Hawkfrost’s Story: Why Hawkfrost NEEDS a Novella! by HollyleafTheGreat

HollyleafTheGreat shares why they think Hawkfrost needs a novella.

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Okay, first off, I know it might seem weird for me to say he needs one, and you likely think that I just want to see one, but he actually needs a novella. Allow me to tell you why.
The first reason that Hawkfrost should have a novella is that he’s a popular character, therefore announcing a novella would likely be well-recieved, and when it came out, would likely be profitable. The second reason is the reason he NEEDS one: It would complete his character. Currently, Hawkfrost doesn’t have a strong character arc. He’s Tigerstar’s son, was left in RiverClan by his mother, conspired with his father and brother, nearly killed Firestar with Ashfur, was killed, and trained cats in the Dark Forest when he died, before the Great Battle, where he died again at Ivypool’s claws. He could have a very good character, but he isn’t very developed. His traits are vague: He’s evil and ambitious, like his father, but he’s weaker because he dies so soon after we learn he’s evil, whereas Tigerstar was suspected to be evil all along, and eventually rose to power. However, if we gave Hawkfrost a novella, likely set sometime in the later half of The New Prophecy, we could see his thoughts and feelings, and spend some time knowing him. Did he ever feel bad about manipulating and blackmailing cats like his sister, or did he view other cats as pawns that, if influenced just right, could bring about his rise to power? Was he ever wary of Tigerstar? Was he really going to rule the forest alongside his brother, or did he simply want Brambleclaw’s help to be leader until he was of no use.
The only thing I have to say that’s negative, is DO NOT make another Redtail’s debt, with timeskips, boring main character, and canon-defiant material with a concept that could have been amazing! I’ve already talked about what I feel for Redtail’s Debt, so all I can say is DON’T LET SOMEONE WHO’S NEVER READ THE BOOKS WRITE FOR THEM!
So yeah, we should have a novella where we see the thoughts of Hawkfrost when he manipulated cats, trained with Tigerstar, and even how hurt and betrayed he felt when Brambleclaw had to kill him. It would be a success, if written well, and Hawkfrost as a character NEEDS one to be completed.

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  • Although it’s Brambleclaw who killed him, I agree it’ll be nice for a novella about Hawkfrost! I heard people say he’s just a boring Tigerclone, but… although it’s kind of true…
    He’s excellent at acting and persuading, and it would be nice for a very good reason for him to become evil, not because of some other cat so we can blame him or her, like Mapleshade.
    Great article!

  • Good article! I liked it a lot. I just read your article about Redtail’s Debt and all I can say is that I’m guessing you really hate that book 😛

    • Yeah, it irked me because despite being a while since I read Prophecies Begin, I remember a few key details. Like Oakheart dying from being crushed by rocks and that being the way Tigerclaw was proven evil.

  • Yes! I really don’t understand what made Hawkfrost evil. He was just like a regular apprentice in A Shadow in RiverClan 

    • Probably abandonment issues from being left behind by both Sasha and Feathertail, the isolation of feeling like it was just Mothwing and him living in a Clan that didn’t want them, and the constant fear that someone would find out about his father and throw him out of the Clan entirely. All of that was easy for Tigerstar I to prey on.

      • 🐅🌟Tigerpaw/shine (Tiger Dashing Under Shining Sun/Tiger Shine/Tiger) (mae/mim/mair/mairself, rav/rae/raven/ravenself, she/her/her/herself)🐅🌟 says:

        But why not Mothwing? Mothwing would have had the same issues. If he had taken over her before she became a med cat (We saw in one of the power of three books that he depises med cats, something about how Hollyleaf was finding a better path? idr) he could have used her as well. why not her?

        • I have no idea either! It’s clear in Mothwing’s Secret that she’s simply never been contacted by him, despite having grown into a complete warrior before even trying to become a medicine cat. Tigerstar I approached all three of his other children. It’s a mystery.

  • We need a novella about Hawkfrost because how in the world is he able to appear in dreams outside of Dark Forest!

    All the other cats, when they summon the trainees, seem to summon them into Dark Forest. Yet Hawkfrost brings Ivypool to a sunny field of yellow flowers. Even Ivypool calls this out when she discusses her training in Dark Forest with Lionblaze and Jayfeather. We need some explaination, though I doubt even Hawkfrost would know if we asked him for one.

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