"This warrior will not stop until every Clan cat has paid for what he believes was stolen from him when he was alive."
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, Darkness Within. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.

The Broken Code is the seventh arc of the Warriors series.[2] It follows the Clans by the lake, set after the events of A Vision of Shadows.[3] The main characters are Shadowsight, Rootspring, and Bristlefrost and their struggles to bring back StarClan, who have gone mysteriously silent. Bramblestar's body has been taken over by an impostor.

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Lost Stars

Life among the five warrior cat Clans has not always been peaceful. But as bitter leaf-bare season decends on the lake territories, warriors on all sides have set aside their differences to focus on survival.
Yet this leaf-bare brings with it not only scarce prey, sickness, and deadly cold, but also a threat to the very fabric of warrior code--the Clans' connection with their ancestors in StarClan. In ShadowClan, a young medicine cat apprentice is plagued by a terrifying vision that will shape the fate of all five Clans... and reveal and threat they must face alone.[4]

The Silent Thaw

ThunderClan's beloved leader, Bramblestar, has escaped a narrow brush with death, assuring all five Clans that StarClan is still watching over them, even if they have remained strangely silent. But when Bramblestar's ghost begins to haunt Rootpaw, the SkyClan apprentice, knows something is terribly wrong. Bramblestar is alive and well—so why is his spirit asking Rootpaw for help?
The only cat who may have an answer is medicine cat apprentice Shadowpaw, who has received a frightening vision naming cats from several Clans who have broken the warrior code. But is StarClan really calling for these codebreakers to be punished?[5]

Veil of Shadows

A stranger rules ThunderClan in Bramblestar's place, demanding that the codebreakers named in the young medicine cat Shadowsight's strange vision be punished—and banishing any warriors who dare to stand in his way. As the false leader tightens his grip, suspicions begins to spread among the Clans, and a vicious attack targeting Shadowsight threatens to divide them.
In SkyClan, Rootpaw knows it's time to share the truth about Bramblestar's ghost. But false accusations could spark war, and the ThunderClan leader's spirit has already begun to fade. How much longer before he—and the Clans' trust in the warrior code—is lost forever?[6]

Darkness Within

Exiled from her Clan, former deputy Squirrelflight now knows a terrifying truth: the cat leading ThunderClan in no longer the Bramblestar they knew, but the spirit of a dead warrior on a quest for vengeance. Even the most loyal warriors have begun to question how long they can wait for their true leader to return before they must act.
While the fate of his body hangs in the balance, the spirit of the real Bramblestar has vanished, and Rootspring is powerless to reach him. To uncover the truth behind his disappearance and StarClan's silence, Rootspring must search out the ways of his own ancestors, a mysterious group of she-cats called the Sisters, hoping they can help him find Bramblestar—before it's too late.[7]

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Main characters

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Important events

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Lost Stars A harsh leaf-bare descends upon the Clans, and the connection with StarClan is cut off. Shadowpaw seems to be the only one who can still communicate with them, and Bramblestar dies. However, after over a day of being dead, he is revived, but begins acting strangely.
The Silent Thaw With newleaf approaching, the Clans are shocked to learn that StarClan remains silent. Bramblestar's impostor starts a tyrannical rule of ThunderClan, posing as ThunderClan's leader and punishing several cats who wrong the warrior code in the slightest. Several cats become aware that the real Bramblestar is a ghost, and desire to see the true Bramblestar back in his rightful place as ThunderClan's leader.
Veil of Shadows The impostor continues his grip on ThunderClan by exiling those who object to him, but ThunderClan grows tired of his tyranny as the impostor continually makes more rash and questionable decisions. Meanwhile, the rebels desire to out the impostor and return Bramblestar to his body. After a battle, the impostor is exposed publicly to the Clans, imprisoned, and deposed, and Squirrelflight becomes aware of his true identity.
Darkness Within After the impostor is revealed to be Ashfur, the Clans struggle to make a desicion on whether to kill the cat possessing Bramblestar's body, or to keep him alive so Bramblestar could potentially return.[34] After receiving help from The Sisters, they discover that Ashfur is making the ghosts of the fallen suffer,[35] and the Clans decide to kill Ashfur.[36] However, he escapes and kidnaps Squirrelflight into the Moonpool with him.[37]
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Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Kate teased the reveal of the series by hinting "the return of a controversial character".[blog 1]
    • Kate also teased that the character who will receive the most character development will be "someone you'd never expect".[blog 2]

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed on HarperCollins
  2. Revealed on HarperCollins
  3. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  4. Revealed on the inside left flap of Lost Stars
  5. Revealed on the inside left flap of The Silent Thaw
  6. Revealed on the inside left flap of Veil of Shadows
  7. Revealed on the inside left flap of Darkness Within
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 30
  9. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 3
  10. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 15
  11. Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 24
  12. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 48
  13. Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 1
  14. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 3
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 106
  16. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 7
  17. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 1
  18. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 17
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 1
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 2
  21. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 115
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 14
  23. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 1
  24. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 23
  25. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 63
  26. Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 6
  27. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 173
  28. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 190
  29. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 8
  30. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 19
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Revealed in Darkness Within, page 182
  32. Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 5
  33. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 312
  34. Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 6
  35. Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 17
  36. Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 21
  37. Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 25

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