After reading, and absolutely loving, Paver's highly successful Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, I was dubious about how she could top such a fantastic series of stories, but in Gods and warriors, Paver has created another classic. What is special about this book is not the fact that the author researches her work meticulously, but more the way that she uses that research to weave a rich embroidery of a tale out of it. The story feels both ancient and credible. The interactions between the main characters Hylas and Pirra are fresh and interesting and not just another reincarnation of Torak and Renn.
It was also lovely to see Hylas's relationship with Spirit the dolphin. In some ways, his relationship with Spirit seems almost deeper than that of Torak and Wolf. This story feels different to her previous work, but it still has the Michelle Paver hallmark of excellent, exciting, involved and quality storytelling. In two words, its: simply beautiful!