A cry echoed through the Forest.
It was not the yowl of a vixen, or
a lynx seeking a mate. It was a man.
Or something that had once been a man.
With a creeping sense of dread,
Torak watched the light between the
trees begin to fail. . . .
Torak is a boy apart. A boy who can talk to wolves. A boy who must vanquish the Soul-Eaters . . . or die trying.
As the Moon of No Dark waxes large, the clans fall prey to a horrifying sickness. Fear stalks the Forest. The very breath of spring seems poisoned. No one knows the cause -- and only Torak can find the cure.
His quest takes him across the sea to the mysterious islands of the Seal Clan. Here Torak battles an unseen menace and uncovers a betrayal that will change his life -- forever.
Spirit Walker is a spellbinding story of fellowship, treachery, and self-sacrifice that takes the reader further on the journey that began in Wolf Brother.
Spirit Walker is the second in a planned six part series set 6,000 years ago in the forests of Northern Europe. It's a fantastic adventure set in a meticulously researched world of hunter-gatherers, which, as Paver comments, is a misleading term that conjures up a picture of someone casually spotting a clump of berries and saying, 'Oh, good, I think I'll gather some of those'. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
Paver incorporates vivid descriptions of her characters' woodcraft and other skills, as well as credible views of their oneness with the natural world and animistic beliefs - details that enrich her complex tale without impeding its quick pace.
Maintains the momentum and convincing characterizations of Wolf Brother.
The Herald (UK) - Ann Johnstone
...another gripping, taut adventure in the ancient world.'
Daily Telegraph - Edward Malnick
The perfect concoction of action and narrative is what makes the book so attractive. ...Paver has succeeded in producing a first-class story supported by substantial moral messages... unclouded by the present day.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Molly Parker Spirit Walker Spirit Walker is a book I recommend to people aged 10+, but maybe some younger people. I am 9, and yet I loved this book. I have also read Wolf Brother and Soul Eater, books 1 and 3 in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. There will be 6 books in... Read More
To research The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Paver spent time with a
guide in the forests of Finland (some Finnish
forests are still much as they would have been
6,000 years ago). She learned how the people
lived by studying archaeology; and to understand
what they might have thought she studied many
San Tribe of South Africa (formerly
known as the Bushmen).
Ainu of Northern Japan.
Inuit, (sometimes known as Eskimos, which
simply means 'eater of raw meat', whereas
their preferred name Inuit means 'the
people' or 'real people').
Sami of Northern Europe (the Sami were
formerly known as Lapps which means 'a patch
of cloth for mending' - like the Inuit and
San, the Sami feel their former given name...
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