The animals are restless. King Crow is dead and crows flock to the Murder Tree to choose a new king using the Reckoning, an ancient ceremony that no other species has ever seen. All except the Murder must leave the field, or they will be killed, for only crows may witness the sacred ceremony. That isn’t the only danger for young quails Ysil, Cormo, Harlequin, and their friend Gomor the hare. Somebody knows of the Reckoning, and knows of the disorder before the crowning of the new king. And that somebody is ready to strike and take the forest and field, and kill all the animals that live there. Can Ysil and his friends use their wits to stop this threat in time, or will their home be overtaken by Asmod, the lone gray wolf?
The book was well-written and intriguing from the very start, with just enough mystery and romance to keep it versatile and interesting. I chose a favorite character almost immediately because of the sufficient information given. The character development is fabulous. I think, though, I could do with a little less descriptiveness during some action/battle scenes. Not all of them are too violent, and a diverse array of words is used throughout. Overall, this is definitely a book I want to read over and over.