"Yes, your home's gone. But that doesn't mean your Clan is! The Warrior Code is still out there. Still alive."
Millie comforting Graystripe in Warrior's Return, page 14

Warrior's Return is the third and final book in the Graystripe's Adventure arc.

The Blurb

Graystripe and Millie have finally found ThunderClan's old territory, but Twoleg monsters have devastated the forest and Graystripe fears that all of his Clanmates have been killed or captured by Twolegs. Millie insists that they keep looking, and an old friend helps point the two cats on the path that the Clans followed many moons ago. But danger still lurks around every turn, and Graystripe worries that he and Millie are lost on an impossible journey.

The Praise

"The simple yet expressive black-and-white artwork brings this adventurous tale to vivid life. Highly recommended, especially for cat fanciers of all ages."[4]
-Midwest Book Review

Detailed Plot Summary

Graystripe and Millie have found the ThunderClan camp, only to find it destroyed. Graystripe starts to give up hope, but Millie keeps him going. They venture to Ravenpaw and Barley's barn. Barley and Ravenpaw welcome them warmly, although Barley is a little apprehensive about Millie's kittypet status.They say that all of the four Clans passed here a while ago. Barley and Ravenpaw agree to accompany Graystripe and Millie to Highstones. Later, Barley notices that Ravenpaw is upset and asks him why. He replies, "It's just...he was my last connection to the forest."
Graystripe and Millie cross many Thunderpaths, and they get into a small fight about Twoleg food. They arrive at a place called Mac's Truckstop, where Millie finds food.  She goes in to eat it via a cat flap. When Graystripe tries to get some, he is attacked by a Twoleg. He gets mad and yells at Millie. He then tries to leave, but he gets hit by a monster and hurts his shoulder. A cat at the truckstop named Diesel helps bring him in, and takes care of him. Everytime Graystripe tries to tell Millie how he feels about her, Diesel interrupts him, or Millie tells Graystripe to rest his shoulder. Graystripe thinks about trying again to confess his love for Millie, but before he can, she tells him that they should ride a monster to Sun-Drown-Place. Graystripe originally doesn't want to, but does it anyway.
The monster stops for the night at a Twoleg den, and Graystripe and Millie try to go hunting, but they fare poorly and the water is terrible. They get attacked by mean kittypets, and one of them hits Graystripe's injured shoulder. He gets very mad and bangs the cat's head on a pole. The kittypets are eventually driven away after that.
While this is happening, the monster starts to move, and they have to run after it to catch it. It makes a chuka-chuka sound in the book. They make it at the last second. Graystripe doesn't tell Millie how he feels because he hurt his paw, but then says that his paw might just be an excuse. They ride the monster all the way to the sea, and then start heading towards a forest, where the two meet a rogue catching a mouse. They ask about a large group of cats, and the rogue says he's seen them. On a hill, they spot cats moving on the island. Graystripe confesses his love for Millie, and Millie says she loved him also, by saying, "That's what I've wanted since I first laid eyes on you". Silently they walk down to the Gathering, and Graystripe meets all his old friends. The book ends when Graystripe is introducing Millie to the Clans by saying, "Firestar...everyone...I haven't come alone. There's someone that I want all of you to meet." This ending is not the same in the actual book. 


  • Ravenpaw is shown as a solid black cat.[5]
  • At the end, the four leaders on the tree are thought to be Firestar, Leopardstar, Blackstar and Tallstar; however, Tallstar was dead by then.[6]
  • It is strongly suggested that Graystripe and Millie are the cats depicted in the center of the cover.[7]
  • It should be noted that while this book is referred to as 'manga', it is not, as it did not originate in Japan and was not drawn by Japanese mangaka.[8]

Publication List

  • Warrior's Return (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 22 April 2008[2]
  • 戰士的返回 (ZH), OEL Manga (unknown binding), 1 June 2010[9]
  • Die Rückkehr Des Kriegers (DE), Tokyopop (Unknown binding), 12 February 2009[9]
  • Válečníkův návrat (CZ), Zonerpress (paperback), 2008[10]
  • Возвращение воителя (RU), Tokyopop (paperback), 14 October 2010[11]
  • Soturin paluu (FI), Pauna Media Group (paperpack), 2010[12]
  • Warrior's Return (EN), HarperCollins (full color repint), 8 August 2017[3]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on the front cover.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on HarperCollins' website
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed on HarperCollins' website
  4. Review from
  5. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 18
  6. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 84
  7. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page They are illustrated that way within the book
  8. Information from
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed on Wikipedia
  10. Information from Zonerpress
  11. Revealed on Wikipedia
  12. Information from Pauna Media Groupin sarjakuvat

Warriors books
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 FireThe Raging Storm
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's Trial
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Warriors GuideThe 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?Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's MercyThe Elders' ConcernSpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans Decide
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyThe Untold StoriesTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceTales from the ClansMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellShadows of the ClansSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoLegends of the Clans

Warrior's Return chapters
Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4

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