ISBN : 0525464921
This book centers on a cast of deer, who often use their own special vocabulary (deer, for instance, are "Herla"; an insult to a Herla would be to call him a "brailah," or hedgehog). An ancient prophecy says that a fawn with an oak leaf-shaped mark on his forehead is destined to free his kind from the "lord of lies." When Rannoch is born with such a mark, the elders know to protect him from the power-hungry Lord of the Herd, Sgorr, and arrange his escape. Meanwhile, Sgorr conquers herd after herd. Rannoch doesn't want to fight, but he knows he must confront Sgorr and fulfill the rest of the prophecy.