Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #2)

Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #2)


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“Fast-paced and exciting adventure that will enthrall every reader.” —Erin Hunter, author of the New York Times bestselling Warriors series

The second thrilling book in Michelle Paver’s bestselling fantasy series is a must-have for fans of Brandon Mull and Jeanne DuPrau.

As the Moon of No Dark looms over the land, the clans fall prey to a horrifying sickness. Fear stalks the Forest. 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, where Torak will battle an unseen menace and uncover a betrayal that will change his life—forever.

Crackling with suspense and ominous magic on every page.

“Torak’s bravery against insurmountable dangers makes him an engaging and memorable hero” —VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060728304
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Series: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 89,705
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.77(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 #2: Spirit Walker

By Michelle Paver

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Michelle Paver
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060728280

Chapter One

The auroch appeared quite suddenly from the trees on the other side of the stream.

One moment Torak was gazing at sun-dappled willows -- the next, there she was. She stood taller than the tallest man, and her great curving horns could have skewered a bear. If she charged, he was in trouble.

By bad luck, he was upwind of her. He held his breath as he watched her twitch her blunt black muzzle to taste his scent. She snorted. Pawed the earth with one massive hoof.

Then he saw the calf peering from the bracken, and his belly turned over. Aurochs are gentle creatures -- except when they have calves.

Without a sound, Torak drew back into the shade. If he didn't startle her, maybe she wouldn't charge.

Again the auroch snorted, and raked the ferns with her horns. At last she seemed to decide that he wasn't hunting her after all, and slumped down in the mud to have a wallow.

Torak blew out a long breath.

The calf wobbled toward its mother, slipped, bleated, and fell over. The cow auroch raised her head and nosed it to its feet, then lay back to enjoy herself.

Crouching behind a juniper bush, Torak wondered what to do. Fin-Kedinn, the Clan Leader, had sent him to retrieve a bundle ofwillow bark that had been soaking in the stream; he didn't want to return to camp without it. Neither did he want to get trampled by an auroch.

He decided to wait for her to leave.

It was a hot day at the beginning of the Moon of No Dark, and the Forest was drowsy with sun. The trees echoed with birdsong; a warm southeasterly breeze carried the sweetness of lime blossom. After a while, Torak's heartbeats slowed. He heard a clutch of young greenfinches squealing for food in a hazel thicket. He watched a viper basking on a rock. He tried to fix his thoughts on that, but as so often happened, they drifted to Wolf.

Wolf would be nearly full-grown by now, but he'd been a cub when Torak had known him: falling over his paws, and pestering Torak for lingonberries. . . .

Don't think about Wolf, Torak told himself fiercely. He's gone. He's never coming back, never. Think about the auroch, or the viper, or --

That was when he saw the hunter.

He was on this side of the water, twenty paces downstream, but downwind of the auroch. The shade was too deep to make out his face, but Torak saw that like him, he wore a sleeveless buckskin jerkin and knee-length leggings, with light rawhide boots. Unlike Torak, he wore a boar tusk on a thong around his neck. Boar Clan.

Ordinarily, Torak would have been reassured. The Boars were fairly friendly with the Raven Clan, with whom he'd been living for the past six moons. But there was something very wrong about this hunter. He moved with an awkward, lurching gait, his head lolling from side to side. And he was stalking the auroch. Two slate throwing axes were stuck in his belt -- and as Torak watched in disbelief, he pulled one out and hefted it in his hand.

Was he insane? No man hunts an auroch on his own. An auroch is the biggest, strongest prey in the Forest. To attack one on your own is asking to be killed.

The auroch, happily unaware, grunted and rubbed deeper into the mud, relishing the relief from the troublesome midges. Her calf nosed a clump of willowherb, waiting for her to finish.

Torak rose to his feet and warned the hunter with urgent slicing motions of his palm: Danger! Go back!

The hunter didn't see him. Flexing his brawny arm, he took aim -- and hurled the axe.

It whistled through the air and thudded into the ground a hand's breadth from the calf.

The calf fled. Its mother gave an outraged bellow and lumbered to her feet, casting about for the attacker. But the hunter was still downwind; she didn't catch his scent.

Incredibly, he was reaching for his second axe.

"No!" Torak whispered hoarsely. "You'll only hurt her and get us both killed!"

The hunter wrenched the axe from his belt.

Torak thought swiftly. If the axe found its mark, the auroch would be unstoppable. But if she was startled instead of wounded, maybe she would merely make a mock charge, and flee with her calf. He had to get her out of range of that axe, fast.

Taking a deep breath, he jumped up and down, waving his arms and yelling, "Over here! Over here!"

It worked -- in a way. The auroch gave a furious bellow and charged at Torak -- and the axe hit the mud where she'd stood a heartbeat before. As she splashed toward Torak, he threw himself behind an oak tree.

No time to climb it -- she was almost upon him. He heard her grunt as she heaved herself up the bank -- he felt her heat on the other side of the tree trunk. . . . At the last moment she swerved, flicking up her tail and blundering off into the Forest, her calf galloping after her.

The silence when she'd gone was deafening.

Sweat poured down Torak's face as he leaned against the oak.

The hunter stood with his head down, rocking from side to side.

"What were you doing?" panted Torak. "We could've been killed!"

The hunter did not reply. Lurching across the stream, he retrieved his axes and stuck them in his belt, then shambled back again. Torak still couldn't see his face, but he took in the hunter's muscled limbs and jagged slate knife. If it came to a fight, he'd lose. He was just a boy, not even thirteen summers old.

Suddenly the hunter stumbled against a beech tree and began to retch.

Torak forgot his alarm and ran to help him.


Excerpted from Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver Copyright © 2006 by Michelle Paver. Excerpted by permission.
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Spirit Walker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf Brother is my favorite book, this book 'Sprit Walker' is also great! great! great! i got my friend to read wolf brother and she also read harry potter. she said how she wondered why she even read harry potter! Wolf brother and Spirit Walker are the best books you will ever read!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its better than Wolf Brother. a good twist, plot, and i love how Wolf came back to Torak. (oohps!) great story for anyone who liked Wolf Brother.
spud2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another brilliant book by Michelle Paver. It is were you start to see the soul eaters. The story also starts to introduce you to the Clans of the Ocean.
Shelbycat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Torak is settling into his new life as part of a human tribe, however he doesn't get long to savour this new world before he is called upon to fight the evil that haunts him. We find out more about Torak's past through information that various characters both old and new are able to impart to him. We also discover what Toraks mission in life is to be. I really enjoyed this second installment of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and i can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I would highly recommend these books to older readers who enjoy the Jean M Auel books or to younger readers who feel that the Jean M Auel books are a little daunting in their size.
jackiewark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Spirit Walker, Book 2 of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Torak, is among Renn and Fin-Kedinn and their clan when a strange, horrifying sickness comes over them and other clans. Desperate to find a cure, Torak sets off west to the sea to find a remedy among the Seal Clan. He intentionally sets off alone, but secretly wishes Wolf was by his side once again, instead of with his wolf-pack. At the shores of the sea, he is taken captive by Bale, Asrif, and Detlan. His captors take him to an isolated island to meet his fate and the island mage, Tenris. Tenris seems wise, kind, and all-knowing, and most importantly he knows of a cure for the sickness affecting the clans. He cured his clan three summers ago when they fell deathly ill to the strange disease. Torak will do anything to bring the remedy back to the forest. But, dangers follow Torak and people are not who or what they seem to be. Torak needs Wolf and Renn to fight the evils and eventually all three are together again, but is it too little, too late? In the end, Torak discovers a frightening secret about himself and his father that will lead him onto his next journey.
sirfurboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in its series, set in the post glacial Europe of 6000 years ago. It is a well crafted world, and the author develops the story of the first book nicely in this one. Torak's adoptive clan get sick and the boy goes in search of a cure - first to the deep forest and then to the sea. The people he meets and adventure's he has are all wonderfully and convincingly drawn.
9dp01bev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing story for the readers mind and unlimeted crazyness
karima29 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second installation in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series. This book is just as fascinating as the first. Again, the research that the author did for the book shows. Unlike the first book which involved hunter-gatherer type clans that live off in the forest, this one involves hunter-gatherers that live off the sea. The author spent time in the Lofoten islands of north-west Norway, and also in Greenland with the Inuit and Sami people¿s learning their traditional ways of life. How they make boats, and hunt seal, and what it¿s like to swim with killer whales. And of course, the story of Torak deepens, as he¿s maturing, trusting himself more, and learning to apply the knowledge he¿s accumulated from his experiences.
Shaybae More than 1 year ago
What happens if you meet a sick man in the middle of the woods and have to help him. In Spirit Walker of the series Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness, by Michelle Paver, a boy (Torak) and a wolf cub (Wolf) set out on an adventure to find a cure for a deadly disease. This fantasy book shows you how teamwork is important. The two main characters, Torak and Wolf, travel through many different places. At first they are in the woods and meet a sick man. As Torak runs back to the raven clan he start to panic. When he gets back to the raven clan her sees that everyone is out hunting so he tells the one person who is there. That person does not believe him. Right after that, several people come running in very sick. All of the people need help. They need a cure and Torak and wolf are the only ones who can get it. Wolf runs out of the clan with Torak following as they travel through rough terrain giving it all they have. Will they reach the cure and make it back to the clan in time to save everyone? Or will they fail in their mission causing their whole clan to die? I think that Spirit Waker is an amazing book. All of the adventure and thrill seeking moments rock. This book is full of twist and turns. Spirit walker is an amazing book to read. I would recommend Spirit Walker to anyone who loves adventure and mystery. Not only will this book grab your interest, but you can continue the adventure in the third book of the Chronicle of Ancient Darkness series. You will also find out if Torak and Wolf make it back to the Raven clan or will they catch the disease to. You must read this book to find out what happens.
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moosesrule882 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! They just keep getting better! Michelle Paver does a great job! The end with the Seal Mage trying to eat Torak's heart was so cool! Great job!
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GreekCowgirl More than 1 year ago
The second in a series of 4 (soon to be 5) The adventure, separation and lose Torak goes through will keep you turning the pages!!!
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