"Twigpaw has not made this decision lightly. I've seen her struggling to do the right thing. Her heart has been torn in two directions since she came. I'm proud she has found the courage to decide. [...] She's found where her true loyalty lies. That is not a waste of anyone's time. If she'd stayed here, with half her heart in ThunderClan, what use would she have been?"
— Sandynose to Leafstar about Twigpaw in Darkest Night, page 288

Sandynose is a stocky, light brown[7] tabby[11] tom with ginger legs[7] and amber eyes.[12]

Sandynose was a SkyClan warrior that has served under Leafstar's leadership in the gorge and the lake territories. He was born to Clovertail and Patchfoot along with his sisters, Birdwing and Honeytail. He became an apprentice named Sandypaw, and later a warrior as Sandynose. He gained his first apprentice, Pebbleshine, after her mentor, Billystorm, was killed and soon becomes mates with Plumwillow; however, while Plumwillow was expecting their kits, Sandynose disappeared when SkyClan fled the gorge after Darktail's attack. During his absence, Hawkwing raised his kits, but upon his return, Sandynose reunited with his family and met his kits, Finkit, Dewkit, and Reedkit. Sandynose mentored Twigpaw when SkyClan arrived at the lake, however, he supported her decision to return to ThunderClan. He later mentored Quailfeather. During a battle instigated by the impostor, Sandynose was killed and became a ghost, unable to find StarClan.


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A Vision of Shadows

"When I tell you to catch a bird, I mean catch a bird. If I want you to catch a mouse, I’ll say mouse. You’re a SkyClan cat now. Any cat can catch prey on the forest floor. Only SkyClan can hunt in the trees."
—Sandynose to Twigpaw about being a SkyClan cat Darkest Night, page 135
Sandynose is a warrior in SkyClan, who has recently arrived to the lake. Despite Twigpaw passing her warrior assessment in ThunderClan, Sandynose becomes her mentor upon her decision to join SkyClan, determined to train his apprentice from the ground up as a SkyClan warrior. When his son, Finpaw, is trapped under a fallen branch, Sandynose gives Puddleshine consent to severe his tail after attempts to move the branch fail.
As Finpaw recovers, Sandynose disapproves of his close relationship with Twigpaw, due to his suspicions that Twigpaw was still loyal to ThunderClan. He confronts Twigpaw about their friendship, arguing that she was distracting him from his training. When Twigpaw chooses to return to ThunderClan at her warrior ceremony, Sandynose defends her choice to Leafstar, explaining that she would be no use as a SkyClan warrior with half her heart in ThunderClan. He later gains a new apprentice, Quailpaw.

The Broken Code

Sandynose's apprentice, Quailpaw, is now a warrior named Quailfeather. Sandynose, along with his mate, Plumwillow, agree with the impostor about punishing codebreakers. He doubts the existence of Bramblestar's ghost when it was summoned by Rootpaw and Tree. During a battle against the Clans instigated by the impostor, Sandynose is one of the few cats killed. Rootspring sees his ghost during a Gathering where he and the others are unable to find StarClan.

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"Thank you, Hawkwing. I can never repay you for keeping my family safe."
—Sandynose to Hawkwing Hawkwing's Journey, page 405
In Hawkwing's Journey, Sandynose takes over Pebblepaw's training after Billystorm is killed on Darktail's mission to find the Clans. He chastises Hawkwing for being suspicious of Darktail, accusing him of being prejudiced against cats who were not Clan-born. When Darktail's rogues attack the gorge, he and Hawkwing work together to fight off a rogue, but disappears in the retreat. Several cats are killed in the battle, including his sister, Honeytail, and father, Patchfoot, and the Clan assumes Sandynose to be dead. Plumwillow bears his kits in his absence, naming them Dewkit, Reedkit, and Finkit, and Hawkwing acts as their father. Upon Sandynose's return, he is initially suspicious of Hawkwing, but eventually thanks him for taking care of his family.
In Tigerheart's Shadow, a ShadowClan hunting patrol chases a rabbit over the newly established border, which Sandynose catches and decides to return it to the ShadowClan cats. Though the ShadowClan warriors are hesitant, they accept the rabbit, later returning the favor by giving SkyClan a rabbit in return.

SkyClan and the Stranger

"Clovertail always said secrets should be told if they made anyone feel bad. And this secret is starting to make me feel bad!"
—Sandypaw to Birdpaw about sneaking out The Rescue, page 46
Sandypaw is an apprentice along with his sisters, Honeypaw and Birdpaw. When he and Nettlesplash break the warrior code by eating on patrol, Leafstar punishes them by making them search Lichenfur for ticks. Later, he sneaks out of camp to eat kittypet food with Nettlesplash and Birdpaw, but begins to feel guilty. He is mocked by Birdpaw when he wishes to come clean, but appears smug when she and the others are reprimanded by Leafstar.


Interesting facts

  • Finleap looks exactly like him.[13]
  • Kate thinks the reason Sandynose was so strict on Finpaw is because he thought he couldn't take his training seriously.[blog 1]


  • Sandynose appears as a non-tabby in gray-scaled version of SkyClan and the Stranger[2] but this is fixed in the colored version of the book.[12]
    • Furthermore, Sandynose is shown with darker ears in colored versions of SkyClan and the Stranger.[12]

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"I don't see why I can't tell Tinycloud—it could help the Clan!"
—Sandypaw to Birdpaw and Honeypaw The Rescue, page 46

Sandypaw: "Clovertail always said secrets should be told if they made anyone feel bad. And this secret is starting to make me feel bad!"
Birdpaw: "Well, you don't have to come with us anymore, do you?"
Sandypaw: "Fine! I won't!"
—Sandypaw to Birdpaw about telling Tinycloud about their secret The Rescue, page 46

Reedkit: "[Sandynose is] there."
Finkit: "We want you to tell us what's going on. You're our father, not this stranger."
Dewkit: "Yeah, can't you send him away? You're Clan deputy; every cat has to do what you tell them."
—Reedkit, Finkit, and Dewkit about Sandynose to Hawkwing Hawkwing's Journey, page 408

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"He's obsessed with making every cat act like they are still in the gorge. He told me yesterday he was going to find a cliff so I could practice rock-climbing like a gorge cat. Doesn't he realize we're lake cats now? It would be better to learn how to swim."
—Finpaw about his father to Twigpaw Darkest Night, page 139

"Well-marked borders make good neighbors. When every cat is clear where their boundaries lie, there is no excuse for misunderstandings. And misunderstandings can lead to battles."
—Sandynose about borders Darkest Night, page 248

"Kits can be a worry. We have so many hopes for them. And yet we can't protect them from every danger or disappointment. And they grow up so quickly, so sure they know everything, and so determined to make their own choices, even if they're wrong. We can only pray that StarClan guides their paws."
—Sandynose about kits Darkest Night, pages 249-250

"We didn't claim territory! We have taken nothing that wasn't give to us freely."
—Sandynose at a Gathering Darkest Night, page 269

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 281
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Rescue, page 10
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 404
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Rescue, page 51
  5. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 257
  6. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 272
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 146
  9. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 134
  10. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 214
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger
  13. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 333
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