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Bramblestar’s Storm

Erin Hunter

Special thanks to Cherith Baldry

To Akbar: Be brave and live the dream, and become the artist you always wanted to be.


THUNDERCLAN LEADER BRAMBLESTAR—dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes DEPUTY SQUIRRELFLIGHT—dark ginger she-cat with green eyes MEDICINE CATS JAYFEATHER—gray tabby tom with blind blue eyes   LEAFPOOL—light brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes WARRIORS (toms and she-cats without kits)   GRAYSTRIPE—long-haired gray tom   DUSTPELT—dark brown tabby tom   SANDSTORM—pale ginger she-cat with green eyes   BRACKENFUR—golden-brown tabby tom   CLOUDTAIL—long-haired white tom with blue eyes   BRIGHTHEART—white she-cat with ginger patches   MILLIE—striped gray tabby she-cat with blue eyes   THORNCLAW—golden-brown tabby tom   SPIDERLEG—long-limbed black tom with brown underbelly and amber eyes   APPRENTICE, AMBERPAW (pale ginger she-cat)   BIRCHFALL—light brown tabby tom   WHITEWING—white she-cat with green eyes   APPRENTICE, DEWPAW (gray-and-white tom)   BERRYNOSE—cream-colored tom   MOUSEWHISKER—gray-and-white tom   CINDERHEART—gray tabby she-cat   IVYPOOL—silver-and-white tabby she-cat with dark blue eyes   APPRENTICE, SNOWPAW (white, fluffy tom)   LIONBLAZE—golden tabby tom with amber eyes   DOVEWING—pale gray she-cat with blue eyes   ROSEPETAL—dark cream she-cat   POPPYFROST—tortoiseshell she-cat   APPRENTICE, LILYPAW (tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat)   BRIARLIGHT—dark brown she-cat with sky-colored eyes, paralyzed in her hindquarters   BLOSSOMFALL—tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat   BUMBLESTRIPE—very pale gray tom with black stripes   APPRENTICE, SEEDPAW (golden-brown she-cat)   CHERRYFALL—ginger she-cat   MOLEWHISKER—brown-and-cream tom QUEENS (she-cats expecting or nursing kits)   DAISY—cream, long-furred cat from the horseplace ELDERS (former warriors and queens, now retired)   PURDY—plump tabby, former loner with a gray muzzle

SHADOWCLAN LEADER BLACKSTAR—large white tom with one jet-black forepaw DEPUTY ROWANCLAW—ginger tom MEDICINE CAT LITTLECLOUD—very small tabby tom WARRIORS CROWFROST—black-and-white tom   TAWNYPELT—tortoiseshell she-cat with green eyes   APPRENTICE, GRASSPAW (pale brown tabby she-cat)   OWLCLAW—light brown tabby tom   SCORCHFUR—dark gray tom   TIGERHEART—dark brown tabby tom   FERRETCLAW—black-and-gray tom   APPRENTICE, SPIKEPAW (dark brown tom)   PINENOSE—black she-cat   STOATFUR—tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat   POUNCETAIL—brown tabby tom QUEENS SNOWBIRD—pure-white she-cat   DAWNPELT—cream-furred she-cat ELDERS SNAKETAIL—dark brown tom with tabby-striped tail   WHITEWATER—white she-cat with long fur, blind in one eye   RATSCAR—brown tom with long scar across his back   OAKFUR—small brown tom   SMOKEFOOT—black tom   KINKFUR—tabby she-cat, with long fur that sticks out at all angles   IVYTAIL—black, white, and tortoiseshell she-cat

WINDCLAN LEADER ONESTAR—brown tabby tom DEPUTY HARESPRING—brown-and-white tom   APPRENTICE, SLIGHTPAW (black tom with flash of white on his chest) MEDICINE CAT KESTRELFLIGHT—mottled gray tom WARRIORS CROWFEATHER—dark gray tom   APPRENTICE, FEATHERPAW (gray tabby she-cat)   NIGHTCLOUD—black she-cat   APPRENTICE, HOOTPAW (dark gray tom)   GORSETAIL—very pale gray-and-white tom with blue eyes   WEASELFUR—ginger tom with white paws   LEAFTAIL—dark tabby tom, amber eyes   APPRENTICE, OATPAW (pale brown tabby tom)   EMBERFOOT—gray tom with two dark paws   HEATHERTAIL—light brown tabby she-cat with blue eyes   BREEZEPELT—black tom with amber eyes   FURZEPELT—gray-and-white she-cat   CROUCHFOOT—ginger tom   LARKWING—pale brown tabby she-cat QUEENS SEDGEWHISKER—light brown tabby she-cat ELDERS WHISKERNOSE—light brown tom   WHITETAIL—small white she-cat

RIVERCLAN LEADER MISTYSTAR—gray she-cat with blue eyes DEPUTY REEDWHISKER—black tom   APPRENTICE, LIZARDPAW (light brown tom) MEDICINE CATS MOTHWING—dappled golden she-cat   WILLOWSHINE—gray tabby she-cat WARRIORS MINTFUR—light gray tabby tom   MINNOWTAIL—dark gray she-cat   MALLOWNOSE—light brown tabby tom   APPRENTICE, HAVENPAW (black-and-white she-cat)   GRASSPELT—light brown tom   DUSKFUR—brown tabby she-cat   MOSSPELT—tortoiseshell she-cat with blue eyes   APPRENTICE, PERCHPAW (gray-and-white she-cat)   SHIMMERPELT—silver she-cat   LAKEHEART—gray tabby she-cat   HERONWING—dark gray-and-black tom QUEENS ICEWING—white she-cat with blue eyes   PETALFUR—gray-and-white she-cat ELDERS POUNCEFOOT—ginger-and-white tom   PEBBLEFOOT—mottled gray tom   RUSHTAIL—light brown tabby tom

CATS OUTSIDE CLANS   SMOKY—muscular gray-and-white tom who lives in a barn at the horseplace   CORIANDER—tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat who lives with smoky



Firestar brushed through the long grass beneath the trees and drank in the warm scents of prey. Sunlight sliced between the branches, casting dapples onto his flame-colored pelt. For a moment he paused, unsure which of the tantalizing aromas he should follow. Then he picked out the scent of a squirrel; it had swarmed up the trunk of a nearby oak tree and was hiding somewhere in the branches above his head.

It’s been a while since I tested my tree-climbing skills, he thought, remembering how he had taught his Clanmates to hunt aboveground. Lionblaze really hated it at first. With a purr of amusement Firestar recalled the golden-furred warrior standing at the foot of a tree, reluctant to set paw on the trunk. Unlike Cinderheart, who seemed ready to sleep in a bird’s nest once she learned how to climb.

Firestar sprang up the tree, digging his claws into the rough bark, and spotted the squirrel on one of the outer branches. He leaped toward it, reveling in the strength in his haunches, pleased that he still kept his sense of balance. The squirrel fled, jumping from branch to branch, higher and higher. As Firestar crouched, ready to follow, he heard a voice calling him from below.

“Firestar! Firestar!”

He halted; the leaves around him rustled as the squirrel vanished into the dense foliage. Firestar allowed himself a single hiss of regret, then turned and scrambled down the trunk to the ground.

Bluestar, the former ThunderClan leader, was waiting for him at the foot of the tree. Her blue-gray fur shimmered in the sunlight. “Sorry to disturb you, Firestar,” she meowed. Her eyes glinted. “I see you haven’t lost any of your hunting skill. You looked pretty comfortable up there… but I’m happy to leave the tree hunting to others. Walk with me,” she added, nodding deeper into the forest.

Firestar padded by her side, enjoying the sun’s warmth soaking into his pelt. StarClan has everything to make a cat content, he thought. But I still miss my old home and my Clanmates. Sometimes it seems like I left them when they needed me most.

“ThunderClan has had a difficult time, hasn’t it?” Bluestar commented, as if she had picked up Firestar’s regrets. “Wounded cats had scarcely healed after the Great Battle when the greencough came.”

Firestar hesitated before replying, swallowing the wail of grief that rose in his chest. We were already weakened by the battle; we didn’t stand a chance of fighting the greencough.

He took a breath and let it out in a long sigh. “There has been so much loss, so much pain. But t ...