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Skin Taker

"Eighth epic story of Stone Age survival and spirit magic in the 2nd gen Wolf Brother series"

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April 2021 Book of the Month

Michelle Paver has done it again in the eighth book in her epic, emotional Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Stone Age series that began with Wolf Brother. Skin Taker reels with a rollercoaster sense of adventure, shadowy atmosphere and an infectious spirit of survival as Torak, Renn and Wolf must find new ways to exist during the midwinter Dark Time, when new dangers are awoken and devastation looms.

 

Torak remains the brave, brash protagonist readers have long known and admired, yet his character has been deftly developed too, and he’s here presented with fierce challenges - and responses - that befit his experiences. Though its setting is aeons ago, and though Torak’s world is suffused in otherworldly spirit magic, Paver has a remarkable skill for making her stories richly relatable. The emotional dilemmas and relationships have resonance; the detail and atmosphere of the natural world are truly tangible, and what an exhilarating immersion in the wild this offers adventure-seeking readers.

Read a Q&A with Michelle Paver about Viper's Daughter, as she returned to the Wolf Brother series after over a decade.

 

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This is an excellent book filled with chaos and turmoil as Torak risks everything to save the whole world. I had never read Michelle Paver's books before but as soon as I finished Skin Taker, I was desperate to read more of her work.

This is an excellent book filled with chaos and turmoil as Torak risks everything to save the whole world. As demons begin to thrive, yet again the clans battle for survival. Though the Victor will have nothing if they do not unite.

I had never read Michelle Paver's books before but as soon as I finished Skin Taker, I was desperate to read more of her work. She has a specific style of writing that entrances the reader and really makes you're feel like you're part of it. I loved the attention to nature and its creatures as you will notice entwined in the story.

My favourite part was when Torak spirit walked.

Rowan Helsby

It’s really good to be back in this world again and join the characters in their next adventure. This story is about a major event which affects all the clans, will they be able to survive?

I really like the Wolf Brother series. We read the first one together at school and that’s how I got into them.

I like the way that Michelle Paver writes. Sometimes it’s not in full sentences but I think that helps with the speed and the mood of the story.

Throughout this series I have learnt lots of things about how people lived at this time and the different challenges that they face. I adore Wolf and wish he was my pack brother. I like it when the writing is from his point of view and the way he describes different things, like the ice and snow. I think Michelle works really hard at researching and helping us to feel the way the characters are feeling.

Lily O’Dwyer

Having read all the books in the series previously, I was already familiar with the lives of Torak, Renn and Wolf but this adventure was brought to the next level.

When the thunderstar strikes and the forest gets destroyed Torak, Renn and Wolf have to find the four sacred crystals to bring back the first tree (Northern Lights) to restore peace to the chaotic land. A supposedly dead enemy returns to the deep forest and begins to assemble their army of “Chosen Ones” striking fear into the hearts of the remaining members of the deep forest clans.

Lottie Clark