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Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  17,859 Ratings  ·  1,244 Reviews
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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Shinespark I'd say it's for young adults, so either 10-12 year olds that are at that reading level or even 13-15+ regardless of reading level. It's a fantastic…moreI'd say it's for young adults, so either 10-12 year olds that are at that reading level or even 13-15+ regardless of reading level. It's a fantastic journey if you like fantasy and adventure. I love this series and I'm 22(less)
Kathleen This is a good book, but no dragons. The wolf cub plays a major role. He's adorable!

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Cait (Paper Fury)
Well consider me a slightly angry wolf cub right now. I hate to say it...but the ending really spoiled the book for me. I try to take the whole book into considering, but...weeeell, I wasn't that entirely enamoured by it in the first place.

I really liked the setting though! There seriously aren't enough books with clans and natives mixed with fantastical magic (and according to the author's note, it's like based off Inuit's, Native Americans, and the people of the Ice Age). SO HUZZAH FOR THAT.
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Connor
Jun 26, 2016 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
So I loved this book. It is so different from any middle grade I have ever read. I loved the obvious amount of research the author did to make this prehistoric Native American fantasy story really come across well. Wolf and Torak's friendship is what I aspire Nanook and my relationship to be. I think there were some areas that could have been better namely that the ending was very rushed when compared to how much struggle and adventure came before, but I'm boosting my rating because of its uniqu ...more
Baile Hanak
Sep 20, 2011 Baile Hanak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kory
Sep 02, 2008 Kory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kai
Dec 09, 2011 Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!
I began reading the series when I was 11 and have recently reread it (for the 4th time?)
I STILL LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

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,
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Daniel
Sep 18, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moram da priznma knjiga je mnogo bolja nego sto sam ocekivao. Kao prvo atmosfera je odlicna, stvarno te uspesno prebacuje u ogromnu i hladnu sumu punu opasnosti ali lepote. Likova nema punao ali su fino definisani i imaju fin razvoj tokom price. I iako je u sustini knjiga za decu imam osecaj da je racnija i strasnija nego mnoge grim dark novele iako nema puno krvi, jako malo nasilja ali to nekako jos vise istice u prvi plan kada se nesto strasno dogodi.

Slobodno probajte, necete se razocarati.
Delta
Wolf Brother is a prehistoric wilderness survival adventure that pits a 12-year-old boy and his wolf companion against an evil spirit bear that threatens the survival of the forest and all of the clans. This was a very enjoyable read for me, and I will look for more by this author. (suitable for pre-teens through adult)
Bookworm
Jul 31, 2012 Bookworm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily
Aug 15, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Leigh
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.

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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.
Kathleen
I listened to Ian McKellen (Gandalf) bring this piece to stunning life. It's a fantasy, set in ancient Bronze-Age Europe, uncounted aeons ago. The first of 6 books. Beautifully written, the story is fast-paced and action-packed. It's told in 3rd person, with the POV shifting from the boy Torak to his brother — a wolf cub. The setting is vivid and the story sometimes felt almost real, like it could almost have happened, back when people ate reindeer and worshipped the spirits in rocks and rivers ...more
Kathy
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
Matt Petersen
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Alex C
May 22, 2017 Alex C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is abut a journey through dangerous perils. I liked the main characters. T was exciting to read.
Monika
Sep 06, 2012 Monika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kat  Hooper
Oct 09, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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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
Melodyjoe
Nov 26, 2011 Melodyjoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maythavee
Feb 10, 2013 Maythavee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Jeffrey G.
Mar 05, 2014 Jeffrey G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jay
Jun 03, 2017 Jay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
Cringe worthy cliche opening chased me off, too bad, since this is usually my type of subject matter. DNF.
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Jan 18, 2015 IzamaRi H. Fabela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Imi
Jan 11, 2015 Imi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children aged 8-13
This will be a brief review of the whole Chronicle of Ancient Darkness series, but there won't be any spoilers from any of the books.

I loved this series as a child. It was one of my childhood obsessions. And I hate leaving a series unfinished. Unfortunately, by the time the final book, Ghost Hunter, was released, I was already way older than the series' target audience and had moved on to other things. Only last year, when I read Paver's adult novel Dark Matter, did I decide to reread the first
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Linda
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
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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
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Karima
Jul 14, 2007 Karima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Forgotten Realms Queen
Jan 16, 2012 Forgotten Realms Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Set back in the days when humanity was just starting out banging two rocks together to make fire, we are introduced to a young child outcast from his clan, living with his father. His father is killed by a bear possessed by a demon, and is sent off into the world to find his people and seek vengeance upon the thing that killed his father.

And of course along the way he befriends a wolf cub and a young girl who become his staunch friends and traveling companions and accompany him on his journey to
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Diane
Feb 23, 2012 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
CekMoNSter
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
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Alison
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
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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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“ "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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“Toark woke with a jolt from a sleep he'd never meant to have.” 9 likes
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