The Burning Shadow by Michelle Paver
  

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.

reader reviews

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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Synopsis

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

The Outsiders

The Burning Shadow

The Eye of the Falcon

Reviews

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.

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Further reviews.

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

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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Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Michelle Paver
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

6th February 2014

ISBN

9780141339290

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