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Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1)

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Thousands of years ago the land is one dark forest. Its people are hunter-gatherers. They know every tree and herb and they know how to survive in a time of enchantment and powerful magic. Until an ambitious and malevolent force conjures a demon: a demon so evil that it can be contained only in the body of a ferocious bear that will slay everything it sees, a demon determi ...more
Unknown Binding, 236 pages
Published September 2nd 2004 by Orion Children's Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Baile Hanak
I read this book in one night, need I say more? I absolutely love this kind of novel. The incorporation of nature, tribal power, and, of course, a hint of dark magic really mixes nicely to create a phenomenal piece of fiction literature. I think Paver could not have woven together a better story. The character development of Renn and Torak is thorough, and Torak's relationship with Wolf is noticeably deep and very spiritually significant. Wolf has a deep love for Torak, and their mutual respect ...more
I began reading the series when I was 11 and have recently reread it (for the 4th time?)

I was reluctant to read it again only because I had first read it at a much younger age, and I felt that perhaps I had grown out of it. I could not have been any more wrong!

Michelle Paver has this wonderful ability to reconstruct a lost world that could only be reached in the depths of one's imagination. Everything is told in so much detail; the clothing, food,
I picked this book up in a charity shop. I'd seen this book many times but never read it. I, not thinking about purchasing it, started to read and was immediately trailblazing each word. It's reminded me strongly of another series of books called Earth's Children written by Jean M. Auel. Even though it says this is 9–12 fiction, it's still a great book for many people alike. I like how the author showed different POV between Torak and Wolf. Also like how Wolf thinks, (to Wolf Torak is known as T ...more
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I actually read these series when I was a younger teen. At that point in time I really hated romantic Young Adult novels and enjoyed fantasy and otherworldly settings. That is probably why the 'Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series' were one of my favourites- but do not be disheartened, for there is romance, it's just not drowning in it. It is a very original book and in the young adult shelves you won't find too many like this. It is hunting and is set in an age far earlier then technology and ...more
When you start reading the first paragraph of Wolf Brother, you're hooked. You keep turning pages, and learn of the setting, set back 6,000 years ago in the continent of europe. Your eyes follow the lines of the page, and realize the continent is not separated into countries, but clans, named after native wildlife. You flip the page to the next chapter, and learn of the main character of this story, Torak. You discover that his father was killed by a mysterious demon animal, and Torak is left al ...more
Jeffrey G.
This book by Michelle Paver I thought was absolutely amazing. One of my favorite parts was when Torak meets Renn at the raven camp. At first sure they weren't friends but as there unexpected journey went on they learned that they needed each other along with Torak's companion wolf. I would definitely recommend this book to other people because it is a great book for people who love adventure and action. There is also constant disappointment through out this book that Torak and Renn will endure. ...more
Loved it.
The ancient world was exciting to hear about, to see what the author has pieced together from fact to create her own, very unique and quite credible land of ancient darkness and magic.
Fast paced, and full of adventure.

it's as good as ever. Started out with the audio book but finished with the actual copy. i much prefer this way but the audio was very easy to just slot into my day.
Bailey Van Sickle
The setting in this book is in the woods six thousand years ago. When young Torak is left all alone after his father died he must remember all the things he was taught in order to survive on his own pg7-8. When evil has come over the land and is held within a bear, whom knows nothing but to kill, Torak and his wolf companion must conquer it together. But it's becomes hard when an Indian clan captures them and hold them hostage pg78-84. Can Torak and his wolf make it to the mountain in time befor ...more
I am absolutely in love with Wolf Brother! I can’t believe it took me so long to read this series.

The first thing that stood out for me about this book is the unique setting and time period. How many YA novels can you name that are set in the Stone Age? Not many, I guarantee you. The details that Michelle Paver wrote about the forest and the animals were fantastic. You know that she did her research because of the way the lives of the character were portrayed. I don’t know much about the Stone
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Torak and his father have been living alone, away from their clan, for as long as Torak can remember. When a demon-possessed bear attacks them one night, Torak’s father is mortally wounded. Before he dies, he makes Torak promise to seek the Mountain of the World Spirit. On his journey to the mountain, Torak meets a recently orphaned wolf cub who becomes his guide, and then the boy and his wolf are captured by a tribe who wonder if Torak will fulfill their
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Torak es un niño que vivía sólo con su padre, hasta que este fue asesinado por un gran oso. Su padre le dice que debe llegar hasta la montaña del espíritu del mundo, pero Torak siente miedo pues nunca había estado solo en el mundo.
Sus dudas se despejan un poco cuando encuentra a un lobezno que parece ser capaz de entenderlo. También a su pequeño grupo se une Renn, una niña del Clan de los Cuervos que cree que Torak es el salvador que la profecía menciona.

–Juro por mi sangre en esta hoja y por c
Kyler R.
Wolf brother takes place around the year 4000 BC in a forest in Canada. In the forest, a demon bear is terrorizing everything. It killed Torak's (the main character) father. Before he died he told Torak to head towards teh Mountain of The World Spirit. There the World Spirit will destroy the bear. He said that he must find his guide. Torak fled into the forest towards the mountain.

On his way, he finds a wolf cub. He finds out that its whole pack drowned in a flash flood and he was the only one t
Wolf Brother is an alright book if you're into light reading and this kind of genre. If you, like me, however, are into/used to "deeper" books, that leave you wanting more and give you something to think about afterwards - this book might leave you unimpressed.

The character development is gone over very lightly. From one page to the next, Torak goes from finding the wolf pup annoying, to needing it and worrying about it. Torak and Renns relationship is interesting, but the development is left ou
Wolf brother. How should I describe this? This book for me had shown an astounding work in both plot-wise and literature work. I love the way the author wrote this book. It has dark vibe, but with a mixture of uncertainty in each character. Pardon me if I have confused any of you.
Anyway, the story started off with a mad bear said to be possessed by a demon had went rampaged in the forest. The bear was set to kill TORak`s father. TOrak, who then had been fatherless after the killing, wandered ar
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Mostly because of the archaeological research that went into it, but also because it���s absolutely thrilling and adventurous. The setting of the story is 6000 years ago when Western Europe was still covered by forest, and the people in it were hunter-gatherers. They didn���t have the wheel, writing, metals, or farming, yet. That���s the archaeological part. As for how they thought, their spirituality, how they interacted with their surroundings, this the ...more
This book is set in Stone Age Northern Europe. Torak and his father are outcasts from their tribe, living in the great Forest as hunter-gatherers. Then his father is attacked and killed by a demon bear, and Torak must survive on his own. With the help of an orphaned wolf cub and a girl called Renn, Torak comes to discover his powers and to use them to fulfil his destiny.
Michelle Paver manages to convey an amazing sense of place and immediacy in this novel, sometimes writing from Torak’s point of
The first time I saw this book was at a Barnes and Nobles a couple years ago. It was a choice between a "Haunted Storys" or "Wolf Brother". I am so glad that I picked Wolf Brother. Not only was this book fictionally entertaining, but Michelle Paver succeeded in making it a page turner with Facts. The food that they ate, the clothes that they wear, the clans, the life, All of this was Facts. She really made you feel like you are there.
The main character, Torak, is a 12 year old boy, or 12 Summer
This is a children's book that has crossover appeal to adults. It's set 6,000 years ago in a hunter-gathering society that believes in magic, where there are various clans that band together to survive in the forest. The book opens with our hero, a boy who is "twelve summers old," coping with the death of his father who was killed by a demonic bear. That sends the boy on a quest to find a way to kill the bear. A wolf cub becomes his friend and guide, and along with a girl from another clan, they ...more
I think I will always love this book, and this entire series. Its essence is that of the mythic journey that is inherent to nearly all archaic cultures, and thousands of other books. This provides a solid ground upon which the myth, magic and geography of the book can be created. Despite the fact that some might consider this familiar essense unoriginal, the reader is still pulled into the world of Torak, his relationships, and his adventures. The most enjoyable aspect I found in this series was ...more
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Sometime in the distant past and somewhere on a primitive world, a young man traveled with his father when they come upon something evil....

Torak was twelve years old and was facing nature's elements by himself. His father was recently killed by a bear and the young boy was left on his own. Before 'Fa' passed away he instructed his son to find the Mountain of the World Spirit. He told him that his guide would find him but whom it would be was a mystery. Lastly, he also gave him an odd warning to
I've known this series for a while, I think. I purchased the second one (Spirit Walker) i think in high school, and read it then, but never got to catch up with the other installments...untill basically now -when I am way out of target btw, but I am a firm believer that a really good children/young adults novel is good for all ages). What made me buy one of these book, I think, was the fact that a wolf is one of the main characters... er, even if I am the ultimate cat person, I love wolves, than ...more
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LH Johnson
"Torak woke with a jolt from a sleep he'd never meant to have"

This, the opener to Paver's stone age saga, sets the scene instantly and does so with a great and vivid grace. This sentence. This book. This story, this richness of story, this richness of tone, of voice, this book, oh my god, this book.

It's rare, I think, to find a story which is written so sparsely, so subtly, and yet have every word tinged with such a great and terrible grace that you can feel it. All of it. The words spill from t
Out of the whole series, in my opinion, this is the best book of all.It is about a orphaned wolf cub and an orphaned boy named Torak, on a mission to kill a demon bear and avenging their families.

This book talks mainly about friendship.And the gifted orphan, Torak didn't treasure his time with the orphaned wolf cub.So when the cub ran off, Torak realizes the true meaning of friendship.Afterward, in other books, he gets along with fellow clan mates , kinsman and animals.

This book is half-fiction
This was a very enjoyable read. I was kind of reluctant to start this book because of the setting, but I'm so glad I gave it the chance it deserved!

Plot: The book had an interesting plot, though sometimes things were solved 'too easily' - here I mean the ways Torak found the three pieces of Nanuak. But the ending was very unpredictable and it left me heartbroken and hopeful at the same time. 4/5

Characters: The characters made this book. They had their strengths and flaws, you could hate them one
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Michelle Paver was born in Central Africa, but came to England as a child. After gaining a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, she became a partner in a City law firm, but eventually gave that up to write full-time.

The hugely successful Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series arose from Michelle's lifelong passion for animals, anthropology and the distant past - as as well as an encounter
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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness (6 books)
  • Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2)
  • Soul Eater (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #3)
  • Outcast (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #4)
  • Oath Breaker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #5)
  • Ghost Hunter (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #6)
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“Toark woke with a jolt from a sleep he'd never meant to have.” 8 likes
“ "So I've got to find a mountiain that nobody's ever seen. And work out the answer to a riddle that nobody's ever solved. And kill a bear that nobody can fight."
Renn sucked in her breath. "You've go to try." ”
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