"ThunderClan must learn that they are not the most important Clan in the forest. You watch the suffering of others waiting to be begged for help like you belong to StarClan. We will not beg. We are warriors. We will fight for the prey we need and the territory we need to survive."
Onestar explaining why he invaded ThunderClan's territory in Eclipse, pages 176-177

Eclipse is the fourth book in the Power of Three arc. The cat featured in the center of the original cover is Jaypaw.[4] Sol is the cat featured on the reprinted cover.[5] It features Jaypaw, Lionpaw and Hollypaw as the main protagonists. Bluestar and other StarClan cats are featured in the prologue.


There will be three, kin of your kin... who hold the power of the stars in their paws.
Firestar's three grandchildren have learned of the powerful prophecy that foretells their destinies, and the responsibility of deciding the Clans' future weighs heavily on the three apprentices. But each secretly yearns for power; Lionpaw dreams of being unbeatable in battle, while Hollypaw longs to be a great leader, and Jaypaw knows only he could see the true past and future for them all. Their strengths are tested when ThunderClan is suddenly attacked--and all the Clans are thrown into a battle unlike any the cats have seen.
Then a dark shadow falls across the forest, and a mysterious stranger warns the Clans of more trouble to come. For the first time, it appears that StarClan does not hold the answers the cats need.
All of a sudden, the warrior code is being tested. A crisis of faith threatens to tear the four Clans apart and destroy what the cats have built their lives upon...


"Action-packed adventure. Certain to please any reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat."
-Publisher's Weekly[2]

Detailed plot description

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The group of cats that made the journey to the Tribe of Rushing Water are returning back to the lake. Before they leave the mountain cats, Brook and Stormfur decide that they'd like to go back to living with the Tribe. A few days after the cats came back, Tigerstar and Hawkfrost continue training Lionpaw in his dreams. Lionpaw tells them about the prophecy, but they tell him that it was just a dream.
Hollypaw and a few other cats go on a border patrol to the WindClan border because they had scented WindClan on their territory, and found fresh-kill with WindClan scent on it. There, Hollypaw spots something on a hill that she swore was a lion. The patrol laughs at her and think that she was either kidding or imagining it. The next day, Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and the rest of a patrol go to the WindClan border for a second time. There, Hollypaw scents something in the bushes, which turns out to be one of the tunnels that leads to the river, the same one from when the three saved the kits. She doesn't tell the rest of the patrol, but Lionpaw goes back to see what it was.
Meanwhile, as Cinderpaw takes her assessment, her leg is injured in a fall and delays her warriors ceremony until she has fully recovered. Jaypaw becomes frustrated; he feels that Leafpool is babying Cinderpaw's leg and believes that Cinderpaw must exercise and make it stronger. Cinderpaw then becomes overly cautious and won't even stand up to drink her own water from the pool. Eventually, Jaypaw comes up with an idea to teach Cinderpaw how to swim in the lake. The two apprentices sneak away when Leafpool is making dirt, and they head to the lake. Cinderpaw learns that she can swim, and her leg grows stronger. When Leafpool catches them, she first scolds Jaypaw, but then grudgingly admits that she is impressed with her apprentice.
Not long after that, a mysterious loner named Sol is found by a patrol and insists on being brought to the camp. Hollypaw figures out that Sol was the "lion" that she had seen on the patrol that day, as his fur looked like that of a lion. Sol takes Jaypaw and Leafpool into the woods to tell them the sun will disappear. That night, Lionpaw can't sleep, thinking that it's Foxpaw and Icepaw's whispering, but he then scents WindClan outside the apprentice den. He emerges from the den, and sees all of WindClan there. He yowls and the cats rush into battle. Firestar eventually yells to stop, and the cats in both Clans obey. When Firestar demands what is going on, Onestar claims that his Clan is there fighting because ThunderClan ignores the warrior code and helps cats out only when they beg for it. However, WindClan leaves the camp, and Firestar tells a patrol to follow WindClan to make sure they leave the territory.
Then, WindClan splits into three groups. The patrol returns and tells Firestar, who sends out two more patrols, and orders another to stay at camp in case WindClan invades. All three of the patrols get ambushed, and a battle breaks out. Hollypaw's patrol is almost defeated, so she is ordered by Brambleclaw to go to ShadowClan to ask Blackstar for help, while WindClan asks RiverClan for help, and soon all four Clans are fighting. Lionpaw finds Heatherpaw and Crowfeather and almost kills Crowfeather whilst trying to get to Heatherpaw because he believed that it was she who told WindClan about the tunnels from Dark River, though Heatherpaw claims it was Sedgekit. Immediately after, the ongoing eclipse of the sun reaches totality, causing WindClan, RiverClan, and ShadowClan to panic and retreat to their own territories.
Jaypaw convinces Lionpaw and Hollypaw that they need to find Sol and ask about the prophecy. They find him outside the Clan territories in an abandoned Twoleg nest, different from the one on ThunderClan territory, and Sol tells them all he knows. Jaypaw convinces Sol to make a nest just outside ThunderClan's territory and become their 'mentor' for the prophecy. On the way back, they get caught by a ShadowClan patrol and Sol goes to Blackstar and tells the three apprentices that he was going to stay in ShadowClan. In the time between Sol's decision to stay with ShadowClan and the next Gathering, Sol has convinced Blackstar and his Clan to stop believing in StarClan. Sol and Blackstar arrive at the Gathering together and Blackstar announces he has lost faith in StarClan and won't attend Gatherings anymore.
At the end of the book, Cinderpaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw get their warrior names, Cinderheart, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze. Jaypaw watches the ceremony and feels happy for his siblings. He also detects a sense of pride coming from Leafpool and suspects that this is because Cinderheart has finally fulfilled her destiny to become a warrior. He then questions his and his siblings' destiny, whether their powers were meant to save or destroy the Clan.


Interesting facts

  • This is the first book in the main series where the central cat on the cover stretches out of the circle in the middle.
  • Eclipse can be seen in the Law and Order SVU episode, Surrending Noah, in Olivia Benson's bookshelf at 39:06.[6]

Author statements


A compiled list of the errors present in Eclipse can be found here.

Publication history

  • Eclipse (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 2 September 2008[7]
  • Eclipse (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 6 October 2009[8]
  • Eclipse (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 28 July 2009[9]
  • Затмение (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 4 June 2009, translated by Veronica Maximova[10]
  • 天蝕遮月(ZH-TW), Morning Star (paperback), 1 January 2010, translated by Zhong Anzhen[11]
  • 天蚀遮月(ZH-CN), Future Publishing House (paperback), 1 April 2010, translated by Meng Xiaobao[12]
  • Éclipse (FR), Pocket Jeunesse (paperback), 21 March 2013, translated by Aude Carlier[13]
  • 日食(JA), Komine Shoten (paperback), 22 March 2013, translated by Takabayashi Uchinaga[14]
  • Zeit der Dunkelheit (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (audiobook, e-book), 13 May 2013, translated by Friederike Levin, narated by Marlen Diekhoff[15][16]
  • Zeit der Dunkelheit (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (hardcover), 18 May 2013, translated by Friederike Levin[17]
  • Eclipse (EN), HarperCollins (paperback; reprint), 30 June 2015[18]
  • Pimennys (FI), Art House (hardcover), 24 March 2016, translated by Nana Sironen[19]
  • Eclips (NL), Fantoom (hardcover), 31 July 2016[20]
  • Zeit der Dunkelheit (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (paperback), 30 January 2017, translated by Friederike Levin[21]
  • Eclipse (ES), Salamandra (Kindle), 4 October 2019[22][23]
  • Eclipse (ES), Salamandra (paperback), 15 January 2020[24][25]


Notes and references

  1. Revealed on the dedication page of Eclipse
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed on the back cover of Eclipse
  3. Information from Amazon
  4. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
  5. Revealed on Facebook messenger with the Erin Hunter marketing team.
  6. Revealed on [1]
  7. Information from HarperCollins
  8. Information from HarperCollins
  9. Information from HarperCollins
  10. Information from OLMA Media Group website
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  14. Information from Komine Shoten
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  23. Revealed on Salamandra
  24. Revealed on Salamandra
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Author references
Warriors books
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
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
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 WithinThe Place of No 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 ClansEnter the ClansThe Ultimate GuideThe Warriors Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's ReturnGraystripe's Adventure
Stand-alone graphic novels The Rise of ScourgeA Shadow in RiverClanWinds of Change
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a WarriorRavenpaw's Path
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the FloodSkyClan and the Stranger
Short stories and plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's MercyThe Elders' ConcernSpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans Decide
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyThe Untold Stories
Tigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceTales from the Clans
Mapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellShadows of the Clans
Spottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoLegends of the Clans
Redtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePath of a Warrior
Pebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's SecretA Warrior's Spirit
Daisy's KinBlackfoot's ReckoningSpotfur's RebellionA Warrior's Choice
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