Viper’s Daughter is the seventh book in the Chrionicle of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver. Wolf Brother, the first title in the award-winning series, has sold over 3 million copies so you know you’re in the hands of an author that can captivate and keep young readers returning for more.
If you’re a fan, no doubt you’ve been eagerly awaiting Viper’s Daughter but for those who are new to the series, here’s a bit of background. In Wolf Brother, set six thousand years ago, evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.
Book seven returns to the story of Torak and Renn, they have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. However, their peaceful lives change when Renn begins to feel she is a threat to Torak, and he is in danger – there is something unknown that is driving her to this.
When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf immediately set out to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they’ve encountered.
Author Michelle Paver still had stories about this wolf pack to share and she plans to spread their story over three books. Her meticulous research into animals and how people in those times lived, hunted, the different clans, and how they spent their days is evident.
Interestingly this research sometimes involves experiencing the danger her characters have to cope with firsthand. In a recent interview with the Irish Times they asked her what her most dangerous adventure was the answer “Climbing an active volcano for my Bronze Age series.” and her scariest adventure “Swimming with killer whales in North Norway.” She’s also eaten a leopard slug and travelled to the Arctic Circle.
Filled with history, fantasy, and adventure, Viper’s Daughter is an exciting ride through ancient complex worlds. The intricate plots and characters are exciting and thoroughly captivating. Clearly Michelle Pavar is equally inspiring, and you can jump on to her website and find out even more about her here.
Don’t be put off that this is book seven in the series. It can easily be read as a standalone. If the young readers in your life don’t know about this series yet, then I would highly recommend putting a copy of Viper’s Daughter within reach. You’ll enjoy it too!