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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #4: Outcast (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #4)

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A thrilling story of friendship, survival, and the need to belong.

For two moons Torak has hidden a terrible secret—and now it is revealed. He bears the mark of the Soul-Eater, and must pay the price. Cast out from the clans, he is alone and on the run: cut off from his best friend, Renn, and his beloved pack-brother, Wolf.

He flees to the haunted reed-beds of Lake Axehead,...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Alyssa
Tyler, 8yrs, said it was very dramatic and very good. He really likes this series.

Update 3/17/13 - my review:
Now I know what Tyler meant by dramatic. This book tore my heart out. It was so hard to watch Torak go through so many painful experiences - becoming an outcast and watching him suffer from soul-sickness. He begins to make choices that are against the laws of the Forest and clans. I found myself shocked and fearing for him. The pain that wolf feels as he is rebuffed by Torak and finding h...more
Liisa
I have found with series, the further you delve, the sooner you'll find a book that disappoints. Not so with the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. "Outcast" is the fourth in the series and as captivating, well-written and engaging as the three previous books.

Michelle Paver's series was written for children but appeals to people of all ages. (I have been hooked since the first word in "Wolf Brother"!)

Whilst completely engaged in the story, heart-pounding as the circumstances Torak, Renn and Wolf of...more
Maythavee
This series just keeps getting better and better! Outcast was a non-stop thrilling adventure! I couldn’t put it down for one second.

Outcast really defined Torak and Renn’s character. I loved how we got to know more about Renn here. To be honest, Torak and Renn aren’t really that different from each other. Even though Renn lived with her clan, she is different from her clan because of her ability to do Magecraft. I just love the parallel between Torak and Renn. Also we got to see more of Bale! I...more
Carrie
"Outcast" was much darker and more chaotic than the rest of the books in this series so far. However, the outcasting posed an interesting problem that developed into an engaging, fast-moving plot. The dark and chaotic feeling of this book turned me off only a bit, but I think it's because of that (and that alone) I give it four stars instead of five. The thing with Seshru and Renn also annoyed me a bit... it just felt cliche, but it certainly did provide an interesting twist. I felt really bad f...more
Amanda Northrup
Although I read a lot of series, I find that I lose interest after just 2 or 3 books. Often the plot becomes predictable and the writing more haphazard. Not so with Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. Outcast is the fourth in the series and my favorite so far.

The story picks up right where Soul Eater left off without any annoying recap. Torak is quickly outcast from the clans because he bears the mark of the Soul Eaters. Being an outcast is worse than it sounds, by law anyo...more
Aaron Hong
So here is the summary:

The characters in the story were the wolf pack themselves, Torak, Renn, and Wolf. The wolves had black hair cut to shoulder legnth, a fringe, tusks at their necks, and a stiff mantle. The other pack, The Willows had strips sewn in spirals in jenkins, black leaved tatoos, and a permanent frown. During to story, in the forest, there was Torak, who was separated from his best friend, Renn. They were both separated through the the agonizing journey of finding each other, and t...more
Liz
"I am your pack, Torak said."

Paver does it again. These books are really quite incredible and I absolutely love them. I cannot wait to read the last two in the series. I have been taking my time with these and they are just so enjoyable. Torak, Wolf, Renn and Bale make up this adventure…and an adventure it is! The growing relationship between Torak and Renn is starting to make me nuts haha…but I'm loving it, I'm hopeful Paver will continue to develop these two. This time we find Torak being Outc...more
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Outcast, by Michelle Paver, is the fourth book in the Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness series. Set six thousand years ago, this spellbinding story tells of the time when fourteen year-old Torak is banished from the Raven clan, his only 'family' since his mother and Fa died. Torak becomes outcast because of the terrible secret he has kept hidden for two whole moons. He bears a tattoo of the three pronged fork for snaring souls on his chest. Unfortunately, being an Outcast means that danger is aroun...more
sinta nisfuanna
Torak menjadi buangan ketika tato pemakan arwah yang dipasang paksa diketahui para pemimpin klan. Hidup menyendiri, bahkan tanpa Serigala, membuat roh Torak sakit. Dukun Klan Ular, Sessru, salah satu pemakan arwah, adalah sosok dibalik kegilaan Torak. Usaha Sessru memanfaatkan kemampuan klanaroh Torak demi membunuh Renn ternyata memiliki rahasia terselubung. Selain itu, Sessru juga ingin mendapatkan batu Baiduri terakhir yang ternyata selama ini tanpa sadar berada di dekat Torak.

Sedih baca seri...more
CekMoNSter
Outcast.
I think this might be one of my favourite book in the series.
Throughout my reading, I had been surprised more than once by the sudden twist created by the author.
All of it were unpredictable.
The story continue as Torak was being stamped as one of the soul eaters,to the mark embedded on his skin over the past few months.
As a result of this, he was forced to hide for his life.His chance to show the true him was a bit slim as he was appeared to be clanless as his father didn`t really abide...more
Kais
Titler: Outcast

Author: Michelle Paver

Genre: Historical fiction/fantasy

Rating: *****

With the mark of the Soul Eaters imprinted on his chest. Torak, is made an outcast by the Raven Clan and must fend for himself. Struggling to survive and fight of the soul-sickness Torak and Wolf journey through the forest to prove his innocence. With all the clans, that vow to hunt Torak down and kill him, will Torak and the help of with of his best friends Renn and Bale later on in the book, succeed in vanquishi...more
Amanda
Just when I was beginning to think that I read every twist Ms.Paver had she came out with this. I was pleased by this book- it wasn’t too sad or bittersweet...I actually found myself relaxed and appeased by the end. even throughout the book the entire feeling was an exciting mystery that kept me reading until I finished...you are pulled into the book because it is so well written that you find yourself empathizing with each and every character in one way or another (for the sake of not spoiling...more
Cheryl Landmark
This is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series and, although its premise is much darker and heart-wrenching than the previous three, I still found it to be exceptionally well-written and engaging. Torak is outcast and falls prey to the soul sickness. He is mercilessly hunted by the other clans and forced to elude them while at the same time trying to find the Soul Eaters. Ms. Paver's descriptions of his struggles to survive are so vivid and stark, you can feel his pain and...more
Sri
Semakin cinta sama Serigala. Kenapa yak selama ini banyak buku anak-anak yang menempatkan serigala sebagai karakter antagonis. Klo menurut buku ini sih, Serigala itu pintar, setia, anggun dan kadang kala lugu he he he... namanya juga binatang, tetep aja kalah ama manusia. Setiap baca serial ini, aku jadi pengin bisa ngobrol ama serigala. Tapi untuk itu masak aku harus jadi anak serigala dulu, wew!

Secara keseluruhan, ceritanya seru. Sayang, pengungkapan fakta soal Renn kok kurang bikin "HAH?" git...more
Steve
MP certainly has a unique and endearing style to her writings and she brings her work to life in the pages.

I listened to the series on audiobook and i enjoyed all of them. I would recommend listening to them, if you have only read the book.
Amanda
It's been a few years since I read this book but I can remember that I liked it a LOT
Scorch
AMAZING! Such a plot twist! definitely didn't see it coming.
Fadhilatul
Sembilan bulan lau, setelah tragedi terkuburnya Baiduri Api dengan Dukun Kelelawar sebagai tumbalnya, kini Torak kembali mendapat masalah. Tato pemangsa arwah yang digoreskan oleh Dukun Ular terlihat jelas oleh anak dari pemimpin Klan Babi Hutan.Torak diadili. Torak menjadi buangan.

Ketika menjadi buangan, Torak sendirian tanpa teman. Dan itulah yang membuat salah satu pemangsa arwah leluasa untuk menguasainya, menguasai bakat klanaroh Torak. Namun lagi-lagi Ren pergi mencari Torak dan berusaha m...more
Pauline
The clans discover that Torak is a Soul Eater, they outcast him and he becomes clan less. Torak is driven to remove the tattoo that has marked him as a Soul Eater and as a result suffers a fever due to infection as he travels away from the clans to avoid being killed.

Torak losses his identity and no longer remembers who he is. He also forgets his long-time companion Wolf and his friend Renn. Torak suffers from his loss of his Clan Soul, his Name Soul and his World Soul. He eventually comes in c...more
AnQi
REVIEW FOR OUTCAST BY MICHELLE PAVER

The beginning of Outcast continues a few months after the ending of Soul Eater. The main plot of the entire series, called Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, is Torak's struggles with the Soul Eaters, a group of mages/magicians/shamans, who summon demons to do their bidding and wreck havoc amongst the land. The story is set 6000 years ago in prehistoric times, and Torak's peoples are ones we might call Indians, Natives, or Aboriginals. Although the plot sounds mo...more
Charity (CJ)
This book is probably my least favorite of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness books so far. It felt like Paver tried to cram a whole lot of action into a small space, and as a result, it lacked depth and was a little confusing in sections (it was difficult to tell who was where in each scene sometimes). And some of the interactions were oversimplified almost to the point of being cringe-inducing. The closing scene in particular seemed more like the ending of a sitcom than the ending of a novel.

I...more
Derek
Another brilliant read in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. This one had me gripped from the beginning, and wouldn't let me go until I'd finished it!. Michelle Paver draws you back into the ancient world, first created in 'Wolf Brother', into a hunter-gatherer society of survival, and here we find Torak, now aged 14, struggling not only to find his way through the forest, but also to find his way through to adulthood as well.

With superb descriptions and emotive language, this is the bes...more
Abby Johnson
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series continues with another action-packed installment. Torak has been branded as a Soul Eater by the evil Viper Mage and according to clan law he is cast out. Any person who sees him must kill him and he's not to get help from anyone. Torak, soul-sick and confused, journeys to the Lake where the Otter Clan lives and there he discovers the source of his illness- Seshru the Viper Mage. He knows he'll have to defeat her to save his own life and protect the lives...more
Phoebe
I’m judging these books as a whole, as they are the “Chronicles” of “Ancient Darkness”, as opposed to individual books, although I have yet to read the last two.
In this one I noticed the similarities between it and the Harry Potter books! The horcruxes, the Harry/Dumbledore relationship between Torak and Fin-kedinn … Looking forward to seeing how the story progresses!
Lynsey
This is the 4th book in the series and I'd say that the story has def improved with each new book. I actually care about each of the characters now and definitely intend to get the 5th instalment in the saga.
It is a book aimed at kids/teens and so is very easy to read but don't just dismiss this as a teen tale as it's really well written and clever in terms of the style used to describe events from the wolfs perspective. All good!
Allison
Paver, Michelle Outcast, 336 pgs.Harper Collins-Katherine Tegen Books; Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG

When readers last saw Torak, he had been branded as a Soul Eater. He must keep this tattoo hidden or he will become an Outcast. After a heated argument with a member of the Boar Clan, Torak’s tattoo is revealed. Now as an Outcast anyone of any tribe that comes across Torak, must kill him. He attempts to remove the tattoo, but the remaining three Soul Eaters are still after him. Torak...more
Kiky Kartini
Para tokoh utama mulai masuk masa akil baliq. drama... drama everywhere... hehe... tp ceritanya tetap kelam, dan juga penuh teknik bertahan hidup. sayang nya hutan dan sungai saat ini sudah tdk seperti itu lg.
Vixen
the reason i liked this book so much was because of the attention to nature. torak knows so much. even when he is sick and doesnt notice, he still sees so much and observes it in a way someone in our day and age couldnt, because thats just not how we were raised.
the reason its doesnt have a higher rating is because at the end with the flood, i thought it was pretty random. one thing i noticed with this series is that the ending usually comes out of left field. the flood wasnt even a threat until...more
Merajsiddiqui
Outcast By Michelle Paver

This is a book about Torak's journey as he becomes an outcast among the clans throughout the region.He denies his friends' help and ends up running away from his friends. He also tries to remove a curse that has been put on him forcefully but he has had this curse too long and it cannot be removed.What will he do next?



Torak ends up at the Village of the Otters which is hidden in a thick mist on the Lake and has disappeared, His friends Renn and Bale arrive at the Lake in...more
Simon
This is a fabulous, fast-paced adventure story. I love the Neolithic setting. Torak is cast out by the forest clans for committing the most taboo of acts. It is thenceforth the duty of all, from whatever clan, to kill Torak if they meet him. In order to redeem himself and be taken back by his friends in the Raven Clan he seeks out an evil Soul Eater, the Viper Mage. He must thwart her plans to assume ultimate power over the forest and all who live in it. He is secretly aided by his kinsmen Bale...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
More about Michelle Paver...
Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1) Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2) Soul Eater (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #3) Oath Breaker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #5) Ghost Hunter (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #6)

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