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Wolf Brother: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1 (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)by Michelle Paver
Synopses & Reviews
Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.
In this page-turning, original, and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world, in this first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.
"Part riveting nature story, part rite of passage saga, Paver's first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series is set in a primeval forest some 6,000 years ago (according to an author's note). As the novel opens, 12-year-old Torak watches in horror as his father is mauled by a bear that is unnaturally vicious, 'possessed... [by] some demon from the Otherworld.' Before his father dies, he tells the boy that he must travel north to the Mountain of the World Spirit — and that he must stay away from other people, for reasons he doesn't have time to explain. In his travels, Torak meets a wolf cub, whom he calls Wolf, and readers will likely be charmed by the scenes of their gradual bonding. But after Torak kills a buck, he falls into the hands of the Raven Clan claiming ownership of that part of the forest. When the clansmen learn that the boy can communicate with Wolf, they become convinced that he is the prophesied Listener who 'gives his heart's blood to the Mountain' in order to dispel a Shadow that threatens the forest (i.e., the possessed bear). A quest ensues, involving Torak, Wolf and a Raven Clan — girl, Renn. The plot becomes intricate, but remains involving thanks to Paver's unusual setting and eccentric characters, plus the strict rules by which the clans live. Passages from the wolf cub's point of view seem extraneous, but Torak's coming- of-age tale will keep the pages turning. The author reveals many secrets at the end, nicely setting the stage for subsequent volumes. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"...[T]his first of a projected six episodes makes a muddled but strong start....By the end, readers will have a real feeling for what life in the wild must have been like, and will be looking forward to Torak's further exploits." Kirkus Reviews
"The story?glides on lines of smooth prose" Bulletin of the Center for Children?s Books
"Paver?s depth of research?makes this impressive British import?intriguing and believable." School Library Journal
6,000 years in the past, twelve-year-old Torak and his guide, a wolf cub, set out on a dangerous journey to fulfull an oath the boy made to his dying father — to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit seeking a way to destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans.
About the Author
Since the age of ten, Michelle Paver has dreamed about running with the wild wolves in the prehistoric forest. Writing The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series has been a way for her to fulfill this dream. To research Wolf Brother, Michelle traveled through the forests of northern Finland and Lapland; slept on reindeer skins; ate lichens, forest berries, and pine resin (Stone Age chewing gum); and peered into the mouth of a very large brown bear. Born in Malawi, she moved to England as a young girl. She is the author of several adult novels, and this is her first children's book.
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