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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: KTegenBks (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060728280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060728281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9–Torak, Renn, and Wolf are reunited in this eerie, fast-paced Outbreak meets X-Files sequel to Paver's Wolf Brother (HarperCollins, 2005). Torak has settled in with the Raven Clan, more or less happily, although he still misses Wolf. This changes when a hideous disease starts attacking not only the Ravens, but the Forest clans as well. Torak is convinced that he has something to do with it and heads out to look for the Seal Clan, who might have a cure. After a terrifying run-in with a boar and the True Forest People, who tell him about the tokoroth, children stolen to become hosts to demons, he is kidnapped by three Seal Clan boys. Renn also knows about the tokoroth and goes in search of Torak. She first meets up with Wolf, and they join forces. On Seal Island, the mage Tenris, who claims to know the cure for the disease, sends Torak and his three kidnappers off on a dangerous expedition to find the secret ingredient. Near death, Torak discovers the ability to Spirit Walk–leave his body and become another creature. He, Renn, and Wolf also learn the truth about the Soul-Eater. Knowledge of events in the first book isn't required to make this a fun read, but newcomers will be clamoring for it, and all will eagerly await the next installment.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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From Booklist

Gr. 6-9. This second book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series maintains the momentum and convincing characterizations of Wolf Brother (2005). In this story, Torak begins searching for a cure for a plague that is decimating the clans and for the seven Soul-Eaters he is destined to fight. His quest reunites him with his pack-brother Wolf and awakens powers previously unknown to him. Once again, the wealth of wilderness lore adds to the story, which is infused with an inexorable sense of mysterious menace. Sally Estes
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More About the Author

Michelle Paver was born in central Africa but went 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. The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series came from Michelle's lifelong passions for animals, anthropology, and the distant past-as well as an encounter with a large bear in a remote valley in Southern California. To research the books, Michelle has traveled to Finland, Greenland, Sweden, Norway, Arctic Canada, and the Carpathian Mountains. She has slept on reindeer skins, swum with wild killer whales, and gotten nose to nose with polar bears--and, of course, wolves. The first four books have been made into widely acclaimed audiobooks, read by Ian McKellen.

Customer Reviews

They are very well written.
Voracious Reader
In this book, Torak travels the seas with Wolf and Renn, and even meet up with the Seal Clan, who are kin to Torak.
Arlene French
I would recommend this book and the entire series to anyone interested in getting kids reading.
K. N. Krabbenhoft

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Once I started reading the first page, I couldn't put it down. Written with careful planning, it keeps your hand turning the pages until you reach the end. It has a very unsuspecting ending, and along the way your heart is always pounding as if you were really in the book. You feel like you ARE Torak, and you feel everything that he feels - his anger, happiness, frustration, despair...Ms. Paver has wonderful talent. I wish I could write like she does!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although he is still reeling from the violent death of his father and the loss of his "soul" mate, Wolf, Torak has found a kind of peace living with the Raven Clan. As he tries to sort out his life, he has developed a growing fondness for its leader, Fin-Kedinn, and a kinship with the gentle people. In a single moment, however, all of this changes when he encounters a sick hunter from another clan.

The sick man had yanked handfuls of hair from his scalp and beard, leaving patches of raw, oozing flesh. His face was crusted with thick honey-colored scabs like birch canker. Slime bubbled in his throat as he spat out the last of the hair --- then sat back on his heels, and began scratching a rash of blisters on his forearm.

With his heart filled with dread, Torak returns to warn the Clan of the fever that is spreading. To his horror he finds that the mad sickness has already made its claim. Where could this be coming from? Was it possible that it had something to do with the Soul-Eaters and the warnings his father had given him? With a jolting realization, Torak knows he must find the source of this sickness. Thus begins a most perilous journey --- a journey to find the cure and a journey that unfolds a past that Torak will find hard to accept.

This story is told in two voices --- one from Torak and the other from his spirit brother, Wolf. Wolf refers to Torak and other humans as Tall Tailless. His voice offers views of all the confusion, which seems to result from human greed. Although Wolf does not understand the complexities of these things, he senses good and evil and the need to protect Torak. His ultimate goal is to be reunited with Torak and his journey parallels that of his spirit brother's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Krabbenhoft on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My nephew is 10 and would typically choose anything else to do other than read. Being a teacher myself, I often give my neices and nephews books as part of their Christmas/birthday gifts. A student of my own recommended the first book in this series (Wolf Brother) to me, so I bought it for Colin. My sister had to practically force him to sit down and read, but once he got started he loved the book! That's when I bought him the second and third in the series - hoping to keep him going on it. When they arrived at his house, and he saw that they were in the series (and hard cover) he was thrilled! He's been showing off his collection of books to everyone, and has his nose inside reading to make his way through to the next in line! I'm looking forward to#4 and #5 coming out here so I can send those to him as well. I'm ecstatic that he's finally found a book he'll read form beginning to end, not to mention a series. It's good to have reading be a hobby in your life, and I'm so happy this series has shown Colin that reading can be enjoyable. I would recommend this book and the entire series to anyone interested in getting kids reading. It's an adventurous and exciting series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bridie on April 11, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Spirit walker by Michelle Paver is an amazing book which I loved, I found it thrilling and entrancing and I couldnt put it down, I recieved it on christmas and finished it the day after. The story was gripping and tear jolting, it was a brilliant sequil to Wolf Brother, I swear! You will love this book and will not read anything like it, well, I know I haven't!

I loved it so much, it inspired me to go on the website and chat about it with others, aswell as it having an amazing discuccion board, it also has a brilliant Role Play game which makes you feel like you're inside the book!

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Honestly, you will love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Michelle Paver writes a heartstopping seqel to Wolf Brother.Spirit Waker is about 2 people in the Raven Clan getting sick and eventually dieing.So Torak laeves to find a cure.Along the way he makes friends with a boar,but it attacks him and he kills it.However he discovers someone made the boar attack him.He thinks someone is following him.He goes to the sea to find the cure but just gets in trouble for mixing the forest with the sea.The Seal Clan takes him and trys to kill him but he talks them out of it.They have already had the sickness and know the cure.Will they help him?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Nicolai on August 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are vivid and you are on the edge of your seat until you find out what happens to them. A must read. The first book in this series is very good also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mother Folker on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I first heard about the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series it was through this book. I was drawn to it because a rave review from my favourite local bookstore, but also because the cover art looked so Pacific Northwest. It is, in fact, supposed to be set in a more nordic setting, but I couldn't help but think of ancient times in my own backyard San Juan islands. Hey, we have Orcas too, you know. Once again Torak, Renn and Wolf must vanquish a terrible evil that threatens the Forest, and this time their trek leads them to the Sea. Michelle Paver's dedication to first-hand research made the setting come alive for me, and I saw many elements of Haida and Inuit cultures sprinkled throughout the novel, but never too heavy-handed, which was refreshing. Although these book are a little predictable, I still enjoy being transported to a fresh-scented outdoor world filled with spirits, demons, and lots of adventure. I put this in the "Mist of Avalon" catagory, but I would liken it most to Clan of the Cavebears.
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