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Wolf Brother (Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness Book 1)

Wolf Brother (Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Paver
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From extensive research about how the people of Northern Europe may have lived more than six thousand years ago, Michelle Paver has fashioned a remarkable debut novel for children. Wolf Brother, the first instalment of her six-book Chronicles of Ancient Darkness sequence, takes its readers back in time to an atmospheric world of snow, hunter-gatherers, tribes, clans, mountains, forests, bears and unearthly superstitions. For humans then, life was hard and Paver’s narrative taps wonderfully into all the sensations they must have experienced living amidst such an unforgiving landscape.

The book begins dramatically with the death of Torak’s father, the mage, Fa, from mortal wounds inflicted by a giant, possessed bear. Fa’s dying words bind Torak to a quest to find the mythical Mountain of the World Spirit. Only there will Torak find the strength needed to defeat the demonic creature and killer of men.

Having lived apart from other Clans, and burdened by such an impossible task, Torak is bereft by the death of his only companion in life and struggles to survive in the harsh conditions he now finds himself in. Then, instead of killing an orphaned wolf cub for food, Torak spares the tiny animal and together they travel north.

Torak gains a further companion for his arduous journey in the form of Renn, a headstrong and feisty girl of his own age whose Clan Torak inadvertently has an altercation with. Renn believes Torak to be The Listener--a prophesised being who will save the world--and together they escape from danger… into a different sort of peril.

Paver’s novel is strong on detail and the authenticity of her settings is breathtaking. She cleverly weaves a fantastical, but believable, layer onto her narrative that enriches her story and makes it all the more readable. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay


'...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 a remarkable novel, but in many ways the story behind it is even more phantasmagoric. -- Catherine O'Brien, The Times, 30/6/05

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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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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely fantastic ! 28 Jun 2006
I am a 12 year old boy who absolutely hated reading. One day my mum asked me to just try reading this book (wolf Brother)like all mums tend to do with books. I read 224 pages in around 4 days! Just to make it clear, I would normally read that amount in any other book in about 2 months!

I highly rate this book for anyone from 10 and upwards.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original 12 Oct 2006
Firstly, I would like to commend Michelle Paver for writing an original book for children. I think it is quite evident from reading this, the first book in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, that Paver has done lots of research in order to bring this ancient world to life.

The story begins with Torak, a young boy whose father is killed by a demon in the form of a bear. Before his father dies, he makes Torak promise that he will travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit, or die trying. Confused and alone, Torak makes his promise. As he and his father lived as outcasts, he has no one to turn to - the reality of his promise to his dying father seems too great to bear.

However, not long after he has been left on his own, Torak comes across an orphaned wolf cub. Despite his hunger, Torak does not kill the cub for food; instead he befriends the cub. This decision perhaps helps to keep him alive. Together, they set off on their journey . . .

Paver's voice is refreshing and intelligent. Although I would not say that this is the best book I have read, there is no doubt that she has created a very original new world.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first buyers I was! :) 12 Oct 2007
In my local book shop early october 2004 michelle paver was giving a book signing of wolf brother. No-one was buying anything from her. She was alone in the middle of the book shop. She was staring at me keenly and then glacing to the large pile of books next to her.
I came along and bought a signed book from her and she was delighted. The book devoured me and no-one saw me for a day. I read the whole thing that day. I never knew she would be my best author!
Buy it, read it, re-read it a year later, and then keep it then re-read it as many times as you like! And don't forget to get the next books, Spirit Walker, soul eaters and outcast.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wolf brother 14 Aug 2007
The wolf brother series is the best series i have ever read i never find books that suit me but this time i have. The way Torak tracks and Renn's skill at shooting makes me wish i was there with them and wolf's fierce love for Torak helping him all through the book.

The book starts with Torak on his own for the first time in his life in the bear haunted forest with the burden of an oath to his father wieghing him down. He seems to be forgetting every rule his father has ever tought him and is soon in trouble.excellent read. a must read for anyone who is facinated with survival tracking and a bit of magic and folklaw thrown in!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks a million Michelle Paver! 2 Sep 2006
Torak is a little boy alone. He is terribly wounded by a demon in the form of a great bear. The bear kills Torak`s father so with only a girl and a wolf cub to guide him he sets off on a dangerous and breathtaking journey to find the "Mountain of the World Spirit" to slaughter the bear. "Wolf Brother" is soooo good and very exciting. I owe Paver one! I keep on begging my sisters and my mum and dad to read it ! If you can`t read it yourself get your mum and dad to read it to you! Written by an 8 year old BOOK DEVOURING KID...
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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A definite page turner 4 Sep 2004
I was unsure of what I would make of Wolf Brother when I heard about it earlier this week. The headlines hit that author Michelle Paver was given perhaps the largest advance for a book ever, that it was a story researched at great lengths, and a story that had been written many years ago and then filed away until recently.
Perhaps now was the perfect time to bring it out. A heightened interest in books, from both the public and the media, has led to many high profile children's books being released within the past decade. This could be one reason why another series of books about a small orphaned child growing up will have the media immediately announcing Michelle Paver as the new J.K Rowling.
Do we really need another J.K Rowling? I think not.
It's good, then, that this book delivers something much more than an angst ridden teenager struggling with his childhood in an magical world. Instead we are treated to a story lavished with wonderful terrain, friendship and enemies and, more importantly, a feeling of history that's not too distant from life today.
'Wolf Brother' follows the story of Torak, a boy who is orphaned and on the run from an evil he cannot fathom and whose only ally comes in the form of a wolf cub - coincidentally recently orphaned. Paver manages to capture a perfect level of understanding and friendship between these two unlikely friends that's heart-warming and obviously something more than the love of a man for his dog. Together they embark on an adventure which is fast paced and full of excitement, danger and betrayal at every turn.
Although the story can be somewhat predictable in places, there are instances of genuine concern for the characters and situations they get into, and real feelings of fear at others.
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