Outcast: Book 4 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Outcast: Book 4 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Written by Michelle Paver
Part of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series

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This series just gets better and better with each new title. Outcast is the fourth in the series and here Torak has to pit his wits against everyone - particularly his former friends and now foe as a consequence of his mark of the soul eater.

It's a gripping adventure story that's so full of superb description of time and place that you feel utterly transported into Torak's world and that of his pack-brother Wolf. Can Torak triumph over evil and gain the trust once again of his friends?

Titles in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series:

1. Wolf Brother

2. Spirit Walker

3. Soul-eater

4. Outcast

5. Oathbreaker

6. Ghost Hunter


Outcast: Book 4 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Cast out from the clans, Torak is alone and on the run: cut off from his best friend Renn and his beloved pack-brother, Wolf. In the haunted reedbeds of Lake Axehead, he is hunted by the Otter Clan, taunted by the Hidden People and, tormented by secrets and broken trust, he uncovers a deception which will turn his world upside down.


'Gripping... action packed' Observer

'This is an amazing book' Sunday Express

'A triumph' Independent

About the Author

Michelle Paver

Born in Malawi in 1960 to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'NYASALAND TIMES', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

An Interview with Michelle Paver

Concerning literary influences, I’d name two principal ones: J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired a lifelong love of myth and Anglo-Saxon and Norse literature, and who also deepened my appreciation for trees and forests; and Anthony Trollope, whose page-turning novels taught me much about storytelling.

They change from time to time, but here are the ones that have lasted. For heroes, it’s Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings and Hector from The Iliad. For villains, it’s Dracula (the Bram Stoker one, of course), and Stavrogin from The Devils.

In the main I did, but my most vivid memory concerns my one bad year. When I was about eleven, a new girl joined the class and took such a dislike to me that she got everyone else to gang up against me. It doesn’t sound too bad, but it was miserable and very lonely to go through. My mother told me to ignore the lot of them, which I did – and after a pretty rough year, the ringleader left, and things drifted back to normal. But I’ve never forgotten it. And it probably helped make me a writer, because for that year, I retreated into my imagination.

I worked as a solicitor in the City for thirteen years: lots of all-nighters and weekends in the office. The challenge made it fun for a while, but that soon palled. I don’t miss it at all.

Click here to read more about Michelle Paver and The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness:

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

29th May 2008




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