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"If the fifth Clan is not saved, worse things will come than a storm. Eventually it will mean the end of all the remaining Clans. And if we have no living cats to guide, it will mean the end of StarClan itself."
Shadowstar to the deceased ShadowClan cats in River of Fire, page 4
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Chapter Number: Prologue (of 21)
Page Numbers: 1-5

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A warm breezes carries over the grass, bringing with it the scents of prey, and fresh growth of newleaf. The sun shines from a blue sky, with clouds drawn along it, and a stream gurgles its way down a slope, then widens out into a pool. Along the pool, a group of cats ponder, with starlight shining in their fur, and stars glittering in their eyes and on their paws. A cream-colored she-cat laments about giving her life up for ShadowClan, and she never would've thought of her birth Clan not existing.
A white she-cat with black ears nuzzles the cream she-cat's shoulder, ears quivering, and considers that maybe it's their fault, since the cats didn't fight harder in life. A hiss comes from a silver she-cat, who paces restlessly at the water's edge; she halts, then rounds on her companions, telling the white she-cat that she's wrong, for the true blame is on Rowanclaw. Yellowfang, a dark gray she-cat with grizzled fur, sits on a boulder some tail-lengths away. She contradicts the young she-cat, reminding Needletail that Rowanclaw wasn't the only one who misunderstood Darktail's true intentions, and that she and other the ShadowClan cats chose to join his kin.
Needletail's voice drips with sarcasm as she retorts back, and Blackstar, the leader before Rowanclaw, steps forward after Yellowfang admits that she thought Brokenstar's leadership was bad enough. The black-footed white tom declares that he trusted his former deputy, and believed he would've made a good leader, but asks aloud what Rowanclaw could've done after his Clan betrayed him for a rogue. Dawnpelt sadly agrees, adding that she knows others and herself have made mistakes. Beenose murmurs about the rest of ShadowClan joining up with SkyClan, and questions if Leafstar can truly trust them.
Needletail exclaims that what they've just said is a load of mouse-droppings, narrowing her green eyes, and goes on to criticize Rowanclaw for not being stronger, causing the younger warriors to want to follow Darktail and his violent rogues. She challenges why he was given nine lives, to only give them up, but before she can insult the former ShadowClan leader further, a new voice interrupts them. The StarClan cats turn to look, and a black she-cat with starlight-washed fur walks toward them with neat steps. Needletail asks about the cat, but Blackstar states that he's never seen the StarClan cat before.
The black cat appears undaunted by the other spirits' twitching tails and bristling fur, then declares to the surrounding cats that she is Shadowstar, ShadowClan's first leader. The StarClan cats take a step back instinctively, prompting a gasp from Dawnpelt, whilst the others murmur in astonishment. Yellowfang dips her head in a measure of respect, and even Needletail appears to be in awe of Shadowstar's appearance. The thick-furred black cat looks sternly at Needletail, telling her the end of ShadowClan is about much more then Rowanclaw's failure, and the loss of their territory.
She says that from the beginning, ShadowClan has always been destined to be one of the five Clans, but the cats glance at each other, seemingly uncertain. Yellowfang asks why Shadowstar has come to tell them such, and the old leader explains the origins of the Clans: the first leaders each had a camp in one terrain, one in the marsh, the forest, the river, and the moor, best suited to the group's abilities. She talks about how only when the groups all worked together, is when they survived, like the petals of a blazing star. Shadowstar finishes by telling the group that they must send messages to all living cats, since ShadowClan has to survive.
Dawnpelt says that it's too late for ShadowClan to be saved, and Blackstar adds that they've given prophecies already, but the Clans ignore them. Shadowstar lashes her tail, insisting that if the Clan isn't saved, more things rather then a storm will hit the Clans, resulting in the end of them, and StarClan itself. Shocked silence falls over the spirits, but Needletail breaks it, smoothing one paw over her whiskers, stating that they need to work on sending the correct message.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Revealed in River of Fire, page 2
  3. Revealed in River of Fire, page 3



River of Fire chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Bonus Scene
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost Stars
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's Hope
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's Life