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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens; 1st Edition edition (20 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842551752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842551752
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,417 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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groundbreaking Stone Age saga (CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER)

A stunning 6th and final episode, brings the bestselling `The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother to a close. Now it is Torak's last adventure; he must travel up into the mountains and find the Mountain of Ghosts...Along with Wolf and Renn, Torak faces chilling danger on their journey as they fulfil their destiny. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING4KIDS)

If I could give this series a gold medal, a shiny star and a packet of jelly tots, and Michelle Paver her heart's desire, I would. Not a word disappoints. You're transported into Torak's hunter-gatherer world, a world that existed more than six thousand years ago, and there you stay until the very last page. There's no zeitgeist about it; no fashionable tag, no hooks but the story and the characters and the writing, and they are so much more than enough. (THEBOOKBAG)

It's ultimately a story of light vanquishing dark - the oldest of stories befitting the oldest of settings. It's not ambiguous or difficult. We don't need to decide whose side we're on - there's never any doubt. We simply revel in the heroism, fall in love with Wolf, and absorb ourselves completely into an utterly credible world until suddenly, it's all over and we look up blinking, wondering what's been happening while we were away somewhere else entirely. I cried like a baby at the end. (THE BOOKBAG (continued))

These books will have a place on the library shelves for years to come, and I can't recommend them highly enough. They'll be ready to read them at nine or ten and they'll be as happy to read them at fourteen or fifteen - or at forty-four, if they're like me. (BOOKBAG (cont))

For parents and grandparents searching for something to replace Harry Potter, Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness have been a godsend. Thrilling, beautifully written, strongly characterised and featuring a magical prehistoric world, they have now sold one million copies in this country without any of the advertising and film promotions that other leading children's books have been given - though Ian McKellen, always shrewd, has done the magnificent audiobooks. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

This is The Dangerous Book for Boys, but with imagination, style and plot... The detail with which Torak's world and its clans - tattooed with the marks of their animal spirit guides: Raven, Seal, Horse, Deer and more - is drawn is part of what will make these books a pleasure for generations to come. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

When Torak is not running for his life, his youth is full of joy, humour, loyalty and love, not only between people but also between people and animals. It's this that makes the moral choices and horrors that he, Renn and their pack brother Wolf face mean something in a young world... To have maintained a consistent quality of writing, storytelling and suspense over six books without missing a beat is extraordinary, though children will want only to race to the end. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

The finale is a climax as intense as Tolkien's fall of Mordor, with demonic dogs, fiendish one-time children, and Soul-Eaters summoned from beyond the grave...Best of all, Paver succeeds in creating a conclusion with no mawkishness when she resolves the relationship between Torak and Renn and, of course, Wolf. (Christina Hardyment THE INDEPENDENT)

It has everything one could ask for from a finale. Suspense, exhilaration and truly nail-biting action will keep fans of this prehistoric drama on the edge of their seats throughout. (John Lloyd, Waterstone's Bath WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

This is the best book I have ever read! The storyline is gripping from the first word, and Michelle tied up all the ends beautifully! This was a deeply satisfying book, and I can't wait until Michelle's next series! (Yuri, Age 12)

Ghost Hunter is the final book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, and like those before, it is a brilliantly written story full of twists and turns. Eostra, the final Soul Eater, is terrorising the clans,and Torak knows he must face her before it is too late.But can he bring himself to leave behind all he holds dearand make a journey to certain death?This was a really good book. I recommend it highly to all readers,both those who have read previous books in the series and those who haven't (Aaron FIRST NEWS)

The treat of the year for me was GHOST HUNTER... the final volume in Michelle Paver's series about a boy living in a hunter-gatherer society. He deals with the terrors of the underworld as well as the present dangers of survival, but has a wolf on his side. Meticulously researched, the scholarship is lightly worn. (Melanie McDonagh EVENING STANDARD)

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Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - the sixth and final adventure in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters in Michelle Paver's bestselling Chronicles of Darkness series.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 23 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
Format: Hardcover
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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