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"Remember. This isn't about the warrior code or the Tribe's code. It's about life or death, just like the trespassers said. And you—the Tribe—you will be the ones who live!"
Brambleclaw rallying the Tribe of Rushing Water in Outcast, page 294

Outcast is the third book in the Power of Three arc.[5] Breezepaw is the cat featured on the reprinted cover.[6] It features Jaypaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw as the main protagonists. Stripes, his cats, and the Tribe are featured in the prologue.

Dedication

To Jessica
Special thanks to Cherith Baldry

Blurb

There will be three, kin of your kin... who hold the power of the stars in their paws.
A secret prophecy shapes the lives of Firestar's grandchildren, but only one of the three knows about it. Jaypaw is captivated by the power it promises, and he believes the key to that power may lie buried in the distant past – with the ancient cats who once walked these woods and now prowl through his dreams.
His search for answers leads him toward the mountains – the home of the Tribe of Rushing Water. Lionpaw and Hollypaw feel drawn to the mountains too, for different reasons.
But the mountains hide secrets as well as answers, and if the three cats find a way to get there, they may discover more than they ever expected.

Praise

“A suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward.”[7]
-ALA Booklist
“Action-packed. Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur haunt the family cat.”[7]
-Publishers Weekly

Detailed plot description

Looking for a shorter overview? Find one here!

Intruders invade the Tribe of Rushing Water. Crag sends Sheer to tell the Tribe that the cats are invading. The invaders and the Tribe get into a heated debate about the prey, and it turns into an attack. The prologue ends with the Tribe of Endless Hunting watching helplessly over the Tribe.
Jaypaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw resume their lives as normal after rescuing three WindClan kits, Sedgekit, Thistlekit, and Swallowkit from the tunnels. They were helped by Breezepaw and Heatherpaw, and each of them promised not to mention the events that happened in the tunnels.
Jaypaw and his mentor Leafpool, are at the lake on ThunderClan's territory, looking for mallow. Leafpool mentions just because they aren't on the brink of battle, doesn't mean they don't need the herb. Jaypaw is distracted, however, by the stick that connects him to Rock. Leafpool catches him with the stick and scolds him while also being mildly curious. On their way back to camp, Leafpool and Jaypaw run into Hazelpaw during her warrior assessment. She makes a big deal about the vole she caught, and Dustpelt finds her talking to Jaypaw instead of hunting, who tells her to get back to hunting. They also run into Berrypaw during his warrior assessment. He becomes angry as Jaypaw's clumsy walking ends up scaring the blackbird he had been stalking. The two have a small argument but Leafpool walks back to the clearing with Jaypaw and Brambleclaw redirects his apprentice's thoughts back to hunting.
Later that day, Berrypaw is boasting about his catch and motions with his head, a scathing comment about how Jaypaw made him miss a blackbird. Berrypaw, Hazelpaw, and Mousepaw then become warriors, named Berrynose, Hazeltail, and Mousewhisker. Brambleclaw says that they should only give warrior names to apprentices who can keep their mouths shut. Only a day or two later, Icekit and Foxkit become apprentices and their mentors are Whitewing and Squirrelflight, respectively.
Soon, ThunderClan gets visitors from the Tribe. This shocks Stormfur and Brook at first, because Talon and Night are asking them to come back. They also bring news that Jag is dead, which startles Squirrelflight. Stormfur is outraged at this request, and tells the story of how he and Brook became outcasts after prompted by Firestar. It is later revealed that Stoneteller had nothing to do with Talon and Night's arrival, and that they came of their own accord, asking the ThunderClan cats for help against rogues that were stealing prey and land from them. Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and Jaypaw each find the aspect of traveling to the mountains intriguing and they finally get their chance, when Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight take them along to the mountains, along with Tawnypelt and Crowfeather, so they could also help out. Brambleclaw says that he wants all the cats that went on the first trip to the Sun-drown-place, save for Feathertail. Breezepaw also accompanies his father, Crowfeather, much to his and his father's disdain.
On their way to the mountains, they meet Purdy, an elderly old cat who helped the Clan cats on their journey to the sun-drown-place. Breezepaw has a very foul attitude towards Purdy, because he is a kittypet and an elder. He guides them through the Twolegplace, and saves Breezepaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw from three dogs in a barn he previously warned them about. When they are at the end of the Twolegplace, Purdy says good-bye and leaves them.
Once there, the Clan cats are confronted by Stoneteller, who is not quite happy they came. After some persuasion, and time, Stoneteller allows the Clan cats to stay and help them deal with the intruders. They start training every Tribe cat how to fight like Clan cats, adapting some of the Tribe's hunting moves into battle moves. The Tribe cats continue not to be fond of the idea of "boundaries", constantly stating that they did not like to change ancient traditions, but go along with the training regardless.
After the boundaries are set, the Tribe cats challenge the intruders once more. The rogues ignore the boundaries, and there are several small skirmishes about the boundaries. Stoneteller decides to conduct a vote on whether to leave the mountains or to fight the rogues. Most of the cats choose to fight the rogues, leaving them to start preparing for the battle. Stoneteller snarls that this battle will be the end of the Tribe.
Jaypaw once again tries to find out about the mysterious prophecy: "There will be three, kin of your kin, who hold the powers of the stars in their paws." He talks to the Tribe of Endless Hunting, but he is unable to find out anything new, much to his dismay.
In the end, the Tribe drives out the invaders, mostly thanks to Lionpaw with his fierce and impressive battle skills, who comes back from the battle covered in the rogues' blood. Hollypaw thinks it was his blood, and rushes to tell Jaypaw right away. When Jaypaw finishes examining Lionpaw, Hollypaw boasts to Jaypaw how brave Lionpaw was during the battle.
Jaypaw decides to tell Hollypaw and Lionpaw about the prophecy, knowing that it was time. He tells them to listen, because there is something he needs to tell them.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Cherith Baldry has said the title of Outcast is a reference to Stormfur and Brook and how they are outcasts from The Tribe of Rushing Water.[8]

Interesting facts

  • The back cover of Outcast can be seen in the Law and Order SVU episode, Surrendering Noah, on Olivia Benson's bookshelf at 39:24.[9]

Mistakes

A compiled list of the errors present in Outcast can be found here.

Publication history

  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 22 April 2008[5]
  • Отверженные (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 31 January 2009, translated by Veronica Maximova[10]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 24 March 2009[5]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 13 October 2009[5]
  • 驅逐之戰 (CN), Morning Star (unknown binding), 31 December 2009, translated by Gao Mei[11]
  • Exil (FR), Pocket Jeunesse (paperback), October 2012[12]
  • 追放 (JA), Komine Shoten (paperback), 20 October 2012, translated by Takabayashi Uchinaga[13]
  • Verbannt (DE), Beltz & Gelberg (hardcover), 28 January 2013, translated by Anja Hansen-Schmidt[14]
  • Verbannt (DE), Beltz & Gelberg (audiobook), 28 January 2013, translated by Anja Hansen-Schmidt and narrated by Marlen Diekhoff[15]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (paperback; reprint), 30 June 2015[5]
  • Karkotus (FI), Art House (hardcover), 30 Sebtember 2015, translated by Nana Sironen[16]
  • Verbannen (NL), Baeckens Books (hardcover), 29 March 2016, translated by Pauline Akkerhuis[17]
  • Verbannt (DE), Beltz & Gelberg (abridged audiobook), 21 February 2017, translated by Anja Hansen-Schmidt and narrated by Marlen Diekhoff[18]
  • Verbannt (DE), Beltz & Gelberg (paperback), 4 October 2017, translated by Friederike Levin[19]
  • Exilio (ES), Salamandra (paperback), 31 July 2019[20][21]
  • Exilio (ES), Salamandra (Kindle), 11 April 2019[22]
  • Outcast (EN), HarperCollins (audiobook), 3 December 2019[5]
  • Wyrzutek (PL), Nowa Baśń (paperback), 25 June 2020, translated by Katarzyna Krawczyk[23]
  • 추방 (KO), Garamchild (paperback), 30 November 2020, translated by Seo Nayeon[24]
  • 추방 (KO), Garamchild (e-book), 15 December 2020, translated by Seo Nayeon[25]

Gallery

Notes and references

  1. Revealed on the dedication page of Outcast
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the inside right flap of Outcast
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed on the back cover of Outcast
  4. Revealed on Audible.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Revealed on HarperCollins.com (backup link)
  6. Revealed on Facebook messenger with the Erin Hunter marketing team.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named amazon
  8. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
  9. revealed on Gyazo
  10. Information from ru.wikipedia
  11. Information from cn.wikipedia
  12. Information from chronobook.fr
  13. Information from Komine Shoten
  14. Revealed on beltz.de
  15. Revealed on beltz.de
  16. Information from risingshadow.fi
  17. Revealed on hebban.nl
  18. Revealed on beltz.de
  19. Revealed on beltz.de
  20. Revealed on Salamandra
  21. Revealed on amazon.com
  22. Revealed on amazon.com
  23. Revealed on empik.com
  24. Revealed on blog.naver.com
  25. Revealed on blog.naver.com


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