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Summary

Thousands of years ago an orphan boy and his wolf cub companion challenge a demon bear that threatens to destroy their world forever. With the help of the World Spirit, Torak destroys the bear, but his beloved Wolf is lost in the ensuing avalanche.

And Torak's quest is far from over. A strange, creeping sickness, silent and deadly, is threatening the Ravens, whose leader Finn Kedinn has told Torak something of his history. Word arrives that the Seal Clan have the cure and Torak must face a lonely journey across treacherous terrain alive with menace and danger to find it. He must search for the rare herb which is part of the cure and find it by Midsummer. On the Seal's Island he stumbles into a world utterly unlike his own. And here Torak is welcomed by the kindly Seal Mage, Teneris, and kinsman, Bale. But all is not as it seems, Torak must keep his wits about him to judge who might be friend or foe, to face the dark art of the Soul Eaters, who haunt him even in his dreams, and to master his fears.

©2005 Michelle Paver (P)2005 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Critic reviews

"The story grips you like a wolf's jaws and won't let go." ( Saturday Times)
"Another gripping, taut adventure in the ancient world." ( The Herald)

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Better than the first book

Now I enjoyed the first book in this series, it was well written, well read and engaging. It did however feel a bit predictable, something that this book makes up for. It keeps the revelations coming right up to the end and while the plot progression is slower I think the story benefits from this, especially as you see relationships forming and breaking.
If you liked the first book I'd definately give this one a read.

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Spirit Walker

This is the second book in the series. In this story, Torak comes into contact with the first of the Soul Eaters, an evil group of rennagades thirsty for power and domination over all and whom it is Torak's destiny to destroy. We're also introduced to Bale, a relation of Torak's and a key figure in the series. Michelle Paver moves away from her forest setting of Wolf Brother and explores the world of the sea clans. She does so with her usual skill for description. This is a more than worthy sequel to Wolf Brother.

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Another gripping yarn!

Just as good as the first … with new characters and developing the storyline of this young Stone Age boy. Absolutely perfect narration by Sir Ian I’m McKellen, makes you feel like you are there in the midst of the action and hearing their thoughts. Interesting interview with author at the end too.

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Absolutely amazing!

I want to read more and more every minute. It just is so exciting !

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Fantastic book

I've loved this series since I was young, have since got my cousin's reading it. My partner and I stumbled across the audiobooks, and I am so happy to find the stories just as good as I remembered them. Ian is a brilliant narrator too - wonderful!

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Love it!

I loved this book as a child and Ian McKellen's reading of it is one of the best performance I have heard for an audiobook. Relistening to it as an adult, I am.still drawn back in the same way as when I was 10, still fearful, still excited and still utterly captivated! Brilliant book for older children or young teens who are interested in adventure and history or for adults looking for escapism!

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A brilliant installment

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Another brilliant installment of The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. This book was one of the first books I bought with my own money as a kid and I have fond memories of reading it. Ian McKellen's narration adds so much and enhanced this wonderful story. The descriptions of the animals, forest and sea are detailed, accurate and create curiosity and wonder in the reader. Will be moving on to Soul Eater very shortly.

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Thrilling adventure

We loved this book! It is amazingly read by Ian McKellen and has lots of unexpected twists. It is really interes

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this book is good

this book is great for sleep from the immersive narration to the shocking story thank you, Ian McKellen, and Michelle Paver for this great book and narration.

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Amazing

Amazing story, exceptional writing and description of detail. It truly inspires my imagination. Thank you

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Awesome book

I loved this book with story full of details, that had taken me into the Torak's world.

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  • 12-10-19

Old magick

Its just a Magical world Michelle has created.
It is a must to read!

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Marvellous <3

Both Michelle Paver and Ian McKellen are transporting us again in Today's world and what a journey ! Wether you're 7, 20 or 80 years old, please do listen to this fabulous audio book !