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Fire Bringer Mass Market Paperback – January 14, 2002

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Young buck Rannoch was born on the night his father was murdered and into a herd of deer where hunger for power has gradually whittled away at all that is true and good. He knows he must escape to survive. Chased by stags, with their fearsome antlers sharpened for the kill, he begins a treacherous journey into the unknown, and ahead of him lies a shocking and formidable search for truth and goodwill in the shadow of the Great Mountain.

One day he will have to return to his home and face his destiny among the deer to fulfill the prophecy that has persistently given them hope: that one day a fawn will be born with the mark of an oak leaf on his forehead and that fawn's courage will lead all the deer to freedom. Filled with passion and a darkness that gradually, through Rannoch's courage in the face of adversity, lifts to reveal an overwhelming feeling of light, Fire Bringer is a tremendous, spirited story that takes the reader deep into the hearts and minds of its characters as they fight for their right to live in peace.

Well-written and brimming with a gutsy excitement that leaps off the page and straight into the imagination, David Clement-Davies's debut novel for young readers is an exceptional, dynamic, complex, and utterly absorbing piece of work that anyone with a true love of animals and adventure will find impossible to put down. (Ages 10 and older) --Susan Harrison, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In what PW called a "suspenseful debut novel," a pack of deer face the realization of an ancient prophecy and a struggle between good and evil builds to the very end. Ages 12-up.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reprint edition (January 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142300608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142300602
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
David Clement-Davies's first novel is a truly excellent book for readers young and old alike. Fire Bringer is a gripping saga that draws you into an animal world that is at once incredibly convincing yet also a sharp reflection of our own. Epic but suspenseful and swiftly paced, Fire Bringer follows closely in the tradition of another beloved fantasy and one of my all-time favorite books, Watership Down. It is a story of war and healing, cast with unforgettable characters -- particularly Rannoch -- and told with the resonance of legend. Fire Bringer has the ability to be a classic fantasy and is perhaps the best book I've read this year. I don't give 5 star ratings often but Fire Starter is definitely worthy of it. Do yourself a favor and get a copy as soon as you can.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "perritacaliente" on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For a first book, this one is a winner! Fire Bringer does for deer what Watership Down did for rabbits and Tailchaser's Song did for cats. The premise is simple: A fawn is born bearing a mark which makes him part of a prophecy wherein this "chosen one" will bring better times to his herd. Of course, he's kept a secret until he's old enough to fulfill the prophecy just to save his life, and so far as the whole idea goes, it's pretty much what you expect. What makes the story so outstanding is the way it's written--never boring, often intriguing, and quite unique told from a deer's point of view. You may know how it unfolds, but getting to the last page is pure, fantastic pleasure thanks to Clement-Davies' vivid imagination, the gorgeous settings, and a host of amazing, four-legged characters. If you liked the aforementioned books, you're sure to enjoy this one. It would make a great gift for someone just beginning to appreciate quality fantasy stories.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca McNally on February 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to respond to a previous reviewer - I am the editor of this book in the UK. Wildcatpawprints implied that we had borrowed the title and story of Fire Bringer from a trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce. Firstly, neither David Clement-Davies or I have read (or, I have to admit, heard of) this trilogy. Sorry! Secondly, I'm the person responsible for the title, not the author. David, my colleagues and I spent about three months in meetings, sending e-mails, drinking lots of coffee, trying to find a title for this book. We picked Fire Bringer - which refers to a specific incident in the book, and is particularly strong because of its powerful mythic resonances. We think it's a good title. Clearly, Meredith Ann Pierce did too.
As for plot similarities with Ms Pierce's trilogy - all fantasy and allegorical writing draws on our shared cultural heritage, on history, myth and legend, and on the many great stories which inform our literary tradition. Some elements of Fire Bringer - a prophecy fulfilled, a world torn apart by tyranny, a character born to save his own kind - are present in stories since storytelling began. But David Clement-Davies has created a novel of heart-stopping power which is very much his own - and is, I think, a great achievement. Wildcatpawprints, did you actually read the book? I hope lots of other people will.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jake Takiff on December 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wondered about what it's like to be a deer? Well in Fire Bringer you find out that being a deer is not so easy. "In a dark and troubled time, a prophecy is about to come true..." This is a book about the life of a young deer named Rannoch. He is born with a fawn mark shaped as an oak leaf, which can only mean the prophecy... Are the gods awakened? Now evil forces of deer are gathering for war and there can't be any good ahead.
Fire Bringer is a story of war, friendship, survival, and a young deer's adventure to escape death. During the whole book, I could not wait to flip to the last page and find out the mystery behind all the war, Sgorr's terrible secret, and especially the forbidden prophecy. This is a book of suspense and action.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes action and personification. Fire Bringer is the kind of book you will read under the covers late at night and you won't be able put it down. Fire Bringer is the best book that I've ever read, and the most suspenseful book too. It has touched me deep inside, and will definitely do the same for others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on May 20, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Herla (deer) live a simple and traditional life in ancient Scotia. That is until Drail, with his evil right hand man Sgorr (who is literarily the brains behind the operation) strip the Herla of all the traditions they have. They get rid of Anlach, the competition that finds out who will be the leader of the Herla each year, and then brutally murder all the Outriders, including captain Brechin. On that very night Brechin's mate, Eloin has a young male fawn named Rannoch. But even Rannoch's first night his life is filled with tragedy when they discover that he was meant to fulfill an ancient prophesy. To prevent him from being murdered, Rannoch much become a changeling. And as he grows he faces challenge after challenge, surviving only with the help of friends. But what will happen when he's forced to make his final stand by himself. Read this book to fund out.
Once I saw that the author of the amazing Watership Down had recommended this book, I knew I had to buy it. I've always been a fan of animal fantasy and this one is one of the best I've ever read. Rannoch's story is moving and exciting, there's rarely a dull moment in this book. The characters almost have human-like quality while staying true to the way of the deer. I'm defiantly going to pick up the second novel by this fine author, The Sight. I recommend this book to fans of animal fantasy, or just animal lovers in general.
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