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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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 EstesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved