Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1
Publication Date: March 2005
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Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.
In this page-turning, original, and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world, in this first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.
Michelle Paver was born in central Africa, but moved to England as a child. After earning a degree in biochemistry from Oxford University, she became a partner in a London law firm, but eventually gave that up to write full-time.
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness arises from her lifelong passions for animals, anthropology, and the distant past. It was also inspired by her travels in Norway, Lapland, Iceland, and the Carpathian Mountainsand particularly by an encounter with a large bear in a remote valley in Southern California.
“Torak’s coming-of-age tale will keep the pages turning.”
“The story…glides on lines of smooth prose”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Paver’s depth of research…makes this impressive British import…intriguing and believable.”
-School Library Journal
“The stark, primitive setting provides an innovative contrast to most fantasies…This fast–moving story with engaging characters will appeal.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)