Soul Eater (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #3)

Soul Eater (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #3)

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It's winter, and Wolf, Torak's beloved pack-brother, has been captured by an unknown foe. In a desperate bid to rescue him, Torak and Renn must brave the frozen wilderness of the Far North.

As they battle for survival amid howling blizzards and the ever-present menace of the great white bear, their friendship is tested to the breaking point, and Torak is forced to get closer to his enemies than ever before...

Soul Eater is a haunting story of loyalty and loss, a chilling portrayal of the nature of evil, and the next step in the perilous journey that began with Wolf Brother and Spirit Walker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060728328
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Series: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series , #3
Edition description: Library Bound Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle Paver was born in central Africa, but moved 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.

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.

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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #3: Soul Eater

By Michelle Paver

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Michelle Paver
All right reserved.

Chapter One

Torak didn't want it to be an omen.

He didn't want it to be anything more than an owl feather lying in the snow. So he ignored it. That was his first mistake.

Quietly, he went back to the tracks they'd been following since dawn. They looked fresh. He slipped off his mitten and felt them. No ice in the bottom. Yes, fresh.

Turning to Renn, farther uphill, he tapped his sleeve and raised his forefinger, then pointed down into the beech wood. One reindeer, heading south.

Renn gave a nod, whipped an arrow from her quiver, and nocked it to her bow. Like Torak, she was hard to see in a pale reindeer-hide parka and leggings, with wood ash smeared on her face to mask her scent. Like him, she was hungry, having eaten nothing since a slip of dried boar meat for daymeal.

Unlike him, she hadn't seen the owl feather.

So don't tell her, he thought.

That was his second mistake.

A few paces below him, Wolf was sniffing at a patch where the reindeer had scraped away the snow to get at the lichen. His ears were pricked, his silver fur fluffed up with excitement. If he sensed Torak's unease, he didn't show it. Another sniff, then he raised his muzzle to catch the scent-laden breeze, and his amber gaze grazed Torak's. Smells bad.

Torak tilted his head. What do you mean? he asked inwolf talk.

Wolf twitched his whiskers. Bad muzzle.

Torak went to examine what he'd found, and spotted a tiny bead of yellow pus on the bare earth. Wolf was telling him that the reindeer was old, its teeth rotten after many winters of munching gritty lichen.

Torak wrinkled his nose in a brief wolf smile. Thank you, pack-brother. Then he glanced at Renn, and headed downhill as silently as his beaver-hide boots would allow.

Not silently enough for Wolf, who flicked a reproachful ear as he moved over the snow as soundlessly as smoke.

Together they crept between the sleeping trees. Black oaks and silvery beeches glittered with frost. Here and there Torak saw the crimson blaze of holly berries; the deep green of a wakeful spruce standing guard over its slumbering sisters. The Forest was hushed. The rivers were frozen. Most of the birds had flown south.

Except for that owl, thought Torak.

He'd known it was an owl's feather as soon as he'd seen its furry upper side, which muffled the sound of flight when the owl was hunting. If it had been the dusky gray of a Forest owl, he wouldn't have worried; he'd simply have given it to Renn, who used them to fletch her arrows. But this feather was barred with black and tawny; shadow and flame. That told Torak it belonged to the greatest, the fiercest of owls: the eagle owl. And to find one of those--that was bad.

Wolf's black nose twitched.

Torak was instantly alert.

Through the trees, he glimpsed the reindeer, nibbling beard-moss. He heard the crunch of its hooves, saw its misting breath. Good, they were still downwind. He forgot the feather, and thought of juicy meat and rich marrowfat.

Behind him, the faint creak of Renn's bow. He fitted an arrow to his own, then realized he was blocking her view, and dropped to one knee, since she was the better shot.

The reindeer moved behind a beech tree. They'd have to wait.

As Torak waited, he noticed a spruce, five paces below him. The way it spread its snow-laden arms . . . warning him back.

Gripping his bow, he fixed his gaze on the prey.

A gust of wind stirred the beeches around him, and last summer's leaves rustled like dry, dead hands.

He swallowed. It felt as if the Forest were trying to tell him something.

Overhead a branch shifted, and a flurry of snow hissed down. He glanced up. His heart jerked. An eagle owl. Tufted ears as sharp as spearpoints. Huge orange eyes like twin suns. With a cry he leaped to his feet.

The reindeer fled.

Wolf raced off in pursuit.

Renn's arrow sped past Torak's hood.

The eagle owl spread its enormous wings and silently flew away.

"What were you doing?" shouted Renn furiously. "Standing up like that? I might have killed you!"

Torak didn't reply. He was watching the eagle owl soar into the fierce blue of the noonday sky. But eagle owls, he thought, hunt by night.

Wolf came bounding through the trees and skittered to a halt beside him, shaking off snow and lashing his tail. He hadn't expected to catch the reindeer, but he'd enjoyed the chase.

Sensing Torak's unease, he rubbed against him. Torak knelt, burying his face in the deep, coarse scruff; breathing in Wolf's familiar sweet-grass scent.

"What's wrong?" said Renn.

Torak raised his head. "That owl, of course."

"What owl?"

He blinked. "But you must have seen it. The eagle owl--it was so close I could have touched it!"

When she still looked blank, he ran back up the hill and found the feather. "Here," he panted, holding it out.

Wolf flattened his ears and growled.

Renn put her hand to her clan-creature feathers.

"What does it mean?" said Torak.

"I don't know, but it's bad. We should get back. Fin-Kedinn will know what to do. And Torak"--she eyed the feather--"leave it here."

As he threw it into the snow, he wished he hadn't picked it up with his bare hand. A fine gray powder dusted his palm. He wiped it off on his parka, but his skin carried a whiff of rottenness that reminded him of the Raven bone-grounds.

Suddenly Wolf gave a grunt, and pricked his ears.

"What's he smelled?" said Renn. She didn't speak wolf talk, but she knew Wolf.

Torak frowned. "I don't know." Wolf's tail was high, but he wasn't giving any of the prey signals Torak recognized.

Strange prey, Wolf told him, and he realized that Wolf was puzzled too.


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Soul Eater (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series and I think the books just keep getting better. If you read Wolf Brother or Spirit Walker, you'll love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book. As soon as I heard it was out, I immediately tried to find it in the stores. It was just as good as Spirit Walker and Wolf Brother - perhaps better. Don't stop here, Paver! Keep writing!
GreekCowgirl More than 1 year ago
The adventure start right off. Torak and Renn to totally unprepared in to the far north to save Wolf (Torak's guardian)and the world from the destruction of the soul eaters. I assure you if you have read the whole series you wouldn't be able to put this book down!
AaronKAwsome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy called Torak and a girl named Renn. This time they are hunting in the north when Wolf get captured. Torak and Renn travel into the far north. While in the far north they get lost and found by a white fox man named Inuktiluk. He takes them to his camp where they get supplies. They travel then by boat to the Eye of the Viper. When there they get inside the cave where they find Wolf. They find out that he was taken by the soul eaters. They destroy one of the soul eaters and the other get away, but they get Wolf back and make it to the forest safely. So far I like this book the best of the three I have read. I like this book the best because there was a lot more action. There were much more soul eaters. You learn more about Toraks history and more about the soul eaters. I really like haw he has gone from the forest, to some islands, and now to the far north. There are always more people in the books. I think so far the Soul Eater book is the best.
bookmaven-msk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Series is still going strong, Torak is getting to be a more two-dimensional character.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, the third book in the Ancient Darkness Chronicles is out and I have read it! Weee! I do love this series (and I'm not really much of a series person). Torak is a thirteen year old boy who hunts in the forest along with his best friend Renn, a Raven clan girl, and his pack-brother Wolf (who is, well, a wolf). Torak and Wolf share a special bond. Torak can speak and understand wolf language and they have been together since Wolf was a cub. In this installment, Wolf is kidnapped by a band of Soul-Eaters and Torak and Renn must follow them to the Great North to save him. They meet some people of the White Fox clan and learn a little about how to survive in the icy North, but will it be enough? And when they find Wolf, will they have what it takes to get him back and to foil the Soul-Eaters' plan to take over the world??Just as action-packed as the first two books, this third book is a solid addition to the series. I quite enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The action just didn't stop! This is one of my favorites out of the Chronicle of Ancient Darkness series. I loved the setting and the different view points and perspectives. The descriptions of the Soul Eaters and Northern clans were thorough and life-like. I would definitely recommend this book to people of all ages.
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Crazydude14 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. My friend wouldn't stop bugging me to let him read it, so I had to finish it last night, and it had a fantastic ending. It was not what I expected though.. I cannot wait to start the next book OUTCAST. I have the last two books checked out from the library. If you want to read this book, read the first two in the sereies first, WOLF BROTHER Book #1. SPIRIT WALKER Book #2. SOUL EATER Book #3. OUTCAST Book # 4. OATH BREAKER Book #5. I'm planning to read them all, and you should too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The books below are the entire series!!!!!
143 More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old loves this series. He begged me to get all the books and wants me to buy the first book he got from the library so he can have the entire collection. He also loves the Harry Potter series. I read the first book in the series and it is age appropriate. She is an excellent writer.
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Tyri More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. This author sure knows a lot about the stuff she writes about. You can tell she put A LOT of research into it. I love the whole idea of the Clans and all the rituals and beliefs. In each book so far, we have found out more things that literally have people's jaws dropping. Torak, Renn, and Wolf's adventures seem to never end. One thing that bothers me is that Torak is all about Wolf. In this book, all he thought about was saving Wolf and he never even thought about Renn or anyone else. I think it would be a lot better if Torak realized how much Renn meant to him. Because obviously she cares about him and all he cares about is Wolf. Thought I do know his relationship with Wolf is special and definitely complicated. I love the whole wolf communication thing. I just hope in the next book Renn is a bigger part. I am fourteen. I think this book is fit for almost all ages. An eight-year-old could read this if they wanted. I'm a teenager and I still enjoy this a lot. By the way, I thought it would've been cool if somehow Seshru was Torak's mother...although she is dead. If you think about it, a lot of the things Torak's dad told him are untrue, so why can't his mother still be alive? I think this would be amazing. I plan to go to the store and by Outcast as soon as possible.
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moosesrule882 More than 1 year ago
The book is okay, though I think there was monumental stalling in the end. the last 150 or so pages were all about being in the cave with the soul eaters. The other parts were very good.
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