Grassclaw shares a theory of what events might occur during River of Fire. Spoilers below!
**BEFORE WE BEGIN, MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SHATTERED SKY, DARKEST NIGHT, AND TIGERHEART’S SHADOW. DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU WANT TO AVOID ANY AND ALL SPOILERS**
So, after finishing both Darkest Night and Tigerheart’s Shadow, I have to say that I am rather impressed with where the story is going so far in A Vision of Shadows. So many twists and turns, this has been one crazy ride! Before I begin my theory, I feel the need to recap the major plot points established in the past few books and where we now stand story wise:
1. Shattered Sky: Onestar, back in the forest territories, had mated with a kittypet named Smoke. Onestar, knowing that the kits would never be accepted into WindClan, decided to abandon Smoke. This leads to Smoke raising her kit, Darktail, to hate the clans and reject the Warrior Code. In a final clash, Onestar and Darktail take each other down by drowning in a lake
2. Darkest Night: WindClan is back to normal, Harespring is the new leader. SkyClan is given part of ShadowClan territory near the clearing. RiverClan, for whatever reason, pulls a WindClan/Power of Three ShadowClan, and closes down their borders. ShadowClan is in turmoil, due to Tigerheart suddenly disappearing and Rowanstar’s ineffective leadership, he resigns as leader, reverts back to Rowanclaw, and disbands ShadowClan, He then cedes ShadowClan’s territory to SkyClan and all ShadowClan cats are absorbed into SkyClan.
3. Tigerheart’s Shadow: Tigerheart finds the will to lead. He is granted his 9 lives by StarClan (Technically 8 because he had already died) and is dubbed Tigerstar. Tigerstar vows to rebuild ShadowClan to it’s former glory.
So, now that we understand where we are in the plot, onto the theory: Sol will return as the main antagonist of River of Fire. If you connect the dots between the main points in 1 and 2, it becomes clear.
Sol and Darktail share such a similar background and history that many theorized Darktail to be Sol’s son! First of all, they both have a deep seated hatred for the clans and the Warrior Code, both for the same reason: Rejection. Just as Sol was rejected by SkyClan, Darktail was rejected by Onestar. After being rejected by SkyClan, Sol goes to reek havoc on the lake clans. Sound familiar? After betraying SkyClan, Darktail then seeks out the lake clans.
A question I feel that many fail to ask about Darktail is: How does he just magically stumble upon SkyClan? Think about it. Darktail was born in the old forest territories; the gorge is around a quarter moon (2 week) journey from there! Who could have possibly tipped Darktail off about where SkyClan was? It couldn’t of been Smoke or any of the Twolegplace cats for obvious reasons. The only logical answer (unless it’s a cat that has yet to be revealed) is Sol. He is definitely still seeking revenge on the clans, and he would certainly see Darktail as a ripe opportunity for vengeance.
Now, onto point 2,. Remember how Mistystar shut down RiverClan’s borders for “rebuilding”? Well, what if this is just a farce and Sol, with the help of the remnants of Darkatil’s , is manipulating RiverClan and Mistystar into turning their backs on StarClan like ShadowClan and Blackstar did? I could certainly see Sol pouncing on talking points like “Why didn’t StarClan save your poor, starving clanmates?” and “All listening to StarClan and their “prophecies” did was bring death and destruction to your clan!”. It would also sure would explain the title “RIVER of fire”
All of this leads me to believe that in River of Fire, Sol will make his return as the main antagonist once again. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all pans out.
Agree? Disagree? Tell me what you all think bellow!