"You are Cinderheart. This is your destiny. StarClan chose to let you live again so you could follow your first path, to be a great warrior, to have a mate and kits of your own, to fight and hunt for your Clan after caring for them so long from the medicine cat's den. Honor StarClan for their decision, and be proud of everything you have achieved in both of your lives. This is all your destiny, Cinderheart."
Jayfeather to Cinderheart in The Forgotten Warrior, page 218

Cinderheart is a slender, dappled[8] smoky[9]-gray tabby she-cat[1] with dark[10] blue eyes.[11] She has soft fur,[12] with a broad head,[13] and a long, sleek,[12] bushy tail.[14]

Born to Sorreltail and Brackenfur of ThunderClan at the exact moment Cinderpelt died at the claws of a badger, Cinderkit was named after the young medicine cat who sacrificed herself for the queen and her kits. She looks hauntingly familiar to her aunt, whose spirit lives inside her. She becomes an apprentice named Cinderpaw who is apprenticed to Cloudtail.

When she is about to pass her warrior assessment, she breaks her leg and the medicine cat, Leafpool, worries that she won't be able to walk properly like Cinderpelt wasn't able to. Cinderpaw becomes depressed after her littermates, Honeyfern and Poppyfrost, receive their warrior names.

Jaypaw takes her to the lake very often, realizing that if she swims it will make her leg stronger without her putting pressure on it. She gets her warrior name, Cinderheart, alongside Lionblaze and Hollyleaf.

She becomes a mentor to Ivypaw a few moons later, and falls in love with Lionblaze. When she finds out about the prophecy, she believes she would only distract him from his destiny.

When Jayfeather tells Cinderheart that she was Cinderpelt (on Yellowfang's command), she thinks she has to help Jayfeather in the medicine den.

The blind medicine cat shows her that she can choose her fate and Cinderheart chooses to become a warrior and fight the Dark Forest. She then moves to the nursery, expecting Lionblaze's kits, and gives birth to Hollykit, Sorrelkit, and Fernkit.

She later gives birth to her second litter: Snapkit, Spotkit, and Flykit. She is able to tend to her litter and her son's litter since Ivypool is Fernsong's mate and she gave birth to Thriftkit, Bristlekit, and Flipkit.


In the Super Editions

Crowfeather's Trial

Coming Soon

Bramblestar's Storm

Cinderheart is seen sharing tongues with Lionblaze in a patch of sunlight. Daisy points out that she would probably be expecting kits soon. When she is chosen to go on the patrol to visit Blackstar, she touches her nose to Lionblaze's, and is told to be careful. When Ratscar, a ShadowClan elder, tells Bramblestar to go back to his own territory, growls are heard from Cinderheart and Brackenfur. The ThunderClan cats go back to their own territory. Later, Cinderheart is seen inviting Briarlight into a patch of sunshine.
Cinderheart is seen going to a Gathering. When crossing WindClan territory, she tells the apprentices that they don't need to fight since they were going to a Gathering. Later, Cinderheart is seen talking to Lionblaze. Lionblaze complains that a branch from a beech tree whacked him on the head. Cinderheart purrs and states that it was only a twig and he had to get used to being injured.
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Tigerheart's Shadow

Cinderheart does not formally appear in Tigerheart's Shadow, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the The New Prophecy arc


Sorreltail gives birth to her, although unnamed, along with three other kits, during the badger attack. Cinderpelt, the ThunderClan medicine cat, sacrifices herself to keep the badger from killing Sorreltail and the kits. Cinderpelt is reincarnated as Cinderkit the moment she dies.


Cinderkit is named in honor of Cinderpelt. Leafpool, who had been Cinderpelt's apprentice, says she thought it was a wonderful name. Cinderkit is said to look exactly like Cinderpelt, with the same gray coat and blue eyes. When Squirrelflight sees the gray she kit for the first time, she lets out a squeak of alarm because of the resemblance. Cinderkit's two sisters are named Honeykit and Poppykit, and her brother is named Molekit.
Cinderkit does not appear very often, except when she is seen padding out of the nursery followed by Brightheart, who carries her back inside.
It was revealed to Leafpool by Spottedleaf that Cinderkit is a reincarnation of Cinderpelt. As Spottedleaf shows Cinderkit to Leafpool, Leafpool looks into Cinderkit's blue eyes and watches her yawn and then go to sleep.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

She is made an apprentice, Cinderpaw, and her mentor is Cloudtail. She is one of Hollypaw's closest friends.
When Hollypaw has her first battle training session in the mossy hollow, Cinderpaw has already started her training session. When Cloudtail sees how well Hollypaw is performing, he suggests that she should try training with Cinderpaw.
When she and Hollypaw are training together, Cinderpaw gets some moss stuck behind her ear, and she flicks her paw while grooming. Leafpool seems shocked after seeing this, and tells Hollypaw that Cinderpelt used to flick her paw exactly like that. Hollypaw senses a strange feeling coming from Leafpool and wonders why she feels strange about the paw flick.
When the Gathering patrol returns to camp with Graystripe and Millie, Firestar asks Cinderpaw why she isn't asleep and she tells him that she doesn't want to sleep until she hears about the Gathering. Cinderpaw wants to help get Graystripe and Millie settled and runs off, crashing into Brackenfur. Brackenfur tells Cinderpaw how much she seems like his sister, Cinderpelt, who was killed by a badger not long before she was born.
Longtail is seen complaining about Mousefur's wheezing. Jaypaw discovers that Mousefur has the disease greencough, and reports it to Leafpool. Leafpool sends Cloudtail, Jaypaw, and Cinderpaw to go to the Abandoned Twoleg nest to gather some catmint. It turns out that all the catmint was killed by the leaf-bare frost, and they only find a couple of short stalks. They head back to camp and give Mousefur the catmint that they found.

Dark River

Cinderpaw follows Hollypaw out of camp one night to look for Lionpaw. She tells Hollypaw that Lionpaw may be doing something he will live to regret, and would only cause pain. It is possible this was specifically referring to Leafpool's forbidden affair with a WindClan warrior, which Cinderpelt would have remembered. They find Lionpaw by the lake, playing with a WindClan apprentice named Heatherpaw. When Lionpaw sees Cinderpaw, he asks Hollypaw if she had brought all of ThunderClan with her. After quarreling with his sister, Lionpaw storms back to camp.
During an assessment with Mousepaw and Hollypaw, Mousepaw was about to fall from the Sky Oak when Cinderpaw saves him. However, she fell instead and broke her hind leg. When this is reported to Leafpool, Jaypaw knows that she is wondering why this has happened again, referring to the time when Cinderpelt broke her leg after an encounter on the Thunderpath in the cats' forest home. Furthermore, Cinderpaw tells Hollypaw she is afraid of badgers and hopes she will never have to meet one again, despite never seeing one before this point.
While she is recovering in Leafpool's den, Jaypaw enters her dreams. Cinderpaw is walking around the old ThunderClan camp from the forest and is telling Jaypaw about it. She explains to him that she used to sleep in the apprentice den, and then moved to Yellowfang's den. Her voice then suddenly ages and appears much older and wiser. She tells Jaypaw to tell Leafpool not to worry, that she will recover this time, and that she is proud of her and has learned more than she could ever have taught her. Jaypaw goes through series of Cinderpelt's memories, such as getting hit on the Thunderpath, The Great Journey, and getting killed by badgers. Jaypaw then realizes that Cinderpaw is actually Cinderpelt.
When Cinderpaw wakes up, she vaguely recalls Jaypaw being in a dream with her in a forest (the old ThunderClan camp), but Jaypaw reassures her that it was just a dream. Jaypaw tells Leafpool that Cinderpaw is actually Cinderpelt and Leafpool tells him that Cinderpaw cannot know this. Cinderpaw, despite being confined to the medicine cat den, is constantly asking Hollypaw and Jaypaw to play catch with her, much to Leafpool's despair. She knows that Cinderpelt didn't recover and wants to make sure Cinderpaw does. Later, Jaypaw intentionally gives Cinderpaw the wrong herbs to see if she will know the difference. This angers Leafpool, and she scolds Jaypaw for it, making him defend himself.
Later, she plays a game with Hollypaw. She is seen limping to the other side of the clearing.


Cinderpaw continues to train with Cloudtail, who shows concern about her injured leg, fearing that it is not completely healed. She does not like this concern, because she feels that it's healed, though pain can strike at it sometimes. Hollypaw tells Cinderpaw her plan about concentrating on one part of training at a time so she can be a better warrior. Cinderpaw says that it is mouse-brained, but then apologizes, yet advising her friend not to do it.
Lionpaw is seen training with Poppypaw, Honeypaw, and Cinderpaw, while Berrynose looks on.
Hollypaw and Lionpaw go with their mentors to watch Cloudtail and Thornclaw train their apprentices, Cinderpaw and Poppypaw. As Cinderpaw and Poppypaw demonstrate an advanced battle move, Lionpaw asks Ashfur if he can try it, too.


Cinderpaw has her assessment to finally become a warrior. While leaping for a squirrel, her injured leg buckles and starts hurting again. This time, Cinderpaw is very discouraged because her sisters, Honeypaw and Poppypaw, get to become warriors before her, becoming Honeyfern and Poppyfrost. Cinderpaw is angry, due to the fact that she wants to sit vigil with her sisters, not on her own. She stays in Leafpool's den for a while, not wanting to move her leg. When Jaypaw comes up with the idea of swimming, he says it might help, so she tries it. The swimming helps with her pain, enough for her to walk easier, because she could move the muscle in her leg without having to put weight on it. Before Millie gives birth, Cinderpaw and Hollypaw talk about her and the future kits. Hollypaw asks Cinderpaw if she knows if Millie had names in mind for them. Cinderpaw said that she hadn't because Leafpool didn't want her to, because sometimes it was best to see a kit first before naming them. Hollypaw jokes that she must have been a prickly kit.
She gossips with Hollypaw that she has been seeing Whitewing and Birchfall starting to share tongues together.
When WindClan attacks, she stays back in the medicine cat den, but says she will attack if needed. At the end of the battle, Cinderpaw gains her warrior name, Cinderheart, in honor of those who have been lost, along with Hollypaw and Lionpaw, who become Hollyleaf and Lionblaze. Firestar said, "In honor of those who have been lost," because Cinderheart was named after Cinderpelt not knowing that she is Cinderpelt though. It appears that when Cinderheart is getting her warrior name, Cinderpelt's spirit is watching her, glad she was finally getting to become a warrior. Cinderheart is happy that she's finally getting her warrior name after her long wait.

Long Shadows

Cinderheart is mentioned only briefly throughout this book. Near the beginning, Hollyleaf joins her on a border patrol led by a ThunderClan warrior, Ashfur. While they are on it, Cinderheart confesses to Hollyleaf that she does not like going this way because of the recent battle in the previous book. When the patrol finds Tawnypelt and her three kits, Tigerpaw, Flamepaw, and Dawnpaw, Cinderheart is amused when the three apprentices chant Hollyleaf's name, and jokes with her friend that she has three new apprentices.
Much later in the book, Cinderheart is seen coming into camp with a hunting patrol, and her weariness, caused by the growing number of sick cats, is sensed by Jaypaw.
Later, when Firestar suggests that all the sick cats shelter in the abandoned Twoleg nest, Cinderheart is one of the cats to agree with him, willing to try it. The last time she is mentioned in the book is when she is seen working on the Twoleg nest, stuffing gaps with twigs to keep out the cold, along with Brackenfur.


Cinderheart expresses disbelief when Purdy sticks up for Sol, saying that he was seen near the WindClan border. Later, when her sister Honeyfern is bitten by a snake saving Briarkit, she runs to her sister. She is horrified and grief-stricken when she dies. Leafpool stares at her desperately, as if expecting help from Cinderpelt in her, while Honeyfern is dying.
After the Gathering in which Hollyleaf announces her real parents, Cinderheart pads up to Hollyleaf and questions Hollyleaf about what she had just done. Hollyleaf claims that what she had done was the right thing, but Cinderheart disagrees, saying that she had only caused more pain. She is shown to be more like Cinderpelt during this moment, showing great wisdom. After, she pads away.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Cinderheart receives her first apprentice, Ivypaw. Dovepaw and her mentor, Lionblaze, go with Cinderheart and Ivypaw to fetch water from the lake. While she, Ivypaw, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw retrieve the water, Ivypaw starts sniffing at a dead fish, making Rainstorm, a RiverClan warrior, think that she was stealing prey. He almost attacks her, but he gets stuck in the mud. Cinderheart scolds him for scaring such a young apprentice.
Cinderheart stays with Ivypaw and Dovepaw while Lionblaze and the others take Rainstorm back to the ThunderClan camp for him to get looked after. When Ivypaw is upset that they aren't going on the patrol to take Rainstorm home, Cinderheart tells her that they will go to the training clearing to practice battle moves.
Cinderheart is later seen expressing concern for Poppyfrost, who is pregnant with Berrynose's kits.
At a Gathering, Cinderheart sympathizes with Lionblaze after she catches him trying to ignore Tigerheart. She tells him there was nothing wrong with having friends in other Clans, even if they weren't kin. Later on during the Gathering, she comments about how Mistyfoot was trying to change Leopardstar's mind.
Cinderheart later goes to Jayfeather because she's concerned about Poppyfrost. She tells him that she was still upset about Honeyfern's death. Jayfeather sighs, and tells her that there is no cure for a cat that was just sad. Soon afterward, Cinderheart bursts out how much she misses Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather unhappily agrees with her.
Cinderheart helps Jayfeather tend to the scratches on his flank when he returns home with Poppyfrost.

Fading Echoes

Brambleclaw assigns Cinderheart to patrol with him, Dovepaw, Ivypaw, and Lionblaze.
Cinderheart and Lionblaze are seen teaching Dovepaw and Ivypaw how to hop from tree to tree as a battle strategy. Cinderheart tells the two apprentices that Longtail swore that in the old territory, he made it from the Great Sycamore to the camp without touching the forest floor. Dovepaw asks how far it was. Cinderheart tells her that it was about as far from where they were to the hollow, annoying Lionblaze, because she knew this even though she had never seen the old territory.
In the middle of the night, she and Lionblaze go for a walk due to Lionblaze having trouble sleeping, and she expresses her concern for Dovepaw and Ivypaw's worsening relationship. Lionblaze, who doesn't seem to care, appears to annoy her, but it wears off.
Cinderheart teases Lionblaze by asking him to climb trees with her, but then she tells him she remembered he didn't like to climb trees. The two race each other to the lake and Cinderheart dares the golden-furred warrior to get his paws wet. Lionblaze replies that he wouldn't.
Cinderheart goes into the water and starts to swim, apparently still remembering the moves Jayfeather had taught her. Lionblaze teases her about being a RiverClan cat, when Cinderheart jumps up to her defense, saying that she is a ThunderClan cat, through and through. Lionblaze then says that he is glad that she is, showing some affection for her. Misunderstanding him, Cinderheart says that ThunderClan was the best Clan to be in.
The two go back to camp. In the morning, Lionblaze expects Cinderheart to be friendly because of their walk the night before, but she only acknowledges him hurriedly before she leaves, possibly because she was angry with Lionblaze for being indifferent about Dovepaw and Ivypaw's tense relationship.

Night Whispers

Cinderheart follows Lionblaze out of camp and goes for a walk with him when he can't sleep. When an owl startles them, and they race to the abandoned Twoleg nest, she shows concern for Lionblaze, asking him if he was alright. She joins him on an early patrol.
Cinderheart then takes Ivypaw and Dovepaw out for training with Berrynose, in which Dovepaw doesn't pay attention, then goes hunting alone with Ivypaw.
Later, Lionblaze is daydreaming about the night before where the two took another moonlight walk to discuss Ivypaw's and Dovepaw's training. Lionblaze asks Cinderheart if they are more than friends, and Cinderheart teasingly asks him if he hadn't already guessed yet. When they take out their apprentices, Lionblaze looks at Sorreltail and Brackenfur together, moving as one, and pictures him and Cinderheart like that one day and their kits running around at his feet, and, guessing his thoughts, Cinderheart brushes his cheek and states that she would like that too.
Afterwards, when Lionblaze goes off to drive a fox off the territory, Cinderheart sees him covered in blood. She frantically runs back to camp, thinking that the blood was his own. She is frightened by the amount of blood, and panics, causing other cats to think that Lionblaze is near death. She waits for him until he is done getting treated.
Lionblaze then leads her to a spot behind a bush near the medicine den and tells her that she doesn't need to worry about him ever getting hurt because he is part of a prophecy. Cinderheart is at first calm about this, and looks like she understands, but later loses control. She claims that she couldn't be Lionblaze's mate if he was part of this prophecy. She runs back to the warriors den with a wail.
She is then seen talking to Leafpool and whispering something in her ear, and Lionblaze senses with dread that she might be telling her about the prophecy, but rethinks it and says he still trusts her.
She then goes on a hunting patrol with Lionblaze, Dovepaw, and Leafpool near the WindClan border, and observes Lionblaze and Breezepelt fighting over a thrush. When Leafpool breaks it up and tells them to head back home, she whispers, "You could have killed him" to Lionblaze and he asks why she was so concerned over a WindClan warrior. He gets frustrated over this and asks Cinderheart to stop treating him like a two-headed fox. Cinderheart retorts and says that she doesn't know how to handle him having his power.

Sign of the Moon

Cinderheart gives Ivypaw her warrior assessment. Firestar is experimenting with new strategies, one of them being assessing an apprentice with two warriors instead of just their mentor. Cinderheart receives Millie to help her.
During the warriors' ceremony, when Firestar calls on Cinderheart to tell him how her apprentice did, Cinderheart replies that she is excellent at battling, but her hunting could use a bit more work, as a vole was right in her presence but it took her longer to catch it. Cinderheart says it was a messy catch. Then, she calls on Millie to give her report. Millie also gives a good report of Ivypaw. Ivypaw then becomes Ivypool, and Lionblaze's apprentice, Dovepaw, becomes Dovewing.
While hunting with Lionblaze, she talks about the prophecy and appears thrilled and in awe that he's part of it. This annoys Lionblaze, thinking that she feels no loss of not being mates anymore, but he later realizes that her mew is tinged with sadness. When she killed a female blackbird, she was acting strange, sadly saying that she never had a mate or kits. Lionblaze tries to comfort her, but Cinderheart turns on him claiming that he does not understand and flees in to the trees, leaving Lionblaze stunned. It is more likely that it had been Cinderpelt speaking instead of her. Leafpool mentions her while talking to Lionblaze, saying that Cinderheart loved him, and that she thinks she still does.
When out in the forest with Lionblaze, Rosepetal, Toadstep and Briarlight are attacked by a dog, and Lionblaze saves her with some help from Toadstep. Toadstep is so busy showing off in admiration of Lionblaze that he is nearly killed by the dog. Cinderheart comments warmly to Lionblaze that he was a hero.

The Forgotten Warrior

Cinderheart is excited to see her friend Hollyleaf again, and is the first one to see her when she enters camp after being away for so long.
Cinderheart learns of her past life as Cinderpelt when Jayfeather visits her in a dream after being told to do so by Yellowfang. She feels all the memories, feelings, pains coming back to her, and even knowledge. She is confused, and wonders who she is. Jayfeather reassures her that she is Cinderheart, and tells her that she should honor StarClan for letting her live the life she was destined for.
She is on a patrol with Lionblaze, Hazeltail, and Foxleap. Lionblaze notices she is distracted, and sneaks up behind her, and tells her there is a WindClan patrol ahead to see if she's alert. She then becomes angry with him, and the patrol gets back at camp they see Mousewhisker and Cherrypaw curled on the ground in pain. It becomes clear to the Clan that they accidentally poisoned themselves with water hemlock. She manages to save their lives while Jayfeather is checking on his marigold plants outside of camp. She is instructing Leafpool how to do things while Lionblaze wonders how she knows so much about herbs. Once the two are safe, Cinderheart's past identity becomes known to the rest of ThunderClan, and she can't decide whether to be a medicine cat or warrior. She snaps at Leafpool for keeping her past life a secret from her, and runs out of camp. Lionblaze follows her, and encourages her that she is Cinderheart, and she always has been. She replies that she wasn't always Cinderheart, and that she walked this path before: loving some cat she cannot have.
Eventually, Cinderheart decides to move into the medicine cat's den and acts as ThunderClan's second medicine cat, although she is unhappy in this position. She spends lots of time with Hollyleaf and cats whisper about the both of them having secrets to hide. Often, Cinderheart feels unhappy and confused about who she is and who she believes she is.
Later, Cinderheart asks Jayfeather where her destiny lies. Jayfeather replies that StarClan gave her a second chance so she could have a mate, kits, and live the life of a warrior that Cinderpelt was denied because of her injury. Jayfeather then says that Lionblaze would make her happy and she responds by thanking him. She later joins the warriors in the battle with WindClan, abandoning her post as medicine cat.

The Last Hope

Lionblaze is still upset about not being able to be with Cinderheart, and he fights with a ShadowClan patrol, and forces himself to be defeated by Ratscar, so that he could show Cinderheart that he can choose his own destiny by getting hurt, regardless of his power.
Later, Lionblaze speaks to Cinderheart about being able to choose your own destiny. Cinderheart tries to argue, but he states that she could be whoever she wants to be, and that she has her own life too. Cinderheart says that she chooses the life of a warrior, to be with Lionblaze. When she says that, Cinderpelt's spirit separates from Cinderheart, leaving her with her own spirit. Cinderpelt whispers thank you to Cinderheart, and she tells Lionblaze that Cinderpelt is set free. He asks her if she will fight with him in the final battle, and she replies by saying always, and the two get back together.
She participates in the battle against The Dark Forest. Her best friend Hollyleaf is killed after saving Ivypool from Hawkfrost and having a brutal fight with him. She manages to defeat him and have him run away, but at the expense of herself as she dies from loss of blood afterwards. Cinderheart is angered at this, and fights with all of her strength, stating that the Dark Forest cats are fox-hearts.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Cinderheart does not formally appear in The Apprentice's Quest, but is listed in the allegiances.
When Sparkpaw fell out of a tree and hurt her leg, Alderpaw remembers what he heard Cinderheart had the same thing happen to her, yet she had broken her leg and had to spend moons in the medicine cat den before she could use it again.

Thunder and Shadow

Bramblestar sends Cinderheart as part of the patrol to check the gorge for SkyClan, even though she has no idea about the Clan's existence. When she returns, she immediately goes to report to Bramblestar. They don't find anything, and Cinderheart reports there were stragglers but they were just loners. There were no signs of fresh nests or anything at the gorge. It was deserted. Bramblestar declares SkyClan is lost, and Cinderheart and Lionblaze glance at each other in surprise. Alderpaw asks if they are giving up on the prophecy, and Cinderheart points out they still have Twigkit and Violetkit. She shifts her paws, reminding them they were found in shadows and might still have a part to play. Alderpaw wishes that he could believe her.
Later on, Cinderheart sits down in the middle of a downpour, guarding the nursery. It's discovered that there are dangerous rogues at the borders, and sends Cinderheart as part of the patrol to warn RiverClan. Twigkit insists to go with the patrol going to ShadowClan, and Cinderheart stares at the kit. She is refused by Alderpaw and the gray warrior moves closer to the kit to wrap her tail around her. She states that Alderpaw is right since she cannot go out to the forest because she's too young. Especially in bad weather and with rogues snooping around. Twigkit pulls away from her, still insisting. Moons later, Cinderheart starts padding to the camp entrance with her patrol. She suggests stalking squirrels first as they'll be sleepy and slow.

Shattered Sky

While Bramblestar and Rowanstar argue, Cinderheart is sitting with Jayfeather and Lionblaze. She is openly interested in the argument, her ears pricked in interest. Alderheart goes to join the three and Cinderheart brushes her tail friendly as the medicine cat sits next to her. Lionblaze is provoked by Rowanstar so Cinderheart calms him down by leaning close to him and murmurs into his ear. After the leaders stop arguing, Cinderheart quietly tells Lionblaze that Rowanstar has a lot of nerve to expect ThunderClan to fight his battles. She flicks her tail before adding that if most of his Clan wish Darktail to be their leader, then ThunderClan shouldn't fight for him. She also questions if it is their businesses.
Lionblaze announces that he and Cinderheart are expecting their second litter. It's noted that Leafpool was excited giving Cinderheart and Lionblaze the news but she and the Clan are sombre due to terrible timing for Cinderheart to have kits. The queen pads to her mate's side and rests her tail on him. She looks to Bramblestar and asks what will happen to their kits and if there are no longer Clans.

Darkest Night

A sudden rockslide occurs in ThunderClan's camp, and Lionblaze orders every cat to evacuate. Brackenfur calls out to Cinderheart and Bumblestripe, and both warriors pass on the message to head down to the lakeshore. The gray she-cat slinks into the den to usher cats out.
When Twigpaw is walking back to SkyClan's camp, she scents that Ivypool, Cinderheart, and Bumblestripe had passed by this. She smells their ThunderClan scent and misses them, and decides to follow it. The apprentice hurries back to camp, and sees that something is wrong, as the cats are unkempt. Cinderheart's ears look swollen, and Twigpaw walks up in time to hear them tell about the recent rockslide. The gray warrior reports that Snowbush is badly injured, her eyes sparking with worry. Twigpaw asks if Lilyheart is okay, and Cinderheart says yes, but she's worried about Snowbush.
At the next Gathering, Rowanstar announces that Tigerheart had gone missing a few days ago. Many cats are surprised and start to talk, prompting Brackenfur to whisper in Cinderheart's ear.

River of Fire

Cinderheart has given birth to hers and Lionblaze's second litter, consisting of Snapkit, Spotkit, and Flykit. Her former apprentice Ivypool is also now expecting her son Fernsong's kits.
When Twigpaw returns to ThunderClan, she sees Cinderheart and Blossomfall sitting by the nursery, while both their litters play and frisk around their paws.
A sickness spreads throughout ThunderClan, and Alderheart is worried that the queens and their kits will catch it. He recalls Cinderheart's newest litter, and they had only just been able to explore out of the nursery during the day, and were keen to explore the camp. Alderheart prays that Cinderheart and her kits don't catch the sickness.
After moving Briarlight in the nursery, Alderheart notices Blossomfall, Ivypool and Cinderheart talking, while Cinderheart and Blossomfall's kits play around them.
Bad rainfall causes the nursery den to leak, and Alderheart sees Cinderheart huddling her kits close to her, attempting to keep the rain off them. He then tells Cinderheart and Blossomfall that they should move to elder's den. The two queens agree, and Blossomfall and Cinderheart each pick up one of Cinderheart's younger litter along with Alderheart, while Blossomfall's kits happily patter alongside them.
Ivypool gives birth to Fernsong's kits: Flipkit, Thriftkit, and Bristlekit, and while checking up on Ivypool, Alderheart sees Cinderheart, who is curled up with her own kits. He moves on to check the gray she-cat, and notes that her three kits were much bigger and stronger then Ivypool's. He sees Cinderheart watching Ivypool's kits affectionately, and realizes that Ivypool's litter were Cinderheart's grandkits. Then then thinks that it must be sweet for Cinderheart, since she gets to tend to her kit's kits as well as her own. Alderheart checks on Cinderheart's kits, and Cinderheart suddenly stops Alderheart, begging him not to disturb them. She explains that she only gets rest when they're asleep. She then rests her tail affectionately over them, and whispers that she wouldn't have them any other way. Daisy agrees, and says they're strong young cats, and they'll be apprenticed before she knows it.
Cinderheart is briefly mentioned by Jayfeather, who mutters that it was good that Alderheart noticed the sickness before Cinderheart, Ivypool, or the kits caught it.
Alderheart is visited by a she-cat bearing resemblance to Cinderheart, and the she-cat informs Alderheart that she is Cinderpelt. Alderheart realizes that he was talking to a special cat, and remembers that Cinderpelt was brought back to live the life she never had in Cinderheart.

The Raging Storm

Coming Soon

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

She is mentioned on Cinderpelt's page. Cinderpelt returns to the Clan at the moment of her final breath as Cinderheart. She appears on Lionblaze's page. Lionblaze falls in love with Cinderheart. When Cinderheart learns about the Kin Of Your Kin prophecy, she saw herself as nothing but a distraction from Lionblaze's greater destiny. Lionblaze fought the hardest battle of his life to make Cinderheart understand they choose their own destinies and being together will not diminish his strength.
She next appears on her own page.
Cinderheart is born to Sorreltail the same moment Cinderpelt is killed. StarClan allowed her spirit to return as Cinderheart. She becomes a warrior apprentice, training hard to learn how to hunt and fight, unaware of her connection with the medicine cat. After an accident in which she falls from a tree saving another apprentice, Cinderheart is disturbed by vivid dreams wherein she walked through the old forest, knowing every den, every cat's name and every herb. She tries to ignore them until Jayfeather walks in her dreams showing her that they are memories of a former life. Cinderheart is consequently torn between her warrior ambition and her useful knowledge of herbs. She feels trapped by the prospect of being destined to be a medicine cat and only Lionblaze is able to convince her that she could choose her own path. Cinderheart chooses the life of a warrior, alongside Lionblaze and she feels the Cinderpelt's spirit becoming disconnected from Cinderheart's body slowly and taking her place in StarClan.

In the Novellas

Leafpool's Wish

Brackenfur tells Leafpool that his kit, Cinderkit has fleas and asks if she can soothe the bites. Leafpool imagines the kit scratching herself and tells Brackenfur to tell Sorreltail she'll bring something over. Her bites are treated with marigold rubbed into her fur. Cinderkit squirmed so much that Leafpool suspects that she will be sharing the dose with her siblings. Later, Honeykit and Molekit come out to play while Poppykit and Cinderkit step delicately on the snow-covered grass. Cinderkit looks around and spots Leafpool, heading over to the medicine cat. Her tail is straight in the air as she asks about Firestar as she has heard there was an accident. Leafpool reassures he'll be fine, and Cinderkit comments a Clan needs its leader. Leafpool is surprised by the wise remark, remembering how she always seemed older than the other kits. She also remembers how Cinderkit would watch her Clanmates with a gaze that seemed very distant. Leafpool detects a smell underneath the scent of the nursery on Cinderkit but before she could check, Sorreltail calls her kits back in.

Hollyleaf's Story

When Hollyleaf is given poppy seeds, she feels just like she did when she was back in ThunderClan, sharing a nest with Cinderheart.
Cinderheart is seen when Brambleclaw sends Lionblaze and her, with their apprentices to find what caused the noise at the top of the hollow.

Mistystar's Omen

Cinderheart does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

The Great Battle is over, but there are many injuries and deceased. Leafpool is quick to treat an injury on Cinderheart's flank, while Lionblaze worriedly watches over. After the vigil for the fallen, Cinderheart carries Mousefur's body alongside Bumblestripe, Lionblaze and Purdy. The warriors mark a space for Mousefur's body while Purdy gives instructions. Lionblaze pricks his paw on a root, and Cinderheart stresses if his okay. Her voice is heavy with meaning, as Lionblaze shouldn't have been hurt by a harmless root, but he insists he is fine. Two sunrises later, Cinderheart announces that Blackstar has arrived in ThunderClan camp. She exclaims that the ShadowClan leader is so old he is barely alive. She goes to help Bumblestripe fix the dens after Blackstar leaves. When Lionblaze tries to go on patrol, Cinderheart protests, reminding him she told him he needed to rest and can't go until his claw heals. Lionblaze insists it's fine, but Cinderheart tells him to not take it out on her, and should see Jayfeather to check if there's an infection. Instead, Cinderheart goes on hunting patrol with Lionblaze, Dovewing and Ivypool. She catches a pair of baby voles and when everyone catches something, they all head back.
After a Gathering with no mention of the Great Battle, Lionblaze points this out and Cinderheart looks thoughtful. She says that it's perhaps the best way to recover, returning back to before as quickly as possible, since they won the Great Battle so change isn't something they need. Days later, Lionblaze and Cinderheart join Poppyfrost's patrol after Squirrelflight tells the Clan to sort their own patrols. A different patrol, however takes on a fox and Dovewing is stunned and injured. Cinderheart's patrol hears and runs as fast as they could to find them. Lionblaze tells her to keep an eye on Dovewing and races to fight the fox. Cinderheart exclaims she has never seen a fox fight like this, and is instantly worried about Lionblaze's wellbeing, but lets Dovewing lean on her shoulder. The fox snaps at Lionblaze, and Cinderheart stresses that he will be killed. Dovewing says he will be okay, although Cinderheart reminds her that he has lost his powers. Dovewing explains she has to, but Lionblaze is still the bravest and best warrior of all; don't try to take that away from him. Cinderheart holds her gaze then admits she is right. On the way back to camp, Cinderheart lets Dovewing lean on her shoulder.


Interesting facts

  • She has WindClan blood through Windflight,[15] and SkyClan blood through Willowpelt.[16]
  • When Cinderheart goes to StarClan, she will either go as Cinderheart, or as two separate cats, Cinderheart and Cinderpelt.[17]
    • The latter is proved true in The Last Hope, when Cinderpelt's spirit separates from Cinderheart.[18]

Author statements

  • Kate revealed on her Twitter that Cinderpelt was given a second chance by being reborn as Cinderheart, but Cinderheart developed her own destiny, so Cinderpelt let her go.[19]
    • Kate Cary revealed on her blog that reincarnating Cinderheart was Vicky's idea, and how fully connected Cinderpelt and Cinderheart were became blurred as the story planning progressed.[20]
    • Kate has said that the Erins left Cinderpelt's reincarnation of Cinderheart blurry on purpose to let readers use their own imaginations to "fill in the gaps".[21]
  • Vicky has stated that if it were up to her, she'd make Cinderheart leader as she loves the idea of a medicine cat turned leader.[22]


  • She was originally described as dark gray,[2] but this was later changed to a smoky-gray tabby.[9][1]
  • She is mistakenly called pale gray tabby.[23]
  • She has been mistakenly shown with having amber eyes.[24]
  • She was said to have become an apprentice with her brothers,[25] despite only having one.[2]

Character pixels

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Official art

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Lionblaze:[6] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Fernsong:[26] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Snappaw:[27] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Hollytuft:[26] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Sorrelstripe:[26] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Spotpaw:[27] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Flypaw:[27] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Brackenfur:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Sorreltail:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Molepaw:[2] Status unknown


Poppyfrost:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Honeyfern:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lilyheart:[28] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Seedpaw:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Molewhisker:[29] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Larksong:[30] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Cherryfall:[29] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Leafshade:[30] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Honeyfur:[30] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Thriftkit:[31] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Bristlekit:[31] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Flipkit:[31] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Whitestorm:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Willowpelt:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Frostfur:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thistleclaw:[34] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Fuzzypelt:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Snowfur:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Robinwing:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stormtail:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Windflight:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Moonflower:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flashnose:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rooktail:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglestorm:[44] Status unknown


Fallowsong:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Daisytoe:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelwhisker:[44] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thornclaw:[47] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Rainwhisker:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cinderpelt:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[47] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Graystripe:[48] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Darkstripe:[49] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member


Ravenpaw:[48] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dustpelt:[48] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Patchpelt:[50] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Brindleface:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Leopardfoot:[50] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf:[36] Deceased, no residence


Unidentfied kits:[38] Status unknown


Longtail:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bluestar:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dappletail:[52] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tawnyspots:[52] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thrushpelt:[52] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rabbitleap:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goosefeather:[53] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sweetbriar:[52] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Whitewing:[54] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Ambermoon :[55] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Dewnose:[55] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Snowbush:[55] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dovewing:[56] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Ivypool:[56] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Plumpaw:[57] Status unknown
Eaglepaw:[57] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Stempaw:[57] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Shellpaw:[57] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Stonefur:[58] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mosskit:[58] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistystar:[58] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Reedwhisker:[59] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Perchkit:[60] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[60] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[60] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spiderleg:[61] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Shrewpaw:[61] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Foxleap:[62] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birchfall:[63] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Hollykit:[63] Status unknown
Larchkit:[63] Status unknown
Icecloud:[62] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Toadstep:[64]Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosepetal:[64] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Pinestar:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[65] Deceased, no residence
Unnamed kit:[66] Status unknown
Unidentified kits:[66] Status unknown
Lightkit:[67] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Pouncekit:[67] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Shadowkit:[67] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"It's just a feeling I have. I can't explain it. A feeling that Lionpaw is making a mistake that's been made before, that should never be made, that only leads to trouble...."
—Cinderpaw to Hollypaw Dark River, page 41

"She's going to be okay. She's got a strong heart. And it's only her leg that's broken."
—Jaypaw to Leafpool about Cinderpaw Dark River, page 41

Jaypaw: "I don't understand. Why are you acting as if you lived here too?"
Cinderpaw: "Because I did. Many moons ago, before we left the forest."
Jaypaw: "But you never lived in the forest!"
Cinderpaw: "Once I did. But I have returned to tread a different path, the path of a warrior."
—Cinderpaw and Jaypaw Dark River, page 110

Leafpool: "She's Cinderpaw, not Cinderpelt!"
Jaypaw: "But there must be something there."
Leafpool: "If there is, it's not up to us to find it! We have to let Cinderpaw find her own destiny!"
Jaypaw: "What's wrong with helping her along? Surely Cinderpaw deserves to know that she's been sent back by StarClan to be a warrior."
Leafpool: "If StarClan want her to know, they'll tell her."
—Leafpool and Jaypaw quarreling about Cinderpaw Dark River, page 148

Cinderheart: "What have you done?"
Hollyleaf: "I did the right thing."
Cinderheart: "There is no right thing. Everything to do with this leads to more pain."
—Cinderheart and Hollyleaf Sunrise, page 308

Cinderheart: "Don't call me RiverClan! I'm ThunderClan through and through!"
Lionblaze: "I'm glad you are."
Cinderheart: "Of course! It's the best Clan to be in!"
—Cinderheart and Lionblaze Fading Echoes, page 238

Lionblaze: "Then we are more than friends?"
Cinderheart: "Hadn't you guessed?"
Lionblaze: "I'd hoped."
Cinderheart: "Mouse-brain."
—Lionblaze and Cinderheart Night Whispers, page 113

"No other cat needs to know. You are not an echo of Cinderpelt, you are your own cat now. Your Clanmates know you and love you as Cinderheart, which is all the truth they need."
—Jayfeather to Cinderheart The Forgotten Warrior, page 219

"I will fight too."
—Cinderheart announcing she will fight against WindClan in the tunnels The Forgotten Warrior, page 306

Cinderheart: "I always wanted a mate and kits. But that wasn't my destiny. Never to feel the warmth of fur... never to suckle..."
Lionblaze: "You'll find another mate. You can still have kits."
Cinderheart: "You don't understand!"
—Cinderheart and Lionblaze Sign of the Moon, page 106

"Then I choose the life of a warrior. And I choose you."
—Cinderheart to Lionblaze The Last Hope, page 242

"Perhaps that's the best way to recover, to return to the way things were before as quickly as we can. We won the Great Battle, so nothing needs to change."
—Cinderheart after a Gathering with no mention of the Great Battle Dovewing's Silence, page Chapter 7


Cinderheart's warrior ceremony
Firestar: I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these three apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and Cinderpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and Cinderpaw: I do.
Firestar: Cinderpaw, from this moment you will be known as Cinderheart in honor of those who have gone before. StarClan honors your bravery and determination. You are a warrior at last.
Everyone: Lionblaze! Hollyleaf! Cinderheart! Lionblaze! Hollyleaf! Cinderheart!
Reference: Eclipse, pages 317-318

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  3. Revealed in Eclipse, page 318
  4. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 196
  5. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 245
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed on Kate's official blog
  7. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 39
  8. Revealed in The Sight, page 66
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 168
  10. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 24
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 110
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 35
  13. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 4, undefined
  14. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 237
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 452
  16. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 497
  17. Revealed on the Official Forum
  18. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  20. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  21. Revealed on Kate's Facebook
  22. Revealed in Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  23. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  24. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 42
  25. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 43
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page manga
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  35. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  37. 37.0 37.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
  39. Revealed in Sunset, page 25
  40. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  41. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 76
  42. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 3
  43. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  44. 44.0 44.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  46. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  47. 47.0 47.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-62
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  49. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  50. 50.0 50.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  51. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  53. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 23
  54. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  56. 56.0 56.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 465
  59. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  61. 61.0 61.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  62. 62.0 62.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 5
  63. 63.0 63.1 63.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  64. 64.0 64.1 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  65. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  66. 66.0 66.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 81
  67. 67.0 67.1 67.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18

Major Warriors characters
The Prophecies Begin FirestarGraystripeYellowfangCinderpeltSpottedleafSandstormCloudtailBluestarTigerstar
The New Prophecy BrambleclawFeathertailStormfurSquirrelflightCrowfeatherTawnypeltLeafpoolHawkfrostMothwing
Power of Three LionblazeJayfeatherHollyleafBreezepeltRockSolAshfur
Omen of the Stars DovewingIvypoolLionblazeJayfeatherCinderheartHawkfrostTigerstarFirestarFlametail
Dawn of the Clans Gray WingClear SkyThunderTall ShadowWind RunnerRiver RippleTurtle TailJagged PeakStormBright Stream
A Vision of Shadows AlderheartNeedletailTwigbranchVioletshineDarktailTreeRowanclawTigerstarLeafstar
Graystripe's Adventure GraystripeMillie
Tigerstar and Sasha SashaKenJeanPineShnukyTigerstar
Ravenpaw's Path RavenpawBarley
SkyClan and the Stranger LeafstarBillystormSol
Super Editions FirestarSandstormLeafstarSkywatcherBluestarThistleclawSnowfurGoosefeatherCrookedstarOakheartRainflowerMapleshadeSharpclawEchosongStickYellowfangSagewhiskerBrokenstarRaggedstarTallstarJakeSparrowBramblestarSquirrelflightJessyMoth FlightMicahHawkwingTigerheartDovewingSpireCrowfeatherBreezepeltNightcloudAshfoot
Novellas HollyleafFallen LeavesMistystarMothwingCloudstarTigerstarLeafpoolSquirrelflightDovewingBumblestripeMapleshadeGoosefeatherRavenpawPinestarSpottedleafThistleclawThunderstarLightning Tail