Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #2)

Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #2)


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Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #2) by Michelle Paver, Geoff Taylor

“Fast-paced and exciting adventure that will enthrall every reader.” —Erin Hunter, author of the New York Times bestselling Warriors series

The second thrilling book in Michelle Paver’s bestselling fantasy series is a must-have for fans of Brandon Mull and Jeanne DuPrau.

As the Moon of No Dark looms over the land, the clans fall prey to a horrifying sickness. Fear stalks the Forest. No one knows the cause—and only Torak can find the cure.

His quest takes him across the sea to the mysterious islands of the Seal Clan, where Torak will battle an unseen menace and uncover a betrayal that will change his life—forever.

Crackling with suspense and ominous magic on every page.

“Torak’s bravery against insurmountable dangers makes him an engaging and memorable hero” —VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060728304
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Series: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 98,050
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle Paver was born in central Africa, but moved to England as a child. After earning a degree in biochemistry from Oxford University, she became a partner in a London law firm, but eventually gave that up to write full-time.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness arises from her lifelong passions for animals, anthropology, and the distant past. It was also inspired by her travels in Norway, Lapland, Iceland, and the Carpathian Mountains—and particularly by an encounter with a large bear in a remote valley in Southern California.

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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker

By Michelle Paver

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Michelle Paver
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060728280

Chapter One

The auroch appeared quite suddenly from the trees on the other side of the stream.

One moment Torak was gazing at sun-dappled willows -- the next, there she was. She stood taller than the tallest man, and her great curving horns could have skewered a bear. If she charged, he was in trouble.

By bad luck, he was upwind of her. He held his breath as he watched her twitch her blunt black muzzle to taste his scent. She snorted. Pawed the earth with one massive hoof.

Then he saw the calf peering from the bracken, and his belly turned over. Aurochs are gentle creatures -- except when they have calves.

Without a sound, Torak drew back into the shade. If he didn't startle her, maybe she wouldn't charge.

Again the auroch snorted, and raked the ferns with her horns. At last she seemed to decide that he wasn't hunting her after all, and slumped down in the mud to have a wallow.

Torak blew out a long breath.

The calf wobbled toward its mother, slipped, bleated, and fell over. The cow auroch raised her head and nosed it to its feet, then lay back to enjoy herself.

Crouching behind a juniper bush, Torak wondered what to do. Fin-Kedinn, the Clan Leader, had sent him to retrieve a bundle ofwillow bark that had been soaking in the stream; he didn't want to return to camp without it. Neither did he want to get trampled by an auroch.

He decided to wait for her to leave.

It was a hot day at the beginning of the Moon of No Dark, and the Forest was drowsy with sun. The trees echoed with birdsong; a warm southeasterly breeze carried the sweetness of lime blossom. After a while, Torak's heartbeats slowed. He heard a clutch of young greenfinches squealing for food in a hazel thicket. He watched a viper basking on a rock. He tried to fix his thoughts on that, but as so often happened, they drifted to Wolf.

Wolf would be nearly full-grown by now, but he'd been a cub when Torak had known him: falling over his paws, and pestering Torak for lingonberries. . . .

Don't think about Wolf, Torak told himself fiercely. He's gone. He's never coming back, never. Think about the auroch, or the viper, or --

That was when he saw the hunter.

He was on this side of the water, twenty paces downstream, but downwind of the auroch. The shade was too deep to make out his face, but Torak saw that like him, he wore a sleeveless buckskin jerkin and knee-length leggings, with light rawhide boots. Unlike Torak, he wore a boar tusk on a thong around his neck. Boar Clan.

Ordinarily, Torak would have been reassured. The Boars were fairly friendly with the Raven Clan, with whom he'd been living for the past six moons. But there was something very wrong about this hunter. He moved with an awkward, lurching gait, his head lolling from side to side. And he was stalking the auroch. Two slate throwing axes were stuck in his belt -- and as Torak watched in disbelief, he pulled one out and hefted it in his hand.

Was he insane? No man hunts an auroch on his own. An auroch is the biggest, strongest prey in the Forest. To attack one on your own is asking to be killed.

The auroch, happily unaware, grunted and rubbed deeper into the mud, relishing the relief from the troublesome midges. Her calf nosed a clump of willowherb, waiting for her to finish.

Torak rose to his feet and warned the hunter with urgent slicing motions of his palm: Danger! Go back!

The hunter didn't see him. Flexing his brawny arm, he took aim -- and hurled the axe.

It whistled through the air and thudded into the ground a hand's breadth from the calf.

The calf fled. Its mother gave an outraged bellow and lumbered to her feet, casting about for the attacker. But the hunter was still downwind; she didn't catch his scent.

Incredibly, he was reaching for his second axe.

"No!" Torak whispered hoarsely. "You'll only hurt her and get us both killed!"

The hunter wrenched the axe from his belt.

Torak thought swiftly. If the axe found its mark, the auroch would be unstoppable. But if she was startled instead of wounded, maybe she would merely make a mock charge, and flee with her calf. He had to get her out of range of that axe, fast.

Taking a deep breath, he jumped up and down, waving his arms and yelling, "Over here! Over here!"

It worked -- in a way. The auroch gave a furious bellow and charged at Torak -- and the axe hit the mud where she'd stood a heartbeat before. As she splashed toward Torak, he threw himself behind an oak tree.

No time to climb it -- she was almost upon him. He heard her grunt as she heaved herself up the bank -- he felt her heat on the other side of the tree trunk. . . . At the last moment she swerved, flicking up her tail and blundering off into the Forest, her calf galloping after her.

The silence when she'd gone was deafening.

Sweat poured down Torak's face as he leaned against the oak.

The hunter stood with his head down, rocking from side to side.

"What were you doing?" panted Torak. "We could've been killed!"

The hunter did not reply. Lurching across the stream, he retrieved his axes and stuck them in his belt, then shambled back again. Torak still couldn't see his face, but he took in the hunter's muscled limbs and jagged slate knife. If it came to a fight, he'd lose. He was just a boy, not even thirteen summers old.

Suddenly the hunter stumbled against a beech tree and began to retch.

Torak forgot his alarm and ran to help him.


Excerpted from Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver Copyright © 2006 by Michelle Paver. Excerpted by permission.
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Spirit Walker 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf Brother is my favorite book, this book 'Sprit Walker' is also great! great! great! i got my friend to read wolf brother and she also read harry potter. she said how she wondered why she even read harry potter! Wolf brother and Spirit Walker are the best books you will ever read!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its better than Wolf Brother. a good twist, plot, and i love how Wolf came back to Torak. (oohps!) great story for anyone who liked Wolf Brother.
Shaybae More than 1 year ago
What happens if you meet a sick man in the middle of the woods and have to help him. In Spirit Walker of the series Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness, by Michelle Paver, a boy (Torak) and a wolf cub (Wolf) set out on an adventure to find a cure for a deadly disease. This fantasy book shows you how teamwork is important. The two main characters, Torak and Wolf, travel through many different places. At first they are in the woods and meet a sick man. As Torak runs back to the raven clan he start to panic. When he gets back to the raven clan her sees that everyone is out hunting so he tells the one person who is there. That person does not believe him. Right after that, several people come running in very sick. All of the people need help. They need a cure and Torak and wolf are the only ones who can get it. Wolf runs out of the clan with Torak following as they travel through rough terrain giving it all they have. Will they reach the cure and make it back to the clan in time to save everyone? Or will they fail in their mission causing their whole clan to die? I think that Spirit Waker is an amazing book. All of the adventure and thrill seeking moments rock. This book is full of twist and turns. Spirit walker is an amazing book to read. I would recommend Spirit Walker to anyone who loves adventure and mystery. Not only will this book grab your interest, but you can continue the adventure in the third book of the Chronicle of Ancient Darkness series. You will also find out if Torak and Wolf make it back to the Raven clan or will they catch the disease to. You must read this book to find out what happens.
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moosesrule882 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! They just keep getting better! Michelle Paver does a great job! The end with the Seal Mage trying to eat Torak's heart was so cool! Great job!
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GreekCowgirl More than 1 year ago
The second in a series of 4 (soon to be 5) The adventure, separation and lose Torak goes through will keep you turning the pages!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was so cool actually understanding what Torak went through. Like a dream world that I've always wanted to escape through. My head couldn't get out, it was like I was in a trance!!!!!! I want to read #3 Soul eater!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love how it just started right away with a journey. You have no idea what happens and it throws out a great truth and secret at the end! Anyone should buy it especially people who read Wolf Brother. I also liked how it talked in Wolf and Renn's point of view as well as Torak's. Totally amazing! Michelle Paver really knows how to wirte a book! Poor Torak though. Terrible secret! READ IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
yet real! Spirit Walker places you into a real time, and what the poeple then belived. By far one of the great Chldren books of our time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book, but would be a lot better if i could read it on the nook
Enjoyslife More than 1 year ago
I can't rate this book because I haven't physically seen it, but ordered it for my grandson who knows that I love to buy him books. Thus he asked for Spirit Walker. He'd avidly read the first in this series and anxiously awaited the second. However, when I asked what he thought of it, he said that he was still reading. From that, my assumption is that he was not as enthralled by Spirit Walker as by its predecessor, nor was his interest sustained long enough to ask me for the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
never read this book it is poor and boring the middle is OK but the beggining and end were horrible. BORING, u can expect things so eaisly no good cliff hangers. DON'T READ THIS BOOK, IT'S HORRIBLE