Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #1)

Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #1)

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by Michelle Paver
     
 

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Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.

In this original and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to

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Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.

In this original and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world, in this first book in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called this first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, set in a primeval forest some 6,000 years ago, "part rite-of-passage saga, part riveting nature story." Ages 10-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Young Torak is of an ancient world where people live in clans and life is mystically entwined with the natural world and its spirits. Trees and animals have souls, and frightening specters lurk in shadows. After his father is killed by a demon-possessed bear, Torak begins a predestined trek in pursuit of the animal, which threatens all existence in the forest. His guide is a wolf—with whom he is able to speak—and his other companion a strong-willed, able girl named Renn. The constant dangers they face keep the story moving, though the action sometimes feels rushed, making many of the intricate situations hard to fully grasp. The images of clan culture and hunter-gatherer life, though, are fascinating and well-presented. Kids will like the uniqueness and resourcefulness of the primeval clans, and the interesting descriptions of survival skills. The narratives told from the perspective of the wolf are especially well-done. When, in the end, Torak handily accomplishes his difficult mission, many mysteries are resolved. Other threads, though, are left dangling, presumably to be picked up in future volumes—there are five more books planned in "The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series. The ten-and-up target audience suggested by the publisher seems a stretch, since the writing lacks the cleverness and sophistication to keep the interest of teens and adults. It is the middle-grade reader—especially one who favors wildlife and adventure stories—who will find this an excellent journey. 2005 (orig. 2004), HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Jane Harrington
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Set 6000 years ago, this fast-paced adventure delves into a world of spirits and mysticism not often seen in children's literature. Torak, 12, witnesses his father's brutal attack by a giant, demon-possessed bear and promises to find his way to the Mountain of the World Spirit. Before dying, his father instructs him to avoid other men and tells him that his guide will find him. Sure enough, Torak is soon adopted by a wolf cub, also recently orphaned, with whom he is able to communicate. The bear continues to terrorize the forest, but Torak is able to avoid it with Wolf's help. They are captured by the Wolf clan, who believes that Torak is the Listener, and will rid the forest of the bear when he fulfills a prophecy by delivering three lost artifacts to the mountain. He must solve an obscure riddle to find the artifacts and traverse dangerous lands, all the while evading the evil bear. Paver's depth of research into the spiritual world of primitive peoples makes this impressive British import, slated to be the first in a six-book series, intriguing and believable.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset County Library, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Grandiose series title aside, this first of a projected six episodes makes a muddled but strong start, pitting its young stone-age protagonist against a ravening, ensorcelled bear. Having learned of an oblique prophecy that describes him as the only one who can take on the unnatural bear who orphaned him-and is wantonly killing the great forest's denizens-Torak sets out to find three pieces of the Nanuak, or World Soul, that will allow him to enlist the help of the World Spirit. Accompanied by Wolf, an orphaned cub with eldritch knowledge, and Renn, spirited niece of a local clan leader, Torak survives a host of vividly envisioned dangers while displaying outstanding survival skills. Ultimately, he discovers that the bear (probably dispatched in a climactic encounter) had been created by one of a band of evil mages-each of whom will doubtless appear in a subsequent adventure. By the end, readers will have a real feeling for what life in the wild must have been like, and will be looking forward to Torak's further exploits. (Fiction. 11-13)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The story…glides on lines of smooth prose”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The story…glides on lines of smooth prose"
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The stark, primitive setting provides an innovative contrast to most fantasies…This fast–moving story with engaging characters will appeal.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The story…glides on lines of smooth prose”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The story…glides on lines of smooth prose”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419338083
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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