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There is a dignity and quietude about the animals of Farthing Wood that causes devoted readers to take them to their hearts for ever. This is the third in Colin Dann's series and his fans find each one a delightful surprise. Each adventure ends so satisfyingly that another is hardly expected. When Vixen gives birth to four cubs the whole community is moved to a quiet joy. When one of the four is killed the same community moves determinedly towards revenge. Old Scarface, ancient enemy, is the jealous killer. He is to die also but now without the warning that he is not the last of his line. Perhaps there are too many cliches, both in the animal talk and in the portrayals of behaviors and scenery. That may be so, but they are presented with an earnestness and conviction that provides a deeply satisfying experience for readers of such animal fables. Sure to be sought after in bookshop and library.