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These notes are brief, noting major events and minor events in River of Fire 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.

  • Dawnpelt sits in StarClan, talking to other deceased ShadowClan cats, including Needletail and Beenose.
  • They mention ShadowClan ending; some blame Darktail, but those who disagree and blame Rowanclaw start to argue.
  • A new cat appears, called Shadowstar, and the cats gasp in astonishment, with Yellowfang dipping her head in respect.
  • ShadowClan's first leader tells the cats that there must be five Clans.
    • She insists that if the fifth Clan is not saved, worse things will come than a storm.


  • Twigpaw and Finpaw are heading to ThunderClan camp.
    • They keep stopping because Finpaw wants to explore.
  • They see Sparkpelt and call out to her, but she doesn't want to talk to them.
  • Sparkpelt is skeptical of their intentions, but Twigpaw insists she wants to return.
    • The warrior brings them both to camp, wary, but allowing them to follow her.
  • Once in camp, Bramblestar calls Twigpaw to his den tells her about Graystripe's past.
    • He decides to allow her back into the Clan, though she'll remain an apprentice..
  • Larksong becomes Finpaw's mentor, Sparkpelt becomes Twigpaw's.

  • Violetshine is gathering bedding for her Clanmates.
    • She's annoyed that it's an apprentice duty, but realizes everyone in the Clan is busy.
  • Violetshine tells Tree to stop sunning himself and start helping, but Leafstar calls him over.
  • Tree decides that to find his place in the Clan, he should try being a medicine cat.
    • Leafstar agrees to the suggestion, and assigns him to go to Frecklewish.
  • Violetshine stands nearby while Frecklewish and Puddleshine argue; Tree steps in and tries to solve the issue.
  • Violetshine goes on a patrol with Rowanclaw, Tawnypelt, and Hawkwing.
    • Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt are talking about if abandoning ShadowClan was right.
  • Hawkwing and his daughter listen to their conversation from afar, and are interested in the topic.
    • Violetshine pleads to go back to camp, worried that Tree will leave.

  • Alderheart goes to the WindClan border to find watermint for the quickly-spreading belly sickness in ThunderClan.
    • He does not find the herb right away, which makes him wonder if Kestrelflight is dealing with the same illness in WindClan.
  • Just before he turns away, Alderheart spots a few stems, and takes the meager collection back to camp.
  • At Alderheart's Briarlight moves from the medicine den to the nursery to prevent her from catching the illness.
  • The medicine cat asks Bramblestar if he can go to RiverClan for watermint, and he agrees.
    • Alderheart goes to RiverClan with Sparkpelt and Twigpaw, and runs into a WindClan patrol.
  • They join with the WindClan patrol and make their way around the lake, avoiding a dog.
    • They make their way to RiverClan before they are caught by a patrol, which insists only Alderheart can see Mistystar.
  • Alderheart arrives at the RiverClan camp, and Mistystar tells him to take the watermint and leave, reminding him that her borders are closed.

  • Twigpaw trains with Sparkpelt, but is frustrated with the basic training.
  • She returns to camp, but there isn't any prey left, she goes hunting with Finpaw.
    • However, during the hunt she falls into the WindClan border stream, and is rescued by a WindClan patrol led by Featherpelt.
  • They escort her back to camp and tell Bramblestar, who chastises the she-cat.
    • She admits her training issues with Sparkpelt, and also her concerns of the prophecy.
  • The next morning, however, Sparkpelt has fallen ill and so Twigpaw trains with Larksong.
    • She later goes back to camp and talks with Lilyheart, who reassures her doubts.
  • Finpaw comes back with his first vole, and he and Twigpaw share it together.

  • Violetshine goes on a border patrol with Sandynose and Tree.
    • They notice movement within the trees, and move to check it out.
  • They discover Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker in ShadowClan's old camp.
    • The pair question where ShadowClan is, and are told that the Clan has merged with SkyClan.
  • They are shocked, not believing it to be true.
    • However, the pair express their desire to rejoin a Clan, so Violetshine and Tree bring them to Leafstar.
  • The leader refuses to let them stay as SkyClan cats on the grounds of crimes committed during their time with Darktail.
    • As they're escorted out of camp, many former ShadowClan cats protest, but Tawnypelt silences them.
  • Violetshine feels conflicted about the decision, but Tree comforts that they did the right thing.

  • Alderheart attends the medicine cat half-moon meeting with Leafpool and Jayfeather.
  • The cats there discuss the prophecy, and decide to share with StarClan.
  • Alderheart receives a vision from Needletail.
    • He thinks it means nothing, but the other medicine cats report having similar dreams.
  • They walk back to camp, still talking about what the prophecy might mean.
    • Alderheart thinks he sees something out of the corner of his eye, but brushes it off.

  • Just after the half-moon meeting, Twigpaw sneaks to the Moonpool, even though it's only for medicine cats.
  • She waits until every cat leaves, and then approaches the starry water.
    • Twigpaw feels guilty about being there, and knows she shouldn't be.
  • When she touches her nose to the water, she receives a vision of a camp burning with fire.
    • Yellowfang tells her she shouldn't be here, so the she-cat sprints away.
  • She races back to camp as fast as she can, shaken from the experience.
    • Twigpaw decides against telling any cat what she saw.

  • Leafstar attempts to get Tree to contribute to SkyClan.
    • Violetshine offers to take the tom hunting, and the warrior shows him a hunting crouch.
  • In return, Tree shows her his method of hunting, and she finds it very funny.
    • They see Juniperclaw sneaking around, and follow him to ShadowClan's old camp to find Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker there.
  • The queen is scared, but both Tree and Violetshine agree that this needs to be reported back at camp.
    • Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker are taken to Leafstar, who is angry that they've returned.
  • The leader implores to know who was in on this scheme, and several of the former ShadowClan cats admit they've been helping.
    • They pledge to be loyal from this point forward, but it doesn't seem to affect the leader.
  • Tree proposes that the pair be allowed to stay until Yarrowleaf's kits are born and weaned.
    • The leader reluctantly agrees, but puts Tree in charge of them.
  • As the two cats are led away to their dens, Violetshine notices many cats are unhappy with the decision.

  • At the next Gathering, Alderheart watches as Leafstar announces that Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker are staying with SkyClan temporarily.
    • He is surprised by it, and many cats echo their discontent.
  • Bramblestar soothes their concerns, revealing the vision of approaching shadows received by the medicine cats.
    • Leafstar seems uncomfortable with the mention, but many cats start to whisper about possible interpretations.
    • However, Alderheart feels that Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf are not the shadows they're looking for, and that there's a storm coming.

  • Afterward the Gathering, ThunderClan returns to camp.
    • Twigpaw asks the medicine cat about the prophecy, and if they should be doing more.
    • He says no, and she is disappointed.
  • Twigpaw is conflicted, knowing there needs to be a fifth Clan.
    • She sneaks off to meet with Violetshine, and pitches her idea of talking to a ShadowClan cat to be leader.
  • Twigpaw tells her sister about the vision she received, and Tree approaches.
    • The yellow tom agrees with her statements, though Violetshine seems uneasy about leaving Leafstar out at first.
    • However, she then meows that Tawnypelt might make a good leader.

  • Twigpaw suggests they bring the idea to Leafstar, so the trio go back to SkyClan's camp.
    • They meet with the leader and Hawkwing, and Violetshine explain what they want to do.
  • Leafstar gets very angry, saying that she's worked very hard to merge the two Clans only to have them separated again.
    • She starts to leave, but once Tree calms her down, she reluctantly agrees that they can go talk to the ShadowClan cats about getting a leader.
  • However, she insists that the constant shuffling of cats is a waste of resources, so she'll never accept any other cats into SkyClan after this.
  • They leave the den and approach Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt, and the she-cat says she might consider it if Puddleshine and StarClan approve.
    • Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf overhear and agree as well, and the queen gives birth to her kits shortly after.

  • A storm begins to rage outside, and so Briarlight is moved to the tunnels as a precaution at Alderheart's suggestion.
  • The nursery roof flies off as the storm gets worse, and Alderheart sees a strike of lightning start a fire.
    • Bramblestar sends two warriors to investigate it, and they bring back to kittypets seeking shelter.
  • Velvet and Fuzzball explain how the fire affected their homes, and the leader agrees that they can stay until it's safe to return.
  • Alderheart brings them to the medicine den and treats their wounds, and assigns Fuzzball to help a sick Jayfeather.
  • Velvet helps the tom with some herbs, and he learns more about where she came from.
    • When they go outside to start helping other cats, however, the storm starts again and they dart back inside.
  • A flash of lightning strikes, and another fire starts in the direction of WindClan and RiverClan.

  • A ThunderClan patrol headed by Bramblestar goes to aid whichever Clan the fire has hit.
  • On their way around the lake, they join some WindClan cats, and can now see that the affected area is RiverClan's camp.
    • While initially hesitant due to the Clan's borders being closed, they decide to assist.
  • The cats work together to make a log bridge, which allows for Mistystar and several of her cats to escape to safety.
    • They thank the rescuers, and the RiverClan leader gathers her surviving cats together.
  • However, Softpaw struggles to cross, so Twigpaw helps her across.
    • The ThunderClan she-cat falls in the stream when trying to rejoin her Clanmates, and is pulled out by some RiverClan cats.

  • In SkyClan's camp, Leafstar orders her cats to bunker down for the storm.
    • The roof of the apprentices' den is blown away, so they're moved to the warriors' den.
  • Tawnypelt challenges the leader, saying that they must help, and goes against orders.
    • Hawkwing agrees as well, noting that he wants to check on Twigpaw.
  • Leafstar gives up the argument, putting her deputy in charge.
  • They recount how much damage has occurred, still in shock from what's happened.
    • The group of cats meet with Mistystar and the rest of their Clanmates, and Hawkwing offers them shelter in ShadowClan's old camp.
  • They travel back to SkyClan, and once Leafstar is informed of the situation, she agrees as well.
  • RiverClan is escorted away to ShadowClan's old camp, and Mistystar says they are thankful and won't abuse their hospitality.
    • The SkyClan leader then turns to Tawnypelt, insisting that she can't keep undermining her authority.
    • The warrior agrees, though many of her ShadowClan Clanmates are unhappy about this.

  • At the next Gathering, RiverClan rejoins the other Clans.
    • Mistystar admits to the awkward timing, and requests help to rebuild.
  • Some cats are wary, wondering if they rejoined to take advantage of the other Clans.
    • Tree insists this is not the case, and that RiverClan would do the same for another Clan.
  • Each Clan leader pledges their assistance in herbs and patrols.
  • Leafstar announces that she has given the role of mediator to Tree.
    • When the suggestion is met with resistance, Bramblestar proposes the yellow tom be given a trial period, which pleases most cats.

  • Alderheart peels the poultice off Velvet's wound to find it healed.
    • He visits the nursery to check on the kits, but finds Briarlight is ill and has her moved back to the medicine den.
  • Even though she is given treatment, Briarlight is very weak from not eating.
    • By morning, she is dying, and Alderheart sends Velvet to retrieve her family.
  • Her family is gathered and she says goodbye before passing away.
    • They sit vigil for her through the night, and bury her the next morning.
  • Afterwards, Velvet pushes a tired Alderheart to sleep, saying she'll care for him.

  • Violetshine enters SkyClan's camp and that Yarrowleaf's kits are missing.
    • She finds that the queen has been drugged with poppy seeds, and both conclude that Sleekwhisker has taken the kits.
  • The two she-cats, along with Rowanclaw and Macgyver, follow the yellow tabby's scent trail through the forest.
    • They meet Jacques, who leads them to where Yarrowleaf's kits and Tawnypelt are.
  • Sleekwhisker holds Rowanclaw responsible for everything bad that happened during Darktail's reign, and announces that she's going to have her revenge by killing Tawnypelt.
    • She says that if anyone tries to stop it, the kits will die.
  • Nettle offers that Rowanclaw can sacrifice himself for his mate, and the former leader agrees, looking pathetic.
    • Moments later, however, he springs up to attack Nettle, screeching to grab the kits. Tawnypelt and Yarrowleaf do so.
  • Violetshine and Macgyver prevent the rest from giving chase.
    • They are driven off, but Rowanclaw dies as a result of his wounds.
  • The former leader tells Tawnypelt that Tigerheart will return as he has seen him in dreams.
    • When asked if she'll lead ShadowClan, Tawnypelt says no, and that this is the end of her Clan.

  • In ThunderClan's camp, Alderheart and Velvet sit in the medicine den.
    • Jayfeather says that it's time for the kittypet to move out of the medicine den.
  • The pair begin to pad over to the apprentices' den, but see Ajax in the clearing.
    • Velvet and Fuzzball greet their kittypet friend, who tells them that they can return to the Twolegplace now.
  • Bramblestar says they may stay here the night, and return in the morning.
    • The cats then disperse to eat, and Alderheart shares a mouse with Velvet.
  • Later that night, he can't sleep, and so he and Jayfeather talk outside the den.
    • Alderheart reassures the blind tom that he's not leaving ThunderClan, and is only wondering how to say goodbye to Velvet.
  • The next morning, he says goodbye to the gray kittypet, knowing that it has to be this way.

  • Twigpaw has her warrior assessment, and catches a large amount of prey in the forest.
    • Her last catch is a rabbit caught with Finpaw's help, which both mentors praise.
  • They head back to camp, and Ivypool and Lilyheart wait to congratulate Twigpaw.
    • She is very happy they came, and is thrilled when she discovers Violetshine and Hawkwing are here as well.
  • Bramblestar holds the warrior ceremonies, naming Twigpaw as Twigbranch, and Finpaw as Finleap.
  • Moments after, Grassheart and Strikestone come into camp and demand that Hawkwing come with them, because Tigerheart has come back.

  • Hawkwing and Violetshine follow two ShadowClan warriors, and Alderheart goes with them.
  • They arrive at Moonpool to see that a group of cats has returned with Tigerheart, some new to the Clans.
    • After a long stretch of time, Puddleshine and a newly named Tigerstar emerge.
  • Leafstar says she won't cross StarClan, but that ShadowClan needs to get off SkyClan's land.
    • The new leader agrees, and leads his cats away.
  • Alderheart asks if Dovewing will come visit ThunderClan one more time, even if she's staying with ShadowClan now.
    • She agrees, after hearing about Ivypool's new kits.

  • Alderheart goes with Dovewing and her kits to ThunderClan's camp, where she is greeted warmly.
  • Dovewing introduces her kits to Ivypool's, whom are much smaller.
    • However, after expressing that she doesn't intend to stay, the excitement fades, and dims even moreso when she says Tigerstar is the father of her kits.
  • The queen seems sad when Bramblestar says she can't come and visit often, but leaves camp without complaint, with her kits following.
  • The next morning, Alderheart wakes and decides to visit Velvet to return her toy. In Twolegplace, he comes across Fuzzball, who takes him to her den.
    • Velvet greets him warmly, and gives him a thyme plant in goodwill.
  • They say their final goodbyes, and Alderheart quickly makes his way to the medicine cat half-moon meeting.
    • Jayfeather and Leafpool question where he's been.
  • He brushes off their concerns, saying he visited Twolegplace.
  • In his Moonpool vision, Cinderpelt appears to him, admitting that she'd loved Firestar, but chose her duty as a medicine cat over it.
    • He murmurs that he understands, but that it's hard.
  • She tells him that ThunderClan needs him for the coming challenges ahead, and that he's a good medicine cat.
    • As the vision fades, he feels content, but wonders what challenge the Clans will have to overcome next.
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost Stars
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's Hope
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger 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 EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's Life