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"Remember. This isn't about the warrior code or the Tribe's code. It's about life or death, just like the trespassers said. And you - the Tribe - you will be the ones who live!"
Brambleclaw in Outcast, page 294

Official Reprint - Front
Author: Cherith Baldry[1]
Cover Artist: Wayne McLoughlin[2]
Publish Date: 22 April 2008[3]
Identification: ISBN 9780060892081
Editions: Hardcover, Paperback, e-Book
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Firestar's grandchildren; Lionpaw, Hollypaw and Jaypaw progress in their training to become warrior and medicine cats and are drawn for different reasons to the mountains and the Tribe of Rushing Water.
Preceded by: Dark River
Followed by: Eclipse

Outcast is the third book in the Power of Three arc.


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The Blurb

There will be three, kin of your kin... who hold the power of the stars in their paws.
A secret prophecy shapes the lives of Firestar's grandchildren, but only one of the three knows about it. Jaypaw is captivated by the power it promises, and he believes the key to that power may lie buried in the distant past – with the ancient cats who once walked these woods and now prowl through his dreams.
His search for answers leads him toward the mountains – the home of the Tribe of Rushing Water. Lionpaw and Hollypaw feel drawn to the mountains too, for different reasons.

But the mountains hide secrets as well as answers, and if the three cats find a way to get there, they may discover more than they ever expected.


“A suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward.”[3]
-ALA Booklist
“Action-packed. Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur haunt the family cat.”[3]
-Publishers Weekly

Detailed Plot Summary

In the prologue, intruders invade the Tribe of Rushing Water. Crag sends Sheer to tell the Tribe that the cats are invading. The invaders and the Tribe get into a heated debate about the prey, and it turns into an attack. The prologue ends with the Tribe of Endless Hunting watching helplessly over the Tribe.
Jaypaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw resume their lives as normal after rescuing three WindClan kits, Sedgekit, Thistlekit and Swallowkit from the tunnels. They were helped by Breezepaw and Heatherpaw, and each of them promised not to mention the events that happened in the tunnels.
Jaypaw and his mentor, Leafpool, are at the lake on ThunderClan's territory, looking for mallow. Leafpool mentions just because they aren't on the brink of battle, doesn't mean they don't need the herb. Jaypaw is distracted, however, by the stick that connects him to Rock. Leafpool catches him with the stick and scolds him while also being mildly curious. On their way back to camp, Leafpool and Jaypaw run into Hazelpaw during her warrior assessment. She makes a big deal about the vole she caught. Dustpelt finds her talking to Jaypaw instead of hunting, and tells her to get back to hunting. They also run into Berrypaw during his warrior assessment. He was mad because Jaypaw scared off the blackbird he was stalking. The two have a small argument but Leafpool walks back to the clearing with Jaypaw and Brambleclaw redirects his apprentice's thoughts back to hunting.
Later that day, Berrypaw is boasting about his catch and motions with his head, a scathing comment about how Jaypaw made him miss a blackbird. Berrypaw, Hazelpaw, and Mousepaw then become warriors, named Berrynose, Hazeltail, and Mousewhisker. Brambleclaw says that they should only give warrior names to apprentices who can keep their mouths shut. Only a day or two later, Icekit and Foxkit become apprentices and their mentors are Whitewing and Squirrelflight, respectively.
Soon, ThunderClan gets visitors from the Tribe. This shocks Stormfur and Brook at first, because Talon and Night are asking them to come back. They also bring news that Jag is dead, which startles Squirrelflight. Stormfur is outraged at this request, and tells the story of how he and Brook became outcasts after prompted by Firestar. It is later revealed that Stoneteller had nothing to do with Talon and Night's arrival, and that they came of their own accord, asking the ThunderClan cats for help against rogues that were stealing prey and land from them. Hollypaw, Lionpaw and Jaypaw each find the aspect of traveling to the mountains intriguing and they finally get their chance, when Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight take them along to the mountains, along with Tawnypelt and Crowfeather, so they could also help out. It's said that they wanted all the cats that went on the first trip to the Sun-drown-place, save for Feathertail. Breezepaw also accompanies his father, Crowfeather, much to his and his father's disdain.
On their way to the mountains, they meet Purdy, an elderly old cat who helped the Clan cats on their journey to the sun-drown-place. Breezepaw has a very foul attitude towards Purdy, because he is a kittypet and an elder. He guides them through the Twolegplace, and saves Breezepaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw from three dogs in a barn he previously warned them about. When they are at the end of the Twolegplace, Purdy says good-bye and leaves them.
Once there, the Clan cats are confronted by Stoneteller who is not quite happy they came. After some persuasion, and time, Stoneteller allows the Clan cats to stay and help them deal with the intruders. They start training every Tribe cat how to fight like Clan cats, using some of the Tribe's hunting moves into battle moves. The Tribe cats weren't too fond of the idea of "boundaries" and did not want to give up their old traditions, but agreed anyways.
When the boundaries were set, the Tribe cats challenges the rogues even more. The rogues ignore the boundaries, and there are several small battles about the boundaries. Later, Stoneteller decides to do a vote on whether to leave the mountains or to fight the rogues. Most of the cats choose to fight the rogues, so they start preparing for the battle.
Jaypaw once again tries to find out about the mysterious prophecy: "There will be three, kin of your kin, who hold the powers of the stars in their paws." He talks to the Tribe of Endless Hunting, but he doesn't find out much, to his dismay.
In the end, the Tribe manage to drive out the invaders, mostly thanks to Lionpaw (with Tigerstar's help), who came back from the battle covered in the rogue's blood. Hollypaw thinks it was his blood, and rushes to tell Jaypaw right away. When Jaypaw finishes examining Lionpaw, Hollypaw boasts to Jaypaw how brave Lionpaw was during the battle.
At the end of the book, Jaypaw decides to tell Hollypaw and Lionpaw about the prophecy, telling them to listen, because there is something he needs to tell them.


  • The title of this book is a reference to Stormfur and Brook and how they are outcasts from The Tribe of Rushing Water.[4]

Publication History

  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 22 April 2008[3]
  • Отверженные (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 31 January 2009, translated by Veronica Maximova[5]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 24 March 2009[6]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 13 October 2009[7]
  • 驅逐之戰 (CN), Morning Star (unknown binding), 31 December 2009, translated by Gao Mei[8]
  • Exil (FR), Pocket Jeunesse (Paperback), October 2012[9]
  • 追放 (JA), Komine Shoten (paperback), 20 October 2012, translated by Takabayashi Uchinaga[10]
  • Verbannt (DE), Beltz&Gelberg (hardcover), 4 February 2013[11]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (paperback; reprint), 30 June 2015[12]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed on the dedication page
  2. Revealed on the back cover
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed on
  4. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
  5. Information from ru.wikipedia
  6. Information from
  7. Information from
  8. Information from cn.wikipedia
  9. Information from
  10. Information from Komine Shoten
  11. Information from
  12. Revealed on

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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 Quest
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's Vision
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Warriors GuideThe 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
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Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyThe Untold StoriesTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceTales from the ClansMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseNovella 9Novella 10

Outcast chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29

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