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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444006657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444006650
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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...the themes of friendship and sacrifice are strong, and the descriptions of hunting, tracking and living in the world of six thousand years ago are as vivid and as interesting as ever... I'm going to miss the Forest and the clans now that the series is over. The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness are aimed at younger teens but I still love them aged nearly-sixteen, and I don't think I'll outgrow them any times soon. (Kitty (young reviewer) SCOTTISHBOOKTRUST.COM)

The final part of the brilliant Chronicles of Ancient Darkness... The saga of dark versus light is told with Paver's rigourous pace and brilliant attention to the detail of the Torak's world (Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER)

A literary treat for any young reader looking for something slightly different from the mass of children's releases (HACKWRITERS.COM)

These books are wonderful examples of how children's books at their best are motored by brilliant, seamless plotting. There is no waste- everything is taut, clean, efficient... There is a beautifully realised sense of an organic culture depicted in these books, and good and evil are measured in relation to how much these characters respect their environment (David Mohan DAVID MOHAN WORDPRESS BLOG)

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A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - Torak must defy demons and tokoroths and make a shattering choice in this epic, prize-winning finale to his quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 23 Aug. 2009
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Michelle Paver brings the "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series to a dramatic conclusion with this final story. Your emotions will be taken on a roller-coaster - heartbreak, fear, relief, happiness, .... I was moved to tears of sadness and joy. I'm exhausted! This is an exciting episode in Torak's rites of passage, as he faces his final challenge - to free his world once and for all of the dreaded Soul Eaters.

There is a theme of loss running through this book (loss of innocence, security, loved ones, hope) so if your children are very young, or quite emotional, they might get upset, particularly in the first half of the story. To balance this, however, Michelle Paver brings to the story a great sense of inclusion and cameraderie, and a hopeful reassurance that friends can sometimes be found in unlikely places.

As usual, the detail and visual imagery she creates is fabulous and it is so real, you can almost smell the world she describes - like the scent of the cold, night air on someone who comes in from outside in the winter.

I am going to miss Torak, Renn, and the rest, but I will miss Wolf, with his simple touching language and fierce loyalty the most. Thankyou Miss Paver, and I am looking forward to reading your next books with my children.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Carter on 18 Aug. 2009
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The final instalment of this spectacular series immediately lets you know that this will be the darkest book of all. A cloud of evil has settled over the forest, oppressing its inhabitants and feeding off their fear. Eostra of the Eagle Owl Clan is wearing the Clans down with the nightmares she sends, the plagues of moths and the Tokoroths - demon children - who do her bidding. Torak can no longer sit by and watch others suffer; he has a destiny to fulfil - as The Listener - and whether she means draw him out or not he can no longer sit and wait while she toys with the people he cares for. Torak set off alone, not wishing to endanger Renn - whom he feels more for than he admits - and Wolf - who now has a mate and young cubs who rely on him.

This entire series has been a triumph. Each book is filled with such beautiful detail that shows how passionate about this subject Michelle Paver is. Her research has been extensive and shows through with her detailed knowledge of each animal, its habits, habitats and reactions; each environment, the dangers, the differing living styles and what it takes to survive in each extreme; finally the system of beliefs and traditions which govern the Clans. In `Wolf Brother' Torak, having never lived among a Clan is ignorant of many of these things, so as he learns each new environment or belief, so too does the reader. Torak imparts his greatest skills of Tracking (understanding how each animal will react & how to read the signs of their passing throughout the forest) to the reader by making you feel as if you are right within the story.

All 6 of the books contain the wild intense beauty of nature.

The final book feels like it brings us full circle, back to the mountains again, for Torak to face his greatest fear and to see whether he can master it to save the Forest, the Deep Forest, the Mountains & the Sea from the true Eater of Souls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susannah on 5 Aug. 2010
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This is the sixth book in the series and the one that ties the lose strands together. Michelle Paver's ability to draw the reader in with wonderful descriptions where you seem to smell and taste the ancient landscape is amazing. I was first hooked in by Wolf Brother and have not been let down by any of the books, really getting to know and enjoy the main characters. If you like adventures with a bit of meat and sense of place then get stuck in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Penn on 13 Oct. 2009
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I've been an avid fan of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and was eagerly looking forward to the last in the series. It did not dissapoint, with action and adventure in each turn, although a little obvious in some stages the twists more than made up for it. The ending was one that I had expected for a long time and yet leaves the over all feeling of one of such hope that it did not feel like a let down. You should Watch out for the return of an interesting character who was woven wonderfully into the plot. Having re-read the entire series just afterwards I would say that Ghost Hunter fits into the series perfectly and I would recomend to any fan. A satifying ending to the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The final novel arrives and one that I'm sad to see the final chapter turn. Its definitely been an epic journey and one that whilst becoming darker in the last couple of instalments has lead the protagonist and his friends on a journey not only of self discovery but also of adventure alongside peril. A great offering and one that will make this a series to recommend to many readers which I feel will become a bit of a classic. Great stuff and definitely a series that will remain with me for a long time as this has made Michelle into one of my favourite authors.
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In this final installment of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, (also referred to as Wolf Brother series,) Michelle Paver has done a fabulous job of tying up loose ends while still keeping us guessing right up until the last few pages. My son and I have had a fabulous time reading this series and having our own "book club" discussions about them. (Unable to wait for the US releases, we always snap up the new releases through Amazon UK!) As the mother of a 12-year-old boy, it is wonderful to have a way to still connect with him even though his priorities are quickly turning toward friends, athletics, etc.! We are now beginning to re-read the series and are looking at some of the events that take place with a new perspective (now that we know how everything turns out in the end!) I would highly recommend Paver's series to any one of my friends...and have recommended it to many of them.
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