"When her littermates received warrior names, Briarlight was given one too, a reflection of her fierce-burning spirit, a recognition of the unimaginably difficult and unique apprenticeship that she had served."

—narrator about Briarlight in The Ultimate Guide, page 49


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Previous Name(s)
Briarkit, Briarpaw

Briarlight is a sleek-furred,[1] dark brown she-cat[2] with a broken lower spine,[3] sky-blue eyes,[4] and inoperable rear legs.[5]


Briarkit was born to Millie and Graystripe. She almost died from greencough, along with her mother, Millie.


Briarpaw's mentor is Thornclaw. She tries to save Longtail from the falling tree, but it results in getting a broken lower spine.


Briarlight, though useless, was useful in the medicine cat's den with Jayfeather. She couldn't go to Gatherings because of her condition, though she remained doing daily exercises to stay fit and strong.


She later dies of sickness in River of Fire.


  • While originally having been said to only live a little while longer after Fading Echoes was published,[6] she had not died until at least eight years after the publication of the book where she had her injury.[7]
  • It was revealed by Vicky that Briarlight's injuries are permanent.[8]
  • On Kate's blog, it was revealed that Briarlight can never have kits because of her injury.[9]
  • Vicky confirms that Millie neglected her other children out of her desperate attempt to care for Briarlight.[10]
    • Kate confirms that Millie still loves Blossomfall and Bumblestripe and wishes Briarlight weren't injured so she could spend more time with them.[11]
  • Briarlight won't have kits, although she still has a happy life.[12]


Mother: Millie

Father: Graystripe

Brother: Bumblestripe

Sister: Blossomfall

Half-Sister: Feathertail

Half-Brother: Stormfur

Half-Uncles: Sootfur, Rainwhisker, Darkstripe and Longtail

Half-Aunt: Sorreltail

Grandmother: Willowpelt

Grandfather: Patchpelt

Great-Aunts: Spottedleaf and Leopardfoot

Great-Uncle: Redtail

Great-Grandmother: Swiftbreeze

Great-Grandfather: Adderfang

Great-Great-Grandmother: Flashnose

Great-Great-Aunt: Daisytoe

Half-Nephew: Pine That Clings to Rock

Half-Niece: Lark That Sings at Dawn

Cousins: Nightkit, Mistkit, Tigerstar, Sandstorm, Bramblestar, Tawnypelt, Hawkfrost, Mothwing, Tadpole, Leafpool, Squirrelflight, Tigerstar, Flametail, Dawnpelt, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Molepaw, Cinderheart, Poppyfrost, Honeyfern, Molewhisker, Cherryfall, Fernsong, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Alderheart, Sparkpelt, Juniperkit, Dandelionkit, Strikestone, Sleekwhisker, Juniperclaw, Goosefeather, Moonflower, Bluestar, Snowfur, Mistystar, Mosskit, Stonefur, Whitestorm, Reedwhisker, Perchkit, Pikepaw and Primrosepaw

Distant Ancestors: Cloudstar, Birdflight, Spottedpelt and Gorseclaw

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 178
  2. Revealed in Eclipse, page 158
  3. Revealed in Fading Echoes, pages 173-174
  4. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm
  5. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 154
  6. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  7. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 16
  8. Revealed in Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  9. Revealed on Kate's blog
  10. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  11. Revealed on Kate's blog
  12. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook