'Long Shadows'

Long Shadows
AuthorErin Hunter
Cover artistWayne McLoughlin
CountryUnited States
SeriesWarriors: Power of Three
GenreChildren's literature
Fantasy novel
Publication date
25 November 2008
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Preceded byEclipse 
Followed bySunrise 

Long Shadows is a children's fantasy novel, the fifth book in Erin Hunter's Warriors: Power of Three, and was widely released on 25 November 2008. The book follows the adventures of Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather. The book has sold over 250,000 copies.[1]

Plot summary[]

When Sol persuades almost all of ShadowClan to give up belief in StarClan, Tawnypelt takes her kits to ThunderClan, hoping to find refuge there, because she did not want to be part of a Clan that does not believe in StarClan. In hope of helping ShadowClan, Jaypaw, along with his siblings and Tawnypelt's kits, create a fake sign from StarClan to show Blackstar that StarClan is real. Blackstar is not convinced until the fake sign turns real when StarClan cats Raggedstar and Runningnose appear, and tell Blackstar to get rid of Sol.

A greencough outbreak begins in ThunderClan, and the Clan is short of the remedy, catmint. Jaypaw has a dream telling him there is a fresh supply in WindClan territory. Jaypaw asks Lionblaze to fetch the catmint. He gets the catmint and gives it to Jaypaw, but not without a tension-filled encounter with his ex-friend Heathertail. Soon the Clan is healed and Jaypaw finally receives his full medicine cat name, Jayfeather.

Later, Jayfeather has a strange dream. In his dream, he has traveled back to a time before the Clans. The lake territories are inhabited by a group of cats who loosely resemble a Clan. Jayfeather awakes as a young cat called Jay's Wing. The cats are being threatened by human expansion, and they hold a vote to move to the mountains. Jayfeather realizes that this group of cats will become the Tribe of Rushing Water, which in turn becomes the modern Clans, so he casts the deciding vote to send the group to the mountains in order to ensure the existence of the future Clans, and he then awakes in the present time again.

During a storm, the ThunderClan camp catches fire. Jayfeather, Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Squirrelflight are trapped. Squirrelflight makes it through the flames and drags a stick through in an attempt to save her kits. Just as Lionblaze leaps on, Ashfur blocks the way. Squirrelflight begs him to let them through, but Ashfur tells her that he never forgave her for choosing Brambleclaw over him. He says that he will now kill her kits in another attempt to hurt her. Squirrelflight then reveals a crucial secret: they are not her kits, so she will not be hurt if Ashfur kills them. Ashfur lets her kits live, but he threatens to tell her secret.

The fire burns out and the camp is cleaned up. Three days before the Gathering, Ashfur asks Firestar if he can go. Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Squirrelflight are worried that he is going to publicly announce their secret. Between then and the day of the Gathering, the three warn Ashfur that he will regret it if he reveals the secret. He refuses to listen to them. Right before the Gathering, the patrol of warriors going notices that Ashfur is missing. On the way to the Gathering, they see Ashfur's body lying in the WindClan stream as if he had drowned. They take him back to camp and have a vigil for him. However, Leafpool notices a gash in his neck, implying he was murdered. After the Gathering, Firestar announces that Ashfur's death was unknown and suspects a cat from WindClan may have killed him. The three vow to keep the recent events involving them, Squirrelflight, and Ashfur a secret.


Long Shadows received mostly positive reviews, praising the tension and characters. Horn Book Review said that Long Shadows moves very slowly, but that fans who have read the previous books would still enjoy it. It received a rating of 4.31 stars on Goodreads[2] and a rating of 4.8 stars on Barnes and Noble.[3]


  1. ^ "Big fall children's books.(On-Sale Calendar)(Calendar)". AccessMyLibrary. Publishers Weekly. July 21, 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Long Shadows (Warriors: Power of Three, #5)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  3. ^ "Long Shadows (Warriors: Power of Three Series #5)|Paperback". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2021-03-17.

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