|"I've grown to love it here. My Clanmates feel like kin now. We quarrel sometimes, but we look out for each other no matter what. And the hunting is good and, when newleaf comes, and the oak woods turn green and the wind from the moor brings the scent of heather blossom, I am glad I came. And I feel I have gained more than I've lost."|
|— Sun Shadow about loss to Moth Flight after Micah dies in Moth Flight's Vision, pages 275|
Sun Shadow was the first deputy of ShadowClan under Shadowstar's leadership in the forest territories. He was born to Moon Shadow and Dewy Leaf along with his siblings, Crow Muzzle and Dancing Leaf in the Ancient Tribe. His father had left with several other cats to find a new home, and together with Quiet Rain, they leave to find Moon Shadow. Sun Shadow discovered his father had died, but found peace with his aunt, Tall Shadow, in her camp. When she was named leader of ShadowClan, she named Sun Shadow her deputy. He died saving Shadowstar from dogs, and ascended to StarClan where he finally met Moon Shadow. Raven Pelt succeeded him as deputy.
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- "Nothing has happened to us! Not in my lifetime. I wish something would happen! Then living here might not be so boring."
- ―Sun Shadow to Dewy Leaf about the mountains The Blazing Star, page 8 (Bonus Scene)
- As punishment for his latest excursion, Sharp Hail orders Sun Shadow to take care of Stoneteller. As she lays dying, Stoneteller encourages the young kit to leave the Tribe and search for his father, knowing he would never truly be happy in the mountains. Sun Shadow leaves the mountains that night and is quickly followed by Quiet Rain, who joins him on his quest. The two travel for many moons until they arrive at the forest and run into Thunder. Thunder takes them to Tall Shadow, Moon Shadow's littermate, and on the way, he informs Sun Shadow that his father had died. Sun Shadow grieves for the father he would never get to know, but finds a new home with Tall Shadow and her group.
- In Shadowstar's Life, while journeying home with Shadowstar after speaking with Skystar at the Gathering, dogs attack them. They attempt to fight them off, but are both killed in the process and wake up in StarClan. Gray Wing greets them and introduces Sun Shadow to his father, Moon Shadow. The Clan holds a vigil for their deputy, and Mud Paws and Juniper Branch fight each other to be his potential replacement. Shadowstar discovers that Quick Water led dogs to them that fateful night, and the Clans go to war. Shadowstar and Quick Water are killed and wake up in StarClan. Sun Shadow greets them and Quick Water apologizes to them both for their deaths.
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|Sharp Hail ♂||Dewy Leaf ♀||Moon Shadow ♂||Shadowstar ♀|
|Morning Star ♂||Falling Dusk ♂||Melting Ice ♀||Sun Shadow ♂||Dancing Leaf ♂||Crow Muzzle ♀|
= Gender Unknown
- The Blazing Star (First appearance)
- A Forest Divided
- Path of Stars
- Moth Flight's Vision
- Thunderstar's Echo
- Shadowstar's Life †
- He was mistakenly referred to as a warrior.
- "But all I want to do is get out and see the world."
- ―Sun Shadow's thoughts The Blazing Star, page 4 (Bonus Scene)
- "He liked Stoneteller, and admired how her wisdom guided the Tribe and how she cared for each of them as if they were her own kits."
- ―Sun Shadow's opinion on Stoneteller The Blazing Star, page 8 (Bonus Scene)
- Dewy Leaf: "I'm sorry Sharp Hail is so hard on you sometimes. It's just...oh, you really worry me, Sun Shadow! You're so much like your father! Sometimes I don't know what to do with you."
- Sun Shadow: "How am I like my father?"
- The Blazing Star, page 14 (Bonus Scene)
- Stoneteller: "You know now, don't you? You're ready."
- Sun Shadow: "Yes, I'm ready to leave. I drove off a hawk out there, and that means I've proved myself. I can't leave you, Stoneteller. Not like this!"
- The Blazing Star, page 21 (Bonus Scene)
- "Don't try to stop me. I need to do this."
- ―Sun Shadow to Quiet Rain before he leaves the Tribe The Blazing Star, page 22 (Bonus Scene)
- Thunder: "This cat is Moon Shadow's son."
- River Ripple: "Moon Shadow was a fine cat."
- A Forest Divided, page Chapter 14
- "He came here to find his father, but now he is truly alone among strangers."
- ―Thunder's thoughts on Sun Shadow after Quiet Rain's death A Forest Divided, page chapter 23
- Sun Shadow: "Everything was so different here from what I'd known. Most of the cats couldn't even imagine what it was like to hunt the peaks. Or to never be warm. I felt like a stranger. Like no one knew how I felt. It was like being trapped beneath ice, mouthing words to cats who couldn't hear what I said."
- Moth Flight: "Do you still feel that way?"
- Moth Flight's Vision, pages 276-277
- Moth Flight: "Micah would have liked you."
- Sun Shadow: "I think I would have liked him too."
- Moth Flight's Vision, page 276
- "When you go home, tell Sun Shadow he was right."
- ―Moth Flight to Pebble Heart Moth Flight's Vision, page 320
- Shadowstar: "I'm so sorry."
- Sun Shadow: "It's not your fault. You told me to run. But I couldn't leave you to fight them off alone. But...I'm dead? I don't remember exactly..."
- Shadowstar's Life, page 224
- (Warrior of the Week #41)
Notes and references
- Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 224
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 3
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 24
- Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 219
- Revealed in Path of Stars, page 305
- Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 1
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 4
- Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
- Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 264
- Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 269
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 10
- Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 196
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 8
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 20
- Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 13
- Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 93
- Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 220
- Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 221
|Tribe of Rushing Water (ancient) cats|
|Members||Twisted Branch • Stone Song • Hollow Tree • Sharp Hail • Jay Frost|
|Cats that left on the sun trail||Shaded Moss • Tall Shadow • Clear Sky • Gray Wing • Bright Stream • Dappled Pelt • Rainswept Flower • Turtle Tail • Moon Shadow • Shattered Ice • Cloud Spots • Quick Water • Hawk Swoop • Falling Feather • Jackdaw's Cry • Jagged Peak • Quiet Rain • Sun Shadow|
|Kits||Fluttering Bird • Crow Muzzle • Melting Ice • Dancing Leaf • Falling Dusk • Morning Star|
|Elders||Lion's Roar • Snow Hare • Silver Frost • Misty Water|