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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141339276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141339276
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The kind of story you dream of reading and all too rarely find (The Times)

A classic children's book . . . superb writing (Anthony Horowitz)

These books are full of magic, adventure and action, and they appeal equally to both sexes (Charlie Higson)

Heartstoppingly real (The Independent)

Dazzling entertainment . . . seamless storytelling (Julia Eccleshare lovereading.co.uk)

Like other great children's books which also entrance adults, Wolf Brother conjures up an utterly believable, yet original world where the story grips you to the very last page (Sir Ian McKellen)

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Dear Reader,

Since I was little, I've adored the myths of Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, and to write Gods and Warriors, I’ve swum with wild dolphins and climbed an erupting volcano – all to make you feel that you're right there, living the adventure. Amazon readers' opinions matter hugely to me, and you could be among the first to read Gods and Warriors. I really hope you enjoy it.

--Michelle Paver --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'm a huge fan of Michelle Paver and I loved her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. I was therefore massively excited to have an opportunity to review the first book in her brand new series 'Gods and Warriors'.

The story is set during the Bronze Age and features an unlikely hero called Hylas, a twelve year old boy who finds himself being hunted down by rebels at the start of the book. The beginning is fast paced and incredibly thrilling as Hylas manages to escape but finds himself separated from his younger sister Issi and out in the world on his own.

I thought the setting for the story was wonderful. Michelle Paver always does such thorough and meticulous research and this pays off with fantastically precise details of Hylas's world. I found the beliefs of the people of the Bronze Age hugely interesting and enjoyed reading about their connections to the spirits and their rituals in worshipping a greater power. The descriptions of all the places that Hylas visits in the book are rich and detailed which made them easy to imagine as I was reading.

There are lots of other great characters in the book too, including Pirra who wants to experience freedom but is destined for a marriage she does not want. Her path eventually crosses with that of Hylas as they each face personal struggles.

One of my favourite things about Paver's books is the way she depicts the relationship between people and animals. as well as the chapters from Hylas's point of view, there are also the ones seen through the eyes of the dolphin that comes to his rescue. From the dolphin is conveyed a sense of the vastness and beauty of the ocean and it's hidden depths. Although animal and boy, the two share a special bond which runs extremely deep.
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This is the first offering, from what is to be a five-part series that is a mixing of magic with ritual from Michelle Paver. Her new series of books tells the narrative of Hylas, a 12-year-old goatherd, whose adventures take him to Ancient Crete and Ancient Egypt. He also has a potent ally in the form Pirra; the stubborn daughter of an Egyptian priestess, the scene is set during the Bronze Age. Other characters featured in the plot, of non-human variety are a lion cub, a falcon and a dolphin (called Spirit).
Book 1 shows our hero Hylas given a bronze dagger by a dying slave, though he is both mystified and at loss to understand why the dreaded Crows – the warrior clan of Koronos and rulers of Mycenae – will do anything within their power to retrieve it. Hylas finds himself on the run. On his fraught journey Hylas encounters the daughter of the High Priestess, courageous 12-year-old Pirra, who has boldly branded her own cheek and escaped an arranged marriage joins him on his journey. Soon they find themselves marooned on an Island, and here they are caught up in hostile enmities between Lakonians, Mycenaeans and Minoans. They soon find that they must rely on each if they are to survive, and this growing shared dependency drives the story.

While a number of other fashionable children's authors imagine a future regularly described in dystopian terms, Paver’s work looks backwards more with a positive eye to the past. This book illustrates the quality of Paver's research is impeccable and, reading her intense accounts of Bronze Age life really the narrative to the fore. Paver’s brings in well-rounded and stalwart characters that always seem to do the right thing, helped by generous helping of flukes and a succession of eleventh-hour escapes.
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As a long term fan of Michelle, this book was always going to be a big deal for me, and the wait for it has been a torturous one. First announced back in December 2010 after the release of the terrifying ghost story, Dark Matter, the last year and a half have been slow. Long days of waiting for something new to read, something new to put on the bookshelf next to her previous books. I'd even left a space just begging to be filled. And now, at last, it's here.

And it was worth every single second that passed. Every moment was worth the wait because what we have here is nothing short of amazing.

I remember saying on Twitter in February when I actually read the book that it's a real world building book and I still stand by that. Gods and Warriors really gives us an insight into the world in which the 5 book series is set. Set in the Mediterranean around the bronze age, we get a glimpse of the way the characters live in the bronze-age, we get a feel for their customs and their ways, their beliefs and their views on those who are not like others. Outsiders.

Hylas is an Outsider. All his life, he and his sister have lived outside of the village with a few others, tending to goats on a mountainside. They are not worthy of life within the confines of the village, but at the same time, they are given a purpose. But then one day, everything changes. The Black Warriors come to slaughter them all. But why? Hylas manages to escape, barely, with his life, but his sister is missing. His beloved sister Issi. She's all he truly has in the world, she can't be dead. Hylas is determined to find her. He has to.

But it's not just the mission to find his sister that has been unlocked by the arrival of the Black Warriors.
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