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Gods and Warriors (Gods and Warriors #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  893 ratings  ·  127 reviews
From a time of myths and ancient magic will come the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, tales of gods and warriors – and the rise of a hero.

His sister is missing. His dog has been killed. High in the Greek mountains, Hylas is running for his life.

The mysterious black warriors want Hylas dead. So begins his quest across land and sea with only a girl and a dolphin by his s...more
Paperback, UK, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Puffin (first published January 1st 2012)
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4.5 stars. It's the first book I picked up from the pile of ARCs I got from the BEA. I've finished it just now, and I can finally sleep and dream about dolphins. I loved it. Michelle Paver's previous fantasy series "chronicles of ancient darkness," set in the ancient hunting-gathering paleolithic age, is my absolute favorite, so I had super high expectations for this book, which is the first in her new middle grade fantasy series set in the bronze age. I was blown away once again. Unlike Torak's...more
First Impression:
When I heard Michelle was starting a new series, I was intrigued, having read Wolf Brother and enjoying it. Also, she writes in a unique setting that my higher readers really find interesting and I was excited to see that she kept to olden times.

While Reading:
It was hard to put this book down. When we meet Hylas he is already on the run from the Crows, separated from his sister and trying to stay alive. He's an outsider, not from the land he resides on and the tribe barely tol...more
Cherie Smeltzer
If you like a fast paced book full of action and suspense, give Gods and Warriors a try. Although I expected it to remind me of the Percy Jackson series, it read more like an Indiana Jones adventure. Hylas, a 12 year old goatherd and Outsider, has been attacked for some unknown reason by the Crows, a tribe of intimidating warriors. Now he's on the run and desperately searching for his sister Issi, who he thinks has been taken by the Crows. While hiding in a tomb, Hylas meets a mysterious strange...more
This will be my weirdest review because I'm not the one who will review it. Madonna WILL.


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Many minutes after Madonna revealed that she never cooked a whole meal by herself and her sex book is not banned in the house and

Cynthia McFadden finally asked Madonna.
There's one big question that is blowing the whole internet. Do you know what is it?
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Did you read Michelle Paver's Gods & Warriors before the release date?


Yes. I confess, I did. I'm a book nerd. After...more
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Oct 22, 2012 Phoebe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deborah, Cheryl
A thrilling beginning sets the tone for this wonderfully researched and written new historical fantasy set in the Mediterranean Bronze Age, as goatherd Hylas is on the run for his life, an arrow in his arm, and utter terror and bewilderment in his heart. Why are the terrifying ashy-colored Crows bent on killing him, after killing his dog and shooting him? Where is his little sister? As an Outsider, he can't get help from the village, and so steals provisions and seeks shelter in a tomb, only to...more
Gods and Warriors appealed to me because not only was it about history (one of my favourite genres), but it was about ancient Greece, and written by one of my favourite authors, Michelle Paver.

My favourite character was Hylas by far. To begin with, his story seemed a bit typical of a historic novel, where a simple slave (or goatherd) becomes a hero, although this turned out not to be the case. Hylas did become a sort-of hero by the end of the book, but he was without the snobby arrogantness that...more
Ana’s Take:

Gods and Warriors is set in the Bronze Age of Ancient Greece, when Mycenae and Crete were kind of ruling that part of the world. Young Hylas is our protagonist, an orphaned goatherd and an Outsider (i.e. not part of a village) whose sister disappears when they are both attacked by strange warriors bent on killing all Outsiders. On the run for his life and desperate to find his little sister and an explanation for the Outsider killings, Hylas befriends a dolphin and Pirra, the runaway...more

The back cover of the book mentioned that this story was for readers who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. This fact alone made me start reading as soon as I got my hands on it. Fortunately, there were numerous reasons to like this book aside from the small snippet regarding Percy.

I have never read a book where the storyline dates so far back in history and I was thoroughly entertained. Of course, most credit goes to the likeable characters, constant action and imaginative writing instea...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I'm a huge fan of Michelle Paver and I loved her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. I was therefore massively excited to have an opportunity to review the first book in her brand new series 'Gods and Warriors'.

The story is set during the Bronze Age and features an unlikely hero called Hylas, a twelve year old boy who finds himself being hunted down by rebels at the start of the book. The beginning is fast paced and incredibly thrilling as Hylas manages to escape but finds himself separated f...more
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to Almost Grown-up:

The back cover of Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver boasts that it’s “perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.” I qualify under that category MOST ARDENTLY, so I was really really excited to begin reading. I don’t think it’s really perfect for Percy Jackson fans… but it might just be perfect for me.

One thing Gods and Warriors does have in common with Percy Jackson is the way that young kids have these really awful things happen to them and wind up in this impossibly huge si...more
Rosie Dore
After thoroughly enjoying the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, I was looking forward to the release of this book. The book's appearance itself is impressive, with the dramatic embossed cover and black-edged pages. The story itself, however, is very gripping, though perhaps not quite to the extent of the likes of Wolf Brother. Set in Greece at roughly the same time period as CoAD, Hylas, the main character, is being hunted by ash-faced crow warriors, who have killed his dog and taken his yo...more
I really like Michelle Paver's writing and found this book to be highly readable, but unfortunately it just didn't hang together for me. The characters weren't quite engaging or interesting enough to carry the book and while the plot is quick-paced in some places, it's slow in others. I thought, from the way the story is set up at the beginning, that it would be a faster-paced, more sweeping adventure (that the two kids would travel on to find one specific character and see new places and do bat...more
Darby Karchut
My ARC of GODS AND WARRIORS just arrived in the mail via the First Reads program. Can't wait to begin tonight! Thanks, Penguin Teen and Dial Books for Young Readers, for sending it to me.

UPDATE: Here's my review:

Michelle Paver’s latest book goes to the top of my recommended list. Right. Now. As a junior high teacher and middle grade author, I found Gods and Warriors to be spot on for this age group. This book has perfectly actualized characters, (both main and supporting) and a pounding plot all...more
Amanda Northrup
I loved Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother and I wanted Gods and Warriors to be equally as fun and addicting. It wasn't. Although the story arc is interesting, Hylas is being pursued by blood-thirsty warriors, the actual writing didn't do it for me.

I think the trouble was that the structure was too similar to to Paver's other works in the Wolf Brother series - two kids and a wild animal beat the bad guys. This time, the characters just weren't as gripping (a dolphin?) and the structure felt redundant...more
This is just fantastic, I wish Michelle Paver had been around when I was little. She has a very natural writing style so you barely even notice you're reading, you're just there, with the characters. There are some genuinely scary bits, possibly because like Pirra I'm not keen on enclosed spaces (had to turn off The Descent long before the monsters showed up), and the peril seems real because the characters are so well drawn, they are clever and resourceful, without being unbelievable, but don't...more
4.5 stars

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Thank you Penguin for the free book! I was so happy that I received this book. The story did not disappoint. Hylas is a tough, wild sort and a survivor. He is chosen to fulfill a prophecy which yet remains a mystery. Paver's world building skills are superb as it was with the Wolf Brother series. I love the mix of mystic and mother nature. I like the undertones of magic that are subtle yet unmistakeable.
Pirra, I am...more
This has a well-developed fantasy/ancient world, but I felt like it took a long time to connect with the characters. The pacing was kind of slow for an adventure, and you knew the entire time that it was going to set up a series and probably not get very far. For fans of the Wolf Brother series, this should be comparable. Rather than the wolf/human connection, this one focuses on a dolphin/human connection. I'm never really sure whether to classify Paver as fantasy or historical fiction. On the...more
Exciting, evocative and engrossing story that once it got going was impossible to put down. As with "The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series this book catapults you into another era, in this case the Greek Bronze Age, and paints a vivid picture of the beliefs and ways of survival in that time. Hylas, Pirra and Telamon all sprang to life with faults and flaws that make them believable and interesting characters. The icing on the cake is the depiction of Spirit, the dolphin who befriends Hylas,...more
Ruth Allen
I read it in a hurry so did not take in perhaps all I should have done and therefore found this book hard to follow. Similar to The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and yet different. Waiting for the second one... Interested to see what happens next. Hoping it might get more interesting and different to the previous series, please Michelle, don't let your brilliant writing get ruined by repeating something you've already written. Overall a good book but I had high expectations that the book just d...more
Lately I've had a hard time finding books in this age group (roughly 9 to 12) that really grab me, but this one was great. It's set in bronze age Greece, but never gets overwhelmed by historical detail. Like her other book for this age (Wolf Brother) it is on the bloody end of the scale - not really overly violent, just that the scenes with blood are very descriptive. It's well-written and interesting and not exactly what I expected. Also, there's a strong boy and girl character so it's great fo...more
Der junge Hylas ist auf der Flucht vor den Krähen und hat dabei seine kleine Schwester verloren. Sein Freund Telamon hilft ihm zu fliehen und so landet Hylas schließlich auf einer Insel, wo er aber weiter verfolgt wird. Dort erfährt er auch von einer alten Prophezeiung, die wohl der Grund ist, warum die Krähen ihn jagen. Außerdem trifft er dort auf Pirra, die mit Telamon verheiratet werden soll, aber alles dafür tut um endlich frei zu sein …

“Gods and Warriors” ist ein wirklich toller Abenteuerro...more
Mary Ann
I really liked this book. It's definitely for fans of Bronze Age fantasy/fiction (think Game of Thrones).Michelle Paver is a good writer, and she makes her characters believable, even the dolphin! Yes, one of the main characters is a dolphin and, of course, he's a good guy. Hylas, a poor goatherder, finds himself (and all other outsiders) the prey of the vicious Crows, a warrior tribe; his dog is murdered, his sister lost and he has been shot in the arm with an arrow but has escaped. While on th...more
I tore through Paver's previous series, (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) in middle and high school and was sad when I finished the sixth and final volume, imagine my elation a few years later when I see that she has begun yet a new series!

I immediately bought a copy of this first one and expected to regain my literary happy place and enjoy and impatiently await the US release of subsequent books every bit as much as before. The trouble is I found myself just...not... I just didn't feel as connec...more
"But sometimes I can guess what he's feeling. And when he looks at me, it's - it's like he can see into my spirit."

AMAZING...I shouldn't have expected any less from Paver. This is technically my 7th book by Michelle, however the previous 6 were The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Admitedly I should have probably read something else between that Series and starting this new Series, but I just couldn't! Thanks again to my wonderful friend, have me reading again <3

At first it was a b...more
Helen Carr
I really enjoyed reading this, was bait wary as I enjoyed the chronicles of darknes so much I did not want to spend my time comparing them. The writing and descriptions are great and your get into the characters pretty quickly. This is very much a taser for the next installment as it leaves you wanting to find out more about what happened to some the main characters. Although a similar formatt it is still worth a read and beatifully written.
Lynn Worton
I was recommended this book by Audible, as I love science fiction and fantasy. I read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed it.

Hylas is an outsider (someone not from the village) who has been adopted (somewhat) by a family that keeps goats. He is only 12 years old, but he takes the responsibility of looking after the livestock very seriously. However, when a group of warriors he calls "Crows", starts chasing him and his sister, Issi, he finds himself in an adventure of a li...more
Firstly, this book is amazing.
But the moving was slow, -although it was exciting- but telling this story just in one place was unnecessary. It's an Ancient Greek Time, and you built a perfect places that keeps your mind 'keep going'...
It's about a boy who tries to survive all the dark forces that hunts him. Hylas is a goatherd who lost seperated from his family and went to mountains to survive. And of course, his sister Issi. One day, Crows attack them and seperate them. And then Hylas journey b...more
Pirra - annoying, stupid and just plain slapable. Wow, she is such a stupid little spoiled brat! Brave and stupid, and I really can't stand stupid people. I mean, is she serious?

2. Errr... what? I... what just happened? So... the knife... the island... the gods....more
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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...more
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