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Fire Bringer [Hardcover]

David Clement-Davies
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8 Oct 1999
Among the deer, there is a prophecy - one day a fawn will be born with the mark of an oak leaf upon his forehead. This fawn will be a changeling, able to understand the speech of other animals, and born to free the deer from tyranny. Thus it is that Rannoch is born, marked by destiny to be a hero.


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1st Edition edition (8 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333766407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333766408
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,168,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

But one day he will have to return to his home and face his destiny among the deer to fulfil 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' debut novel for children is an exceptional, dynamic, complex and utterly absorbing piece of work that any child with a true love of animals and adventure will find impossible to put down. (Age 10 and over) --Susan Harrison

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There is a prophecy among the deer. One day, a fawn will be born with the mark of an oak leaf upon his forehead. His courage will lead the deer to freedom; his strength will defeat their greatest enemy. Rannoch was born on the night his father was murdered. In a herd where hunger for power has destroyed all that is good, he must escape to survive. Hunted by stags with antlers sharpened for the kill, Rannoch begins his treacherous journey. But he will return - to face the destiny that he was born for; to conquer the force that drove him away.... In a dark, troubled time, the prophecy is about to come true.... '....brimming with a gusty excitement that leaps off the page and straight into the imagination, David Clement-Davies' debut novel for children is an exceptional, dynamic, complex and utterly absorbing piece of work' Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and original 1 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
As a lover of animal books this one immediately caught my eye - deer are an unusual choice of hero in a novel. The book is original for this reason and the story has you gripped from the first chapter.

It tells the tale of Rannoch, a red deer born into a troubled time. A tyrant named Sgorr is enslaving the deer, but a prophecy speaks of a chosen one who will set them free. It becomes increasingly clear that Rannoch is this chosen one, and though he is initially reluctant to believe it, after various adventures he eventually comes to accept his destiny.

There is naturally a degree of anthropomorphism in the story, but for the most part, the information given regarding deer is accurate, though the author does switch seemingly at random between the correct terms for male, female and young red deer - that is, stag, hind and calf - and the terms buck, doe and fawn, which apply to different species. There were also a few grammatical errors, such as some missing apostrophes and the occasional use of 'where' instead of 'were', but these may be the fault of an editor or printer rather than the author himself. I found these mistakes slightly annoying, but all in all this book was a thoroughly entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 551 pages of great writing! 5 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've just finished reading this book and it is excellent.I ended up reading 350 pages in three days aswell as going to school. Rannoch was born on the night his father was murdered by Drail and his evil predecessor Sgorr. The thing that is strange about Rannoch is the oak leaf fawn mark on his forehead. Because of this he is forced to flee, learning secrets about himself on the way. But one day Rannoch will return to defeat his enemy with all of the animals by his side. He will forfill the prophecy that is set before him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 14 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This product was wonderful. It was packaged well and delivered earlier than estimated time. The book itself was in fabulous condition, with the only mark being a pencil pricing on the front cover (easily rubbed off). Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional And Powerful Story! 28 Nov 2010
By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deers are the new Chickens 8 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I really like nature books-so this book is definitely for me & others like me it's perfect. It's quite sad but the descriptions & poetic language are brill, It'll have hooked from the first page 'till the last!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and funny 10 Jan 2007
By Jo Bunt
Format:Paperback
This truly is a book thaT IS ADAPTED TO THE READERS wishes. It is funny moving, sad it has animals and prophecies, you could interpret it asreligous or having a moral, but in my opinion it doesnt. You can identify with all the characters, even really evil ones like Scorr.At times hes even sweet.This book has no age or gender. I first read it as a little girl and i still love it as a teenager.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Bringer - an epic tale 5 April 2004
Format:Hardcover
Fire Bringer is a book about; loyalty, belief, courage, treachery, hatred and destiny. This book follows Rannoch a red deer born the night his father was murdered. With a strange birth mark on his forehead which was foretold in a prophecy. He is chased from his home as a fawn and hunted by deer with their antlers sharpened to kill. He is seperated from his family and friends and must return to face his enemy and free the deer.
This book is an emotion stirring epic tale that you will enjoy. I especially recommend this book for animal lovers. This was David Clement-Davies' first novel and is extremely well written, one of those rare books you just can't put down. A must read, well worth the money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Read With Older Children! 12 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read this book to my 11 year old son, a chapter each night. We could hardly wait to get to our reading! It is fantasy with values; good vs. evil, where good triumps; and intrigue and mystery along the way. It does not spare you the view of death, but there is a promise of more to come. I think it should have been called "The Prophesy" because the whole story, in which the deer ("Herla") take center stage and can talk and think, revolves around the Prophesy of the one who will come and set the Herla free from bondage and tyranny. It is also the story of friendship,and of sacrificing for others. I could not escape the clear Biblical analogy at times to Jesus in the main character, Rannoch. We loved this book!
San Diego, California
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5.0 out of 5 stars New favourite book!
I finished this book last night and it was one of the best books I have ever read! Every night I was reading it I went to bed early just to read it and still ended up staying up... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by Evelfa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic saga - perfect for adults and children (10+)
An utterly compelling, easy read with a powerful prose style. Rannoch's (a red deer) story of belief, destiny, courage and treachery is a great saga. Read more
Published on 8 July 2009 by Script Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. You won't regret buying it
This is the first book in this series and the order is: Fire Bringer, The Sight, Fell. This is a good book and I would suggest it for ages 11 and above. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2008 by Derob Ecnirp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!! My mum got me this book when we were on holiday and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 9 July 2007 by Alison B. Hammett
5.0 out of 5 stars "the best i've read in a long time"
I first read this when i was 10 and have kept comming back to it ever since! This novel is hugely moving and very original. Read more
Published on 4 July 2007 by jenaveve
4.0 out of 5 stars As a birthday present
I didn't actually read the book, I got it as a birthday present for my sister, but it was worth every penny I spent for it (apparently!). Read more
Published on 28 May 2007 by J. Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Bringer
Fire Bringer is an amazing book, i have just finnished reading it and am extremely sorry tht i have

from the moment that you start reading of Rannoch and his fawn mark... Read more
Published on 20 May 2007 by xxlittlewolfxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Bringer
I found Fire Bringer to be a truly original and moving read. The plot is well planned and explained, telling of a ancient prophecy among the deer, that their saviour would be born... Read more
Published on 11 April 2007 by Flian
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I read it in 2 days. Its so interisting you just cant stop reading. Sure I can say that THIS is my favourite book! so BUY it.. it WONDERFULL!!!!
Published on 5 May 2006 by kate riekstina
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