"Your luck is going to run out if you go on tempting fate like this."
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, The Place of No Stars. 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.

Concept development

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Lost Stars

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The Silent Thaw

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Veil of Shadows

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Darkness Within

The Clans find out that the impostor is Ashfur. They decide to send a patrol to ask the Sisters to try to revive Bramblestar. The Sisters agree to help, and journey back to the Clans. They perform a ceremony, but instead of seeing Bramblestar, the Clans see ghosts of friends in agony. They see that Ashfur is making these ghosts suffer, so the leaders decide to kill Ashfur. Instead, Shadowsight releases Ashfur after seeing Bramblestar, which allows the dark tom to kidnap Squirrelflight and take her to the Dark Forest.

The Place of No Stars

After hearing stories from Shadowsight and Rootspring, the leaders decide to investigate the scene at the Moonpool. Against the leaders' decision, Shadowsight decides to go to the Dark Forest and try to rescue Squirrelflight.
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Main characters

Major characters

Supporting characters

Important events

Book Event
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 decision on whether to kill the cat possessing Bramblestar's body, or to keep him alive so Bramblestar could potentially return. After receiving help from The Sisters, they discover that Ashfur is making the ghosts of the fallen suffer, and the Clans decide to kill Ashfur. However, he escapes and kidnaps Squirrelflight into the Moonpool with him.
The Place of No Stars The Clan cats learn that Ashfur has taken Squirrelflight to The Place of No Stars, and start trying to organize a rescue to save her. They discover that Ashfur is trapping the spirits of the dead in the Dark Forest and keeping them under his control so he can force Squirrelflight to be with him, and then take over the afterlives as well as the living world. However, Bramblestar and Squirrelflight are able to escape Ashfur, with Bramblestar reuniting with his body, but Rootspring and Snowtuft, a Dark Forest cat who allied with the living, are captured by Ashfur.

Publication history

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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]

See also

External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed on HarperCollins
  2. Revealed on HarperCollins
  3. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 30
  5. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 3
  6. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 15
  7. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 36
  8. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 48
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 2
  10. Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 1
  11. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 3
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 106
  13. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 7
  14. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 1
  15. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 17
  16. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 115
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 14
  18. Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 5
  19. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 190
  20. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 173
  21. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 18
  22. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 19
  23. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 8
  24. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 139
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 1
  26. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 1
  27. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 23
  28. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 265
  29. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 63
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 12
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 6
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in Darkness Within, page 182
  33. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 312
  34. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 22
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Revealed in Darkness Within, chapter 4
  36. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 21

Author references

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