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A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on. In the Dark Time of midwinter, something is coming that will test the Clans as never before. Book eight of Michelle Paver's best-selling Wolf Brother series continues the dazzling adventure of Torak, Wolf and Renn - a story full of myth, menace, natural magic and exhilarating entertainment.

In the Dark Time of midwinter, disaster strikes the Forest. Chaos rules. Bears woken from their dens prowl the shadowy valleys. Desperate clans battle for survival. Only demons thrive.

With their world in turmoil, Torak, Renn and Wolf are tested as never before. And as a new evil haunts the devastated land, Torak must risk his sanity, his life and even his souls to save everything he loves....

Skin Taker carries you back to the Stone Age, drawing you deeper into the astonishing adventure which began with Wolf Brother.

©2021 Michelle Paver (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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Another great addition to the series

Shorter than I would have liked, but as alway is beautifully descriptive and excellently read.

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Absolutely perfect!

I love the Wolf Brother series so much, I've listened to all of the books 3 times through so far and still can't get enough! this book is a beautiful continuation of the story and I hope Michelle Paver has plans for many more. As well as a great story, Ian McKellen's narration just adds so much extra character and feeling, a great performance overall.

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  • Kathy
  • 01-05-2021

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Audiobook narrated by Ian McKellen.

A solid new Chronicles of Ancient Darkness story and a much darker one. A great disaster occurs and we see our main characters as well as all the clans struggle with the huge changes that occur.

The Good:
- A new and interesting direction for the series executed well
- The elements of magecraft included were interesting and imaginative.
- Due to the events of the past year, it was easy to see and understand how different characters reacted to the catastrophic opening events.
- The villain had developed and it will be intruiging how the overarching plot will develop.

What Could Have Been Better?:
- As with Viper's Daughter, very slight pacing issues.

I'm excited for the next installment which should be out Spring 2022.

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  • Susan L.
  • 23-04-2021

Another wonderful story!

This is a fabulous addition to the Wolf brother story arc. Sir Ian McKellen’s reading is perfect.

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  • Tristan
  • 22-04-2021

excellent

another great story to the chronicles of ancient darkness and perfect narration that follows the with rest of the books

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  • JoB
  • 11-04-2021

Brilliant as always

Ian McKellen's performance was brilliant as always and I thoroughly enjoyed the latest instalment of this series. I did think the storyline might have gone a little fast at times, probably to fit the story into the same size book as usual, but it would have benefited from a little more exploration into the Stone Age world that we enjoyed so much in the first 3 books of the Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness.

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  • Martin and Sofia Carter
  • 05-04-2021

Stick with it it’s one of the best!

Initially has a vibe of a rewrite to it but that’s a full misdirect it’s one of the best yet! Michelle mixes her usual beautiful prehistoric fantasy with a deconstruction of the psyche of those connected to the land and the loss of hope.

Do I have to say that Ian Mckellen is amazing as narrator, it seems superfluous!

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