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August 2014 Book of the Month The third adventure for Hylas, now landed on the plague ridden island of Keftiu which is also gripped by the coldest winter ever known and covered in ash from the eruption of the enormous volcano. Hylas’s reception is far from welcoming and his hope of finding his companion Pirra and the lion cub Havoc looks hopeless. While Hylas fears the worst about his former companions, Havoc is also searching for the human company he so badly needs. Michelle Paver brings the devastated world of the past vividly to life and is especially good at seeing events from an animal’s point of view.
We asked a small number of our readers to review the first in the Gods and Warriors series, The Outsiders...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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Winter has been colder than anyone can remember, and there is no spring. The eruption of Thalakrea has shrouded the sky in ash, and blotted out the Sun. Fate brings Hylas to the island of Keftiu. He is desperate to find his friends: Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, and Havoc the lion cub. But Keftiu has suffered more than anywhere from the fury of the gods, and the once-prosperous island has been ravaged by cold, famine and plague. As Hylas sets off alone to seek his friends, he is tormented by the fear that Pirra and Havoc may not have survived the winter...
The Gods and Warriors series
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.
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.
Electrifying Independent on Sunday
The reader is instantly plunged into danger and excitement The Times
|Publication date:||7th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
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 PaverWhat’s the ...More About Michelle Paver