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"I mean, no one is completely evil … Dragons are complicated. Some are kinder than others, or braver than others, and some of them do really cruel things. But everyone has both good thoughts and bad thoughts and reasons for what they do, reasons that they believe are important."
—Moonwatcher to Qibli and Winter, Winter Turning

Moonwatcher, preferring the nickname Moon, is a female NightWing dragonet and the main protagonist of Moon Rising. She is the first known NightWing in over 2,000 years to possess real prophetic and mind-reading abilities.

Unlike most of her tribe, Moonwatcher was raised in the Rainforest Kingdom by Secretkeeper until the age of four. She is currently attending Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet and is in a relationship with Qibli.


Moonwatcher is said to look a lot like her mother, Secretkeeper, but with silver teardrop scales by her eyes.[1] She has cool, smooth, shiny[2] purplish-black scales with shades of dark blue and green mixed in.[3] She has a silver scale on the outside corner of each of her dark green eyes,[4] like a teardrop about to fall, that are larger and sparklier than Fatespeaker's.[5] She has small furrows crossing her forehead, as though she has a perpetual headache.[6] Secretkeeper described her as having a perfect tail, gleaming scales, and claws like miniature curved crescents.[5]


Moonwatcher is friendly but somewhat shy and stubborn, and shown to be very kind and caring. Due to being alone for most of her life, she initially had trouble interacting with others, sometimes stammering when trying to talk. Her ability to read minds and foresee the future was another reason why she found it so difficult to communicate with other dragons. She suffered from social anxiety and was easily scared by loud and hectic situations, as shown by her nervousness about the prey center at Jade Mountain Academy. She often tried to avoid being around others by going off and reading scrolls to calm herself down. Moon was very distressed about what others would think of her and didn't open up easily to her peers. She always looks for the good in dragons.

She's admitted to herself at one point that she doesn't want anyone to be able to see her subconscious side because then they would never like her. She is even more shy and nervous when she can hear someone's thoughts, though she would rather be able to than not. Her mind-reading and precognition have helped her several times, from listening to Scarlet dream-visiting Icicle, to knowing when the history cave would explode. In Winter Turning, she seemed to become bolder and more confident in herself. This is likely because of not hearing all her friends' thoughts.

As the second arc progresses, Moon is braver and has less trouble with stuttering. She also has multiple conversations with others, particularly with Winter, where she doesn't seem to be as scared as she was in Moon Rising. Moon has also been shown to be stubborn, especially regarding her belief that all dragons have some good inside. As the second series progresses, Moon doesn't let herself get pushed around as much, standing up to Winter when he's yelling at her in multiple books and confronting Darkstalker with her new knowledge of his wrongs in Darkness of Dragons. By the end of the second arc, Moonwatcher makes friends much more easily, and all who meet her seem to like her immediately, and she seems to have lost her shyness and social anxiety.

Moon becomes better at expressing her feelings, controlling her fear, and letting go of her worries as the series progresses. She also handles her visions better, managing the pain and maintaining flight in Darkness of Dragons instead of panicking as she did in Moon Rising. Moon also shows her determined side on many occasions, like when she convinces Winter of his good qualities, advocates for her belief that all dragons have some good in them, and seeks out Qibli at the end of Darkness of Dragons to ask if they can be together. So far, Moonwatcher has become a kind and friendly dragon who can sympathize and make friends easily. She has become much more outgoing, and she has no problem with stuttering. She can handle her visions perfectly well now, and her life seems to be very happy and content.


The Dragonet Prophecy

The Brightest Night
Glory mentioned Moonwatcher in the list of dragons who could go to Jade Mountain Academy when she told the dragonets of destiny that Kinkajou and Tamarin needed real teachers, not someone as inexperienced and awkward as her.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
After laying Morrowseer's egg, Secretkeeper hid it in the rainforest to protect it from the volcano and the harsh living conditions of the NightWing island. As hatching under one or more full moons gives NightWings their powers, and NightWings not having those powers in thousands of years, Secretkeeper was shocked to see her egg had turned silver. Moonwatcher then hatched under two full moons, thus giving her the powers of mind-reading and future seeing.

Four years later, Moonwatcher and Secretkeeper sit together near Jade Mountain Academy, watching the other students arrive. Coral, Turtle, Anemone and Auklet land, and Tsunami greets them happily. Moonwatcher first notices that she cannot read Turtle's mind. She can only hear a strange hum instead of thoughts, which confuses her. She then receives a vision of Turtle pinning Anemone down on a beach.

After Queen Coral and her dragonets enter the Academy, Secretkeeper says goodbye to Moonwatcher. Moonwatcher briefly stays where she is but eventually approaches the Great Hall, where Fatespeaker greets her. After receiving her welcome scroll and a map, Moonwatcher walks to her sleeping cave, where she begins looking through scrolls provided by the Academy. As Moonwatcher undergoes a headache from an external conflict between Carnelian and Pike, she is spoken to by a mysterious telepathic voice, which disappears shortly after talking to her.

Clay then separates the arguing dragonets, and Moonwatcher realizes that Carnelian is one of her clawmates as she storms into their cave. Shortly afterward, she is greeted by Kinkajou, her second clawmate, who invites her to the school library.

After speaking with the blind librarian, Starflight, Moonwatcher receives a library stamp and a soft black leather pouch to carry it in. She and Kinkajou then meet Sora, who continues to read while Moonwatcher and Kinkajou visit the prey center. After meeting Kinkajou's friend, Coconut, Moonwatcher rescues a terrified scavenger named Bandit from several dragonets who were trying to catch and eat him. She is confronted by Winter, who threatens to slice her face off if she didn't return his pet. However, he is quelled by Qibli, who attempts to negotiate with Moonwatcher, asking her to choose different food, before realizing that she doesn't want to eat Bandit. Sunny and Clay then intervene, and Moonwatcher returns to her sleeping cave, where she spends the rest of the day, eager to avoid conversation about their interaction.

That night, Moonwatcher experiences a dream of Jade Mountain collapsing. Her mystery friend helps her out of the nightmare, but after asking her what year it was, he abruptly disappears from her mind. Puzzled, Moonwatcher decides to visit Stonemover with intentions of finding her mystery companion in the flesh. After realizing that Stonemover is instead an animus dragon, however, she returns to her sleeping cave. There, she overhears Queen Scarlet and Icicle planning a murder through a dreamvisitor.

The following morning, Moonwatcher and her clawmates enter Tsunami's meeting cave, where they meet Umber and realize that Winter and Qibli have been placed into the Jade Winglet after their interaction the previous day. After an uncomfortable discussion about NightWing powers, Tsunami launches a hunting party and abruptly flies into the clouds, her students following more slowly. After catching a mountain goat, Moonwatcher follows the others to the prey center to eat. During the flight back, her mystery friend briefly teaches her how to slip other dragons' thoughts into the back of her mind by thinking of raindrops. She then shares her goat with Qibli, Umber, and Sora while Kinkajou and Coconut share fruit; Winter sits away from their group with Icicle.

Moonwatcher and Qibli then discuss Qibli's family, and although he believes that he'll never have to see them again, Moonwatcher has a vision of three bigger SandWings sneering down at Qibli as he shouts "Where is she?" at them. After her vision fades, Qibli appears concerned and thinks about offering Moonwatcher swordleaf root for her headaches, but she insists that she's okay.

After eating, Moonwatcher and Sora return to the library, where Sora begins reading a scroll regarding IceWings. After asking Starflight for a scroll concerning animus-touched objects, Moonwatcher receives one titled The Animus Histories. After reading about the Summer Palace, the Royal SeaWing Massacre, dreamvisitors, and Darkstalker, her mystery friend instructs her to read the section on Fathom, revealing himself to be Darkstalker soon afterward.

After Kinkajou warns Moonwatcher and Sora that history class is starting soon, one of the students alerts the Academy that "Queen Scarlet," who is quickly revealed afterward to be Peril, has invaded Jade Mountain. Upon seeing Peril, Clay invites her to stay, and Moonwatcher, Kinkajou, Winter, and Icicle then head to history class. Kinkajou introduces Moonwatcher to Tamarin, and Tamarin then introduces Onyx, her clawmate, to Moonwatcher and Kinkajou. Moonwatcher realizes that, like Turtle, Onyx's mind is impossible to read, even to Darkstalker. Webs, the history teacher, then begins his lesson to teach about the Scorching, but he is soon overwhelmed by questions unrelated to the topic. Moonwatcher, barely listening to Webs's lecture, converses with Darkstalker, and he eventually convinces her to at least consider the possibility of freeing him.

Later, during Kinkajou's suntime, Moonwatcher explores the school's tunnels and eventually approaches Mightyclaws, who is busy painting the NightWing island in the art cave alone. Moonwatcher, taking a canvas, brushes, and a few shades of blue and green paint, begins talking to him about NightWing powers and Darkstalker. Upon hearing Darkstalker's name, Mightyclaws reacts negatively, although he does answer her questions about him. He then storms out of the cave upon seeing Moonwatcher's painting, which depicts a badly-done rainforest, and snarls that the painting — in other words, Moonwatcher never having to live on the island — is why she would never be a true NightWing.

The next day, Moonwatcher attends her first music class with her winglet, playing a mbira. Afterward, on her way to the library, Winter approaches her to ask for help with Bandit. Although Moonwatcher tries to give Winter advice on helping his pet, he eventually storms out of the library in frustration. Halfway down the tunnel to her next class, history, she is hit by an awful vision of the history cave exploding in fire, killing her friends. Although Darkstalker advises her to stay away, she hurries toward the history cave. Although managing to stop most of the other dragonets from entering, Carnelian ignores Moonwatcher's warning and goes to class anyway.

The classroom then explodes. While Darkstalker calms her down, Moonwatcher's physical friends try to help her away from the smoke while Umber runs to get help. Peril and Clay then enter the cave, dragging out Carnelian, Tamarin, and Bigtail. Carnelian and Bigtail are confirmed dead, and Tamarin is alive but badly injured, taken away to the underground lake, and then to the infirmary by Onyx, Clay, and Pike. Winter, dragging Moonwatcher away from the fire, asks how she knew about the explosion. After Winter leaves, warning her to tell him how she knew by the next midnight, Moonwatcher confesses her mind-reading and visionary powers to the rest of her dismayed friends.

The only dragon who doesn't seem horrified by this is Turtle, who invites her to a large underground lake, where he pulls out a dragonflame cactus seed from her shoulder, which was stuck there by the explosion. Moonwatcher begins to fly above the water, contemplating whether or not to flee the Academy. Presumably deciding to stay, she lands on a boulder near Turtle. He suggests that she should use her mind-reading abilities to catch the arsonist, and she agrees. On their way back, they meet Tsunami and Sunny, who assure Moonwatcher and Turtle that they're trying their best to catch the dragon that caused the explosion.

The next morning, Qibli approaches Moonwatcher, offering to help her find the arsonist. They start by attending an assembly in which Sunny and Clay ask the students that they give the staff two days before leaving to find the killer, followed by a speech from Starflight concerning physiological trauma. Moonwatcher then listens to Pike, Icicle, and Flame's minds, but none of the suspects think about the explosion like they were the ones who caused it. While Darkstalker tries to help Moonwatcher out of Flame's angry thoughts, she is thrown out of his mind by Flame himself, who noticed the uninvited presence in his brain.

When they go to the prey center, unexpectedly, a stalactite falls where Icicle and Winter are sitting, nearly impaling Icicle. There were visible claw marks along the base of the stalactite, and that was when Icicle suspected Sora as the arsonist and of trying to murder her. Moon, reading Icicle's mind, rushed to save the little MudWing before Icicle could have her vengeance. They found Sora in the infirmary, apologizing to Tamarin. Sora, who was visibly crying, explained that Icicle was the one who had killed her sister, Crane, in a battle between the IceWings and MudWings during the War of SandWing Succession. Distraught, Moon let Sora escape into Pyrrhia with her brother Umber so that she wouldn't lose her life to Icicle.

Moon, Qibli, and Winter then found Icicle creeping toward Starflight to kill him on behalf of Ex-Queen Scarlet to free her older brother, Hailstorm, from her SkyWing prison. With the help of Qibli and Winter, Moon was able to stop her and save Starflight. However, Icicle escaped out of a leaf window; Qibli suspected that she had gone in search of Queen Glory to kill her since Icicle might have thought that Scarlet might forgive her if she killed the dragonet she hated the most.

As they make plans to search for her, they discover that Winter has left Jade Mountain, taking Bandit and his cage with him. After they found Winter in the pouring rain, the Jade Winglet (except Turtle) went with Winter to find Icicle. Moon later delivered the Jade Mountain Prophecy, then confessed her powers to Winter, giving him a skyfire stone to shield his thoughts.
Winter Turning
After arguing with the other dragonets, Winter finally allowed them to help him after Turtle returned to Jade Mountain to tell everyone where the rest of the Jade Winglet had gone. After setting Bandit free in the pouring rain, he traveled to the rainforest with Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou.

Once they had arrived, Moon offered Winter some fruit and started to discuss her childhood. Moon's mind was interrupted by a NightWing named Obsidian, who (according to Moon) had "dark thoughts." Arriving with Bromeliad, he nastily told them that rainforest visitors had to be permitted; as Kinkajou objected, Moon calmed her down by saying that going to the NightWing village would give her a chance to see her mother.

Glory sends them to the tribe's hatchery so that the guards could watch them, but they end up escaping regardless. This is accomplished when Kinkajou tells the dragonets in the wingery to count to one-thousand but then remembers they can't count, which gives them a narrower window of time. Winter uses his frostbreath to make a hole, which they all fly out of. They then find their way to the tunnel to the NightWing island. When they get there, Moon doesn't think this is what the prophecy meant by the 'Lost City of Night.' They find Icicle, who has been awake for days, to keep Scarlet from visiting her in her dreams. Kinkajou has left a trail for Queen Glory, who finds them, tranquilizes Icicle, saving Kinkajou in the process, and orders them all back to the Kingdom.

Moon and the others aren't about to give up easily. They find themselves soon traveling across the mountains to the Sky Kingdom, searching for a mountain where they believe Ex-Queen Scarlet may be hiding, and where they hope to find Hailstorm, Winter's older brother.

They go to the Talons of Peace, trying to find a SkyWing who can help them. There, Moon shows the only SkyWings there, Avalanche and Pyrite, a sketch of the mountains that she saw when Scarlet dreamvisited sleeping Icicle. Pyrite is a nervous, simple-minded, and unusual SkyWing, who is very loyal to Ex-Queen Scarlet. No one in the group thinks it's a good idea to bring her, but are left with no other options. Thus, Pyrite becomes their guide to finding Scarlet. Moonwatcher says she feels sorry for her. Moonwatcher also said it's almost like her thoughts are looping, stuck in perpetuity.

Eventually, the Jade Winglet finds Winter's brother, actually Pyrite, but transformed by Chameleon. Unfortunately, there is an unexpected encounter, in which Kinkajou is injured by a mysterious NightWing (who was Chameleon, as Shapeshifter) when she is violently thrown against a tree. Then, the group flies toward Possibility, where they find a MudWing doctor named Mayfly. Winter decides to take his brother back to the Ice Kingdom. He claims that he won't come back. Qibli and Moon say that, regardless, they will wait four days in case he changes his mind. Throughout his entire time in the Ice Kingdom, Winter thinks of Moon. Near the end, after he lost the Diamond Trial and because Hailstorm didn't want to kill him, he returns to his winglet, ready to help stop the prophecy and tell Moon exactly how he feels about her.
Escaping Peril
Moon tells Peril that Qibli probably had thought of five ways to defeat Peril, although he had only thought of three by the time she stated that. Then, she reveals to Peril that she is a mind reader, to which Winter later objects. Moon and Qibli await Winter, though they have doubts that he will show up. Once Moon finds Winter, he is severely burned because of an accident with Peril, and she frantically tells him not to die. Turtle reveals his animus magic by healing Winter with his river rock he enchanted to heal surface wounds. Moon is shocked to hear of his unexpected powers. After Peril comes back from the Sky Palace, Turtle tells Moon about the scroll in Chameleon's possession. Once the scroll is retrieved, Moon admits that she talked to Darkstalker and promised to return it to him. A heated argument arises, ending in an interruption from Turtle to sleep. The morning after that, she leaves without the others, knowing how Winter would react. She is carrying the scroll to release Darkstalker. When Peril finds her residing by Jade Mountain, Moonwatcher was crying because of what Darkstalker had done to Arctic. He enchanted him to do whatever he said, and apparently, he told him to disembowel himself. Soon the others return in shock that she is crying and hasn't released him yet. Taking turns fighting, they argued about who gets to keep the scroll. Peril tried to stop them by burning the scroll, but ended up giving Darkstalker precisely what he wanted, as he immediately got his powers back.
Talons of Power
Moon is seen talking with Darkstalker when he came out of the ground. When she notices that Winter, first arguing with Darkstalker, is now acting friendly and more open, she tells him not to enchant her friends. He denies that he did anything to Winter. When they tell him they all should go hunting, she tells Turtle to warn the school. Turtle does so, only to intrigue Anemone to meet Darkstalker. When they arrive after hunting, Darkstalker mentions seeing timelines with both of them, most likely referring to Winter and Qibli, where she responds by covering her ears and denying everything. Anemone sets off a lightning storm with copper armbands she enchanted to do so. Darkstalker asks if there are any scrolls about Fathom and Clearsight.

Flame comes to them, only to have the horrid scar on his face healed. Darkstalker also enchants a bracelet on Mindreader to give her mind-reading abilities, Mightyclaws' earring to give him the power to have anything he draws to come to life, and a makeshift bracelet for Fearless to give her super-strength. Moon seems worried about him giving out these free powers, provoking the now empowered NightWings to claim that she is just jealous. Then, Moonwatcher has a vision of someone being attacked, and brings Sunny and the others to Stonemover, who is very close to dying.

Darkstalker enchanted a stalactite to heal Stonemover. This then removes Stonemover's curse, which causes him to yell in alarm that his claws aren't his, after which Darkstalker enchants it to turn him back to stone. Anemone enchants a piece of bone to find the culprit, who is Flame. He states that he asked Stonemover to enchant his scar to heal, but he had refused, to conserve his soul. In reaction to this, Flame almost killed Stonemover. After this dilemma, Darkstalker says he wants to lead the NightWing tribe to the lost city of night.

When he gets to the rainforest, he asks Glory if he can bring her subjects back. To promote his idea, he starts handing out superpowers to the NightWings, though not making any permanent. Moon, Kinkajou, and Turtle then go to a cave close to where the NightWings are sleeping. When Turtle returns from following Darkstalker, Moon is awake. She says she had a nightmare and that her sleep schedule is different. Moon tells Turtle he is a good brother, and then they have a conversation about it before going to sleep. The next day, Moon says she is going to go with him, only to visit. They do so, and Moon follows Anemone to the room where Fathom stayed, but Anemone said it was too dusty and dirty. She starts to beat Moon with a mop, enchanted to continue hitting her until she began and finished cleaning.

Darkstalker then enchants Moon and Kinkajou, so they don't hear him tell Anemone to leave (although, of course, it doesn't work on Kinkajou, so Turtle tells her to act like it). After Anemone leaves, Darkstalker restores Moon. She then says she senses danger in the Kingdom of the Sea. Moon stays and most likely is forced to stay in the city by Darkstalker afterward.
Darkness of Dragons
Qibli is watching Moon leave for the rainforest with Darkstalker. Later in the book, she is shown through the Obsidian Mirror talking to Kinkajou. In Part Two, she appears when Qibli finds her in the NightWing library. She and Qibli reunite, and she seems happy to see him. Moon then begins talking about how amazing the NightWing library was and that she would stay forever because of this. Qibli silently disagrees and thought he only would if she asked him to.

Qibli then offers her one of the earrings and explains that they will protect her from Darkstalker's spells. She looks sad, saying that they don't need to worry so much about Darkstalker, but puts it on anyway. The earring didn't change her opinion of him, confirming that her trust for Darkstalker was her own.

Moon is present for much of the second and third parts of the book and helps to fulfill The Jade Mountain Prophecy alongside Qibli, Turtle, Kinkajou, and Anemone. Later, she is shown foreseeing Darkstalker as Peacemaker. In the epilogue, she and Qibli start an official relationship. Moon and Qibli then travel to Jerboa II, where they meet the first dragon from the lost continent of Pantala, later learned to be named Luna.

The Lost Continent Prophecy

The Lost Continent
She appears in the epilogue alongside Qibli when they first see Luna right where Darkness of Dragons ended. Moon is shocked to see a dragon from the lost continent for the first time and introduces herself and Qibli to the SilkWing. Moon tells Luna that she had a vision about her, and when Luna asks if she can see the future like Clearsight, Moon is surprised that Luna knows who Clearsight is. She tells her that she can see the future too, just not as well as Clearsight. Luna tells Moon she needs to get her back home, to which Moon says that she can't and hasn't even seen any visions of the future revolving around the lost continent. The young SilkWing responds, saying that she has to and that her tribe needs her help.
The Hive Queen
Moonwatcher appears in the prologue alongside Luna, Tsunami, and other dragons. Moon thinks that Luna wants her to save the SilkWings and that she is "the second coming of Clearsight." She thinks of how Luna doesn't know that Moon can read minds, and has a conversation with her, feeling guilty. Moon tells Luna the prophecy she has been hearing in her head. Qibli, Tsunami, and Turtle join them. Turtle tells them how his animus magic is "broken," and the others debate how to get to Pantala. Eventually, Tsunami says that "all [she] and Turtle have to do is swim there." Moon also appears in the epilogue with Luna. She shares her new vision with Luna and says that the Pantalan dragons are coming to Pyrrhia. Moon also sees dragons fighting one another and flames, which are probably from the burning Bloodworm Hive.
The Poison Jungle
Moon is mentioned by Tsunami in the SapWing village.



Princess Anemone appears to show a great deal of jealousy towards Moonwatcher throughout Talons of Power. This is because of Moon's closeness with Darkstalker. Moon seems oblivious to this until Anemone enchants a mop to attack her out of rage. Moonwatcher seems to forgive the SeaWing princess, as she defends Anemone when Darkstalker is furious with her for hurting Moon.


Darkstalker was the second dragon to learn about Moonwatcher's powers. Darkstalker appeared to be very upset that Moonwatcher hadn't received any training in using her powers without getting overwhelmed. He and Moon became good friends after he taught her to block out other dragons' thoughts, and she becomes the only dragon he truly cared about since Foeslayer, Clearsight, Whiteout, and Fathom. He asked her numerous times if she could retrieve his "talisman" — the scroll that held his animus power — and she tries to bring it to him in Escaping Peril. After Peril accidentally frees him by destroying the scroll and returning Darkstalker's power to him, Moon accuses Darkstalker of lying to her. He defends himself, saying that he was desperate to escape his imprisonment, which may have been true. However, Moonwatcher doesn't seem to trust him fully after that.


Kinkajou is Moon's best friend and has been shown to care much about her. Moonwatcher and her were clawmates in the Jade Winglet. Moon was distraught when Kinkajou was severely injured by a mysterious companion of Scarlet's (Chameleon, in his NightWing form, Shapeshifter), showing the strong bond between them. At first, Moon was put off by Kinkajou's energetic thoughts and actions, but realized that Kinkajou really did care about her.


When Moonwatcher firsts meets Luna with Qibli, she is rather startled and amazed by her appearance. In the epilogue of The Poison Jungle, Moon is shown to be a little uncomfortable around Luna, due to not telling her about her mind-reading, as Luna was very excited about her precognition. Despite this, their relationship seems to be somewhat of a friendship.


Morrowseer is Moonwatcher's father, but they never knew each other; Morrowseer never knew that Moonwatcher existed since Secretkeeper hadn't told him about their dragonet for fear that he would demand she be returned to the island. Even after Morrowseer's death, Secretkeeper refused to talk about him; Moonwatcher had only learned of his name by reading from her mother's thoughts. He was killed in the Night Kingdom by the volcanic explosion before she met him. In The Dark Secret, when Moon would have been about three and a half years old, Mastermind asked Morrowseer if he had any dragonets, and the only response was a stony glare. When she went to the island in Winter Turning, she unknowingly passed by her father's corpse in the tunnel.


When Peril first comes into Jade Mountain Academy, Moonwatcher senses fear among all the dragonets and is confused until she finds out exactly who Peril is. She realizes that she cannot read Peril's mind very well, due to some kind of constant fiery wall that seems to hide her thoughts, although a feeling gets through here and there. However, she does not think of Peril much in this book and only starts to think about her more in Escaping Peril. After Peril accidentally burns Winter, Moon is concerned. She shows suspicion towards Peril, which adds to Peril's insecurities about other dragons not liking her and causes Peril to fly away. However, later when Peril proves herself to have good intentions, she trusts her and views her as a friend.


Qibli is one of Moonwatcher's closest friends and a confirmed love interest. Moonwatcher respects his intelligence, bravery, and honesty, and loves him for being kind and humble. In Moon Rising, she admired his ability to gain information by looking and analyzing a dragon. It was confirmed near Moon Rising's conclusion that she would miss listening to his thoughts after giving him skyfire. Qibli began developing feelings for Moonwatcher very early on, though he was always very subtle and polite with his feelings for her.

The two act more like best friends than a couple, often joking and rarely being serious with each other. Qibli has proved to be a patient, loyal and respectful partner for Moonwatcher, and it was this that led her to choose him over Winter in the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons. However, Qibli often believed that he could never measure up to Winter, thinking Winter to be too handsome and serious for Moonwatcher to choose anyone else. He even reprimanded himself for joking with and "acting like her goofy friend" instead of behaving romantically, as Winter would. In Winter Turning, he was shown to be protective of her and all of his friends when he instinctively jumped in front of Moonwatcher to save her from a flaming spear.


Secretkeeper is Moonwatcher's mother. During a hunting patrol in the rainforest, Secretkeeper lied about the egg coming out cracked and wanting to bury the eggshells alone. She hid Moonwatcher's egg in the rainforest foliage. Secretkeeper cares about her daughter very much and was willing to risk everything — even her own life — to keep Moonwatcher safe from the volcano. She even refused to tell her partner, Morrowseer, about their dragonet, fearing that he would take Moonwatcher back to the island if he ever found out about her existence. When Moonwatcher hatched, Secretkeeper was in awe and believed her to be the most perfect and healthy dragonet she'd ever seen. After Secretkeeper found out about Moonwatcher's mind-reading powers, she was very worried and warned Moonwatcher that she must always keep her power hidden to appear normal. During Moon Rising, she called Moon her "Weird little diamond." She sometimes becomes exasperated with Moonwatcher's nervousness and paranoia but loves her nevertheless. In the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, it was confirmed that Moonwatcher visits Secretkeeper in the rainforest often.


She is shown to be a little wary of the ferocious SeaWing founder of Jade Mountain Academy. But the two soon get along. Tsunami is always grumbling about how she told Moonwatcher no visions and prophecies anymore. Moon considers Tsunami to be a brave warrior of the Dragonet Prophecy. She allowed herself to smile at the fact that she had not been the one to run from her winglet, but the great Tsunami in Moon Rising while the Jade Winglet has their first session.


Moonwatcher initially didn't trust Turtle as he had his Skyfire, which made his mind a "quiet fuzz" to her. She described him as having unfathomable green eyes and a "cozy" mind, which she sometimes uses as a shelter from other dragons' thoughts. Moon thought Turtle might have something sinister in him, as she had a vision of him fighting Anemone when she first saw him. As time passes, she sees him as more and more of a friend and learns to trust him.

After the cave explosion and Moon's reveal of her powers, she visited the underwater lake with Turtle. He removed the dragonflame seedpod from her shoulder, and she wondered if he would let her drown if she fainted. He then told her to, "Go ahead and try." This referred to flying, but Moon wondered if he was offering her an escape as well. She thinks that she doesn't know him and believes he is interesting despite what he says to the contrary.

In Escaping Peril, she defended him against others that how he used his power should be decided by him and him alone. When Turtle used his animus power to get Darkstalker's scroll from Chameleon, she was worried about his soul, but he shrugged them off as he said 'tiniest of evil' was in him. In Darkness of Dragons, Darkstalker mentions that Moon was fond of Turtle and Kinkajou, which made him reluctant to kill either of them.


Despite his icy exterior, Moon sees him as a friend and is hurt when he yells at her or calls her names. Winter admits many times that he's in love with her. She is baffled about his thoughts and doesn't quite understand what they mean, describing them as "mirrors, reflecting self-hate and guilt." In Winter Turning, Moon was distraught when Winter decided to leave. In Darkness of Dragons, however, Moon chose Qibli over him to be her partner. Winter was heartbroken over this decision, but came to realize in the end that it was himself who drove her away, and that it would take his heart a long time to heal.

Family Tree



"I know, Stay secret. Stay hidden. Stay safe. So isn't this really dangerous? What if I make a mistake here, with all these different kinds of dragons around?"
― to Secretkeeper, about Jade Mountain Academy (Moon Rising, page 3)

"No. I don't want to be … like other dragons. I just want them to not mind that I'm different, if that makes sense. I want to stop being scared—of being found out, of what my visions mean, of other dragons, of everything."
― to Darkstalker (Moon Rising, page 61)

"All right. But please stop trying to scare me. You are not as terrifying as you think you are."
― to Winter (Moon Rising, page 92)

"If I couldn't read minds, everyone I met would be like Turtle—completely unreadable. Strange and blank. I'd have no way to know if they were kind or cruel. I'd never understand why they act the way they do. Everyone would be all surface. I'd think Winter was just mean; I wouldn't know about his dead brother and how he hates himself more than anyone else. I might think Qibli was just goofy and ordinary, if I didn't know about his layers and his amazing mind and his childhood. I'd have stayed away from Kinkajou, because I wouldn't have known or believed that she really liked me. I guess that's how other dragons live … never knowing how complicated everyone is. That's what it would be like, to be normal."
― thinking about her powers (Moon Rising, page 198)

"That just seems kind of wrong, doesn't it? I mean, judging dragons by their dark thoughts, and using that to justify spying on them? Lots of dragons think dark things sometimes; it doesn't mean they'll ever actually do them … I don't know, I guess I don't like to think of myself as sneaking around in dragons' heads. I can't help what I hear, but it doesn't seem fair to do it on purpose."
― to Qibli (Moon Rising, page 233)

"You can't give up. Of course it's hard; the whole point is that you're trying to fix something that's nearly impossible to fix. But if no one ever tries, then it will always be terrible. You and Clay and the others … dragons believe in you. You have to take that gift and do something with it, not run away from it."
― to Sunny, about Jade Mountain Academy (Moon Rising, page 281)

"I mean, no one is completely evil … Dragons are complicated. Some are kinder than others, or braver than others, and some of them do really cruel things. But everyone has both good thoughts and bad thoughts and reasons for what they do, reasons that they believe are important."
― to Winter (Winter Turning, page 77)

"Well… I feel sorry for her. […] Her brain is very odd. It's like her thoughts are stuck in a circle. I don't know if she's been hit on the head really hard or something, but they just go round and around: 'I'm completely loyal to Queen Scarlet. I'm not very good at anything. I'm glad I'm a SkyWing. I'm clumsy and generally useless.' And than back to, 'I'm completely loyal to Queen Scarlet.'"
― to Winter (Winter Turning, page 87)

"Because I think [Glory] is the kind of dragon you respect. And I think you wouldn't want to start a war between the IceWings and both of her tribes. I think you can imagine what killing her would do to Pyrrhia, and you know it would be bad. Also, you're her guest; she's welcomed and trusted you. You aren't the kind of dragon who betrays someone's trust. […] I've already been in [your mind] for one thing — I know you. And I've watched you. I saw you put out the fire in the history cave. I saw you save me and Starflight from your own sister. I think you can think bigger than just one tribe against another — you can think about what's best for all the tribes. I guess I just — I trust you."
― to Winter (Winter Turning, page 119)

"Why would you be a librarian if you don't get excited about scrolls? I will never understand some dragons."
― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 237)


Prophecies Meaning
The Jade Mountain Prophecy[7] Interpretations
The Lost Continent Prophecy[8] Interpretations


  • Moonwatcher's favorite book genres include history, adventure stories, ancient legends, and encyclopedias.[9]
  • In Moon Rising, when Winter demanded to know her name, one of the names he guessed was Mooncrusher, which is the name of a yeti in another series written by Tui named The Menagerie.
  • Moonwatcher noted that Secretkeeper learned to block some of her thoughts sometimes.[10]
  • So far, Moonwatcher is the youngest PoV character, being only four years old.
  • Back in the rainforest, Moon mostly slept during the day.[11]



  1. Winter Turning, page 45
  2. Winter Turning, page 34
  3. Winter Turning, page 78
  4. The Hive Queen, epilogue
  5. 5.0 5.1 Moon Rising, prologue
  6. Escaping Peril, page 108
  7. Moon Rising, page ? (Chapter 24)
  8. Revealed by Tui T. Sutherland at the launch party for The Lost Continent
  9. Moon Rising, page 19
  10. Moon Rising, page 6
  11. Talons of Power, page 212


Present: GloryDarkstalkerBattlewinner
Historical: Vigilance



Jade Mountain


Other Dragons


Other Dragons





NightWing island: NightWing tunnels
Lost city of night: NightWing palace


NightWing Exodus

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