Gods and Warriors [NOOK Book]

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An action-packed new series set in the mysterious, dangerous Bronze Age

Young Hylas--goatherd, Outsider, thief--is hunted by powerful warriors who want him dead and have kidnapped his sister. Hylas is forced to flee his home, but not before a mysterious stranger gives him a bronze dagger. While on the run, Hylas must use his skill and wits to survive a shipwreck and a great white shark attack, befriend a dolphin, and help Pirra, the runaway ...
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Overview

An action-packed new series set in the mysterious, dangerous Bronze Age

Young Hylas--goatherd, Outsider, thief--is hunted by powerful warriors who want him dead and have kidnapped his sister. Hylas is forced to flee his home, but not before a mysterious stranger gives him a bronze dagger. While on the run, Hylas must use his skill and wits to survive a shipwreck and a great white shark attack, befriend a dolphin, and help Pirra, the runaway daughter of a High Priestess. Together with Pirra, the dolphin, and the valuable bronze sword, Hylas fights to discover why he's being hunted and find his sister before the warriors find them.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Paver brings her intense research skills to Bronze Age Greece to tell the story of Hylas, a young man who is an Outsider and is not allowed in the clan village. He suddenly finds himself being hunted by fierce warriors he knows only as the Crows, who seem bent on destroying him and all the remaining Outsiders. Hylas takes refuge in a tomb where he discovers a dying man who gifts him with a bronze dagger and some cryptic words about the answer being found in the sea. With help from his friend, Telamon, who is the village chief's son, Hylas makes his way to the sea. There he is befriended by a dolphin named Spirit that leads him to an island where he finds Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, who has escaped to avoid a forced marriage to Telamon. While initially antagonistic toward each other, Hylas and Pirra must work together not only to stay alive, but also to discover the truth behind the dagger and why Hylas is being pursued. The added element of Hylas's friendship with the dolphin adds a surreal quality to this story already filled with adventure and danger. Paver brings this mysterious period of history to vibrant life in a compelling realistic narrative with some fantasy flourishes. Who knew the Bronze Age could be so fascinating?Tim Wadham, Puyallup Public Library, WA
Publishers Weekly
Paver (the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series) tells the engrossing story of 12-year-old Hylas, a poor goatherd in Bronze Age Greece, who is attacked, along with his fellow outcast Outsiders, by the Crows, black-garbed soldiers led by the warrior Kratos. When Hylas makes a desperate bid to escape by sea, he is saved by “an enormous fish burst from the waves in a rain of blue fire—but it wasn’t a fish, it was a dolphin.” Washing ashore on the mysterious Island of the Goddess, Hylas meets Pirra, the daughter of a high priestess, who is also on the run, in her case from a forced marriage. Working through mistrust and misunderstandings—and aided by a dolphin, Spirit—Hylas and Pirra work to survive the island’s perils and defeat Kratos. Hylas and Pirra are engaging heroes, and Spirit stands out as an especially intriguing character. First in a planned series, Paver’s story should appeal easily to lovers of historical fantasy (and, of course, Percy Jackson fans) with its polished blend of action, ancient history, and myth. Ages 10–up. Agent: Peter Cox, Redhammer. (Sept.)
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Praise for Gods and Warriors:
“Reads like a heroic Greek epic, without the dusty language.  Younger readers who like historical fantasy and/or Percy Jackson will love this book.” –VOYA Reviews

"Action-packed chapters ending in cliffhangers keep the story moving forward at a fast clip. Richly detailed and historically believable." -Kirkus Reviews

"This first book in a new series is sure to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan as well as Paver's earlier Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series." -Booklist

"Paver brings this mysterious period of history to vibrant life in a compelling realistic narrative with some fantasy flourishes." -SLJ

"Well-researched, historically accurate, and action-packed. It will certainly appeal to fans of fantasy, historical fiction, and adventure stories." -LMC
 

From the Publisher
"Paver brings this mysterious period of history to vibrant life in a compelling realistic narrative with some fantasy flourishes. Who knew the Bronze Age could be so fascinating?"—School Library Journal"Richly detailed and historically believable scenes show Paver’s commitment to authenticity."—Kirkus Reviews

"This first book in a new series is sure to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan as well as Paver’s earlier Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series."—Booklist

VOYA - Amy Fiske
First in a planned series, Gods And Warriors begins at a gallop and never slows down. Hylas, a goatherd in Bronze Age Greece, flees for his life down rocky mountain trails, pursued by a menacing army of warriors. He encounters a dying stranger who utters strange prophetic words, urging Hylas to escape to the sea to find the Fin People. Hylas manages to reach the ocean, and, still chased by warriors, steals a rowboat and escapes under cover of fog. The ocean journey grows more perilous as a violent storm wrecks the rowboat and leaves Hylas clinging to wreckage, with a hungry shark circling. When all appears to be lost, a dolphin saves Hylas and deposits him on a deserted island. Here he encounters Pirra, daughter of a high priestess, who was marooned during her escape from an arranged marriage. Can the two put aside their differences and work together to avoid capture and reach safety? This action-packed adventure story blends ancient history and myth with strong characters. The book reads like a heroic Greek epic, without the dusty language. Paver makes her characters speak like real young people, striking a perfect balance that is neither dated nor inappropriately contemporary. Complex characters wrestle with big issues like loyalty, friendship, and relationships, and each speaks with a unique voice. Spirit, the dolphin who rescues Hylas and helps both children, is particularly interesting. Younger readers who like historical fantasy and/or Percy Jackson will love this book. Ages 11 to 15.
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
It is the Bronze Age, and life is dangerous. Class warfare is rife, and one tribe seeks to gain ultimate power with the aid of a magical dagger. Against this backdrop are the stories of four different characters who find their lives and fortunes intertwined. Hylas, a twelve-year-old outcast goat herder, is running for his life and trying to find his sister, who is missing after a vicious attack by a village tribe. Telamon is a chieftain's son who befriends Hylas against his father's wishes. Pirra is the privileged daughter of a High Priestess who longs to escape from her expensive prison, and Spirit, the dolphin, is a sea creature who tries to save his human friends from terrible deaths. All of these characters are interesting, and there is lots of action to keep readers turning the page. Some of the imagery is striking, and parts of the book, such as the rescue of the dolphin by Hylas and Pirra, are gripping. Nevertheless, this good story is marred by a lack of good editing. There are printing errors, grammatical errors, and shifts in tense and point of view. The writing is often compromised by cliches, unnecessary adverbs, and some nonsensical wording. The main plot line is based on the need for Hylas to find Issi, his sister. Issi plays almost no part in the book, however, and the reader knows very little about her. The climax, which is overwritten, is followed by a resolution that leaves the four main characters in almost the same state as they began, and the fate of poor Issi remains unknown. Ultimately, this is unsatisfying for the reader. This story is identified as "Book 1." It is to be hoped that there will be a Book 2 with an equally engrossing story and better editing. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101591970
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Gods and Warriors, #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 382,469
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 1,010 KB

Meet the Author

Michelle Paver is an avid researcher who tirelessly investigates the worlds she writes about. All based on real times and places, Michelle's novels bring those historical periods to life in exciting and thought-provoking ways. The final book in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the UK.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Really good book

    I read this book and it was great. I really recomend this book to people who are fine with adventure, and a differint religon.
    CAUTION I COULD NOT KEEP MY HEAD OUT OF THIS BOOK

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    To other books

    Yeah i agree. Where the heck are wolf brother and spirit walker? I LOVE wolf brother. Couldnt keep my face out of it. Read it five times in school. Cant wait to read spirit walker.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Looks good

    The sample is seventeen pages long, but 15 of them are the copyrite, title, and crap. Otherwise, looks good. (-1 star for short sample. I mean, seriusly. Who wants 2 pages on a sample? It makes it look short

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Good

    Is a good book

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    I was recommended this book by Audible, as I love science fictio

    I was recommended this book by Audible, as I love science fiction and fantasy. I read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed it.

    Hylas is an outsider (someone not from the village) who has been adopted (somewhat) by a family that keeps goats. He is only 12 years old, but he takes the responsibility of looking after the livestock very seriously. However, when a group of warriors he calls "Crows", starts chasing him and his sister, Issi, he finds himself in an adventure of a lifetime.

    This is an exciting young adult story set in the Bronze age. Narrated by the actor Toby Stephens, the story takes the reader on an amazing journey. His voice has a calming timbre that was soothing and exciting at the same time. He read the story with a steady pace that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. I think I could die happy listening to his voice!

    The story is a mixture of action, adventure and danger that kept me hooked! The story is mostly told through Hylas's point of view, but there are some scenes which are seen through the eyes of other characters including Pirra, a young girl, and a dolphin. This gives the story an interesting feel. 
    Pirra comes across as a spoilt brat, who is accustomed to having her every wish granted. However, she grew on me as the story continued. She is stubborn and determined, but she is also very lonely. 
    The dolphin gives the story a slight twist. They are very intelligent in real life, and this dolphin is no exception. I don't know if it is curiosity, empathy, or something else that makes this mammal so fearless and trusting towards humans. The dolphin in this story is portrayed in the same way, and is very friendly; Hylas names him Spirit.
    The mystery and suspense of why the warriors were chasing Hylas was quite intense, and I felt his confusion and terror as he was chased by them. There are some amazing scenes that are described that made me feel like I was there. The fire scene was one such scene - it was definitely intense! The end of the book was a bit bittersweet (in my opinion), and made me want to read/listen to the next book in the series, The Burning Shadow, to see if Hylas eventually finds his sister, Issi.

    Michelle Paver has written an exciting young adult adventure that was fast paced and exciting. I loved the way the story flowed, and how she described the scenes in such a way that they came alive in my mind's eye. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.

    I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 10 to 15, and to adults who love YA novels. - Lynn Worton

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Great book

    Awesome book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Awesome

    Just too awesome to put down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Good

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Other books

    Can anyone tell me where to find the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series? I have already read the first book but I'm looking for the second one called Spirit Walker. This series is also made by Michelle Paver.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Great

    Geat

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