Mothwing's Secret is the eighteenth novella attributed by HarperCollins.[3]


Special thanks to Clarissa Hutton


A new medicine cat's path to her ultimate destiny.

Detailed plot description

Mothwing struggles to fall asleep in the RiverClan warriors' den, despite others hushing her. She reflects that she misses her mother, Sasha, despite choosing to stay in the Clan with her brother Hawkfrost. Mothwing fitfully falls asleep, quickly becoming absorbed in a nightmare. As a kit, she recalls herself, Hawk, and Tadpole searching the Twolegplace for Sasha's former owner, Ken. After getting lost, the trio run into a group of rogues that scare them into hiding in a Twoleg nest, which floods due to a burst pipe, and ends in Tadpole drawing. Mothwing grumpily wakes in her nest, promising to herself that she will remain with her living brother forever. The next day, she returns from a hunting patrol, where Hawkfrost reminds her why they need to prove they are good warriors due to their heritage.
Days later, Mothwing participates in an watermint gathering patrol but is sent back to camp when Mistyfoot notices she is tired. Hawkfrost chastises Mothwing for this, and they soon notice that Cinderpelt, ThunderClan's medicine cat, has come to visit Mudfur. The golden she-cat is interested in their conversation, but is distracted from it when Hawkfrost starts a play-fight with her. Heavystep rushes in, reporting that Blackclaw is stuck in the river] mud. Leopardstar rescues him, while Mudfur and Cinderpelt are able to get the mud out of the warrior and save his life.
Mothwing is awed, and later goes to see Mudfur, asking to be trained as a medicine cat apprentice. Mudfur agrees to talk to RiverClan's leaders about it, but needs a sign from StarClan, as well, which leaves her befuddled until he explains. Mothwing later begins healing her Clanmates unofficially, and though Hawkfrost is displeased, Mistyfoot offers encouragement. Though cats at the Gathering are unhappy with Mothwing and Hawkfrost, Leopardstar sticks up for them. Mothwing struggles with whether she believes in StarClan or not, wanting not to displease her Clan.
Mothwing continues her training under Mudfur, and Hawkfrost warms to the idea of his sister becoming a medicine cat to cement their position in RiverClan. Mudfur continues to hold out for a sign from StarClan about her, which he believes is a moth's wing he finds outside his den. Mothwing is initiated as a medicine cat apprentice, but upon her return from Highstones, learns that the sign was fake. She reluctantly concurs not to tell Mudfur at Hawkfrost's goading.
Moons later, Mudfur has fallen ill, and Mothwing cares for him. She talks with Hawkfrost, who reports that Sasha was on RiverClan territory today, and had admitted to Firestar that they were Tigerstar's kits. Mothwing is shocked, but is soon distracted as Mudfur starts to struggle for breath. She calls for help, and receives Leopardstar's permission to get Cinderpelt's help. Mudfur recovers slightly after receiving help from the ThunderClan cats, though it soon becomes apparent he is dying. After he dies, cats comfort her, though swiftly prepare for the coming journey. As the cats leave on their journey, Sasha inquires whether her kits would like to leave with her. They decline, with the encouragement of others to stay, though Mothwing does so reluctantly.
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Publication history

  • Mothwing's Secret (EN), HarperCollins (eBook), 7 April 2020[3]
  • A Warrior's Spirit (EN), HarperCollins (paperback) (included within), 7 April 2020[3]
  • A Warrior's Spirit (EN), HarperCollins (eBook) (included within), 7 April 2020[3]

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed on the dedication page of Mothwing's Secret
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the back cover of Mothwing's Secret
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Revealed on HarperCollins (backup link)
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