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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Wolf Brother: Book 1 (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)

By Michelle Paver

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 15 June 2005
Thousands of years ago the land is one dark forest. Its people are hunter-gatherers. They know every tree and herb and they know how to survive in a time of enchantment and powerful magic. Until an ambitious and malevolent force conjures a demon: a demon so evil that it can be contained only in the body of a ferocious bear that will slay everything it sees, a demon determined to destroy the world. Only one boy can stop it - 12 year old Torak, who has seen his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, Torak's father tells his son of the burden that is his. He must lead the bear to the mountain of the World Spirit and beg that spirit's help to overcome it. Torak is an unwilling hero. He is scared and trusts no one. His only companion is a wolf cub only three moons old, whom he seems to understand better than any human. Theirs is a terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life.

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A top ten summer bestseller. Compelling page-turner - an irresistible mix of meticulous research, memorable characters and powerful story-telling for readers of 9+. Over 100,000 copies sold in hardback. Six book series sold in 26 languages generating seven-figure rights income. Extensive marketing and publicity campaign will bring the series to as wide an audience as possible. SPIRIT WALKER is published in hardback in September 2005. Read the first chapter in the WOLF BROTHER paperback. Film rights optioned.

About the Author

Michelle Paver was born in central Africa, but came to England as a child. After gaining a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, she became a partner in a City law firm, but eventually gave that up to write full-time. CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS arises from her lifelong passions for animals, anthropology, and the distant past. It was also inspired by her travels in Norway, Lapland, Iceland, and the Carpathian Mountains - and particularly by an encounter with a large bear in a remote valley in Southern California. Successfully published as an adult author, the CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS are Michelle Paver's first books for children.

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Gr 5-9-Set 6000 years ago, this fast-paced adventure delves into a world of spirits and mysticism not often seen in children's literature. Torak, 12, witnesses his father's brutal attack by a giant, demon-possessed bear and promises to find his way to the Mountain of the World Spirit. Before dying, his father instructs him to avoid other men and tells him that his guide will find him. Sure enough, Torak is soon adopted by a wolf cub, also recently orphaned, with whom he is able to communicate. The bear continues to terrorize the forest, but Torak is able to avoid it with Wolf's help. They are captured by the Wolf clan, who believes that Torak is the Listener, and will rid the forest of the bear when he fulfills a prophecy by delivering three lost artifacts to the mountain. He must solve an obscure riddle to find the artifacts and traverse dangerous lands, all the while evading the evil bear. Paver's depth of research into the spiritual world of primitive peoples makes this impressive British import, slated to be the first in a six-book series, intriguing and believable.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset County Library, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

...is a remarkable novel, but in many ways the story behind it is even more phantasmagoric. -- Catherine O'Brien The Times, 30/6/05 '...captivated the publishing world...' -- Catherine O'Brien THE TIMES (T2) '...the best children's novel to be published in 2004...' -- Amanda Craig SATURDAY TIMES 10.09.05 'Well researched and beautifully written... a winner with boys and girls alike' -- Wendy Cooling CHILD EDUCATION MAGAZINE 'a gripping tale that rings true to our understanding of that distant time.' -- Julian Richards BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE Best reads of the year: 'the strength of Michelle Paver's novel was not just in the story and the characters, but in the detailed setting... offers much promise' -- John Millen SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - YOUNG POST 'A fantastic tale of adventure and superstition... The parallel lives of Torak and Wolf are beautifully portrayed and intertwine woderfully with a gripping plot that produces a real page-turner of a read!' -- Hannah Leach (Year 9) BOOKS FOR KEEPS

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. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781842551318
ISBN: 1842551310
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group
Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.9 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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This book gets you hooked, i read the this when i was 14 and am still enjoying them at 17. A twist of old world magic leads this book into a great read that has you connected with the characters and you find yourself cheering Torak and wolf on throughout the whole series. Great Read!
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This is a truly great book that really takes you back into a vivid world when Demons, and other magic was believed in, yet it has life like characters and story line - also takes you back when you had to hunt for your own food, and leave many different animals alone. If you are looking for a book that is a truly excellent read -and is a real page-turner- then this is a great book for you.
You look from a Wolfs' eyes, as well as a Humans. This makes it even more interesting because - it just IS - and life-like.
Michelle Paver has crafted an absolutely great series to read.
Hope you enjoy it! ^-^
Other books in the series:'Spirit Walker' 'Soul Eater' 'Outcast' 'Oath Breaker' and 'Ghost Hunter'

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