Fire Bringer

by David Clement-Davies

Paperback, 2002



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PB Cle




Firebird (2002), Edition: Reprint, 498 pages


In ancient Scotland, a tyrannical new lord of the herd plans complete dominion over the animal world, but deer lore promises a hero, who has a unique bond with all creatures, including man, and who will ignite an epic battle and free the herd forever.

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498 p.; 4.24 inches

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LibraryThing member Saieeda
Not the best book I have ever read. Fire Bringer was unnecessarily long, and at times could be rather boring, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I loved the poetry that was included in it. The descriptions and characters were also well written; it was the plot that just
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LibraryThing member unlucky
A great childhood favourite especially for animal lovers. It combines prophecies, battles, journeys, conflict and many other elements of childhood fantasy and adds a twist by applying it to animals. It has memorable characters and makes the characters come alive by placing them in a well
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thought-out setting. He develops a culture and quirks to deer that is obviously very much influenced by Watership Down. Similar to his other book The Sight but both have their own signature and the formula does not get repetitive.
I'm glad I read this as a child, it definitely influenced by a lot to expect a lot more from books and this author played a large part in making me into the bookworm I am today. It isn't extremely original as, even at the time I noticed many influences and it is very similar to his other book, which is why I took off a half star.
I highly recommend it to youths, animal lovers and anyone looking for a good read.
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LibraryThing member altivo
What Watership Down was for rabbits, Clement-Davies has done for European red deer in this story of prophecy fulfilled and a dystopic society that must be overcome. Richard Adams meets George Orwell's Animal Farm, with deer.
LibraryThing member MissMyrrh
I really did enjoy this book, however, my enjoyment was marred by cliches. Themes and several scenes seemed to be directly lifted, the only change being what kind of animal was featured in the story.
LibraryThing member Lake_Oswego_UCC
Perhaps similar to Watership Down or Redwall, this adventure in the Scottish borders involves the reign of powerful deer as loyalties among animals change.
LibraryThing member thePaperWoman
A great story written by a gifted writer.
LibraryThing member platsdevil
This is something that really caught my attention. It's a brilliant story of bravery and seeing the world as hope instead of doom. David Clement-Davies is m favorite author and I really wouldn't want you to miss one of his excellent tales. I'm a pretty pickey book reader and this is one of my
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favorites. Read it!
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LibraryThing member earthlistener
A wonderful, fanciful, and spiritual tale of mystic lore with deer as the some of the main characters. This book by David Clement-Davies is a well-written piece of imaginative writing which I could not help but become completely absorbed in the story with its complex character histories and
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relations, detailed descriptions of places and events, adventures scenes, and much more.
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LibraryThing member grrizzk
Very good book. I'd recomend it to anyone who enjoys fantasys, or even animals. I'm working on finding this book so I can add it to my personal library; I really want to read it again!! One of my favorites
LibraryThing member willowcove
I don't usually like books with talking animals. This however, was a delightful surprise.
LibraryThing member maailmaniag
One of my favorite books of all time.
LibraryThing member KristaK
One of my all time favorite books! I cried so hard at the ending.
LibraryThing member HeatherLINC
19/12/2017 - ten years on, and I enjoyed "Fire Bringer" just as much the second time around.

01/12/2007 - This book had many parallels to "The Lion King" but it was still an enjoyable read about loyalty, love, treachery and courage. Thankfully, even in the deer kingdom, good triumphs over evil.
LibraryThing member Beorn_se_Bacaire
Deer gods.
The review blurb on the front (by Locus) says "Fire Bringer does for deer what Watership Down did for rabbits."
And that is true--it strongly resembles Watership Down in that it is a political fiction told through the lens of anthropomorphized animals. But it also has strong elements of
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Celtic epic tales and mythology, and could even be categorized as being Historical Fiction, as it takes place in medieval Scotland. As one other reviewer mentioned, it also reminds me of The Lion King.

Definitely a touching tale. Read it, and don't forget your tissues. 5 stars.
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LibraryThing member nilaffle
It's Watership Down, but with deer. Read it twice just to see if it got better with time... but sadly, was a pretty forgettable story.

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