"Then reason with me. Don't quote words given to you by someone else. You're my son. I hope I taught you to have a mind of your own."
— Moonlight to Tree in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 291

Moonlight is a huge gray she-cat.[7][2]

Moonlight was the former leader of the Sisters. She gave birth to Tree and an unnamed daughter but abandoned Tree in the forest when he was old enough to hunt. In the moons that pass, she meets a kittypet named Jack and becomes pregnant with his kits. After coming close to Clan territory, Moonlight refused to let the Sisters move because the Clans wanted them to and reunites with Tree, but her son condemns her for abandoning him. When a war breaks out to drive out the Sisters, Moonlight goes into labor and gives birth to Leaf, Squirrel, and Moon, but dies due to injuries sustained during the battle.


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A Vision of Shadows

"One day my mother brought a mouse back to the den. It was injured, but not dead. She told me how to kill it. So I killed it, and when I did, she said "You're grown now'. The next morning, when I woke, she was gone. My sister was too."
—Tree about his mother leaving him Thunder and Shadow, page Bonus Scene, page 17
While not appearing in the arc itself, Moonlight is mentioned numerous times (though not by name) by her son, Tree, who explains that she taught him how to hunt, and then abandoned him immediately afterward, taking his sister with her to parts unknown. Tree resents his mother for abandoning him as soon as he could hunt.

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"Do you think like a Clan cat too? Dividing land out like prey to be given to others. Have you forgotten that as a tom, you are a protector of the land? You should wander it, not own it!"
—Moonlight to Tree about the roles of toms Squirrelflight's Hope, page 292
In Squirrelflight's Hope, Moonlight is the heavily pregnant leader of the Sisters, and shows distrust of the Clans. After the Sisters take Squirrelflight and Leafstar captive, she briefly reunites with Tree, but her son angrily condemns her for abandoning him as a kit. Moonlight is unapologetic to Tree and refuses to move her group until her kits are born. All attempts at a peaceful resolution fail due to the Clans' unwillingness to work together, Tree's bias towards his mother, and Moonlight's stubbornness.
Eventually, tensions between the Clans grow to a point where they are willing to force out the Sisters, but Moonlight, long overdue for her kits, goes into labor, giving birth to two she-cats and a tom. However, as soon as they are born, she leaves her kits and goes to fight in the battle instigated by the Clans, but later dies from her injuries.

Detailed description

Moonlight is a huge, long-furred,[7] thickly-pelted[8] well-muscled and broad-shouldered,[9] gray she-cat with wide paws and a bushy tail.[2][9][10]


Interesting facts

  • Her kit, Moon, is named after her.[11]
  • Just like Tree, Moonlight also has the power to see the spirits of dead cats.[12]

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Needlepaw: "Didn't your mother name you? You said you named yourself, but your mother must have given you a name when you were born."
Tree: "If she did, I forgot it."
—Needlepaw and Tree about his name Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 408
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 59
  3. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 404
  4. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 60
  5. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 321 and 407
  6. Revealed in the blurb for Squirrelflight's Hope
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 57
  8. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 308
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 61
  10. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 94
  11. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 409
  12. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, chapter 11
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