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CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS

Michelle Paver

  • Original Title: CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS
  • Publication date: May 2004
  • Publisher: ORION CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • Country: GB
  • 224 print pages
  • Fantastic/Heroic Fantasy

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: Prehistory
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Initiation journey, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, CHARACTERS, Child

Pitch

The adventures of Torak, an adolescent boy, who goes on a quest to defeat the Soul Eaters, a group of power hungry mages who seek out to destroy all life in the forest. The books are set 6000 years ago in prehistoric Europe during the Stone Age.

Comments

Kindle Entertainment has bought TV and film rights to the series.

Book 7, THE VIPER’S DAUGHTER, to be published in Spring 2020
Zephyr acquired world rights to three more books, so there are 9 books planned so far.

The original six-title series was published in 36 different languages and 37 different territories

The first 6 books sold 824,967 copies for £5.3m through Nielsen BookScan.

Book 6, GHOST HUNTER, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.

Michelle Paver is a British novelist and children's writer. Her other books include DARK MATTER (2010), which was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novel.

Summary

Book 1: WOLF BROTHER

Thousands of years ago, the land is one dark forest. Its people are hunter-gatherers. They know every tree and herb and they know how to survive in a time of enchantment and powerful magic. Until an ambitious and malevolent force conjures a demon: a demon so evil that it can be contained only in the body of a ferocious bear that will slay everything it sees, a demon determined to destroy the world.

Only one boy can stop it - 12-year-old Torak, who has seen his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, Torak's father tells his son of his burden. He must lead the bear to the mountain of the World Spirit and beg that spirit's help to overcome it.

A terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life.

Books 2 to 7

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  • Author’s biography

    Michelle Paver (born 1960) is a British novelist and children's writer, known for the fantasy series CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS, set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe. The first 6 books sold 824,967 copies for £5.3m through Nielsen BookScan. For the book GHOST HUNTER (2009) she won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. Her other books include DARK MATTER (2010), which was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novel.