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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens; 1st edition (7 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184255171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842551714
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,059 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 momentum for this should be considerable' (Jennifer Taylor CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER)

'...Wolves are more than just her [Michelle's] friends - they've helped to make her a millionaire and a global publishing phenomenon' (Sally Williams DAILY TELEGRAPH)

'...the perfect concoction of action and narrative is what makes the book so attractive. ...Paver has succeeded in producing a first-class story supported by substantial moral messages... unclouded by the present day' (Edward Malnick DAILY TELEGRAPH (Books) 27/8/05)

'...another gripping, taut adventure in the ancient world' (Anne Johnstone THE HERALD, 3/9/05)

'This book looks set to outdo the massive success of its predecessor' (Julian Exposito BOOKSELLER CHILDREN'S BUYER'S GUIDE: HIGHLIGHTS)

'...the story grips you like a wolf's jaws and won't let go...Her [Paver's] account of their spiritual beliefs suggests deep anthropological research but feels new-minted when described in her taut, elegant prose. Children, who are often very close to these animist beliefs, will find this imagined world as thrilling as Tolkien's or Pullman's...The climax is superb. With Wolf fighting demons by Torak's side for another four books, wolves have never looked more like a boy's best friend.' (Amanda Craig SATURDAY TIMES 10.09.05)

'...compelling sequel to Wolf Brother' (FUNDAY TIMES)

'It's a classic plus - boy journeys and sturggles towards truth with faithful animal friend - but so well done, so fully visualised in so few brush strokes and cliche-free.' (Gay Hicyilmaz TES)

'very well researched... and the stunning revelation at the end of the story will leave you unable to wait for the next instalment.' (Fred Heffer (Age 12) UNDERCOVER)

'the author manages to make you feel like you are part of this ancient world. The next installment is out soon. I can't wait.' (Jessica Dyer SUNDAY HERALD)

'spell-binding... The second adventure in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters dazzles, as Michelle Paver's passion for her story, set in a world of myth and natural magic, shines through in this skilfully woven tale.' (Staff of Waterstone's Middlesbrough TEESIDE EVENING GAZETTE)

'a must read... I adore this series, which packs as much punch as Harry Potter in its feel for Bronze Age hunting and survival.' (Amanda Craig SATURDAY TIMES)

'themes of evil and power are strongly realised and the charming front of evil deepens the authenticity of characterisation. The plot is tightly crafted and the pace of the novel never slackens, escalating towards a dramatic crescendo... Spirit Walker offers profound insights into the human condition... highly recommended.' (Aine Nic Gabhann INIS (CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND))

'This powerful story about the bond between a boy and a wolf and the battle between good and evil transports the reader not only to Stone Age Northen Europe by the minds of those who lived there.' (Anne Johnstone THE HERALD 10.12.05)

'guaranteed to have you totally hooked!' (DISNEY BIG TIME)

'Spirit Walker is a thoroughly entertaining read. Fans will not be disapointed.' (SUNDAY JOURNAL (DERRY) 27.11.05)

'I loved this book because it's really exciting and you always want to read on. It is unputdownable and there's a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. Every bit as good as Wolf Brother but it's much scarier!' (Sebastian Johnson (age 10) SUNDAY EXPRESS 5.2.06)

'There are scenes of high tension and excitement, especially towards teh end, and what remains in the memory are the strong human bonds and physicality of the lives they lead.' (BOOKS FOR KEEPS)

'Fans of Wolf Brother cannot fail to be equally captivated by this second title in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness...Paver's prose is rich and evocative. The reader is transported to a fictional context which is wholly convincing, and the depth of her research has paid huge dividends here.' (Rachel Bowler SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)

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Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - the second adventure in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Whimsical Witch on 16 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
It is quite posssible that this is better than the first book. They story takes on a deeper, more mature, and scarier road. This time Torak is alone, wolf has left him to be with another wolf pack. Sickness rages over the tribes and there are scary demon children running around causing fear in everyone. Torak knows he is the only one who can do the long journey to the Seal Islands to get the cure, and to save his adopted tribe from succumbing into sickness.

But can he do it alone? Without wolf?

Paver describes Toraks world with such detail that you swear you can smell the dmapness of the forest, and rankness of the sick. The way she describes the sickness is disturbing and almost too much even for me. But that is what makes her a queen of words, adnd what makes these books so spellbinding!

I can hardly wait for the 3rd one :)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trixy on 1 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
Spirit Walker continues the tale of Torak. He is still camping with the Raven Clan, but feels more of an outsider than ever. When the Clan and several others who dwell in the forest fall sick, Torak takes it upon himself to find the cure.

His quest leads to the Seal Islands, where he is followed, held for breaking the law, caught in tight situations (literally) and betrayed.

A miracle masterpiece from Michelle Paver. Spirit Walker will keep you enthralled until the last page. I can't wait for no. 3!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R Prestwood on 24 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Wolf Brother' (the 1st in the series 'Chronicles of Ancient Darkness'), although I was somewhat disappointed with the ending as I felt it just...stopped!
This 2nd book in the series, 'Sprit walker' is even better than the 1st. I love the way Michelle Paver writes through the eyes of Wolf at times and how you have to decipher what is meant in 'wolf-talk' by words such as the Up (the sky), Fast Wet (a river), Slow Wet (a lake) and Tall Tailless (Torak).
You become totally engulfed in the 'world' that Torak lives in & this book is fantastic escapism for those needing to forget the 'now'.
I'm about to begin the 3rd book ('Soul Eaters') when I can hurry my son to finish it and I can't wait. Stoll on part 4 in Sept 2007!
I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH...BUY IT...READ IT...LOVE IT! (oh and then buy the next one...and the next one...and the next one - clever little Rowling-inspired Paver!)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver was recommended to me by a close friend. She lent it to me, and I was immediately thrilled and enticed my Paver's descriptions. When the sequel came out, I was so excited I couldn't wait for it to come out in paperback, and bought it there and then. But the question was:
Could Paver pull it all off again? Could she keep the same personalities in characters we had loved to see in the first book? Could she invent new ones that were likeable heroes, and hateful villans?
The answer was yes. Spirit Walker is a truely excellent book. I have to say I prefered the forest in which Wolf Brother was set to the watery Spirit Walker, but I enjoyed it all the same.
Wolf, Renn, and Torak are all back with a vengance. The Bear is gone, but Torak knows the danger isn't over. He knows his father was from Wolf Clan, but could it be time to visit his mother's old clan...the clan of the Seals?
Spirit Walker is a thoroughly entertaining read. Fans will not be disappointed. If you enjoyed Wolf Brother, you'll enjoy the sequel. It is full of surprising twists and laughable moments. If you haven't even read Wolf Brother, you definately should!
And now we must wait for the third, and last Chronicle of Ancient Darkness. It is very tempting to read the book quickly, but you should try and make it last because Soul Eater won't be out for a while.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on 1 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
It's been a long time since I read book one (Wolf Brother) in the Chronicles of Darkness series, but it soon came flooding back when I started to read Spirit Walker.

Set in Stone Age Scandinavia, in book two Torak's journey continues, and the destiny we are given a glimpse of in Wolf Brother is more fully revealed.

At the opening of the book Torak's faithful companion, wolf, has left his side to live with a wolf pack in the mountains. Torak has been taken in by the Raven clan, living in the forest. However, when a strange and horrible sickness strikes suddenly into the heart of the clan, Torak know that it is he who must try to find some answers...

A wonderfully fast-paced and twisting plot. Expect the unexpected! I can't wait to read the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esme W on 13 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
I waited until Christmas to read this sequel and wasn't disappointed at all, finished it in two days (which is diappointing as I now have to wait for the next one). I loved Jean Auel's Earths Children series and there are similarities to this but that doesn't detract from Michelle Pavers own style and story. Great follow up to Wolf Brother and worth reading and recommending to anyone - maybe even my son (who I bought the original book for) will read them soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
SPIRIT WALKER is the second book in the "Chronicles of ancient Darkness" series. WOLF BROTHER, the first in the series, was a great beginning to a whole new world but SPIRIT WALKER draws you further in, leaving you wanting more.

The story still follows Torak, a young boy who is able to talk to wolves. At the beginning of this book, Torak is on his own - his father died at the beginning of the first book, and even his friend, Wolf, has left him to join a pack on the Mountain. Torak still misses Wolf, and his father, but he has a clan of his own, so his solitude is not complete. But Torak's world is under threat - there is a strange sickness sweeping the forest.
No one knows what is causing the sickness but the effects are horrific. A cure must be found before too many of the different clans are affected. Torak's world is yet again to become one of danger and betrayal - for a time he has felt that is is different to those in his clan, but he has never known why. His father hinted to him that there was more to his nature than Torak was aware of, but he never explained more.
Soon it becomes apparent that Torak is the one who must go and try to find the cure that is so desperately needed. His journey shall take him to the Seal Islands, where his bone kin dwell. But how shall he earn the trust and respect from this different clan? And what secrets shall he learn of his own life along the way?

That is a basic plot - I do not want to give too much away. What I love about SPIRIT WALKER, like with WOLF BROTHER, the world of Torak is portrayed so brilliantly that you completely get sucked into the story and Torak's life.
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