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"Not of rain, but of a great new dawn that awaits our Clan. In that ray of light, our warrior ancestors showed me the future, and it will be glorious!"
Runningnose to ShadowClan in Rising Storm, page 5

Rising Storm is the fourth book in The Prophecies Begin arc, formerly known as the Original arc.[6] Fireheart and Cloudpaw are featured on the original cover.[7] Yellowfang is the cat depicted on the reprinted cover.[8] It features Fireheart as the main protagonist and Runningnose in the prologue.


To Denise - this is as close to a song as I could get
Special thanks to Kate Cary


Fire Alone Can Save Our Clan...
Fireheart's traitorous enemy Tigerclaw has been vanquished and exiled from ThunderClan, but Fireheart can't shake the feeling that he's lurking out there in the forest, waiting for his chance to strike.
That's not the only problem facing the young ThunderClan deputy in these blazing summer months, as he struggles to handle sinister omens, an apprentice with a shocking secret, and a devastated Clan leader who is a shell of her former self.
Meanwhile, the forest gets hotter and hotter... and everyone braces for the coming storm...

The Praise

"Hunter once again tells a good, suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward, and teens may find their own journey toward adulthood echoed in the protagonist's struggles and self-doubts. Although background from earlier books may be useful, this can be read on its own; a handy list of characters at the beginning of the book will help readers keep track of Hunter's large cast."[6]
- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat."[6] -Publisher's Weekly
"A suspenseful adventure story that urges readers onward."

-ALA Booklist

Detailed plot description

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Runningnose, the ShadowClan medicine cat, is watching over Nightstar, as he is gravely ill, as most of the other ShadowClan cats. When Runningnose hears the terrifying screech of an owl, he is worried, because owls are known as an omen of death. As he searches the night sky for Silverpelt, he realizes the swath of stars is covered with clouds, and he wonders if their warrior ancestors had abandoned them because of the sickness. Then, the clouds shift to reveal a single star and a frail beam of light is sent through the den as Nightstar breathes a long and steady breath. Runningnose is hopeful that StarClan is still watching ShadowClan. As he raises his head and gives silent thanks to StarClan, he hears spirits whispering in his head, telling him about a glorious future for ShadowClan.
Then, the owl that had screeched earlier, flies over the den roof, covering the star and plunging the den into blackness, and scratching the den roof with its talons. Runningnose shrinks down onto his belly. He thinks the owl must have scented the sickness on Nightstar, and come looking for easy prey; however, the owl then flies away, but the star disappears. Runningnose hears cats fretting about the owl, asking if it took any kits and why it had come so close to the camp, and leaves the den to calm them down. He then tells them about ShadowClan's glorious future.
Fireheart is ThunderClan's new deputy, but the exiled Tigerclaw still haunts his dreams. He wonders if ThunderClan would be ready if Tigerclaw attacked. Most of the cats are still shocked about Tigerclaw's disloyalty and many warriors are badly injured after the fight with the rogues led by Tigerclaw. The elders are worried about the broken deputy ceremony, and agree that Fireheart's deputyship will be a dark time for the Clan. On top of that, Cloudpaw is being rude and dismissive of the warrior code and StarClan.
Bluestar does not seem like herself; her spirit and pride had been damaged by the shock of Tigerclaw's betrayal. She refuses to do the required leader duties, and Fireheart has to watch over the Clan and organize everything, from organizing patrols to appointing mentors. At one point, Bluestar decides to visit the Moonstone to get advice from StarClan, but a WindClan patrol does not let her pass, being hostile to ThunderClan since they sheltered Brokentail. As a result, Bluestar slips into further paranoia, concluding that StarClan does not want to help her Clan.
Soon, mysterious ShadowClan scents are found on the territory. Two ShadowClan warriors, Littlecloud and Whitethroat, both reeking with sickness, stumble to the ThunderClan camp asking for herbs. Yellowfang immediately recognizes the sickness and sends the two cats away. Not long after, Fireheart finds Cinderpelt treating to the ShadowClan warriors in secret, her compassion helping her find the right herbs to heal the two cats. He makes her promise to send them away once they recovered.
Fireheart must continuously put up with his disrespectful nephew and apprentice Cloudpaw, who does not care for the warrior code, and frequently visits Twolegplace to accept food from a Twoleg. One day, Cloudpaw is caught by a Twoleg, put in a monster, and taken away. The Clan cats conclude that Cloudpaw willingly chose to return to his kittypet life. Later, Ravenpaw comes to ThunderClan and announces that he saw a white cat locked in a Twoleg nest close to his territory. Fireheart and Sandstorm conclude that it must be Cloudpaw and, along with Ravenpaw, got to rescue him. When they find Cloudpaw, he decides to rejoin the Clan, and Bluestar allows him to do so. During the months of greenleaf, the relationship between Sandstorm and Fireheart grows even more.
Tigerclaw and a group of Brokentail's old rogues attack a ThunderClan patrol near the Thunderpath. When Fireheart leads a patrol to investigate what happened, they discover Runningwind's body with Whitethroat bending over him. Thinking he killed Runningwind, Fireheart attacks Whitethroat and chases him onto the Thunderpath, where he is hit by a monster and dies. Tigerclaw reveals himself and fights Fireheart, promising to destroy ThunderClan. The rogues show up as well, but a RiverClan patrol, comprising of Graystripe, Leopardfur, Blackclaw, and Stonefur appears to help ThunderClan. Fireheart tells the Clan that Tigerclaw and his rogues want revenge, and he makes sure the camp is guarded day and night.
Meanwhile the weather gets hotter and drier, and eventually a fire sweeps through the forest. The cats evacuate the camp and head for the river. When they discover that Halftail, Patchpelt and Bramblekit are missing, Fireheart and Yellowfang return to the camp to search for them. Fireheart rescues Patchpelt and Bramblekit, but Yellowfang and Halftail get trapped by a burning tree and Fireheart is forced to leave them. The cats cross the river to be safe from the fire, and Crookedstar lets them shelter in RiverClan territory.
After the fire is put out, Fireheart and Graystripe go and see what is left of the ThunderClan camp. They find the forest blackened and charred, with no undergrowth, and no prey. In the camp, Fireheart finds Yellowfang still alive, and before she dies, she reveals that Brokentail was her son, and that she has killed him. Later, ThunderClan returns to their own territory, and the warriors are hard at work trying to rebuild their destroyed camp. They hope the forest will grow back and prey will return soon.
At the next Gathering, Bluestar refuses to go, and Fireheart leads the ThunderClan party. They learn that after both Nightstar and Cinderfur died from a sickness, the same one Littlecloud and Whitethroat suffered from, Tigerclaw becomes leader in his place, now Tigerstar, to the shock of Fireheart and all of ThunderClan.



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

Publication history

  • Rising Storm (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 4 January 2004[6]
  • Rising Storm (EN), HarperCollins (paperback), 15 February 2005[6]
  • Бушующая стихия (RU), OLMA Media Group (hardcover), 12 May 2005, translated by Veronica Maximova[9]
  • Rising Storm (EN), HarperCollins Children (paperback), 2006[10]
  • Bão Nổi (VI), Da Nang (unknown binding), December 2006, translated by Huong Lan[11]
  • 폭풍전야 (KR), Kyobo (unknown binding) 5 February 2007, translated by Kim Yi Seon[12]
  • Avant la tempête (FR), Pocket Jeunesse (paperback), 15 March 2007, translated by Aude Carlier[13]
  • ファイヤハートの挑戦 (JP), Komine Shoten (hardcover), 15 June 2007, translated by Yukako Takabayashi[14]
  • 風暴將臨 (ZH), Morning Star (unknown binding), 15 November 2008, translated by Gao Mei[15]
  • 风起云涌 (ZH), China Children's Publishing (paperback), 1 January 2009, unknown translator[16]
  • ファイヤハートの挑戦 (JP), Komine Shoten (hardcover), 20 May 2009, translated by Yukako Takabayashi[17]
  • Vor dem Sturm (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (hardcover), August 2009, translated by Klaus Weimann[18]
  • Rising Storm (EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 13 October 2009[6]
  • Vor dem Sturm (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (audiobook), November 2009, translated by Klaus Weimann, narrated by Marlen Diekhoff[19]
  • Kyla audra (LT), Garnelis (unknown binding), 2010, translated by Danguole Žalytė[20]
  • Myrsky nousee (FI), Art House (hardcover), September 2010, translated by Vesa-Matti Paija[21]
  • Voor de storm (NL), Fantoom (hardcover), 1 November 2010, translated by Huberte Vriesendorp[22]
  • Oluja i bijes (HR), Znanje (paperback), 2012, translated by Jana Merlin[23]
  • Uvejret kommer (DK) Sohn (hardcover), 11 May 2012, translated by Gabriela Lundbye[24]
  • Prima della tempesta (IT), Sonda (hardcover), 10 October 2012, translated by Maria Milano[25]
  • Antes de la tormenta (ES), Salamandra (paperback), 30 April 2013, translated by Begoña Hernández Sala[26]
  • Voor de storm (NL), Baeckens Books (paperback), 11 March 2014, translated by Huberte Vriesendorp[27]
  • Rising Storm (EN), HarperCollins (paperback; reprint), 17 March 2015[6]
  • Myrsky nousee (FI), Art House (paperpack), June 2014[28]
  • Cisza przed burzą (PL), Nowa Baśń (paperback), 14 November 2016, translated by Katarzyna Krawczyk[29]
  • Vor dem Sturm (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (paperback), 10 April 2017, translated by Klaus Weimann[30]
  • Cisza przed burza (PL), Nowa Baśń (paperback) 13 April 2017[31]
  • Rising Storm (EN), HarperCollins (audiobook), 10 October 2017[6]
  • Bouře přichází (CZ), Albatros (paperback), 19 October 2017[32]
  • 风起云涌 (CN), China Children's Press (2nd edition paperback), 1 September 2017, translated by Zhao Zhenzhong[33]
  • 폭풍 전야 (KO), Garamchild (paperback), 10 April 2019, translated by Seo Nayeon[34]
  • Cisza przed burzą (PL), Nowa Baśń (audiobook), 2 June 2020, translated by Katarzyna Krawczyk, narrated by Maciej Kowalik[35]
  • 폭풍 전야 (KO), Garamchild (e-book), 10 June 2020, translated by Seo Nayeon[36]
  • Bão nổi (VI), Vietnamese's Writers Association Publisher (paperback; reprint), 12 February 2021, translated by Nguyen Minh Thu[37]
  • Cisza przed burzą (PL), Nowa Baśń (paperback; reprint), 18 March 2022, translated by Katarzyna Krawczyk[38]


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Notes and references

  1. Revealed on the dedication page of Rising Storm
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the inside right flap of Rising Storm
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed on the back cover of Rising Storm
  4. Revealed on the copyright page of Rising Storm
  5. Revealed on Audible.com (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 Revealed onHarperCollins.com (backup link)
  7. Revealed on warriorcats.com - Cloudpaw's image is the same as the white cat on the cover.
  8. Revealed on Facebook messenger with the Erin Hunter marketing team.
  9. Information from ru.wikipedia
  10. Information from amazon.com
  11. Information from vinabook.com
  12. Information from libro.co.kr
  13. Information from Pocket Jeunesse
  14. Information from Komine Shoten
  15. Information from cn.wikipedia
  16. Information from Xinhua Books
  17. Information from Komine Shoten
  18. Information from Beltz
  19. Information from beltz.de
  20. Information from garnelis.lt
  21. Information from tietosanoma.fi
  22. Information from book depository.com
  23. Information from kgz.hr
  24. Information from gucca.dk
  25. Revealed on amazon.it
  26. Information from amazon.com
  27. Information from bookdepository.com
  28. Information from tietosanoma.fi
  29. Revealed on empik.com
  30. Revealed on Beltz
  31. Revealed on amazon.fr
  32. Revealed on Albatros
  33. Revealed on amazon.cn
  34. Revelated on blog.naver.com
  35. Revealed on storytel.com
  36. Revelated on blog.naver.com
  37. Information from tiki.vn
  38. Revealed on Nowa Baśń's Instagram