"The past is the past. The future is fresh. You must forget all you have known, no matter how much you loved it, and choose paths that will carry you to a new dawn."
Bright Stream to the early settlers in A Forest Divided, page 315

Dawn of the Clans is a prequel arc, and the fifth arc, of the Warriors series.[2] It follows the Early Settlers as they move from the mountains down to the forest and start the five Clans, ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan, SkyClan, and ShadowClan. It features Gray Wing, Thunder, and Clear Sky as the main protagonists.

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In the mountains, the Tribe cats are starving, and some decide to leave to search for a better home. These cats, led by Shaded Moss, start searching for a place they can permanently settle. After Shaded Moss dies after being hit by a monster, Tall Shadow takes his place and the group eventually arrives at a moor. They meet Wind and Gorse, who join the group. Soon, Clear Sky leaves to moor and leads a few cats to the nearby forest. There, he falls in love with a rogue named Storm. Jagged Peak, Clear Sky's brother, falls from a tree and permanently injures his leg, and is exiled from Clear Sky's camp. Turtle Tail leaves the moor to become a kittypet. After seeing how Clear Sky treats his other brother, Gray Wing, Storm leaves. She gives birth in a collapsing Twoleg den and dies, and Gray Wing takes her only surviving kit, Thunder, to Clear Sky. However, Clear Sky decides not to raise him, so Gray Wing brings Thunder to Tall Shadow's camp. Turtle Tail comes back to the moor pregnant with a kittypet named Tom's kits. A fire rages through the forest, and Thunder saves Clear Sky, who goes to live with his father. Moon Shadow, Tall Shadow's brother, dies of burns from the forest fire, and Tall Shadow lets Gray Wing become leader while she grieves. After Clear Sky leaves Frost out to die because he couldn't contribute much to the group because of injuries, Thunder leaves with him and goes back to the moor.
A few cats visit Clear Sky to invite him to a Gathering during full moon to discuss his obsession with protecting his borders. Turtle Tail's kits, Sparrow Fur, Pebble Heart, and Owl Eyes, get kidnapped by their father, Tom, who takes them to his Twoleg den. Thunder and Lightning Tail, and River Ripple rescue them, but also find Turtle Tail dead on the Thunderpath. At the meeting, Clear Sky starts a battle and kills Rainswept Flower. However, he can't force himself to kill his brother, Gray Wing, and ends the battle. Spirit cats appear and lecture Clear Sky and tell the cats to unite or die and Clear Sky apologizes. Then Acorn Fur joins Clear Sky's camp and Dew joins River Ripple, and the cats go home.
After the death of her kits, Wind Runner makes her own group on the moor. A rogue named One Eye and Tom join Clear Sky's group. When Sparrow Fur tries to visit her father, One Eye almost kills her but Tom takes his killing blow, and One Eye is exiled from the group. Soon, One Eye chases Clear Sky out of his camp. Clear Sky takes refuge on the moor. They build a plan to kill One Eye. Meanwhile, Thunder falls in love with a rogue she-cat called Star Flower, who seems to like him back. When the battle with One Eye comes, it is revealed that Star Flower is One Eye's daughter and was using Thunder to spy on the group. Nevertheless, Clear Sky wins and takes the forest back. When he returns, Petal dies of an illness. However, every other sick cat, from both the forest and the moor, is cured using a plant called the Blazing Star.
A few moons later, the moor cats cast stones to decide where they would like to live. Clear Sky lets Star Flower live in his camp, and they become mates after a while. Thunder, who chose to live with Clear Sky, leaves to make his own group in the forest. Quiet Rain, Clear Sky, Gray Wing, and Jagged Peak's mother, arrives at the forest with Sun Shadow. Quiet Rain is ill, and when Clear Sky confesses what he's done to her, she disowns him. Right before she dies, she tells Clear Sky that she forgives him. Gray Wing returns to the moor. Later, Star Flower, who is pregnant with Clear Sky's kits, is kidnapped by Slash. After all the groups develop a plan and rescue Star Flower, she gives birth to Dew Petal, Tiny Branch and Flower Foot and starts training the cats for a battle with Slash' group. Several cats are recruited from Slash's camp, and they join Tall Shadow, River Ripple, Wind Runner, or Thunder's groups. Bee and Ember return to Slash, while all other cats are given double names. Slash kidnaps Gray Wing and Slate's kit, Black Ear, and leaves him on the Thunderpath. Clear Sky saves his brother's son and brings him back to Gray Wing. Gray Wing renames Clear Sky's group to SkyClan, Tall Shadow's group to ShadowClan, River Ripple's group to RiverClan, Wind Runner's group to WindClan, and Thunder's group to ThunderClan, then dies shortly after.


The Sun Trail

A group of cats known as the Tribe of Rushing Water, led by Stoneteller, formerly Half Moon, are starving due to lack of food in their mountain home. Stoneteller receives a vision of a better place to live with more prey and the cats vote to find a better home. A group of Tribe cats, led by Shaded Moss, decides to follow the "sun trail". Gray Wing, Clear Sky's brother, does not want to leave but when Jagged Peak, their youngest brother, leaves to catch up with Clear Sky's group, their mother, Quiet Rain, sends Gray Wing after his younger brother. Gray Wing finds Jagged Peak and saves him from an eagle, after which they catch up to the group. One of the journeying cats, Bright Stream who is Clear Sky's mate falls to her death when eagles attacked the group. They settle in a barn and almost get crushed, but all are safe except for Shaded Moss, who dies when a monster runs over him.
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Thunder Rising

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The First Battle

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The Blazing Star

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A Forest Divided

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Path of Stars

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Main characters

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Important events

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The Sun Trail
Thunder Rising
The First Battle
The Blazing Star
A Forest Divided
Path of Stars

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Author statements

  • According to James Noble, an editor at Working Partners who assisted with the development of Dawn of the Clans, Gray Wing was originally supposed to die at the end of The Sun Trail but was pushed off to Thunder Rising due to the catalyst event happening too soon in the arc. However, Gray Wing's death was pushed again to The First Battle so the story could focus on Thunder's relationship with Clear Sky and Gray Wing. His death was pushed again to the end of the arc to continue the potential for emotional conflict and the editor team's attachment for Gray Wing.[blog 1]

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  1. Information from HarperCollins.com
  2. Revealed on HarperCollins

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