Spirit Walker: Book 2 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Spirit Walker: Book 2 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

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

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


Spirit Walker: Book 2 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

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. Word arrives that the Seal Clan have the cure and Torak must face a lonely journey to find it. On the Seal's Island he stumbles into a world utterly unlike his own. Here life moves to the rhythms of the sea, the Seals build shelters from whale bones and skim the waves in fast, beautiful kayaks. 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. As in 'Wolf Brother' Michelle Paver's sheer passion for her story set in a world of myth and natural magic, shines through in this skilfully woven, exciting and brilliantly satisfying second instalment of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.


'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

'...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

'...another gripping, taut adventure in the ancient world' - Anne Johnstone, The Herald

'...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 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

'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

'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)

'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) in The Sunday Express

'There are scenes of high tension and excitement, especially towards the 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.' School Librarian

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:

Her most recent series is called Gods and Warriors - find out more about it by watching the video below.

Author photo credit: Charles Shearn

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336 pages
Interest Age: From 9 To 11


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

7th September 2005




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