"Please tell her that I miss her just as much as she misses me. And I will love her kits as if they were my own. Berrynose does love her. He's just scared of losing her as he lost me. I am watching over both of them."
— Honeyfern to Jayfeather about Poppyfrost in The Fourth Apprentice, page 243

Honeyfern is a sleek,[7] lithe, dappled,[8] light brown tabby she-cat[4] with blue eyes.[3]

Honeykit is born to Sorreltail and Brackenfur, along with her siblings Molekit, Poppykit, and Cinderkit while badgers are invading ThunderClan's camp. Her aunt and their medicine cat, Cinderpelt, dies protecting Sorreltail and the kits from the badgers.

She becomes an apprentice and is renamed Honeypaw, and given Sandstorm as her mentor. Shortly after being apprenticed, her brother Molepaw is lost to greencough. Later into her apprenticeship, Honeypaw admits to Hollypaw that she has a crush on Berrynose.

Honeypaw and Poppypaw pass their warrior assessments and are given their warrior names, Honeyfern and Poppyfrost.

She and Berrynose become mates. One day, Honeyfern notices a snake slithering towards Briarkit and successfully saves the kit, but in the process, is bitten and dies. After her death, Poppyfrost and Berrynose become mates. Honeyfern visits Berrynose in her death and tells him that she approves of his relationship with Poppyfrost.


In The New Prophecy arc


She and her siblings are born during the badger attack ThunderClan's camp to Sorreltail and Brackenfur. Cinderpelt is seen sacrificing her life when a bager enters the nursery. She and her siblings are the first kits to be born in the the hollow.


When Brambleclaw makes his way into the nursery, Sorreltail, Brackenfur, and the body of Cinderpelt are inside, with Sorreltail curled around her kits. The four kits burrow blindly into her fur, seeking warmth and their mother's milk. After Rainwhisker delivers the news of Sootfur's death, Sorreltail twists in a spasm of grief, dislodging her kits and causing them to mewl faintly in protest. Brackenfur calms her down, and the kits once again settle back into place.
In an attempt to distract the grieving queen, Brambleclaw asks if she has given the kits names yet. The tom is named Molekit, while the others are named Poppykit, Cinderkit, and Honeykit.
Deciding to visit Sorreltail, Leafpool makes her way into the nursery where Daisy is watching Berrykit, Hazelkit, and Mousekit playing. Their mother warns them to not disturb Sorreltail and her kits because of how tiny they are. Leafpool later gives borage to Sorreltail for her milk, and Brackenfur claims the four are worse than famished foxes in how much they need.
In a dream with Spottedleaf to show where Cinderpelt's spirit has gone, the former medicine cat brings Leafpool to the nursery where Honeykit and her siblings are sleeping beside their mother.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Honeykit is now an apprentice with the name of Honeypaw, with Sandstorm as her mentor. She and her sisters, Poppypaw and Cinderpaw, are seen sharing tongues. Hollykit comments that they remind her of Sorreltail. Later, Honeypaw yowls an alarm when she scents two RiverClan cats, who turn out to be Mothwing, the RiverClan medicine cat, and Mothwing's apprentice, Willowpaw, who are looking for Leafpool. She is ashamed, though Sandstorm later remarks that Honeypaw had done the right thing, cheering the apprentice up. She is seen again play-fighting with Poppypaw outside the apprentices' den.
On Jaypaw's second day as an apprentice, she is the only one still asleep. Jaypaw quickly leaves the den, commenting that he didn't want her telling him about all of her exciting apprentice duties that day. On the night of the Gathering, Lionpaw thinks that it is odd Honeypaw and her siblings aren't going with them, when Berrypaw, Hazelpaw, and Mousepaw are even though they aren't Clanborn.
Honeypaw is on the dawn patrol the day after Graystripe and Millie come back. She is said to be clustered around the two cats when Leafpool and Hollypaw come to check on them. Yet again, Honeypaw is on the dawn patrol with her mentor and Graystripe when Hollypaw quits her training as a medicine cat and becomes a warrior apprentice. On the night of the second Gathering, Honeypaw is talking to Cinderpaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw.
When Cinderpaw asks if Blackstar will mention the border skirmish, Honeypaw says that ShadowClan never speaks of their losses. She then crosses the tree bridge right after Sandstorm, Firestar, and Squirrelflight.

Dark River

Honeypaw is on a dawn patrol with Sandstorm, Dustpelt, and Hazelpaw.
Later, she is seen giving a mouse to Lionpaw that had been caught by the sunset patrol, thinking he was hungry. Lionpaw asks her if the kits and elders had already eaten, which she confirms, and then talks about the fight with WindClan. She asks him if he's okay. She tells him to meet them if he wants, padding out of the apprentices' den.


Honeypaw first is seen training with Lionpaw, Poppypaw, and Cinderpaw, while Berrynose is on guard.
Later, she admits to Hollypaw that she has a crush on Berrynose, since he was so strong and handsome. Hollypaw asks herself why anyone would love Berrynose, saying he is ignorant and a pain in the tail. She comments that they weren't even warriors yet, and wonders why an apprentice would be thinking about mates. Honeypaw is last seen on a patrol, and is one of the first cats to detect WindClan scents around the border area. She and Hollypaw run back to camp to warn Firestar.


Honeypaw is first seen sunning herself with Cinderpaw and Poppypaw. Icepaw comes over with prey in her mouth, and Honeypaw admiringly asks if that was her first catch.
Jaypaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw are later spying on Honeypaw and her siblings during their assessment, since Jaypaw wanted to see how Cinderpaw was holding up. Lionpaw comments to Jaypaw that Honeypaw looks nervous. When Cinderpaw reopens her leg wound, Honeypaw and Poppypaw rush over to see if she is alright.
She and Poppypaw gain their warrior names, Honeyfern and Poppyfrost, although Cinderpaw doesn’t due to her injury. When Honeyfern is looking over at Berrynose for his approval, Lionpaw, Hollypaw, and Jaypaw instantly stop cheering for her. It is mentioned by all three apprentices that Honeyfern is mooning over Berrynose and sharing fresh-kill with him.
During the battle with WindClan, Jaypaw finds her and Sorreltail losing a fight against two RiverClan warriors who are assisting WindClan. Jaypaw saves them, although Sorreltail twists her paw. Honeyfern's sister, Cinderpaw, becomes a warrior, Cinderheart, along with Hollyleaf and Lionblaze.

Long Shadows

Honeyfern gets greencough and is moved to the abandoned Twoleg nest where she watches over Daisy's daughter, Rosekit, who is also sick. Firestar gets infected with greencough, and loses a life. Honeyfern is one of the cats gathered around him, watching helplessly with some of the Clan cats and all the sick cats. Later, she tries to feed a mouse to Briarkit but the kit refuses to eat it, wanting milk and her mother Millie, who is seriously sick with greencough.


Honeyfern and Berrynose are now mates. They appear together, sharing tongues near Lionblaze on the Basking Rocks. Both of them are watching the kits playing, and hopefully discuss having some of their own. Suddenly, she and Lionblaze notice an adder slithering across camp, about to bite Briarkit. Before Lionblaze can do anything, Honeyfern bravely dives for Briarkit, sweeping her aside, and takes the bite for herself. Honeyfern screams that her blood is on fire as soon as she is bitten. Berrynose pleads for Leafpool to heal her, but she replies that the poison has already taken hold and she can’t save her. Berrynose tries to comfort her in her final moments, telling her that they would have had wonderful kits and she will die as a hero. When she is nearly dead, he tells her that they will meet again in StarClan. Lionblaze is also regretful because he knew that if he dived at the snake first, he wouldn't have gotten hurt, and he could have killed it.
Berrynose, Sorreltail, Brackenfur, Cinderheart, and Poppyfrost are the cats who sit for Honeyfern's vigil. Her mother, Sorreltail, is horribly upset by her death, reminded of Molepaw's death as well. Mousefur recalls how well Honeyfern took care of her as an apprentice and that she shouldn't have died so young. She mournfully wishes it had been herself who died instead, as she and Purdy had been basking where she had been just a little while earlier. While passing Hollyleaf, Sorreltail goes to her den in hopes that she'd see Honeyfern in her dreams.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Poppyfrost becomes Berrynose's new mate. Although she loves him, she feels very guilty about stealing him from Honeyfern. She dreams of walking to the Moonpool often so she could speak to Honeyfern, and apologize. One day, she finally goes, upsetting the other queens as they don’t know where she is. Jayfeather follows Poppyfrost to the Moonpool, where she says that Berrynose doesn’t love her, and still wanted to be mates with Honeyfern. She wants to speak with her dead sister, but Jayfeather tells her that warriors can’t speak with StarClan whenever they wish.
Before Jayfeather and Poppyfrost can leave the Moonpool, they are attacked by a WindClan warrior, Breezepelt, who wants to punish Jayfeather and his brother, Lionblaze, for being born. He plans to drown Poppyfrost in the Moonpool, and blame Jayfeather for it, telling his half-brother that his Clanmates could lie as well as his. Jayfeather tries to make him leave Poppyfrost alone, but winds up having to attack him. Brokenstar comes from the Place of No Stars to join the fight on Breezepelt's side. As Jayfeather is losing the fight, Honeyfern comes down from StarClan and helps Jayfeather win the fight. When Breezepelt and the Dark Forest cat are gone, Honeyfern tells him that Berrynose did love Poppyfrost, but was scared of losing her like he had lost Honeyfern. She says that Poppyfrost couldn't see her, but to tell her that she missed her, that she would love her kits as if they were her own, and that she was watching over them. Poppyfrost asks shortly afterward what Honeyfern had said. When Jayfeather tells her, she is pleased that Honeyfern was happy for her and her new family, but still doubts that Berrynose loves her.
Her presence is felt by Jayfeather when Poppyfrost gives birth to her kits, Cherrykit and Molekit.

The Last Hope

When Cherrypaw and Molepaw arrive at the camp, Dovewing looks around to see if Poppyfrost noticed them. She spots her fighting side-by-side with Honeyfern, driving back a Dark Forest warrior. Dovewing notices how well they fight together, as if they had been training with each other for a lifetime. When Poppyfrost runs over to her kits, Honeyfern finishes off the tom they were fighting before following her sister.

In the Novellas

Leafpool's Wish

Honeykit and her siblings, Molekit, Cinderkit, and Poppykit tumble out of the nursery just as their father, Brackenfur, walks away after his discussion with Leafpool. Honeykit chases after Molekit, her only brother, saying that she can catch him. She and her siblings are warned by Sorreltail, when he fears that her kits are getting in the way of the warriors. Honeykit assures Sorreltail that she and Molekit are only practicing their running, and they're not getting in the way of any cat. As she brags about how swift she is, Honeykit accidentally runs into Whitepaw, almost knocking the apprentice off her feet. This is seen by her mother, who tells the kit to watch where she's running.


Interesting facts

  • It was revealed in the sixth Erin Hunter Chat that Honeyfern was killed to have a reason for bringing deathberries into camp.[9]
  • She was originally described as a pale bracken-colored tabby,[2] but this was later changed to her current light brown tabby appearance.[4]

Author statements

  • Kate suspects that Honeyfern had a crush on Lionblaze.[10]


  • Honeyfern is listed in the Hollyleaf's Story allegiances despite dying in Sunrise, the previous book.[11]
  • She was mistakenly called by her apprentice name after she had become a warrior.[12]
  • She was mistakenly called a tom.[13]

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Berrynose (formerly):[14] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Brackenfur:[15] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Sorreltail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cinderheart:[15] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Poppyfrost:[15] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Lilyheart:[16] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Seedpaw:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Molepaw:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Molewhisker:[17] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Larksong:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Fernsong:[19] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Cherryfall:[17] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Hollytuft:[19] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Sorrelstripe:[19] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Leafshade:[18] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Honeyfur:[18] Status unknown


Flipclaw:[20] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Flamepaw:[21] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Flickerkit: [22] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thriftear:[20] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Bristlefrost:[20] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Finchpaw:[21] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Whitestorm:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionheart:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Willowpelt:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Frostfur:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thistleclaw:[26] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Fuzzypelt:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Smallear:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Snowfur:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Robinwing:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Speckletail:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stormtail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Windflight:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Moonflower:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flashnose:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rooktail:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglestorm:[35] Status unknown


Fallowsong:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Daisytoe:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelwhisker:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thornclaw:[38] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Rainwhisker:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cinderpelt:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[38] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Graystripe:[24] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Ravenpaw:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dustpelt:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Patchpelt:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowkit:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Brindleface:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Leopardfoot:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf:[27] Deceased, no residence
Goldenflower:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistlekit:[41] Status unknown


Cherrypaw:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Chestnutkit:[24] Status unknown


Longtail:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bluestar:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dappletail:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tawnyspots:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thrushpelt:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rabbitleap:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goosefeather:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sweetbriar:[24] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)

First cousins:

Whitewing:[44] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Ambermoon :[45] Deceased, residence unknown
Dewnose:[45] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Snowbush:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Plumstone:[46] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Eaglewing:[46] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Stemleaf:[46] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Shellfur:[46] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)

Second cousins:

Nightkit:[47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[47] Deceased, no residence
Longtail:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftpaw:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lynxkit:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bramblestar:[48] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Tawnypelt:[48] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Spiderleg:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Shrewpaw:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Foxleap:[50] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birchfall:[51] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Hollykit:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Larchkit:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Icecloud:[50] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ashfur:[52] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ferncloud:[52] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Elderkit:[53] Deceased, residence unknown
Tulipkit:[53] Deceased, residence unknown


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Honeyfern's warrior ceremony
Firestar: I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as a warrior in their turn. Poppypaw and Honeypaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Honeypaw and Poppypaw: I do.
Firestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior names. Poppypaw, from this moment you will be known as Poppyfrost. StarClan honors your courage and your initiative. Honeypaw, from this moment you will be known as Honeyfern. StarClan honors your intelligence and kindness.
Everyone: Poppyfrost! Honeyfern!
Reference: Eclipse, pages 89-90


Berrynose: "We'll have kits like that one day."
Honeyfern: "I'd like that."
—Berrynose and Honeyfern Sunrise, page 210

"I've dreamed of this mountain path so many times since Honeyfern died. I want to see her so much, and I can hear her calling to me from somewhere up there."
—Poppyfrost about her sister The Fourth Apprentice, page 192

"Get away! You're not wanted here! And as for you, Breezepelt- You get out of here, too. Or do you want a couple of shredded ears?"
—Honeyfern The Fourth Apprentice, page 242

"We'll all miss her. She was so gentle as a kit. And so quick to learn! She knew most of the hunting moves even before she was apprenticed."
—Sorreltail grieving for Honeyfern Sunrise, page 247

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 241
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 215
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Eclipse, pages 89-90
  6. Revealed in The Sight, page 70
  7. Revealed in Eclipse, page 86
  8. Revealed in The Sight, page 66
  9. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  10. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  11. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Eclipse, page 120
  13. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 43
  14. Revealed in Sunrise, page 210
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Revealed in Sunset, page 25
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  22. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 253
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  31. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  32. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 76
  33. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 3
  34. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  37. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-62
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  40. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  41. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  43. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 23
  44. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  48. 48.0 48.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  49. 49.0 49.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  50. 50.0 50.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 5
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  52. 52.0 52.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 41-42
  53. 53.0 53.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 226
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