Michelle Paver con Wolf Brother: Book 1 (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)
From extensive research about how the people of Northern Europe may have lived more than six thousand years ago, Michelle Paver has fashioned a remarkable debut novel for children. Wolf Brother, the first instalment of her six-book Chronicles of Ancient Darkness sequence, takes its readers back in time to an atmospheric world of snow, hunter-gatherers, tribes, clans, mountains, forests, bears and unearthly superstitions. For humans then, life was hard and Paver’s narrative taps wonderfully into all the sensations they must have experienced living amidst such an unforgiving landscape.
The book begins dramatically with the death of Torak’s father, the mage, Fa, from mortal wounds inflicted by a giant, possessed bear. Fa’s dying words bind Torak to a quest to find the mythical Mountain of the World Spirit. Only there will Torak find the strength needed to defeat the demonic creature and killer of men.
Having lived apart from other Clans, and burdened by such an impossible task, Torak is bereft by the death of his only companion in life and struggles to survive in the harsh conditions he now finds himself in. Then, instead of killing an orphaned wolf cub for food, Torak spares the tiny animal and together they travel north.
Torak gains a further companion for his arduous journey in the form of Renn, a headstrong and feisty girl of his own age whose Clan Torak inadvertently has an altercation with. Renn believes Torak to be The Listener--a prophesised being who will save the world--and together they escape from danger… into a different sort of peril.
Paver’s novel is strong on detail and the authenticity of her settings is breathtaking. She cleverly weaves a fantastical, but believable, layer onto her narrative that enriches her story and makes it all the more readable. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay
Wolf Brother combines elements of fantasy, prehistoric fiction and facts, to make a brilliant book. This the first in a series of six (and one of the best, too). I would recommend it to any one who likes wolves (essential!), magic and stone age people! (THE GUARDIAN)
The story is a rich tale full strong with the themes of survival, magic and folklore. Michelle Paver manages to install the same dreams in the reader's head that she once had herself - the dream to run with wolves in a prehistoric forest. (FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)
Wolf Brother, the first of six books in Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, is a terrific read, and I was instantly grabbed by the throat and whooshed along by the power of the writing. (HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY)
Rich in detail which brings the past to life and makes the forest background vivid to all readers (LOVEREADING4KIDS)
I liked the book because it is a thrilling, packed with a ton of action, and is an adventure you don't usually find in books. Wolf Brother never lets you stop reading, and it keeps a ton of suspense. (TEEN INK subscriber review)
Wolf Brother is a book where time passes quickly as the reader is absorbed into a colourful world. And before you know it the book has ended and you find you just have to grab the next book in the series and continue reading. (THE DESK OF KAREN LEE FIELD REVIEW)
From the Inside Flap
The wound in his arm burned
and with each breath his bruised ribs ached savagely,
but he didn't dare stop.
The Forest was full of eyes.
Birch trees whispered of his passing.
He begged them not to tell the bear . . .
Torak is alone: wounded, terrified, and on the run.
An outcast like his father, he has avoided all contact with the clans - until now. Now his father lies dead: slaughtered by a demon in the form of a great bear.
Somehow, Torak must keep going. His only ally is an orphaned wolf cub. His only chance of survival is his skill as a hunter. But starvation isn't the only thing in the Forest to fear.
Through the whispering spruce trees comes an evil more terrible than any clan can imagine, let alone defeat. The Moon of Red Willow is fast approaching: and soon Torak - and only Torak - must face a foe he can neither outrun nor outwit; a foe who stalks him as silently as breath.
WOLF BROTHER is an enthralling story of friendship, survival and betrayal. It carries you back thousands of years to the ancient darkness of the Forest: to a world steeped in natural magic and elemental terror: a world of wolves and aurochs, tree spirits and Hidden People; a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life.