Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)

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9780060728304: Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)

Thousands of years ago an orphan boy and his wolf cub companion challenge a demon bear that threatens to destroy their world forever. With the help of the World Spirit, Torak destroys the bear, but his beloved Wolf is lost in the ensuing avalanche.

And Torak's quest is far from over. A strange, creeping sickness, silent and deadly, is threatening the Ravens, whose leader Finn Kedinn has told Torak something of his history. Word arrives that the Seal Clan have the cure and Torak must face a lonely journey across treacherous terrain alive with menace and danger to find it. He must search for the rare herb which is part of the cure and find it by Midsummer. On the Seal's Island he stumbles into a world utterly unlike his own. And here Torak is welcomed by the kindly Seal Mage, Teneris, and kinsman, Bale. But all is not as it seems - Torak must keep his wits about him to judge who might be friend or foe, to face the dark art of the Soul Eaters, who haunt him even in his dreams, and to master his fears.

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'...the momentum for this should be considerable' (Jennifer Taylor CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER)

'...Wolves are more than just her [Michelle's] friends - they've helped to make her a millionaire and a global publishing phenomenon' (Sally Williams DAILY TELEGRAPH)

'...the perfect concoction of action and narrative is what makes the book so attractive. ...Paver has succeeded in producing a first-class story supported by substantial moral messages... unclouded by the present day' (Edward Malnick DAILY TELEGRAPH (Books) 27/8/05)

'...another gripping, taut adventure in the ancient world' (Anne Johnstone THE HERALD, 3/9/05)

'This book looks set to outdo the massive success of its predecessor' (Julian Exposito BOOKSELLER CHILDREN'S BUYER'S GUIDE: HIGHLIGHTS)

'...the story grips you like a wolf's jaws and won't let go...Her [Paver's] account of their spiritual beliefs suggests deep anthropological research but feels new-minted when described in her taut, elegant prose. Children, who are often very close to these animist beliefs, will find this imagined world as thrilling as Tolkien's or Pullman's...The climax is superb. With Wolf fighting demons by Torak's side for another four books, wolves have never looked more like a boy's best friend.' (Amanda Craig SATURDAY TIMES 10.09.05)

'...compelling sequel to Wolf Brother' ( FUNDAY TIMES)

'It's a classic plus - boy journeys and sturggles towards truth with faithful animal friend - but so well done, so fully visualised in so few brush strokes and cliche-free.' (Gay Hicyilmaz TES)

'very well researched... and the stunning revelation at the end of the story will leave you unable to wait for the next instalment.' (Fred Heffer (Age 12) UNDERCOVER)

'the author manages to make you feel like you are part of this ancient world. The next installment is out soon. I can't wait.' (Jessica Dyer SUNDAY HERALD)

'spell-binding... The second adventure in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters dazzles, as Michelle Paver's passion for her story, set in a world of myth and natural magic, shines through in this skilfully woven tale.' (Staff of Waterstone's Middlesbrough TEESIDE EVENING GAZETTE)

'a must read... I adore this series, which packs as much punch as Harry Potter in its feel for Bronze Age hunting and survival.' (Amanda Craig SATURDAY TIMES)

'themes of evil and power are strongly realised and the charming front of evil deepens the authenticity of characterisation. The plot is tightly crafted and the pace of the novel never slackens, escalating towards a dramatic crescendo... Spirit Walker offers profound insights into the human condition... highly recommended.' (Aine Nic Gabhann INIS (CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND))

'This powerful story about the bond between a boy and a wolf and the battle between good and evil transports the reader not only to Stone Age Northen Europe by the minds of those who lived there.' (Anne Johnstone THE HERALD 10.12.05)

'guaranteed to have you totally hooked!' ( DISNEY BIG TIME)

'Spirit Walker is a thoroughly entertaining read. Fans will not be disapointed.' ( SUNDAY JOURNAL (DERRY) 27.11.05)

'I loved this book because it's really exciting and you always want to read on. It is unputdownable and there's a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. Every bit as good as Wolf Brother but it's much scarier!' (Sebastian Johnson (age 10) SUNDAY EXPRESS 5.2.06)

'There are scenes of high tension and excitement, especially towards teh end, and what remains in the memory are the strong human bonds and physicality of the lives they lead.' ( BOOKS FOR KEEPS)

'Fans of Wolf Brother cannot fail to be equally captivated by this second title in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness...Paver's prose is rich and evocative. The reader is transported to a fictional context which is wholly convincing, and the depth of her research has paid huge dividends here.' (Rachel Bowler SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)

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Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - the second adventure in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters. This audio is lightly abridged.

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