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Oath Breaker: Book 5 (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) by [Paver, Michelle]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in Chronicles of Ancient Darkness (6 Book Series)

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...another triumph for Paver... (THE INDEPENDENT)

Fiction for children really doesn't get any better than this. (THE BOOKBAG)

Each and every page will have the reader on a knife edge of life and death,... If you've not been introduced to this series yet then we do urge you to dip in for it has everything a reader could wish for whether they're 9 or 109. (LOVEREADING4KIDS)

Michelle Paver's consistently splendid Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is an example of how gripping and life-enhancing the (children's book) genre can be. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

Another triumph for Paver, a former London lawyer who has meticulously researched natural and ancient history to create this enthralling saga of the clansmen who hunted the forests of northern Europe 6000 years ago. It outclasses Call of the Wild and The Jungle Book in the pace of its plot, its sympathetically imagined characters, and it's details of doings. (Christina Hardyment THE INDEPENDENT)

Fiction for children really doesn't get much better than this (BOOKBAG.COM)

Oath Breaker will keep you on the edge of your seat (RED HOUSE)

Paver brings to life a world of 6,000 years ago, with fascinating descriptions of the food, the weapons and medicines forest dwellers might have used (PRESS ASSOCIATION)

very gripping...and the descriptions of the forest are very vivid. I rate Oath Breaker 9/10 for its powerful descriptions and emotions (William Warren (aged 11) UNDERCOVER)

Vividly imagined (BOOKS FOR KEEPS)

Series such as Michelle Paver's superb Chronicles of Ancient Darkness have kept up the highest standard of writing, tension and developing characters for 11+ readers. In Oath Breaker Torak, Renn and their beloved Wolf are up against the last of the evil Soul-Eaters in a darkening series that combines meticulous research into Stone Age life with first rate story telling. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6555 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; 1st edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CCFQ
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Another unmissable episode in the story of Torak and his "pack"! I agree with the other reviewer that the stories are getting darker with each book, as Torak goes through his adolescent rites of passage, and much sadder too, in line with the overall series name - "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness". I can imagine my youngest son, who is 9 and yet to read "Oathbreaker"(ha! ha! I got first dibs!!), becoming quite upset, as the plot for this story not only introduces us to new characters, but says goodbye to someone very important to Torak. Michelle Paver also reveals more of Torak's history and that of his parents, with some heartbreaking revelations. It is exciting and full of tension as Torak faces yet another threat to his and his friends security, and reluctantly acknowledges his destiny. He is also growing up, and has to learn to control all the raging emotions within him. Renn too is maturing and Torak feels a frisson of attraction between them as their bonds of friendship deepen. I can't wait for the final installment, although I will freely admit that I will be very sad to say goodbye to these characters. Great stuff!
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I am still enjoying the series though less wolf involvement the development of the pack is an anticipated evolution. I look forward to how the next book unfolds with some interesting expectations.
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My 11 year old son is devouring this collection, he has found them a really riveting read and cannot put them down.
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No problems with the book but I ordered it in error - paid £7.99 for it, returned it as per instructions but only got a £4 refund!!! WHY???
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When I first read Wolf Brother, I thought WOW, this is seriously good. I've collected and read all the books since, and I'm over halfway through Oathbreaker. And it's brilliant.

I'll try not to give out too many spoilers, but this is one of the darkest installments so far, with Torak desperate for revenge after one of his closest friends is murdered by the Soul-Eaters. There's no hanging around in the story, already there's a huge amount of action before you've even finished the second chapter. The Deep Forest is also beautifully described in great detail, plus the character's emotions have become far more complex and it's easier to feel strong sympathy or hate towards them.

If you liked the first four, you'll definitely love this one. It has to be the must-have book of 2008.
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Yes, the basic plot is similar to the other stories - Torak gets in trouble & Renn helps him, they track another Soul Hunter. But the "filling" is what I enjoy - so five stars definitely. This is a very unusual genre for children's books and I don't think anyone has used this "ancient man" theme since "Stigg of the Dump". And the anthropological study of ancient human culture is excellent. Also, Torak and Renn are excellent survivors, living off of natures resources. Fans of "Ray Meers" might enjoy this also. I like the style of writing, as the narration switches between wolf and his human counterparts. I like the way that wolf says "there is no 'wolf word' " for the feeling that Torak has, - as Torak wants 'revenge', emphasising the difference between man and wolf. A good book for sophisticated readers of the 9-12 age group. For adults like me who also enjoy these stories, they might like to read some of the academic source books about shamanism by Mircea Eliade Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth, Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History (Works of Mircea Eliade).
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I've not really been in to reading for a long time now, but I still push myself to pick up a book as I feel guilty for not being in the habit. I've been reading Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series since 2005, and they've had their ups and downs. I didn't even bother reviewing the last entry, and the name escapes me at the moment, but Oath Breaker, while being a fairly brisk and to-the-point book still kinda drags since not a lot really happens in it.

The story is based on already long-established threads from the previous novels and brings nothing new to the series other than closing said threads. Torak once again runs off into the forest on his own, Renn is torn between Torak and tradition once more. Wolf is still confused by human customs. All other tribesman are primitive and gullible.

With no defining scenes and no new characters Oath Breaker feels very run-of-the-mill and by-the-numbers. The closing of the Thiazzi plot is all it really has going for it.
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I have loved this series of books since I first opened Wolf Brother in 2004. Michelle Paver's beautiful writing creates an ancient world that instantly draws you in and makes you believe in it so much you can almost feel the breeze and hear the Forest leaves rustling around you.

I love her detail. She has obviously done a lot of research and truly immersed herself in the world of post-ice age Europe and this reflects in every single line of the book. You can tell she has spent days at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust watching how the wolves move and act around each other, you can tell she's visited Polish forests untouched by human hands and all of that adds up to make these some of the best young teen novels I have ever read in terms of world building and realism.

Her characters are brilliant also. Surprisingly easy to relate to despite living lives so different from our own, just a few pages in it feels `normal' to leave a scrap of food in a tree fork as a `thank you' to the Forest for providing or making sure your bow is carefully oiled and always ready to use. Torak is strong-willed and one of my favourite characters in any book, partly because of his close relationship to Wolf and partly because he is so very human in his doubts, passion and fears.

The story is fast paced and exciting, keeping you turning the pages long after you should have switched off the light and gone to sleep or stopped reading to do your homework.

There is nothing I can come up with to dislike. Which means Michelle must be doing something very right indeed.

All I can say, is I can't wait to read Ghost Hunter - the final instalment of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.
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