A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The first book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver.
Thousands of years ago, a powerful and malevolent force conjured a demon: a demon so evil that it could only be contained in the body of a ferocious bear, a demon determined to destroy the world. Only one boy can stop it ...
12-year-old Torak sees his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, he asks his son to make him a promise. Alone, wounded, terrified and on the run, Torak must now lead the bear to the Mountain of the World Spirit - a mountain that no one has ever found before. But can Torak keep his promise?
A terrifying quest commences in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life.
Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.
Part riveting nature story, part rite of passage saga, Paver's first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series is set in a primeval forest some 6,000 years ago (according to an author's note). As the novel opens, 12-year-old Torak watches in horror as his father is mauled by a bear that is unnaturally vicious, "possessed... some demon from the Otherworld." Before his father dies, he tells the boy that he must travel north to the Mountain of the World Spirit and that he must stay away from other people, for reasons he doesn't have time to explain. In his travels, Torak meets a wolf cub, whom he calls Wolf, and readers will likely be charmed by the scenes of their gradual bonding. But after Torak kills a buck, he falls into the hands of the Raven Clan claiming ownership of that part of the forest. When the clansmen learn that the boy can communicate with Wolf, they become convinced that he is the prophesied Listener who "gives his heart's blood to the Mountain" in order to dispel a Shadow that threatens the forest (i.e., the possessed bear). A quest ensues, involving Torak, Wolf and a Raven Clan girl, Renn. The plot becomes intricate, but remains involving thanks to Paver's unusual setting and eccentric characters, plus the strict rules by which the clans live. Passages from the wolf cub's point of view seem extraneous, but Torak's coming- of- age tale will keep the pages turning. The author reveals many secrets at the end, nicely setting the stage for subsequent volumes. Ages 10-up.
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There are some really bad books out there.
This isn’t one of them.
I have read Wolf Brother and half way through Spirit Walker but this book is a very good book. It is worth the money and is a very emotional book, especially at the start when his father, Fa has been killed by the demon bear, who was made to kill his father by the soul eaters. I am very impressed by Michael Paver and the other people that helped to create this really good book. 👏👏👏
"It helped me understand"
"My family had just got an Alaskan Malamute puppy and I was a little unsure, I did not understand him. One day I was in town and my mother and I went to Waterstone's. My mother picked up Wolf Brother and said to me that it looked interesting and that I should read it. And so I did. Wolf Brother is a breath-taking book along with the rest of the books in the series. And with these, I began to understand my dog and learn to not be frightened anymore. Now my family and me are really happy with our dog and he is now my best friend." Thank you Michelle Paver. That was my true story of why I read this book. I hope everyone who reads this finds their reason.