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"Haven't I always been a loyal warrior, living my life by the code and leading my Clan accordingly?"
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released book, River. Please proceed at your own discretion.
"You don't need to say you're sorry. I just want to make sure you understand what the risks are. Brokenstar left my son in the Dark Forest to rot. If you die in the Dark Forest, you die in real life. Your loved ones will never see you again. Do you comprehend that?"
— Icewing warning Shadowsight about the Dark Forest in The Place of No Stars (book), pages 97-98

Icewing is a lightly-built,[9] pure white she-cat with blue eyes.[1]

Icewing is a RiverClan warrior under Mistystar's leadership in the lake territories. She mothered Petalkit, Beetlekit, Grasskit, Pricklekit, Breezekit, and Nightkit with her mate, Mintfur. Icewing trained in the Dark Forest, but fought for the Clans during the Great Battle and was forgiven. When Darktail's Kin drove RiverClan from their territory, she was taken prisoner. Once Mistystar reclaimed her land, Icewing returned to serving RiverClan; however, she fought against them in a battle between the Clans, causing Mistystar to exile her alongside Harelight, but Tigerstar welcomed the exiles into ShadowClan. She returned to RiverClan after the defeat of the impostor and mentored Mistpaw.


In the Power of Three arc

Dark River

Icewing is a heavily pregnant queen, and she attends a Gathering with Willowpaw fussing over her. Later, after Icewing has her kits, Beetlekit, Petalkit, Grasskit and Pricklekit, Hollypaw sees her in the RiverClan camp, as Mothwing tells the queen to keep one of her kits away from pine needles.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Icewing has returned to her warrior duties after spending time in the nursery. Three of her kits are now warriors, Petalfur, Beetlewhisker, and Grasspelt.

Sign of the Moon

"Icewing looks friendly. What [is she] doing here?"
―Ivypool about Icewing Sign of the Moon, page 129
Icewing and a few other Clan cats are training in the Dark Forest with Hawkfrost. When Ivypool sees her, she wonders why she was training in the Dark Forest, because she had seemed to be nice at Gatherings and looked friendly. When Hawkfrost asks a question, Icewing raises her tail and is the one to give the correct answer.

The Forgotten Warrior

"You shouldn't doubt Brokenstar's decisions. Don't you trust him?"
―Icewing to Ivypool The Forgotten Warrior, page 223
Icewing is in the Dark Forest with Beetlewhisker and Hollowflight when Brokenstar warns the Clan cats to be ready for the final signal. When Ivypool questions Brokenstar under her breath in the Dark Forest, Icewing asks if she doubted Brokenstar's decisions. At a Gathering, she nods to Ivypool. Lionblaze sees this and concludes that Icewing must be training in the Dark Forest.

The Last Hope

Icewing: "Don't let Tigerstar see you're afraid. Keep quiet and do exactly what he says or you'll never see your home again."
Mapleshade: "I don't hear you cheering for our leader."
Icewing: "We're planning our strategy, Mapleshade. Don't forget we have the edge when it comes to fighting the Clans. Our Clanmates trust us."
—Icewing to Furzepelt and Harespring before lying to Mapleshade The Last Hope, page 254
She suggests that in the battle, they should scare the cats and then scar them. Beetlewhisker congratulates his Clanmate on this remark. When Mothwing tells Jayfeather that some RiverClan cats are being argumentative, Icewing is one of the cats mentioned along with Hollowflight and Beetlewhisker. When Dovewing sends out her special senses, she repeats Icewing's words to the Clan leaders and medicine cats. Icewing says that she'd rather train in her own Clan than in the Dark Forest. The leaders ask Dovewing who was the traitor, but Dovewing does not tell them it is Icewing when she sees her white pelt.
Later, when Dovewing is spying on the Dark Forest with her powers, she hears Icewing. She is telling the other cats training there to not let Tigerstar see that they're afraid, or else they'll never see their home again. Mapleshade asks why they aren't cheering for their leader, to which Icewing steadily responds that they are planning their strategy for the battle, though Mapleshade is not convinced.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Icewing returns to the nursery and has given birth to another litter of kits, Breezekit and Nightkit.

Thunder and Shadow

Her kits are now apprentices, Breezepaw and Nightpaw, and Icewing has returned to her warrior duties.

Shattered Sky

"That's right. Thanks to you, we've driven Darktail and his rogues out of our territory!"
―Icewing thanking Alderheart's patrol Shattered Sky, page chapter 17
Icewing is one of the cats who battles Darktail's group of rogue cats. Due to being wounded, she is taken prisoner by Darktail, along with Mintfur, Brackenpelt and Reedwhisker. Darktail demands they swear an oath of loyalty to the Kin, and though they initially resist, they give in after days of starvation. However, Darktail continues to deprive them of food. When Violetpaw sneaks the RiverClan prisoners more food, she notices Icewing laying next to Mintfur, stretched out and still wounded greatly from their last battle. Violetpaw realizes upon seeing Icewing that Puddleshine, their medicine cat, had not treated any of the wounded RiverClan cats because he has been forbidden from doing so.
After Darktail takes Violetpaw and Needletail down to the lake, Icewing and the other prisoners seize the opportunity to attack their tormentors, with the press-ganged kittypets and former ShadowClan cats siding with them. When ShadowClan and ThunderClan come to rescue the remaining RiverClan warriors, Icewing has a shallow scratch on her shoulder. She and the others are grateful to Rowanstar, Bramblestar, and the other Clan cats for driving out Darktail's cats and reclaiming RiverClan territory for her Clan.

Darkest Night

Rowanstar: "I know. And I hope one day StarClan will forgive us. I do not expect you to."
Icewing: "We will never forgive!"
—Icewing to Rowanstar at a Gathering Darkest Night, page 31
Icewing sits below the Highledge in ThunderClan camp with Reedwhisker, Mintfur, and Brackenpelt. The four warriors had been held captive and starved by Darktail and his rogues, and still look thin and hollow-eyed from their ordeal. Lakeheart and Mallownose flank their Clanmates.
At the Gathering a few days later, Icewing challenges if Rowanstar should even be sitting on the Great Oak, and she bristles with anger. Some of her Clanmates also add their protests, asking if ShadowClan is even a true Clan anymore after they chose to align themselves with the rogues, a decision which caused so much suffering. Rowanstar explains that he hopes StarClan will forgive ShadowClan, but doesn't expect the other Clans to; Icewing yowls that they will never forgive.

The Raging Storm

During a large storm, cats from all Clans volunteer to try and convince SkyClan to return, so that it might stop. Icewing goes with her Clanmates Willowshine and Lizardtail as they follow the trail back to the gorge. The patrol comes across an overflowing stream, and they debate how to cross it. Willowshine notes that even RiverClan cats likely wouldn't be able to swim through, and Icewing agrees. The patrol finds a tree that spans the length of the stream, and crosses over that. Icewing and her Clanmates keep trekking for the rest of the day with those from the other Clans, then find shelter in a cave.

In The Broken Code arc

Veil of Shadows

"I believed that you were loyal RiverClan warriors. Yet in the battle I saw you fighting against your Clan. You disobeyed my orders. Even now that I know the false Bramblestar was evil, I must send you into exile."
―Mistystar to Harelight and Icewing Veil of Shadows, page 286
Icewing and Harelight join the rebels wishing to overthrow Bramblestar's impostor. During a devastating battle between the Clans, Icewing and Harelight fight against the impostor and RiverClan. At the following Gathering, despite the impostor being overthrown, Mistystar exiles Icewing and Harelight for betraying RiverClan. Tigerstar welcomes them into ShadowClan, and Icewing is hesitant to follow them after the Gathering.

Darkness Within

"What do we care who [Mistystar] sends? We're ShadowClan cats now."
―Icewing to Rootspring Darkness Within, page 43
When the Clans gather for a vigil to mourn the cats who died in the battle against the impostor, Icewing and Harelight attend along with the rest of ShadowClan. The only RiverClan cats to attend are Lizardtail, Gorseclaw, Willowshine, and Reedwhisker. Rootspring pads over to Harelight and Icewing and asks if Mistystar is there, but Harelight replies that he hasn't seen her. Icewing says that she guesses the leader didn't want to honor the rebels, but growls that they don't care, as they are ShadowClan cats now. Mothwing tells her that they'll always be RiverClan cats at heart, and asks her if she wants to come talk to her former Clanmates. Icewing sniffs that it's okay for Mothwing to do so, as Mistystar was going to let her go back to RiverClan. Rootspring points out that Mistystar let Softpelt's kin come to the vigil, but Icewing reminds him that Softpelt fought for the impostor, and asks if he thinks she would have let them come if only Dappletuft died.

The Place of No Stars

"I know some cats in ShadowClan don't trust you, but I believe you are a good cat, Shadowsight. Don't make Tigerstar and Dovewing suffer as I have. Thank you for your help."
―Icewing warning Shadowsight The Place of No Stars (book), page chapter 8
Bristlefrost notes that Mothwing had refused to join RiverClan until Icewing and Harelight were let back into the Clan, holding on to the belief that they were risking their lives fighting for a good cause. Later, Icewing arrives in the ShadowClan medicine den to ask Shadowsight for help in removing a small bone from between her teeth. The medicine cat swiftly removes the bone, but Icewing lingers afterward, asking Shadowsight about the rumor that he volunteered to enter the Dark Forest. Shadowsight confirms it, and Icewing praises his bravery. However, she warns Shadowsight about the dangers of the Dark Forest, asking him if he knew that her son, Beetlewhisker, was killed there. Shadowsight is shocked, and attempts to give his sympathies, but Icewing cuts him off, saying that she just wants him to understand the risk he is taking. She reveals that those who are killed in the Dark Forest die for real, and asks Shadowsight if he understands what his death would do to his loved ones. Before leaving, Icewing affirms that she believes in Shadowsight, but urges him not to make his parents suffer as she has.

A Light in the Mist

At the Moonpool meeting, Mothwing mentions to the other medicine cats that Mistystar had already let Harelight and Icewing back, and that she would be leaving ShadowClan to rejoin RiverClan after the meeting.

In the A Starless Clan arc


"What terrible news to return to. Do you think we should send some cat to look for them?"
―Icewing about Reedwhisker's patrol River (book), page 69
Icewing is now mentoring her first apprentice Mistpaw. After Mistystar's death, Icewing asks if someone should fetch Reedwhisker and his patrol, but Mothwing insists they'll be back soon. Following Curlfeather's death, Mistpaw huddles near her mentor.

In the Novellas

Mothwing's Secret

Prior to the battle against the Dark Forest, Mothwing sees Icewing and Minnowtail reinforcing dens with brambles. Moons later, Icewing, Petalfur, and Mallownose go on patrol together and come across a dog. While she and Mallownose fight it off, Petalfur is snatched by the dog and heavily injured. Icewing and her Clanmate tow Petalfur back to camp for medicinal treatment.

Mistystar's Omen

Mistystar: "Could [Grasspelt] lead a hunting patrol before sunhigh? Take Minnowtail and Mossypaw, and Icewing if she feels up to it."
Icewing: "Of course I'm up to it! I've spent the last three sunrises stuck in this camp, so I'm more than ready to stretch my legs."
—Icewing when chosen to go on a hunting patrol Mistystar's Omen, page chapter 2
After Mistyfoot announces the death of Leopardstar, she asks for a hunting patrol, and decides to take Icewing - but only if she feels like it. Icewing sniffs and states that of course she feels like it, saying that she was sick of being stuck in camp for three sunrises, so she would be more than ready. Mistyfoot purrs with amusement, saying that she deserves all the rest she can get after traveling to the beavers' dam. Mistyfoot adds that if she wants to go hunting, she can, as they'll be grateful for her sharp eyes.
Later, when Reedwhisker is briskly sorting out patrols, he wants to take his own patrol into the marshes and calls over Icewing and Pebblefoot after letting Mistystar tag along. When they are searching the ground, Icewing suddenly hisses as she sees a vole come out from some grass. She pounces milliseconds too late and the vole has a chance to scramble away from her while she trips on a muddy rut as well. Mistystar sees the vole coming towards her, and she traps the vole, killing it. Mistystar tells Icewing it was a group effort, and the white cat nods, out of breath.
After Mothwing argues with Mistystar about Hollowpaw and Rushpaw's whereabouts, Icewing is chosen, with Grasspelt and Mintfur, to join Mistystar's patrol to go upstream. Icewing asks if she wants them to set border marks, but Mistystar tells the cats not to, since they are just looking for food. When they set out, it is mentioned that Mistystar has to messily claw her way through the land, while Icewing fares better, since she is lighter and is able to leap well. After Grasspelt hisses that there are kittypets, Icewing warns the patrol that there might be less prey thanks to them. Suddenly, Grasspelt hisses for them to follow him, and they do so to find a nest of mice. After Mistystar praises him, Grasspelt mews it can't replace a lake of fish; Icewing points out that it is a start.

Dovewing's Silence

"Icewing knows her loyalty was tested by the Dark Forest, and that she failed. But she has learned from this and I do not doubt her now. She has always been a good warrior. I would like to give her the chance to be one again."
―Mistystar about Icewing Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 4
The Clan leaders organize a meeting to discuss what to do with the former Dark Forest trainees. Icewing arrives at this meeting with Mistystar and Mothwing. Mistystar defends her warrior, insisting that Icewing knows her loyalty was tested and she failed. She has learned from this, and there's no doubt now. Mistystar says that Icewing has always been a good warrior and she'd like to give her a chance. The leaders agree that the former trainees will swear a new oath of loyalty to their own Clans, and they all head to their own camps to do so.

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Mintfur:[blog 1][blog 2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Petalfur:[10] Deceased, residence unknown
Nightsky:[11] Living (As of River)
Breezeheart:[11] Living (As of River)


Beetlewhisker:[10] Deceased, residence unknown
Grasspelt:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pricklekit:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Brackenpelt:[12] Living (As of River)


Jayclaw:[12] Deceased, residence unknown
Owlnose:[12] Living (As of River)


Frostpaw:[13] Living (As of River)
Mistpaw:[13] Living (As of River)


Graypaw:[13] Living (As of River)


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    = Gender unknown




  • She has been mistakenly described with green eyes.[10][blog 3]
  • In Mistystar's Omen, she is said to have gone on the journey to the beaver dam, when it was actually her daughter, Petalfur, who went to the beaver dam with Rippletail.[14]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, Skyheart and Reedtail were mates, and Icewing, Pinefur, and Duskfur were their daughters.[15] Her half siblings through Reedtail were Dragonflykit, a white tom with dark gray tabby patches and amber eyes, and Duckkit, a brown tabby tom with green eyes and a straight tail.[16]

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  2. Revealed in A Light in the Mist, page 316
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 126
  4. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 286
  5. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 288
  6. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Darkness Within, allegiances
  8. Revealed in River, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 7
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 56
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed on Introducing… Frostpaw of RiverClan on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  14. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 2
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook

Author references


  1. The RiverClan cats were held prisoner, but forced to swear an oath to the Kin.[3]