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The Burning Shadow (Gods and Warriors Book 2)

The Burning Shadow (Gods and Warriors Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Paver
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Paver is the mistress of suspense (Amanda Craig The Times)

Heartstoppingly real (Independent)

The kind of story you dream of reading and all too rarely find (The Times)

A classic children's book . . . superb writing (Anthony Horowitz)

These books are full of magic, adventure and action, and they appeal equally to both sexes (Charlie Higson)

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'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...'

A boy on the run.

A deadly prophecy.

A race against time.

Hylas the Outsider is captured by slavers. Set to work in the terrible underground mines of Thalakrea, he learns to his horror that he's now closer than ever to his murderous enemies, the Crows. He has to escape before they find out he's here.

Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, is also on the run. When Fate reunites her with Hylas, their survival depends on ancient magic and an orphaned lion cub - unless the Gods have other plans...

'Electrifying' - Independent on Sunday

'The reader's attention is caught from the first line...spellbinding' - Telegraph

'Set to become another children's classic' - Books for Keeps

Michelle Paver was born in Malawi in 1960 and moved to England when she was three. After gaining a degree in biochemistry from Oxford, she became a partner in a City law firm, but gave that up to write full-time. To research her stories about animals and the distant past, she has travelled in the Arctic, the Mediterranean and Egypt, swum with dolphins and killer whales, and encountered bears, boars and wolves. She is the author of the internationally bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141339284
  • Publisher: Puffin (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141339292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141339290
  • ASIN: B00CJ1NT88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'Nyasaland Times', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. Successfully published as an adult author, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness were her first books for children and her brilliant new series, Gods and Warriors, is just beginning . . .

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By GCLima
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Michelle Paver is doing it again. I absolutely loved the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness with its multiple layers of adventure and anthropological tour de force. She writes very well and this new series is delivering the goods all over again! Just to make it clear, I am 67 years old, my son and daughter in law, who are both scientists and in their thirties, are avid readers as well, and now my sister has joined the ranks of the Paver's fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mediterranean Bronze Age Adventure novel 26 Jan 2014
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This a second offering, from what is to be a five-part series mixing magic with ritual from Michelle Paver. Her new series of books tells the narrative of Hylas, a 12-year-old goatherd, whose adventures take him to Ancient Crete and Ancient Egypt. He also has a potent ally in the form Pirra; the stubborn daughter of an Egyptian priestess, the scene is set during the Bronze Age. Other characters featured in the plot, of non-human variety are a lion cub, a falcon and a dolphin.

Book 2 shows our hero and co having to thwart the Crows, an evil family that uses slaves labour to run its copper mining operation – this dreadful enterprise is run in appalling settings. With the fore telling of a prophecy, Hylas manages against the odds to survive book one. However, there is plenty of misfortune heading towards him in the books to come. This volume does give some recap of book one for readers who haven't read it.

While a number of other fashionable children's authors imagine a future regularly described in dystopian terms, Paver’s work looks backwards more with a positive eye to the past. Her well rounded stalwart characters always do the right thing, helped by generous helping of flukes and a succession of eleventh-hour escapes. The authors’ story telling maybe a blend of fantasy and adventure, however, the background to the narrative is facts based archaeology of the Greek Bronze Age and its belief systems of that time frame. It is this attention to detail - innovative storytelling and clean grammatical style that has assured her popularity and success, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Michelle Paver book! 30 July 2014
Excellent. My ten year old daughter has rediscovered her love of reading with Michelle Paver's books. Would highly recommend her other series too. My daughter is a very able reader, but the storyline is complicated, so worth reading a few chapters of the first book in each series with your child and discussing it with them. Themes picked up from previous books throughout next in series. We kept hearing things like 'oh, so that's why she did that.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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Probably appeals to those with an interest in myths and prehistory, and those who enjoyed her Wolf Brother series of novels.
Probably not for those before age 10 or eleven. Appeals to both genders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 19 April 2014
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Amazing and action pack filled with all the qualities that you look for in a book for example : action , friendship, violence , betrayal and tension. I highly recommend this book but I think the age limit would be +8.This book is for children , teenagers and adults so don't hold back if your older than 16. If you purchase this book enjoy, your going to love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 Mar 2014
By Ludz
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Enjoyed every word! If you like legends and myths this is the book for you. A wonderful story that shows friendship and betrayal that will get you sucked into its pages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Burning Shadow 18 Feb 2014
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Really good book and structured really welll - I would recommend this to my friends (direct quote from my 12 year old).
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