"This was the home of RiverClan, the greatest Clan of all."
— Narrator in Crookedstar's Promise, page 12
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Chapter Number: 1 (of 40)
Page Numbers: 9-16

Chapter description

Stormkit is dared by his denmate, Volekit, to climb across a slippery branch that has fallen over the river. The bark is frozen and hard to get a grip on, but Stormkit continues to try to cross by unsheathing his claws. He can see all the way down the river, even to the stepping-stones and Sunningrocks. Stormkit's brother, Oakkit tells him to be careful, but Stormkit hushes him, exclaiming that he is a warrior. He is close to the other side of the river; the forest is visible behind bulrush and reeds.
Stormkit sees a school of minnows swimming bellow him. By wrapping his hind legs around he branch and pressing his belly close, he tries to break the ice and reach for a minnow. Oakkit asks him what he is doing, but their mother, Rainflower, hushes him. Wind buffets Stormkit's fur; black and white feathers flash past him and he recognizes a magpie. As the talons of the magpie scratch his spine, Stormkit falls onto the ice, and it breaks easily. He flails around in an attempt to find the shore, but he cannot find it. Stormkit is then rescued by the RiverClan elder Tanglewhisker, who plunges through the reeds and river plants and grabs the kit by his scruff. Volekit and his brother, Beetlekit, tease Stormkit, saying that Hailstar should rename him Birdbrain, but are stopped by their mother, Echomist, and Petalkit makes it known that she wasn't teasing Stormkit as she says she thinks he was even brave to try to cross.
Tanglewhisker's mate, Birdsong rushes over to him, shouting that he'll catch a cold, but Tanglewhisker says that if he didn't help Stormkit, he would have drowned. Birdsong retorts that a warrior could have helped him. Tanglewhisker says the warriors are busy, but Rainflower purrs that her brave little kit could have found his own way out of the river. Stormkit's fur warms at the sound of his mothers praise, and he looks around the camp; the camp of RiverClan, which he thinks is the best Clan. He watches as cats work to get the dens patched up, carrying reeds to one another and weaving hem into the tattered dens.
It is revealed that a whole moon had passed since the storm in which Stormkit and Oakkit were born. The nursery and the elders den just needed a few more reeds weaved into it here and there, as does the nursery. But the rest of the camp is very damaged and needs much repairing. The warriors den had been completely swept away, so all the rubble had to be cleared so that a new den could be woven against the thick trunk where the warriors den once was. Hailstar had been sleeping outside, despite the cold weather, because he had vowed that he will not sleep in his own den until the dens for his Clanmates were repaired.
Oakkit is trying to dry off Stormkit by weaving around his brother and soaking the water into his own pelt. Oakkit says he told Stormkit to be careful, but Stormkit retorts that he wouldn't have fallen if it wasn't for the magpie. Hailstar, approaches the two kits and says that it wouldn't have happened if the kits had stayed in the clearing. Calling for Shellheart, Hailstar waits as the father of the kits appears. Hailstar jokes to his deputy that Stormkit will be a great warrior if he doesn't drown before then. Shellheart and Hailstar start to discuss what they should do with the magpie, and they decide that they should catch it, once Rippleclaw's patrol returns.
Stormkit, Oakkit, Volekit, Beetlekit and Petalkit request to Hailstar that they would like to help rebuild the camp. The Clan leader agrees and tells Echomist that he would not reject a genuine offer for help. Thinking for a moment, Hailstar tells the kits that if they helped take the reeds that Ottersplash was gathering to Whitepaw and Softpaw, Cedarpelt and Timberfur would be free to join Shellheart's hunting patrol. As Stormkit rushes over to snatch the reeds, Cedarpelt warns him to be careful, as he had just gathered them. As the kits help, Rippleclaw returns, alerting the Clan that ThunderClan has stolen Sunningrocks.






  • Oakkit is mistakenly mentioned with bracken-colored fur.[4]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 10
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 11
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 13
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 15
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 17
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 16

Crookedstar's Promise chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30Chapter 31Chapter 32Chapter 33Chapter 34Chapter 35Chapter 36Chapter 37Chapter 38Chapter 39Chapter 40Manga
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger 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 EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's Life
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