By Michelle Paver
(HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060728366, 319pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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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, where he is hunted by the Otter Clan, taunted by the Hidden People, and, as soul-sickness claims him, he falls prey to an even greater menace. Tormented by secrets and broken trust, he uncovers a deception that will turn his world upside down.
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 Mountains and particularly by an encounter with a large bear in a remote valley in Southern California.