the Sunningrocks battle when Redtail died.
  • The Gathering takes place, and Fireheart and Graystripe are chosen by Bluestar to attend it.
    • Bluestar does not speak about the rogue attack or about keeping Brokentail as prisoner.
    • The Clans are recovering after the recent battles.

  • Right after the Gathering, Fireheart and Graystripe go to see Ravenpaw.
  • Ravenpaw retells the story of the battle at Sunningrocks.
    • He insists that Tigerclaw killed Redtail, and Oakheart was killed by falling rocks.
    • He also reveals that Oakheart saved Stonefur during the battle, telling that no ThunderClan cat should harm him.
  • On their way back to the camp, Fireheart and Graystripe meet a WindClan patrol, but they are not hostile.
  • When they enter the camp, Tigerclaw spots them and asks where they have been.

  • Tigerclaw sees that Fireheart and Graystripe are full-fed, and accuses them of hunting for themselves.
    • He takes them to Bluestar, who is disappointed, and as a punishment, makes them hunt for the Clan until the next sunrise.
  • Fireheart retreats to the warriors' den, and sleeps next to Sandstorm.
    • He has a dream in which Spottedleaf warns him that "water can quench fire".
    • He wakes up barely earlier than sunhigh.

  • Fireheart goes hunting with Graystripe, Sandstorm and Brackenpaw.
  • Fireheart catches a rabbit and takes it back to the camp.
    • He takes it to Yellowfang, who is teaching Cinderpaw about herbs.
    • Fireheart recalls the accident that crippled Cinderpaw and suspects that it was a trap set up by Tigerclaw for Bluestar.
  • The next day, Fireheart and Graystripe sneak over to RiverClan to ask them about the Sunningrocks battle.
    • They meet Silverstream and Mistyfoot, and Mistyfoot reveals that Oakheart died because of falling rocks; he was not killed.
    • Fireheart asks why did Oakheart say that no cat should harm Stonefur, but Mistyfoot does not know. She tells that Graypool, their mother who is now an elder, might know.

  • Bluestar calls a Clan Meeting.
  • Graystripe tells Fireheart that Graypool will likely agree to meet them at sunhigh at Fourtrees.
    • Fireheart and Graystripe go to Fourtrees where they meet Graypool, Mistyfoot and Silverstream.
    • Graypool reveals that Mistyfoot and Stonefur are not her kits, but they are from ThunderClan.

  • Graypool asks Fireheart to not tell Mistyfoot and Stonefur that they have ThunderClan roots.
  • Fireheart returns to the ThunderClan camp to speak with Bluestar.
    • He tells that Oakheart's death was an accident and Tigerclaw was lying.
    • He also tells about Mistyfoot and Stonefur.
  • Bluestar refuses to listen to Fireheart's accusations about Tigerclaw, and about Mistyfoot and Stonefur having ThunderClan blood, and sends him away.

  • A group of kits jeer at Brokentail, who is kept as a prisoner, and prod him.
    • Darkstripe, who is supposed to guard Brokentail, makes no move.
    • Fireheart intervenes and sends the kits away, to Darkstripe's displeasure.
    • Fireheart tells Cloudkit that he was born a kittypet, and Cloudkit is shocked, finally realizing why the other ThunderClan cats dislike him.
  • Cinderpaw, Cloudkit, and Fireheart go out collecting herbs.

  • Fireheart has a dream about a silver queen fading away and leaving her kits.
    • He wonders if it was a prophecy, or whether if it was about Mistyfoot, Stonefur and their mother.
  • Graystripe is nowhere to be seen, and Brackenpaw complains that his training is neglected.
  • Fireheart, Sandstorm and Brackenpaw go hunting.
    • Fireheart acts as a mentor to Brackenpaw.
  • They rescue Cloudkit, who got away from the others, and was almost killed by a badger.
    • They drive the badger off, and Brackenpaw is wounded.
  • Tigerclaw makes Cloudkit look after the elders as a punishment.
  • Yellowfang takes Brokentail for a walk, and they rest on a smooth rock.

  • Cinderpaw treats Brackenpaw's wound while Fireheart explains about the badger attack.
  • Fireheart helps Cloudkit care for the elders.
    • Smallear is grumpy, but Dappletail praises Cloudkit.
    • Fireheart brings new moss, and he notices Tigerclaw slipping away from the camp.
  • Fireheart follows Tigerclaw and notices that the deputy was near Twolegplace.
    • There are fresh scents of several unknown cats that aren't kittypets, and Fireheart wonders if Tigerclaw met with them.
  • He meets Princess and tells her that he'll bring Cloudkit with him in newleaf.
  • Leaf-bare draws to an end and the thaw arrives.

  • Fireheart tells Bluestar about finding strange cat scents by Twolegplace, but does not tell about Tigerclaw
  • Newleaf draws near and most of the snow melts in the next days.
  • The queens change the bedding in the nursery and Cloudkit helps them.
  • Tigerclaw tells Fireheart to organize a patrol to check the RiverClan border.
  • Fireheart's patrol finds out that the river is flooding.

  • Fireheart and Graystripe are worried about RiverClan, but Runningwind is satisfied that they have problems.
    • The patrol heads back to the camp to report about the flooding river.
  • Bluestar calls a Clan meeting to announce the news.
    • She is worried that the flood will affect all Clans and announces that no cat can go out alone.
  • Graystripe wants to see if Silverstream is all right and Fireheart goes with him.
  • They notice two RiverClan kits balancing on some debris in the river, and jump into the water to save them.
    • They almost drown.

  • Fireheart and Graystripe rescue the two kits from the water.
  • They cross the river and head for the RiverClan camp to take them back to their mother.
  • They get spotted on RiverClan territory by Leopardfur, Stonefur, and Blackclaw.
    • Leopardfur accuses them of trespassing and of trying to steal the kits.
  • They get escorted to RiverClan's temporary camp.
    • Mistyfoot is reunited with her kits and she is grateful.
  • Fireheart notices that the RiverClan cats are skinny and weak, as prey is scarce and the river is poisoned.
    • Graypool says the Clan is starving and they need help.
    • Fireheart and Graystripe offers to feed RiverClan out of ThunderClan's territory, and Crookedstar accepts it.

  • Fireheart and Graystripe hunt for RiverClan, taking them prey several times in secret.
  • One morning, they go out again to hunt.
    • Cloudkit wants to go with them, but Fireheart tells him that he cannot come because they are on a secret mission.
  • They catch some prey and drop it off at RiverClan's temporary camp.
    • The cats are grateful, and even Leopardfur is friendly to them.
    • Silverstream tells Graystripe that she is expecting his kits.

  • Fireheart is shocked, but Graystripe and Silverstream do not regret their decision.
  • Fireheart and Graystripe head back to the ThunderClan camp.
    • They meet Cloudkit who followed their scent trail, and Tigerclaw turns up as well, asking what were they doing in RiverClan territory.
  • Tigerclaw reports them to Bluestar after escorting the three cats to camp.
    • Cloudkit is punished for leaving the camp by having to take care of the elders again.
  • Graystripe and Fireheart admit to Bluestar that they were helping RiverClan.
    • They are punished for breaking The Warrior Code by having to live like apprentices for a while, including sleeping in the apprentices' den.
    • Bluestar is worried about RiverClan and Fireheart wonders again if she has ties to the other Clan.

  • Longtail takes Fireheart and Graystripe to hunt.
    • Longtail treats them as apprentices, taunts them and scares away the prey.
    • At sunset, they head back to the camp.
  • Fireheart visits Yellowfang, and is asked to take a poultice to Smallear.
    • Smallear blames Cloudkit for bringing in wet bedding, but the other elders stick up for the kit.
  • Fireheart sees Tigerclaw sharing tongues with Brokentail, and is surprised by his compassion.

  • Fireheart and Graystripe's punishment ends, and they are full warriors again.
  • Tigerclaw leads a patrol to Fourtrees, to find out if they can make it to the Gathering in two days.
    • He chooses Fireheart and Longtail to go with him.
  • The stream crossing through ThunderClan territory has flooded, blocking the way to Fourtrees.
  • Tigerclaw finds an unstable branch and makes Fireheart test it.
    • The branch is swept away and Fireheart falls in the water.

  • Fireheart almost drowns, but Longtail saves him.
    • He wonders if Tigerclaw tried to kill him deliberately.
  • Tigerclaw concludes that no cat can cross the stream, and they head back to the camp.
    • He reports to Bluestar, and blames Fireheart for the accident.
  • Fireheart goes to the medicine den so that Yellowfang can make sure that he did not get a chill.
  • Yellowfang asks Cinderpaw to become a medicine cat apprentice.
    • Cinderpaw accepts and Yellowfang announces it in a Clan meeting.

  • It is the night of the Gathering.
    • Bluestar states that ThunderClan should go, even if the stream is impossible to cross.
    • She takes Tigerclaw, Whitestorm, Darkstripe, Mousefur, Willowpelt, Fireheart, Sandstorm and Graystripe.
  • They go toward the Thunderpath, which they find flooded, and cross into ShadowClan territory to continue.
    • They get caught by ShadowClan cats, led by Nightstar.
    • ShadowClan escort them to the Gathering.
  • At the Gathering, Nightstar announces to all Clans that ThunderClan are sheltering Brokentail.

  • The cats are shocked and angry to hear that Brokentail was given shelter.
  • The other Clans get hostile, and are about to fight, but a cloud covers the moon and they back off.
  • WindClan and ShadowClan declares war on ThunderClan.
  • At the end of the Gathering, Nightstar refuses to allow ThunderClan to cross ShadowClan grounds on their way home.
    • Crookedstar lets them pass through RiverClan territory to get back to their own.
    • Fireheart notices how much Bluestar, Mistyfoot and Stonefur look alike.
  • Fireheart takes Brackenpaw out hunting, as Graystripe is missing again.
    • Brackenpaw scents ShadowClan and WindClan coming to invade the camp.

  • Brackenpaw heads back to the camp to warn the others, while Fireheart climbs a tree to observe the rival Clans.
  • ThunderClan fight the enemy cats, trying to stop the invaders entering the camp.
    • Fireheart finds it hard to fight his WindClan friends, especially Morningflower.
  • The invaders push through the wall and enter the camp, trying to find Brokentail.
  • Eventually, the tide of the battle turns and the invaders retreat.
  • Every ThunderClan warrior is wounded except for Graystripe, who was out of camp, meeting Silverstream.
    • Darkstripe confronts Bluestar, telling that it was her who brought this on the Clan.
    • Tigerclaw tells that Graystripe is away too often for his liking.
  • Fireheart wonders if Mistyfoot and Stonefur are Bluestar's kits.

  • Fireheart tells Graystripe how Brackenpaw scented the invaders and how well he fought.
    • Bluestar calls a Clan meeting and Brackenpaw is made a warrior with the name of Brackenfur.
  • Graystripe slips away again to meet Silverstream at Sunningrocks.
  • Silverstream begins kitting at Sunningrocks, but it goes wrong.
    • Fireheart tries to get help, but Yellowfang is away. Cinderpaw agrees to help.
    • Tigerclaw turns up as well and demands to know what is happening.
  • Silverstream dies, but her two kits survive.
    • She is buried by Graystripe near Sunningrocks.
    • The kits are taken to ThunderClan, despite Tigerclaw saying no one will want half-Clan cats.

  • The cats head back to the ThunderClan camp, and Tigerclaw tells the Clan what happened.
  • Goldenflower agrees to suckle the kits.
    • Bluestar gets angry when Speckletail points out they are half-Clan and therefore unwanted.
    • Goldenflower is also suckling her own kits, Bramblekit and Tawnykit.
  • Cinderpaw feels guilty for letting Silverstream die.
  • Bluestar cannot decide yet what Graystripe's punishment will be.
    • She tells that she suspected what was Graystripe doing, but did not intervene, hoping they would work it out by themselves.
    • She admits to Fireheart that Mistyfoot and Stonefur are her kits.

  • Bluestar explains to Fireheart about her kits.
    • She tells that Mistyfoot and Stonefur's father was Oakheart.
    • She decided to give them away so she could become deputy, believing that this was best for the Clan.
  • Fireheart returns to Sunningrocks, where Graystripe buried Silverstream.
    • He tells Graystripe that his kits are alive and cared for by ThunderClan.
    • The two warriors head back to the camp.
  • Sandstorm is hostile to Graystripe.

  • The next day, Fireheart visits the RiverClan camp to take the news.
    • He meets Mistyfoot and tells her about Silverstream's death.
  • Graystripe stays all day in the nursery, watching over his kits, and the queens are tired of him.
  • Fireheart learns that Tigerclaw is the father of Goldenflower's kits.
  • Willowpelt is expecting Whitestorm's kits.
  • Bluestar calls a Clan Meeting.
    • She decides that Graystripe won't be punished; Silverstream's death having been enough for him.
    • Cloudkit becomes Fireheart's apprentice and is named Cloudpaw.

  • Fireheart takes Cloudpaw to show him the Clan boundaries.
    • Near Twolegplace, Fireheart detects Tigerclaw's scent again, mingled with the scent of unknown cats.
  • They visit Princess, and she is very proud of her kit.
    • Princess says there are strange cats in the area, and Fireheart asks her to report if she sees anything odd.
    • They hunt on the way back, and Cloudpaw catches a shrew.
  • Leopardfur, Mistyfoot and Stonefur visit ThunderClan to talk to Bluestar.

  • Leopardfur states that Graystripe's kits belong in RiverClan, and they came to take them home.
    • Bluestar admits that RiverClan has some right to the kits and promises to give an answer at the next Gathering.
  • Many Clan cats wish to get rid of the half-Clan kits, and Bluestar is inclined to give them away to prevent a battle.
  • Yellowfang and Cinderpaw visit the Moonstone for Cinderpaw's apprentice ceremony.
    • Fireheart and Cloudpaw go with them as far as Fourtrees.
  • Tigerclaw sends out several patrols, leaving the camp with barely a warrior to defend it.
  • Fireheart follows Cloudpaw on a solo hunting mission.
    • They notice that Tigerclaw is leading a group of rogues, consisting mostly of Brokentail's outlaws, to the ThunderClan camp.

  • Fireheart races back to the camp to warn the others, but the rogues are already there.
    • He asks Cloudpaw to find the patrols and call them back.
  • ThunderClan fight the rogues.
    • Tigerclaw pretends to be against them.
    • Brokentail sides with the rogues.
  • Fireheart finds Tigerclaw attempting to murder Bluestar in her den.

  • Fireheart fights and defeats Tigerclaw.
    • Bluestar is in shock.
  • Several patrols return, and RiverClan cats also arrive to help ThunderClan.
    • The rogues are defeated and scatter.
    • Yellowfang and Cinderpaw treat the wounded cats.
  • Bluestar announces Tigerclaw's betrayal to the Clan, and Fireheart also tells about Redtail's death.
  • Tigerclaw is exiled.
    • He invites Darkstripe, Longtail and Dustpelt to follow him into exile, but they refuse.
    • He swears revenge on ThunderClan.

  • Fireheart secretly watches Yellowfang kill Brokentail with deathberries.
  • Moonhigh comes, but Bluestar does not name a new deputy yet, breaking the tradition.
  • Eventually, Bluestar appears and announces that Fireheart is the new deputy.

  • Fireheart sends out hunting patrols.
  • Cinderpaw takes a magpie from the fresh-kill pile to take it to Bluestar, but it turns out to be crow-food.
    • Fireheart suspects that this is an omen from StarClan, meaning that Bluestar's leadership will rot away.
  • ThunderClan starts recovering after the battle.
  • RiverClan cats arrive again to take Graystripe's kits away.
    • Graystripe says that the kits should be given to them, and Bluestar reluctantly agrees.
    • He decides to join RiverClan, and Fireheart is heartbroken.
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 SkyDarkest NightRiver of Fire
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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