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These notes are brief, noting major and minor events in Spottedleaf's Heart 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.


  • Spottedkit plays with her denmates in the clearing.
    • Redkit moves to attack a rogue, but Spottedkit protests that she hasn't given the signal yet, but Frostkit mentions that no one knows what it's supposed to be.
    • Eventually, her denmates become tired of her bossing them around and leave to play a different game.
    • Spottedkit is disheartened, and trots over to Swiftbreeze who says that sometimes it's good to give power to others, as well.
  • The pair look at Thistleclaw and Tigerpaw, who have just returned from patrol.
    • Spottedkit pads over to the fresh-kill pile, and she approaches Thistleclaw.
    • He offers her the feathers for her nest, and she accepts the gift from him.
      • Whitepaw comes over and asks if he can have some too, and Thistleclaw obliges.
      • They begin to have some fun, but Bluefur comes over and tells them to stop.
      • Thistleclaw is offended, especially when the warrior goes on about his training methods with Tigerpaw.
    • Redkit and Brindlekit jump on Thistleclaw, winding him.
      • Spottedkit helps him recover, and he says she might make a good medicine cat on day.
      • She replies that her paws are set on the path of a warrior.

  • Spottedpaw has her apprentice ceremony, and is now named.
    • The Clan cheers for Spottedpaw and her newly named littermates, Willowpaw and Redpaw.
    • The new apprentices go out to see ThunderClan's territory, and Thistleclaw and his apprentice join them.
    • Spottedpaw is awestruck by the beauty of the forest, and her mentor points out important landmarks.
    • Spottedpaw promises to work hard and be the best warrior she can be.
  • Awhile later, she and her mentor go out on patrol with Thistleclaw and Tigerpaw.
    • Thistleclaw spots a squirrel in a tree, and shows it to Spottedpaw.
      • With some encouragement, she climbs the branches in pursuit of it. However, Spottedpaw slips from the tree, and the world goes black.
      • The apprentice's parents and Thrushpelt soon arrive, and they worriedly rush her back to camp.
      • They set her in the medicine cats' den, with Featherwhisker making Spottedpaw eat some herbs, and assures the cats surrounding that the apprentice will get better.

  • Spottedpaw races through the trees, running from a fox.
    • She then wakes, realizing it's a dream.
    • Featherwhisker tends to her, but Spottedpaw protests that she's bored.
    • The medicine cat gives her some herbs to sort, and she finishes quickly
  • Poppydawn comes to visit Spottedpaw, and Willowpaw follows.
    • The apprentice asks when Spottedpaw will be training again, and Featherwhisker says she needs a few more days to rest.
  • In two days, the apprentice is able to hobble around camp unassisted. She meets with Redpaw and Swiftbreeze, who are glad she seems better.
    • Thistleclaw returns from patrol, and bounds over to Spottedpaw.
    • He offers to take her out on a walk, and soon, the apprentice spots an injury on Thistleclaw’s ear.
      • She asks why he didn't have Featherwhisker tend to it, he says that he's fine. He goes onto say only the weak get injured in battle.
    • Spottedpaw is briefly unsettled by his answer, but moves closer to him. She purrs as she sits down, only thinking about how happy she is sitting here with Thistleclaw.

  • Spottedpaw organizes Featherwhisker's store, commenting that he’d better not mess it up again.
    • She leaves, meowing a greeting to her littermates who have just returned from a hunting patrol.
    • Spottedpaw practices her hunting skills with her mentor, and when he is appeased, they separate to go hunting.
  • She hears voices coming from a distance, and sees Bluefur, Thistleclaw, and Tigerpaw confronting an intruder.
    • Spottedpaw realizes that they have cornered a black kit, and watches as the dark tabby apprentice attacks it.
    • She holds her breath as Thistleclaw goads him on until Bluefur steps in to intervene.
    • Thrushpelt finds his apprentice and says that they need to return to camp.
      • Her shoulder aches, and Thrushpelt says that she can go get herself something to eat.
    • Thistleclaw invites her to eat with him, and she follows the warrior to a shady spot.
    • Spottedpaw bravely mentions that she saw his earlier confrontation of the kit intruder, but he defends his actions.
    • She becomes angry with him, and runs away to a spot near Sunningrocks. Thistleclaw follows her with prey and apologizes.
    • She feels at ease with his words, and he invites her come somewhere with him tonight. Spottedpaw agrees, and he disappears into the bushes.

  • Spottedpaw waits for Thistleclaw, wondering where he'll take her.
  • Goosefeather enters, telling her that she is the one who loves foolishly.
    • She is confused by his words, not understanding what they mean.
  • She hears a crack, seeing Thistleclaw in front of of her.
    • He beckons her to follow him, and the two cats race through a dark, dank forest.
  • Thistleclaw takes her to meet a cat named Mapleshade.
  • Mapleshade orders Thistleclaw and Houndleap to fight, and the two cats viciously attack with claws unsheathed.
  • Spottedpaw is horrified, realizing that she's in the Place of No Stars.
    • She returns with some bracken to stop bleeding, and presses it against Houndleap's wounds.
  • Spottedpaw asks the bleeding cat why Thistleclaw, but the spiky warrior approaches from behind.
    • He answers that he's becoming a better warrior, and she protests that this is evil.
    • Thistleclaw seems to disagree, and she starts to run away from him into the looming forest.

  • Spottedpaw awakens, her pelt filthy and matted.
    • Her littermates are shocked at her condition, and tell her to clean up before training.
    • Thrushpelt quickly spots her, and tells her that they are going on a border patrol.
      • The warrior then seems to take a second look at Spottedpaw, instead saying that she should go clean up, then meet her later for training.
    • Spottedpaw then ducks into some ferns to clean up, hoping no one will notice her.
    • Thistleclaw sees the apprentice and offers to take her out training with Whitepaw and Tigerpaw.
    • Spottedpaw says yes, and he returns with the two following him.
  • The spiky warrior pairs Whitepaw and Tigerpaw against each other, saying Spottedpaw will fight the winner.
  • The three apprentices race to the sandy hollow, with Tigerpaw easily winning.
    • They then begin their training match, and Whitepaw manages to beat his competitor by flicking sand in his eyes.
  • Thistleclaw summons Spottedpaw to fight Whitepaw, and she fares well.
    • She almost beats the white apprentice when the tortoiseshell pauses, remembering that the move she'd been about to use came from the Place of No Stars.
    • Spottedpaw flees in terror at the memory, but Thistleclaw comes after her. He confronts her, and she bleats that being in that Place of No Stars is wrong.
    • Thistleclaw refuses to listen to Spottedpaw, saying that he must do it to keep his Clan safe.
    • He then insists that he would do anything for her, the she-cat he loves.

  • Spottedpaw wakes early the next morning, and Featherwhisker asks her why she's up.
    • She says that she had bad dreams, unwilling to say the real reason.
    • The apprentice turns away, noticing that Stormtail is very frail, and seemed to be drinking a lot.
      • Spottedpaw asks if the warrior is okay, but is ignored as Speckletail then leads the cats out of camp.
    • She tells her thoughts to Featherwhisker, who agrees that he'll go and bring the gray tom back to camp.
    • However, White-eye bursts into the den with a thorn in her eye. The warrior panics, but Featherwhisker is able to treat the injury.
  • The medicine cat tells Spottedpaw to go after Stormtail, and she races to Snakerocks.
    • Spottedpaw informs the cats of the situation, and they spread out to find Stormtail.
    • The tortoiseshell apprentice spots him slumped beneath a boulder.
      • She wails for help, as he is unconscious but still breathing.
  • They bring him to camp, and Spottedpaw runs ahead to warn Featherwhisker, and the tom lays out a nest for him.
    • The patrol comes in and sets Stormtail down, and Featherwhisker diagnoses him with the thirsting sickness.
    • Spottedpaw then leaves the den, reprimanding Bluefur for letting Stormtail on patrol earlier.
    • Thrushpelt soon interrupts her, leading his apprentice out into the forest. The tom tells her that it's okay if she wants to be a medicine cat apprentice, as he can tell she likes helping Featherwhisker.
      • She is appalled, but after some thought, Spottedpaw insists that she wants to be a warrior.

  • Spottedpaw dreams herself into the Place of No Stars, and goes to find Thistleclaw.
    • She sees him in Mapleshade's training sessions, pummelling a fox-colored she-cat.
      • Spottedpaw tries to step in and stop it, but is too late, and the she-cat fades from beneath her.
    • She is bewildered, and Mapleshade orders Thistleclaw to get rid of her.
    • He leads her away from the scene, asking what she wants.
      • Spottedpaw pleads with him to stop coming here, so they can have a future together.
      • She says that if he truly loves her, he’ll promise to never come here again.
    • Thistleclaw shakes his head, saying that being in the Place of No Stars is a part of his destiny that he can't ignore.
    • Spottedpaw pleads with him one last time, but it is to no avail.
  • She wishes him the best, and then awakens in her own nest, smelling of blood.
    • Spottedpaw pushes her way out of the den, seeking Featherwhisker.
      • On the way, Stormtail thanks her for saving him, and Bluefur apologizes for what she said the previous day.
    • Spottedpaw accepts the apology, and finds the medicine cat in his den. The tom asks if she needs help, but she replies that she'd like to become his apprentice.

  • Tigerclaw receives his warrior name from Sunstar along with Whitestorm.
    • The Clan cheers for them, and Spottedpaw notices that Bluefur is pregnant.
    • Spottedpaw senses Thistleclaw watching her, but doesn't return the glance.
      • She knows that he plans to become the next deputy, after Tawnyspots.
  • Featherwhisker leads her back to the medicine den, commenting that he wishes White-eye and Bluefur had waited until newleaf to bear kits.
    • Spottedpaw seems to agree, and both conclude that the Clan will care for the queens no matter how hard the leaf-bare.
  • Shortly after, Bluefur's kitting begins in the nursery. Spottedpaw assists her and soon, two healthy she-cats and a tom are born.
    • Thrushpelt enters the den, asking what Bluefur would like to name them.
      • She names her kits Stonekit, Mistykit, and Mosskit.
      • Featherwhisker comments that the father didn't choose any of the names, but Spottedpaw dismisses the comment. She lets out a long purr, thinking about how perfect the kits are.

  • Spottedpaw is exhausted from fetching so much wet moss for her Clanmates.
  • She sees Tawnyspots emerge from the dirtplace, looking very frail.
    • The apprentice worries about him, knowing he might have to step down soon.
  • Bluefur's kits approach Spottedpaw, asking if she’s brought a treat for them.
    • She says that it's only fresh moss, and quickly delivers the moss to Goosefeather, and sets out to get more.
  • On her way out of camp, she sees Thrushpelt bring a squirrel over to the kits as a treat.
    • They get excited, but Bluefur insists that they’ve had enough to eat already. Thrushpelt apologizes to the kits, and walks away with his prey.
    • Thistleclaw returns from a patrol, announcing that they beat some kittypets today.
      • Spottedpaw notices that Fuzzypelt has a splinter, and the apprentice realizes it came from the Twolegplace when the patrol purposefully sought out the innocent.
    • Bluefur comes to the same conclusion, and is angry.
    • Spottedpaw says that they may as well get used to a bossy Thistleclaw as he’s bound to be deputy soon.
      • The queen's eyes darken, and replies that that won’t happen if she can help it.
    • Spottedpaw urges her to focus on her kits, but Bluefur insists that she loves them, but her Clan might need her.
      • The apprentice is confused by the conviction in her voice, and watches her walk away.
  • On the night of the Gathering, Bluefur requests to go with the patrol.
    • Spottedpaw agrees to watch the queen's kits, and Bluefur thanks her.
  • The cats begin to file out of camp. Spottedpaw gives a mint leaf to Tawnyspots, then checks on the nursery to see every cat asleep.
    • Later that night, Bluefur tells Spottedpaw in a low voice that she's made her choice.
  • Spottedpaw goes to sleep, but is awakened by a soft rustle and some murmuring.
  • She sees that Stormtail is on guard, and they both look for the source of the sound.
    • Spottedpaw then turns slightly and realizes that Bluefur and her kits are sneaking out.
      • She feels conflicted, knowing that whatever the queen is doing is for a purpose.
    • Spottedpaw tells Stormtail to go take a look, and the medicine cat apprentice insists that he go look on the other side of the ravine.
  • Spottedpaw follows Bluefur to Sunningrocks, where she sees two shapes talking.
    • She realizes that the queen is giving away her kits, and prays to StarClan that they stay safe.
  • A voice sounds in her mind, telling her that the kits will be okay.
    • Spottedpaw knows that the voice is Snowfur's, who is Bluefur's sister.
    • The medicine cat apprentice vows that she and Bluefur will both guard their hearts, and never be foolish or blind again.
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 JourneyTigerheart's Shadow
Field Guide Arc 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 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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