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Thousands of years ago an orphan boy and his wolf cub companion challenge a demon bear that threatens to destroy their world forever. With the help of the World Spirit, Torak destroys the bear, but his beloved Wolf is lost in the ensuing avalanche.

And Torak's quest is far from over. A strange, creeping sickness, silent and deadly, is threatening the Ravens, whose leader Finn Kedinn has told Torak something of his history. Word arrives that the Seal Clan have the cure and Torak must face a lonely journey across treacherous terrain alive with menace and danger to find it. He must search for the rare herb which is part of the cure and find it by Midsummer. On the Seal's Island he stumbles into a world utterly unlike his own. And here Torak is welcomed by the kindly Seal Mage, Teneris, and kinsman, Bale. But all is not as it seems, Torak must keep his wits about him to judge who might be friend or foe, to face the dark art of the Soul Eaters, who haunt him even in his dreams, and to master his fears.

©2005 Michelle Paver (P)2005 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"The story grips you like a wolf's jaws and won't let go." ( Saturday Times)
"Another gripping, taut adventure in the ancient world." ( The Herald)

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10/10 would recommend for anyone!

This has been a staple series in my family ever since each book came out, and it's so amazing to re enter Torak's world every time.
Michelle Paver has such a knack for how it could have been 6000 years ago, and Ian McKellan does an amazing job narrating this! Wolf is my favourite character and he does so well with him.

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Beautiful

This book really feels as though it's setting up for the next ones which I can't wait to read

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  • 02-02-2020

Awesome book

I loved this book with story full of details, that had taken me into the Torak's world.

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  • Signe othelie
  • 12-10-2019

Old magick

Its just a Magical world Michelle has created.
It is a must to read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2017

Marvellous <3

Both Michelle Paver and Ian McKellen are transporting us again in Today's world and what a journey ! Wether you're 7, 20 or 80 years old, please do listen to this fabulous audio book !

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  • Andrew
  • 04-08-2009

Better than the first book

Now I enjoyed the first book in this series, it was well written, well read and engaging. It did however feel a bit predictable, something that this book makes up for. It keeps the revelations coming right up to the end and while the plot progression is slower I think the story benefits from this, especially as you see relationships forming and breaking.
If you liked the first book I'd definately give this one a read.

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  • Nadia
  • 30-05-2009

Spirit Walker

This is the second book in the series. In this story, Torak comes into contact with the first of the Soul Eaters, an evil group of rennagades thirsty for power and domination over all and whom it is Torak's destiny to destroy. We're also introduced to Bale, a relation of Torak's and a key figure in the series. Michelle Paver moves away from her forest setting of Wolf Brother and explores the world of the sea clans. She does so with her usual skill for description. This is a more than worthy sequel to Wolf Brother.

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  • Wrayman
  • 20-01-2021

Fantastic book

I've loved this series since I was young, have since got my cousin's reading it. My partner and I stumbled across the audiobooks, and I am so happy to find the stories just as good as I remembered them. Ian is a brilliant narrator too - wonderful!

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  • Ellie
  • 14-01-2021

Love it!

I loved this book as a child and Ian McKellen's reading of it is one of the best performance I have heard for an audiobook. Relistening to it as an adult, I am.still drawn back in the same way as when I was 10, still fearful, still excited and still utterly captivated! Brilliant book for older children or young teens who are interested in adventure and history or for adults looking for escapism!

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  • Kathy
  • 02-01-2021

A brilliant installment

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Another brilliant installment of The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. This book was one of the first books I bought with my own money as a kid and I have fond memories of reading it. Ian McKellen's narration adds so much and enhanced this wonderful story. The descriptions of the animals, forest and sea are detailed, accurate and create curiosity and wonder in the reader. Will be moving on to Soul Eater very shortly.

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  • Matt
  • 18-08-2020

Thrilling adventure

We loved this book! It is amazingly read by Ian McKellen and has lots of unexpected twists. It is really interes

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  • Irish lass
  • 30-03-2020

this book is good

this book is great for sleep from the immersive narration to the shocking story thank you, Ian McKellen, and Michelle Paver for this great book and narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-2020

Amazing

Amazing story, exceptional writing and description of detail. It truly inspires my imagination. Thank you

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  • Martin and Sofia Carter
  • 28-10-2019

Fantastic

I love this series of books and am looking forward to the third instalment of the series

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  • Lukasz
  • 11-08-2019

The best series ever

I listened to this book after my class listened to the first book. We didn’t finish it but I still wanted to do so. I read the rest of the first book and got hooked. I’m going to listen to the 3rd book soon and I want the world to know the chronicles of ancient darkness is the best book series ever!

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