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"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 is a sleek,[10] slender black tom[11] with amber eyes.[12]

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.

History

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Dawn of the Clans

"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)
Sun Shadow is born to Moon Shadow and Dewy Leaf along with his siblings, Crow Muzzle and Dancing Leaf. Sun Shadow is a spitting image of his father, and the only surviving member of his litter. Before he was born, his father left with several other Tribemates to journey to find a new home. His mother never forgave Moon Shadow for leaving them, and she instead finds a new family with Sharp Hail and their kits, Melting Ice, Falling Dusk, and Morning Star. Sun Shadow longs for his father, and believes he would be proud of him, unlike Sharp Hail who constantly lectures him for leaving the cave.
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.

Novellas

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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.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Kate loves Sun Shadow, and finds him to be a dear, quiet, serious, and empathetic tom.[13]

Mistakes

  • He was mistakenly referred to as a warrior.[14]

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Quotes

"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?"
Dewy Leaf: "You're curious and brave. And sometimes reckless and selfish. And smart and cunning...Maybe I'm afraid that you'll leave, like Moon Shadow did. Maybe that's why I hold you so close"
—Dewy Leaf and Sun Shadow about the latter's attitude The Blazing Star, page 14 (Bonus Scene)


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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!"
Stoneteller: "Don't worry about me. I've lived a long life, and soon I'll be among friends. It's time for you to find your own life, your own friends who will greet you when at last you make the journey to the stars."
Sun Shadow: "Thank you."
—Stoneteller giving Sun Shadow the strength to leave the Tribe 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."
Sun Shadow: "He... was...?"
Thunder: "Moon Shadow was killed. He died bravely saving his friends from a fire."
Sun Shadow: "My father!"
Quiet Rain: "We always knew they were taking a risk when they left the mountains."
Sun Shadow: "But I wanted a chance to know him."
Thunder: "I should have told you before. I'm sorry."
—Thunder and River Ripple revealing Moon Shadow's death, and Sun Shadow's grief over it 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?"
Sun Shadow: "No. It got better as time passed. 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 after Micah dies 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 and Sun Shadow about Micah 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..."
Moon Shadow: "I've been watching you since you came to the forest. I'm so proud of you. This is where you belong now."
Sun Shadow: "It is? But what about ShadowClan?"
Moon Shadow: "We will watch over them together. Come with me."
—Sun Shadow and Moon Shadow in StarClan Shadowstar's Life, page 224

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 224
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 24
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 219
  5. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 305
  6. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter one
  7. Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 4
  8. Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 264
  10. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 269
  11. Revealed in The Blazing Star: Bonus Scene, page 10
  12. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 196
  13. Revealed on Kate's blog
  14. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 221
Tribe of Rushing Water (ancient) cats
Healer Stoneteller
Members Twisted BranchStone SongHollow TreeSharp HailJay Frost
Cats that left on the sun trail Shaded MossTall ShadowClear SkyGray WingBright StreamDappled PeltRainswept FlowerTurtle TailMoon ShadowShattered IceCloud SpotsQuick WaterHawk SwoopFalling FeatherJackdaw's CryJagged PeakQuiet RainSun Shadow
Queen Dewy Leaf
Kits Fluttering BirdCrow MuzzleMelting IceDancing LeafFalling DuskMorning Star
Elders Lion's RoarSnow HareSilver FrostMisty Water
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