Hollyleaf’s Story


Hollyleaf’s Story

Erin Hunter

Special thanks to Victoria Holmes


THUNDERCLAN LEADER FIRESTAR—ginger tom with a flame-colored pelt DEPUTY BRAMBLECLAW—dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes MEDICINE CAT LEAFPOOL—light brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes APPRENTICE, JAYFEATHER WARRIORS (toms and she-cats without kits) SQUIRRELFLIGHT—dark ginger she-cat with green eyes DUSTPELT—dark brown tabby tom SANDSTORM—pale ginger she-cat with green eyes CLOUDTAIL—long-haired white tom with blue eyes BRACKENFUR—golden brown tabby tom SORRELTAIL—tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat with amber eyes THORNCLAW—golden brown tabby tom BRIGHTHEART—white she-cat with ginger patches SPIDERLEG—long-limbed black tom with brown underbelly and amber eyes BIRCHFALL—light brown tabby tom GRAYSTRIPE—long-haired gray tom BERRYNOSE—cream-colored tom HAZELTAIL—small gray-and-white she-cat MOUSEWHISKER—gray-and-white tom CINDERHEART—gray tabby she-cat HONEYFERN—light brown tabby she-cat POPPYFROST—tortoiseshell she-cat LIONBLAZE—golden tabby tom with amber eyes HOLLYLEAF—black she-cat with green eyes APPRENTICES (more than six moons old, in training to become warriors) FOXPAW—reddish tabby tom ICEPAW—white she-cat QUEENS (she-cats expecting or nursing kits) FERNCLOUD—pale gray (with darker flecks) she-cat with green eyes DAISY—cream long-furred cat from the horseplace, mother of Spiderleg’s kits: Rosekit (dark cream she-cat) and Toadkit (black-and-white tom) MILLIE—striped gray tabby she-cat, former kittypet, mother of Graystripe’s kits: Briarkit (dark brown she-cat), Bumblekit (very pale gray tom with black stripes), and Blossomkit (pale brown she-cat with a dark stripe along her spine) WHITEWING—white she-cat with green eyes, mother of Birchfall’s kits: Dovekit (gray she-cat) and Ivykit (white tabby she-cat) ELDERS (former warriors and queens, now retired) LONGTAIL—pale tabby tom with dark black stripes, retired early due to failing sight MOUSEFUR—small dusky brown she-cat SHADOWCLAN LEADER BLACKSTAR—large white tom with huge jet-black paws DEPUTY RUSSETFUR—dark ginger she-cat MEDICINE CAT LITTLECLOUD—very small tabby tom

APPRENTICE, FLAMEPAW (ginger tom) WARRIORS OAKFUR—small brown tom

APPRENTICE, TIGERPAW (dark brown tabby tom) ROWANCLAW—ginger tom SMOKEFOOT—black tom

APPRENTICE, OWLPAW (light brown tabby tom) IVYTAIL—black, white, and tortoiseshell she-cat

APPRENTICE, DAWNPAW (cream-furred she-cat) TOADFOOT—dark brown tom CROWFROST—black-and-white tom

APPRENTICE, OLIVEPAW (tortoiseshell she-cat) KINKFUR—tabby she-cat, with long fur that sticks out at all angles RATSCAR—brown tom with long scar across his back

APPRENTICE, SHREWPAW (gray she-cat with black feet) SNAKETAIL—dark brown tom with tabby-striped tail

APPRENTICE, SCORCHPAW (dark gray tom) WHITEWATER—white she-cat with long fur, blind in one eye

APPRENTICE, REDPAW (mottled brown and ginger tom) TAWNYPELT—tortoiseshell she-cat with green eyes QUEENS SNOWBIRD—pure-white she-cat ELDERS CEDARHEART—dark gray tom TALLPOPPY—long-legged light brown tabby she-cat WINDCLAN LEADER ONESTAR—brown tabby tom DEPUTY ASHFOOT—gray she-cat MEDICINE CAT BARKFACE—short-tailed brown tom

APPRENTICE, KESTRELPAW (mottled gray tom) WARRIORS TORNEAR—tabby tom CROWFEATHER—dark gray tom OWLWHISKER—light brown tabby tom WHITETAIL—small white she-cat NIGHTCLOUD—black she-cat GORSETAIL—very pale gray-and-white cat with blue eyes WEASELFUR—ginger tom with white paws HARESPRING—brown-and-white tom LEAFTAIL—dark tabby tom with amber eyes

APPRENTICE, THISTLEPAW (long-haired white tom) DEWSPOTS—spotted gray tabby she-cat

APPRENTICE, SEDGEPAW (light brown tabby she-cat) WILLOWCLAW—gray she-cat

APPRENTICE, SWALLOWPAW (dark gray she-cat) ANTPELT—brown tom with one black ear EMBERFOOT—gray tom with two dark paws

APPRENTICE, SUNPAW (tortoiseshell she-cat with large white mark on her forehead) HEATHERTAIL—light brown tabby she-cat with blue eyes BREEZEPELT—black tom with amber eyes ELDERS MORNINGFLOWER—very old tortoiseshell queen WEBFOOT—dark gray tabby tom RIVERCLAN LEADER LEOPARDSTAR—unusually spotted golden tabby she-cat DEPUTY MISTYFOOT—gray she-cat with blue eyes MEDICINE CAT MOTHWING—dappled golden she-cat

APPRENTICE, WILLOWSHINE (gray tabby she-cat) WARRIORS BLACKCLAW—smoky black tom VOLETOOTH—small brown tabby tom

APPRENTICE, MINNOWPAW (dark gray she-cat) REEDWHISKER—black tom MOSSPELT—tortoiseshell she-cat with blue eyes

APPRENTICE, PEBBLEPAW (mottled gray tom) BEECHFUR—light brown tom RIPPLETAIL—dark gray tabby tom

APPRENTICE, MALLOWPAW (light brown tabby tom) GRAYMIST—pale gray tabby DAWNFLOWER—pale gray she-cat DAPPLENOSE—mottled gray she-cat POUNCETAIL—ginger-and-white tom MINTFUR—light gray tabby tom

APPRENTICE, NETTLEPAW (dark brown tabby tom) OTTERHEART—dark brown she-cat

APPRENTICE, SNEEZEPAW (gray-and-white tom) PINEFUR—very short-haired tabby she-cat

APPRENTICE, ROBINPAW (tortoiseshell-and-white tom) RAINSTORM—mottled gray-blue tom DUSKFUR—brown tabby she-cat

APPRENTICE, COPPERPAW (dark ginger she-cat) QUEENS ICEWING—white cat with blue eyes, mother of Beetlekit, Pricklekit, Petalkit, and Grasskit ELDERS HEAVYSTEP—thickset tabby tom SWALLOWTAIL—dark tabby she-cat STONESTREAM—gray tom CATS OUTSIDE CLANS SOL—white-and-brown tabby long-haired tom with pale yellow eyes SMOKY—muscular gray-and-white tom who lives in a barn at the horseplace FLOSS—small gray-and-white she-cat who lives at the horseplace PURDY—elderly, plump tabby loner with a gray muzzle JINGO—dark brown tabby she-cat HUSSAR—broad-shouldered gray tom SPECKLE—flecked brown she-cat, nursing four kits FRITZ—black-and-white tom with a torn ear POD—scrawny brown tom with a gray muzzle JET—long-haired black tom MERRY—ginger-and-white she-cat CHIRP—pale gray tabby tom OTHER ANIMALS MIDNIGHT—a star-gazing badger who lives by the sea


Chapter 1

Thunder crashed, louder than anything Hollyleaf had heard before. There was a ripple overhead and a strange cracking sound. The sky is falling! And then it was all around her, sharper and harder than Hollyleaf expected, throwing her to the ground and crushing her bones. I can’t breathe! She struggled frantically, feeling her claws rip, but the sky was too heavy, too cold, and she let the endless dark sweep her away.

Hollyleaf was standing on the edge of a cliff. Behind her, the hollow yawned like a hungry mouth. Flames, hissing and orange, filled the air with smoke and bitter ash. Hollyleaf’s littermates, Lionblaze and Jayfeather, crouched beside her; she could feel them trembling against her fur. In front of them, Ashfur stood at the end of a branch that would lead them through the fire. Squirrelflight stood next to him, fury blazing in her eyes. Hollyleaf stared at her mother, waiting for h ...