This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, The Place of No Stars. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
|"I know it hurts to have your Clanmates say mean things about you. But you mustn't listen to whispers. Warriors will always have an opinion. The most important thing is that you did what you what you thought was right. And you told the truth. In the end, it's lies that tear a Clan apart, not the truth. I wish you had as much faith in yourself as I do."|
|— Dovewing to Shadowsight in The Silent Thaw, page 211|
Dovewing is a ShadowClan warrior under Tigerstar's leadership in the forest territories, previously a warrior of ThunderClan under Firestar's and Bramblestar's leaderships. Dovekit was born to Whitewing and Birchfall alongside her sister, Ivykit. Jayfeather and Lionblaze realized she was the Third cat in the Kin of Your Kin prophecy, having the ability to see and hear far from her natural limits. As Dovepaw, she was mentored by Lionblaze and went on a journey, making jealously spark between her and Ivypaw. During the journey, she fell for a ShadowClan warrior, Tigerheart, and the two grew close after. When she became a warrior, Dovewing ended her relationship with Tigerheart, but the feelings for him remained. Though she grew close to Bumblestripe, a cat from her own Clan, she didn't feel the same way he felt about her.
After the Great Battle, she lost her powers and was affected the most out of the Three. She became mates with Bumblestripe, but broke up with him later on. When Tigerheart took refuge in ThunderClan due to Darktail's Kin taking over ShadowClan, she grew close to him once more, even becoming pregnant with his kits. After having a dream, Dovewing left ThunderClan to the guardian cats where she gave birth to Shadowkit, Lightkit, and Pouncekit. Eventually, she returned to the lake with Tigerheart and joined ShadowClan to be with him. Following Bramblestar's revival, he was adamant about punishing the codebreakers, and Dovewing was revealed to be one of them. To atone for her mistakes, Dovewing went into self-exile, but she returned to ShadowClan after Tigerstar and Shadowsight brought her back.
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- "There will be three, kin of your kin...Cloudtail is Firestar's kin, Whitewing is Cloudtail's daughter, and now Dovekit and Ivykit...Don't you see? The prophecy isn't over! We aren't the only kin of Firestar's kin. It doesn't matter which of Whitewing's kits is the one. There are still three of us!'"
- ―Jayfeather to Lionblaze about the prophecy Sunrise, page 318
- "Maybe it won't be so bad, having these powers, if I can use them to help my Clan."
- ―Dovepaw contemplating her power The Fourth Apprentice, page 294
- When Dovepaw discovers that her sister is training in the Dark Forest, Ivypaw insists it makes her a better warrior. Meanwhile, Dovepaw meets Tigerheart at night in secret. However, when Dovepaw tells Tigerheart about Jayfeather's supply of catmint, he uses this knowledge to aid ShadowClan. Dovepaw feels betrayed and ends their meetings. She earns her warrior name, Dovewing, and is chosen to go on a mission to the Tribe, where she struggles to block out all the new noises and smells. There, she witnesses Swoop get carried off by an eagle, and her powers fail from the resulting trauma.
- Bumblestripe develops feelings for Dovewing, though she runs into Tigerheart, and she agrees to meet with him again. After telling Squirrelflight, Brambleclaw, and Leafpool about their powers, Dovewing breaks off her relationship with Tigerheart, due to recognizing her loyalties to the prophecy. During the battle against the Dark Forest, she informs ThunderClan about the position of the Dark Forest warriors, and is present when Firestar dies.
- "You don't know what you're meowing about! Bringing new kits into a Clan right now is not giving it new life! All it will do is bring us more death and heartbreak. I will not go through a kitting just so Darktail and his Kin can have more fresh, helpless victims."
- ―Dovewing telling Bumblestripe to buzz off when he wants to have kits with her Shattered Sky/Bonus Scene, page 12
- Twigpaw and Finpaw discover Dovewing and Tigerheart meeting on SkyClan territory and discussing their troubled relationship. Later, Dovewing goes missing, and Ivypool searches for her. Moons later, she returns with her kits, Shadowkit, Lightkit, and Pouncekit, but announces that Tigerheart is dead. However, he is revived as Tigerstar and ShadowClan's new leader. Before leaving for ShadowClan, Dovewing takes her kits to ThunderClan to meet Ivypool and her litter.
- "Do you really believe that this impostor doesn’t mean to harm us all? We can't let him carry on as leader of ThunderClan. He's made it clear time and time again that he wants to tell every Clan what to do, not just ThunderClan."
- ―Dovewing to Tigerstar about the impostor The Silent Thaw, page 309
- "Your loyalty makes you who you are. And I know you will love our kits with the same fierce loyalty with which you love your Clan. I love you, Tigerheart. I would have loved you even if you hadn't followed me here. I will always love you. Not just because you're the father of my kits, but because you're you. I'm sorry I made you choose between your Clan and me. No cat should ever have to make that choice. I was scared of facing this alone. I've been a coward."
- ―Dovewing to Tigerheart Tigerheart's Shadow, page 188
- In Tigerheart's Shadow, Dovewing has dreams that ThunderClan isn't safe for her to give birth after she learns she is pregnant. She asks Tigerheart to leave with her, but ShadowClan needs him as deputy. Though Dovewing leaves without him, Tigerheart later finds her with the guardian cats, where she gives birth to their kits. Dovewing is hesitant to return, as she and her family would be shunned regardless of the Clan they chose. However, she eventually decides to return. When Tigerheart dies saving Hollowkit, Dovewing refuses to believe he is dead, dragging his body to the Moonpool. She chooses to join ShadowClan as to not separate her family.
- "The hardest lesson I've learned as a mother is that you can't control what happens to your kits. All you can do is love them, and guide them, and try to do what you think is right for them when you can That's what you're doing. You're a good mother."
- ―Tawnypelt to Dovewing Tawnypelt's Clan, pages 155-156
- In Tawnypelt's Clan, Tawnypelt struggles to connect with Dovewing and questions her dedication to ShadowClan. When Shadowkit has a vision of trouble coming to the Tribe of Rushing Water, she agrees to go with him and Tawnypelt to the mountains. The two she-cats bond over their motherhood and grief for the past. In the mountains, Dovewing allows Stoneteller to speak with Shadowkit in private with Tawnypelt's encouragement. After helping to save the Tribe from a falling tree, the three return home.
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|Dovepaw's apprentice ceremony|
|Dovewing's warrior ceremony|
- Dovewing's parents are Birchfall and Whitewing, and her sister is Ivypool. Her mate is Tigerstar, and Shadowsight, Lightleap and Pouncestep are their children. For more of Dovewing's family, click here!
- Sunrise (First appearance)
- Hollyleaf's Story
- The Fourth Apprentice
- Mistystar's Omen (Allegiance only)
- Fading Echoes
- Night Whispers
- Sign of the Moon
- The Forgotten Warrior
- The Last Hope
- Dovewing's Silence
- Crowfeather's Trial (Allegiance only)
- Bramblestar's Storm
- The Apprentice's Quest
- Thunder and Shadow
- Shattered Sky
- Darkest Night
- Tigerheart's Shadow
- River of Fire
- Tawnypelt's Clan
- Spotfur's Rebellion (Allegiance only)
- The Raging Storm
- Squirrelflight's Hope
- Lost Stars
- The Silent Thaw
- Veil of Shadows
- Darkness Within
- Graystripe's Vow (Allegiance only)
- Daisy's Kin (Allegiance only)
- The Place of No Stars
- Battles of the Clans
- The Ultimate Guide
- Did you know Dovewing looks just like Ivypool, just missing the white splotches on her pelt? For more trivia about Dovewing, click here!
- (Warrior of the Week #53)
Notes and references
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 410
- Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 135
- Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 6
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 14
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 247
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 311
- Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 83
- Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 39
- Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 34
- Revealed in Lost Stars, page 228
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 7
- Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 38
- Revealed in Lost Stars, page 164
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, allegiances
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 77
|Medicine cats||Puddleshine • Shadowsight • Mothwing|
|Warriors||Snowbird • Tawnypelt • Scorchfur • Icewing • Dovewing • Berryheart • Sparrowtail • Grassheart • Stonewing • Yarrowleaf • Slatefur • Whorlpelt • Snaketooth • Flowerstem • Harelight • Cinnamontail • Blazefire • Gullswoop • Pouncestep • Lightleap • Spireclaw • Hollowspring • Sunbeam • Flaxfoot • Hopwhisker|
|Members||Boots • Bracken • Cobweb • Dotty • Feather • Fierce • Marigold • Mittens • Peanut • Pipsqueak • Rascal • Scowl|
|Former members||Antfur • Blazefire • Cinnamontail • Dovewing • Lightleap • Pouncestep • Pumpkin • Shadowsight • Spiresight • Tigerstar|