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Summary

A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on. In the Dark Time of midwinter, something is coming that will test the Clans as never before. Book eight of Michelle Paver's best-selling Wolf Brother series continues the dazzling adventure of Torak, Wolf and Renn - a story full of myth, menace, natural magic and exhilarating entertainment.

In the Dark Time of midwinter, disaster strikes the Forest. Chaos rules. Bears woken from their dens prowl the shadowy valleys. Desperate clans battle for survival. Only demons thrive.

With their world in turmoil, Torak, Renn and Wolf are tested as never before. And as a new evil haunts the devastated land, Torak must risk his sanity, his life and even his souls to save everything he loves....

Skin Taker carries you back to the Stone Age, drawing you deeper into the astonishing adventure which began with Wolf Brother.

©2021 Michelle Paver (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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Stick with it it’s one of the best!

Initially has a vibe of a rewrite to it but that’s a full misdirect it’s one of the best yet! Michelle mixes her usual beautiful prehistoric fantasy with a deconstruction of the psyche of those connected to the land and the loss of hope.

Do I have to say that Ian Mckellen is amazing as narrator, it seems superfluous!

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Audiobook narrated by Ian McKellen.

A solid new Chronicles of Ancient Darkness story and a much darker one. A great disaster occurs and we see our main characters as well as all the clans struggle with the huge changes that occur.

The Good:
- A new and interesting direction for the series executed well
- The elements of magecraft included were interesting and imaginative.
- Due to the events of the past year, it was easy to see and understand how different characters reacted to the catastrophic opening events.
- The villain had developed and it will be intruiging how the overarching plot will develop.

What Could Have Been Better?:
- As with Viper's Daughter, very slight pacing issues.

I'm excited for the next installment which should be out Spring 2022.

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Brilliant as always

Ian McKellen's performance was brilliant as always and I thoroughly enjoyed the latest instalment of this series. I did think the storyline might have gone a little fast at times, probably to fit the story into the same size book as usual, but it would have benefited from a little more exploration into the Stone Age world that we enjoyed so much in the first 3 books of the Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness.

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Glorious Skin Taker

Another wonderful wonderful audio book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series!
It’s a job to say for sure, because they are all so magnificent but I think it’s my favourite. Ian McKellen has the voice of an angel, that one could never get tired of listening too. I have the new book’Wolfbane’ sitting in my library ready to start tomorrow night, I’m excited but also feeling a bit sad, as this is the last book in the series. So no more Torak, Renn ,Wolf ,Fin Kedinn ,Dark and all the other wonderful characters.

A truly fantastic listen, I really do advise anyone looking for a new audio book try out Wolf Brother , and you will soon be hooked !

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very good story I will recommend and I have to write more for this revew

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been following these books since i was a kid. From the 1st release of Wolf Brother and i have loved every one of them x

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Brilliant

I've been reading this series since I was a teenager, was so happy to see it continued almost 10yrs later, so good so scenic so beautifully written by Michelle Paver and the narration by Ian McKellen makes me wish I had the whole series as audiobooks. Just honestly want to experience more and more stories from this series. Bravo.

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Fantastic

This book was a truly marvellous edition the the chronicles of ancient darkness and I enjoyed it thoroughly. With an outstanding performance from Ian Mckellin as usual and a wonderful storyline and characters created by my favourite book writer Michelle Paver! I wholly recommend this book

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Well it was grand

Yet another good story in the series, I must say I thought it the weakest of the lot but still worthy of a listen too.

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Another wonderful story!

This is a fabulous addition to the Wolf brother story arc. Sir Ian McKellen’s reading is perfect.

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And with her bow she shoots back

Catastrophe of astronomical proportions brings despair and opportunists. In the end, a rainbow shot by our new heroine. Increasingly, the peoples of this land are engaging in rationality that questions and redefines myth. Could this series be moving in some direction? I really enjoyed this proto-post-apocalyptic tale. And the humor of eating demon turds.