Gods and Warriors

Gods and Warriors

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by Michelle Paver
     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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 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.

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:
09/04/2012
Series:
Gods and Warriors , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
426,442
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

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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

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