The Burning Shadow
Written by Michelle Paver
Part of the Gods and Warriors Series
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February 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michelle Paver, creator of the Wolf Brother series, continues her equally richly created and atmospheric Gods and Warriors series set in the sun-baked Greek countryside. Although separated by a wide social gulf, Hylas the Outsider and Pirra the daughter of the High Priestess have become friends. Now Hylas, imprisoned by slavers, is working in the mines. He has to escape before his vicious enemies the Crows find out where he is. Pirra has always promised she would help Hylas escape but can she reach him? And can the two of them survive especially if the gods are against them? Despite danger at every turn Hylas and Pirra together with an orphaned lion cub continue to pursue their destiny.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for the first book in the series, The Outsiders, a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This gripping historical adventure story would suit all adventure lovers with an interest in mythology. I loved it and found it similar to the Percy Jackson books.'
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The Burning Shadow by Michelle Paver
'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...' A boy on the run. A deadly prophecy. A race against time. Hylas the Outsider is captured by slavers. Set to work in the terrible underground mines of Thalakrea, he learns to his horror that he's now closer than ever to his murderous enemies, the Crows. He has to escape before they find out he's here. Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, is also on the run. When Fate reunites her with Hylas, their survival depends on ancient magic and an orphaned lion cub - unless the Gods have other plans...
You can download a letter from Michelle Paver to her readers here which tells more about the time the book is set and how she used her research to bring the Gods and Warriors series to life.
The Gods and Warriors series
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review the first in the series The Outsiders. You can read their reviews below.
Mukunth Kowsik, age 12 - 'If there is a book with a steady storyline that will take you into the story without any complications and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end, it's The Outsiders.’ Click Here to read the full review.
James Lawrence Griffith, aged 10 - 'This gripping historical adventure story would suit all adventure lovers with an interest in mythology. I loved it and found it similar to the Percy Jackson books.' Click Here to read the full review.
Lucy Minton, age 10 - 'An excellent read because it draws you in from the start...I would recommend this book because it is fast paced and ends on a cliffhanger.' Click Here to read the full review.
Adam Pattenden, age 12 - 'The first installment in what promises to be a brilliant series describing a boy's desperate search for his sister in Ancient Greece.' Click Here to read the full review.
Lucy Allan-Jones, age 12 - 'The Outsiders is a compelling, nerve-wracking, unputdownable and unique story. Click Here to read the full review.
Robert White, age 10 - 'A gripping read, this book is impossible to put down. Gods, warriors, a chase, a shipwreck, a rescue, what else could you ask for?' Click Here to read the full review.
Jenny Bridgeman, age 8 - 'This book brought me to a mystical place where gods and warriors are born.' Click Here to read the full review.
Tabi Cooper, age 12 - 'Action. Adventure. Survival. Following the mythological story of Hylas, a twin, this shows us what it feels like to be an outsider.' Click Here to read the full review.
Lucas Abbott, age 9 - 'Great story, great characters, a gripping tale.' Click Here to read the full review.
The kind of story you dream of reading and all too rarely find The Times
A classic children's book ... superb writing -- Anthony Horowitz
These books are full of magic, adventure and action, and they appeal equally to both sexes -- Charlie Higson
Heartstoppingly real The Independent
Electrifying Independent on Sunday
The reader's attention is caught from the first line ...spellbinding Telegraph
Set to become another children's classic Books for Keeps
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