"If you reach Sparkpelt, tell her I love her. Tell her not to be unhappy. I'll take care of Flickerkit until she can join us. But she has to be happy. She has to make a life without me. I don't want her to grieve."
— Larksong to Squirrelflight in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 364

Larksong is a black tom.[2]

Larksong was a ThunderClan warrior under Bramblestar's leadership in the lake territories. Larkkit was born to Snowbush and Lilyheart with his sisters Leafkit and Honeykit, and Twigkit as an adoptive sister. He later became apprenticed to Rosepetal as Larkpaw, and soon earned his warrior name, Larksong. He became close with a fellow warrior, Sparkpelt, and the two developed feelings for one another. He was also appointed mentor to Finleap and helped train the tom despite his disability. After he and Sparkpelt became mates, Larksong fell ill to prey sickness. When Sparkpelt went into labor, he managed to get himself to his mate's side and died beside his new family. He went to StarClan, naming his stillborn son Flickerkit in the process.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Before Alderpaw leaves to go on his quest, Larkkit and his siblings are seen playing around Daisy and Lilyheart's paws.
After returning from the journey, Alderpaw enters the nursery, and Lilyheart tells him to be careful about where he puts his paws. He looks down and notes why, as her three kits, Larkkit, Leafkit, and Honeykit were play-fighting with each other on the floor of the den.
Larkkit is seen with his littermates, and Twigkit asks what an apprentice is. He explains to her that it's when a cat is six moons old, and gets a mentor in order to learn how to become a warrior.
When Alderpaw and Sparkpaw take Twigkit and Violetkit to the Gathering, Sparkpaw reassures the nervous kits that they'll have a lot to tell Larkkit, Honeykit, and Leafkit when they get home.

Thunder and Shadow

Leafpool mentions that Larkkit and his siblings are too boisterous for their foster sister Twigkit. Larkkit is first seen with Leafkit deciding where they want to sleep when they're apprentices. Later on, the kits clamber over a fallen beech. Fernsong brings Honeykit to the medicine den over a cough, since Lilyheart is too busy with Leafkit and Larkkit to do otherwise. Honeykit soon mentions that she shared a rabbit with Larkkit and Leafkit, which might have caused her bellyache. Twigkit tells Honeykit that Larkkit and Leafkit are going to explore some ferns and are waiting for for Honeykit to hurry up. Later on, Larkkit and his littermates doze beside their mother outside the nursery.
Larkkit and Leafkit invent battle moves in the clearing. Twigkit decides to leave camp and bring back watermint to impress her Clanmates. She imagines Larkkit, Honeykit, and Leafkit will be amazed. She falls into the lake instead though, and the three littermates constantly tease her because of it. They tease her like they tease each other, but none of them mean any harm. Later on, Larkpaw becomes an apprentice with his mentor being Rosepetal. Twigpaw also becomes an apprentice and thinks that she wants to become as good as Larkpaw. They have been learning battle moves while Twigpaw has been hunting, due to the other apprentices being good hunters already. However, they were apprenticed when it was heavily snowing and prey was scarce.
On the way to the Gathering, Leafpaw and Larkpaw jostle near the tree-bridge. Rosepetal nudges them so Honeypaw could go first, and the tom teases that Honeypaw is afraid of the water. On the island, Larkpaw and his siblings race into the clearing. Leafpaw calls out to Nightpaw and Breezepaw, greeting them with a purr while her littermates follow. One night later on, Leafpool calls to Alderpaw. Larkpaw shifts around in his nest with a grunt, but doesn't wake up. When a ShadowClan patrol comes to ThunderClan camp, Larkpaw and his siblings whisper excitedly to each other near the fresh-kill pile.

Shattered Sky

Before the battle against the Kin, Twigpaw observes Larksong and his littermates, who are ready for their first battle as true warriors of ThunderClan.
When arguments break out within ThunderClan after Alderheart tells them about a vision, Larksong and Hollytuft exchange looks of doubt.

Darkest Night

Alderheart: "Tell me about Larksong. Do you really like him?"
Sparkpelt: "Yeah. A lot. But... I don't know. I want to enjoy being a warrior right now. I don't want to get serious. But I like being with Larksong, and I think he likes being with me. Do you think he likes being with me?"
Alderheart: "Why wouldn't he? You're funny and smart and a great warrior."
—Sparkpelt and Alderheart Darkest Night, page 200
Larksong is sitting with Sparkpelt, and Dewnose snaps that they are supposed to be helping. Sparkpelt says that she will, but Larksong is distracting her. Larksong shifts his paws self-consciously as she teasingly glances at him.
Later, Sparkpelt says she keeps getting distracted by Larksong, and Alderheart asks her if she likes him. She replies she doesn't want to get serious as of now, but likes being with him. Sparkpelt then wonders if Larksong likes being with her, and asks her brother if he does.
After Snowbush breaks his leg, he is coming into camp with Lilyheart, Molewhisker, Birchfall, and Lionblaze races over to him to see if he is okay. Larksong then stares around ThunderClan camp, which is piled with debris.
After the mudslide ends, Larksong pads close to Alderheart, suggesting the slide of rocks and mud may have been the storm StarClan promised that just ended.

River of Fire

Larksong is appointed as Finpaw's new mentor, after Finpaw and Twigpaw return to ThunderClan. The black tom appears stunned at his leader's praise of his abilities, and that he was chosen for such an important task. Larksong takes a step forward and dips his head respectfully to his leader, promising that he won't let him down. Finpaw then skips across the circle of cats and touches noses with his new mentor. Twigpaw later notices him talking with Finpaw, making arrangements to take a tour of the territory the following day.
When Twigpaw and Sparkpelt are training, Twigpaw irritably thinks that she had been training with Finpaw and Larksong all morning, and Sparkpelt wasn't making it any easier. She tries to get the enthusiasm for the basic exercise Larksong had taught Finpaw. Twigpaw later thinks to herself that her mentor and herself would get along better if Sparkpelt hadn't constantly insisted on training with Larksong and Finpaw. Twigpaw then watches Larksong instructing Finpaw on how to use his tail for balance, something which Finpaw clearly faced difficulty at. Twigpaw wonders why Sparkpelt can't be a good mentor like Larksong, and questions if she is deliberately testing her commitment.
After growing irritated with her mentor, Twigpaw decides to go out and catch prey, noting that Sparkpelt and Larksong were nowhere to be seen.
After getting up for training, Sparkpelt is nowhere to be seen, and Twigpaw asks Larksong where her mentor is. Larksong replies anxiously that she wasn't in the warriors den when he woke her, and Twigpaw should go look for her, adding that he and Finpaw will wait for them. Twigpaw finds Sparkpelt sick in the medicine den, and her mentor informs her that she'll have to train with Larksong for the day, and Jayfeather adds that she'll have to train with him for the next few days. Twigpaw tells Larksong of Sparkpelt's condition, and Larksong glances wistfully at the medicine cat's den, almost as if he wanted to visit the orange she-cat himself. However, he simply replies that his foster sister and Finpaw will be doing hunting practice.
Twigpaw waits patiently for Larksong to help Finpaw with his hunting crouch, and Twigpaw tells her friend that she needs to tuck his tail in so it's not bobbing around. Finpaw thanks her, and Larksong sarcastically thanks Twigpaw, adding that he couldn't have been possibly waiting for his apprentice to get his paws in the right position. The black tom then relaxes, and gives Twigpaw a friendly shove, and asks his foster sister to come over with him, and orders Finpaw to pretend that a nearby dead leaf is a mouse. Twigpaw follows him, and asks why he wanted to speak with her.
Larksong admits to her that her presence was not helping with Finpaw's training. Larksong further explains that she was far more advanced and it was unfair to Finpaw, adding that if he tries to some of the advanced moves that Twigpaw knows, he'll fail and it will affect his confidence. Twigpaw thinks to herself that Larksong must not know his apprentice very well, since Finpaw has enough confidence to fill up the stone hollow, and even more. She agrees with him, and asks what he would have her do. Larksong replies that she might as well go back to camp, and see if the elders need help, or assist the medicine cats. Twigpaw obliges, and she hears Finpaw announce to his mentor that he killed the leaf.
Larksong is mentioned, although not by name, when Lilyheart tells Twigpaw that she's happy since she feels like she has all her kits back in ThunderClan. He then appears with Finpaw, slowly following his apprentice while Finpaw announces that he has caught a vole. Finpaw asks his mentor if he can share it with Twigpaw, and Twigpaw notices that Larksong almost looked as delighted as his apprentices, and says that Finpaw can.
During a fire that strikes RiverClan, Bramblestar organizes a patrol consisting of Larksong, Sparkpelt, Rosepetal, and Ambermoon. Larksong also appears in an attempt to get a log out of a stream, pushing from one end along with Alderheart and Nightcloud.
He is seen with his Clanmates gathered around various RiverClan cats, and Juniperclaw mutters that it was typical of ThunderClan to stick their whiskers in places where they don't belong.
Upon learning that Briarlight is dying, Bramblestar orders Larksong to fetch Leafpool, and Larksong dashes off to find her, stopping at the apprentices' den to collect Finpaw. He is later spotted by Alderheart, talking to Sparkpelt. Twigpaw informs Jayfeather that Larksong is finally going to assess Finpaw, and that means she will be doing her warrior assessment with him.
During Finpaw's warrior assessment, he knows Finpaw is somewhere out doing his assessment, under Larksong's watchful gaze. He later appears with Finpaw, and tells Twigpaw and Finpaw that they both hunted very well. Sparkpelt happily agrees, and asks Larksong if he saw Twigpaw take down a bird. Twigpaw later sees him with Sparkpelt as their apprentices receive their warrior names, and is seen cheering for both of them.

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Squirrelflight's Hope

"ThunderClan has lost two brave warriors, for I know Larksong's kit would have followed in his father's paw steps. Larksong was always kind to his Clanmates and loyal to his Clan. May StarClan welcome him with open hearts. He can never be a father to his kits here, but his memory will live on in them and in the hearts of the cats he's left behind. We will miss him and the kit we never had the chance to know."
―Bramblestar at Larksong's and Flickerkit's vigil Squirrelflight's Hope, page 263
Larksong enters the SkyClan camp with Sparkpelt to talk to Harestar. When Sparkpelt says that Harestar is causing trouble, Larksong remarks that this is a change, for Tigerstar was normally the one who caused arguments among the Clan.Squirrelflight reveals to Sparkpelt and Larksong that Leafstar is hiding in their territory and tells them about The Sisters. She believes that she can trust her kin with such information.
When Bramblestar and Hawkwing lead their respective patrols, Larksong is in it. The cats argue about what action they should take. Larksong suggests that since the Sisters are letting Squirrelflight go, they shouldn't fight. Squirrelflight notes that he is thinking with his head instead of his claws, and that her daughter had chosen a good mate.
Sparkpelt later reveals that she is expecting Larksong's kits. Squirrelflight and Bramblestar are delighted by the news and they approve of their daughter's mate. Later, Larksong asks Squirrelflight if he can be assigned to the same patrols as Sparkpelt. One of their patrols meets The Sisters. He is confused about what is happening and one of The Sisters, Hawk, replies that they got into a fight with some toms, and that Sunrise was badly injured.
Larksong suddenly falls ill due to an unknown sickness. He collapses in the nursery while visiting Sparkpelt and is taken to the medicine den. Many cats in ThunderClan assume he fell ill because ShadowClan poisoned his prey. Larksong's sickness gets worse, and then a new rumor spreads that The Sisters somehow caused his illness. The stress from the events causes Sparkpelt to go into labor early. She successfully births three kits, but one of the kits is stillborn. Larksong suddenly has a seizure-like fit, much to Squirrelflight and Sparkpelt's horror. Before he passes away, he looks at Sparkpelt and purrs at their new family. Sparkpelt is devastated by Larksong's death and their stillborn kit and falls into a deep depression, losing the desire to care for their other two kits.
While Squirrelflight is in StarClan, Larksong asks her to tell Sparkpelt that he loves her and he wants her to move on and be happy. He wishes that he could be there for her and their family. He also mentions he named their deceased son Flickerkit and that they're happy together in StarClan.

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Larksong's parents are Snowbush and Lilyheart, and his littermates are Honeyfur and Leafshade. His mate is Sparkpelt and Flamepaw, Finchpaw and Flickerkit are their children. For more of Larksong's family, click here!



Interesting facts


  • He was mistakenly called gray-and-white.[9]
  • He mistakenly appears in Darkness Within despite dying in Squirrelflight's Hope.[10]


Leafkit: "That's how you learn to fight when you're an apprentice."
Twigkit: "What's an apprentice?"
Larkkit: "It's when you're six moons old and have a mentor, and learn how to become a warrior."
Honeykit: "And then you get to foxes and badgers and rival cats."
—Lilyheart's kits telling Twigkit what an apprentice is The Apprentice's Quest, page 278

"...Larksong and his littermates, Leafshade and Honeyfur, [were] proudly awaiting their first chance to fight for their Clan as warriors."
―Twigpaw observing Larksong and his littermates Shattered Sky, page chapter 1

Dewnose: "I thought you two were meant to be helping."
Sparkpelt: "I would help if Larksong didn't keep distracting me."
—Sparkpelt teasing Larksong Darkest Night, page 72

"It's not helping Finpaw to train with you. You're much more advanced, and it's not fair to him. He's so enthusiastic, and he'll try and do the things you can do. If he fails, he might get despondent, and that will affect his confidence."
―Larksong to Twigpaw about training with Finpaw River of Fire, page 73

Larksong: "I promise I'll be the best father I can be to your daughter's kits."
Squirrelflight: "I'm sure you will be. I think you're going to be very happy."
—Larksong and Squirrelflight Squirrelflight's Hope, page 197

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 333
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 254
  4. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 188
  5. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 235
  7. Revealed in River of Fire, page 20
  8. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 219
  9. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 5
  10. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 279
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