A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on. Dazzling entertainment, seamless story-telling, book seven in the bestselling Wolf Brother series is set in a world of myth, menace, natural magic and exhilarating adventure.
Michelle Paver was born in central Africa but came to England as a child. After gaining a degree in Biochemistry at Oxford University, she was a partner at a City law firm, until she gave that up to write full time. She is the author of the bestselling, award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother. The series has sold over 3 million copies in 36 territories, with acclaimed audio editions read by Ian McKellen. Viper's Daughter is the seventh book in the series. Like the others it can be read as a standalone story.
'This is a story of demons, mammoths and the hostile landscape of
the north ... Both love story and supernatural adventure,
underpinned by research into (and experience of) survival skills
and the practices of ancient clans. It transports us a long way
from here' Sunday Times, Book of the Week.
'Children trapped at home now have at least one reason to celebrate - the long-awaited return of the Wolf Brother series ... This is immersive and gripping, with richly evocative descriptions of the natural world and Paver's total control of her imaginary kingdom maintains the tension to the very end. Welcome back!' Daily Mail.
'Meticulously researched, atmospheric [...] and relentless, this instalment deservedly introduces Paver to a new generation of readers' Guardian.
'What rich, dazzling, immersive storytelling. The landscape was so bright the light left me blinking, the details as sharp as a carved bone needle. To journey with Torak and Renn, and Wolf, whose ears were so keen he could hear the clouds pass, was an absolute privilege. The best book I have read this year by a country mile. (By a wild arctic length of many wolf lopes, I suppose I should say)' Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War.
'A triumph of storytelling ... The sense of adventure and human spirit is exhilarating, and Paver's passion for nature, for wildlife, for the world's wondrous wilds is an immersive joy ... The sense of demonic danger is powerfully palpable, the writing rich, yet exquisitely sparse and smoothly readable, and the entirety of this enthralling adventure is laced with an uplifting sense of camaraderie, love and legend' LoveReading4Kids.
'Michelle Paver is a writer of extraordinary talent. I was enthralled, from start to finish. The storytelling was every bit as vivid and immersive as I remembered ... Michelle is in a league of her own with this series and what luck for us all that she hasn't finished with Torak, Renn and Wolf's world yet' Abi Elphinstone, author of Rumblestar.
'Skillful, satisfying, and minutely researched, this powerful evocation of an ancient world is vivid in its imagery and captivating in its excitement' Adrienne Byrne, Muswell Hill Children's Bookshop.
'I grew up reading the Wolf Brother series ... Viper's Daughter both quenches a thirst and reignites my hunger for more' Ollie Campbell, 17, reader.
'Paver's journeys permeate her work with rich detail, bringing not only the landscape to life by the human existence too' The Bookseller.
'It was such a thrill to revisit Torak, Wolf and Renn's world. I was enthralled from start to finish. Viper's Daughter is sharp, striking, and loaded with the wisdom of the deep past. I am in awe of Paver's accomplishment' Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs.
'A world of exhilarating adventure where nature is honoured, where demons thrive, and where the bond of friendship are all' Parent Talk.
'Readers learn a tremendous amount about Stone Age life from the depth of authentic detail that Paver weaves effortlessly into her story, whilst never sacrificing fast pace and page-turning gusto' Book Trust.
'Well-written and alive with authentic details' Time & Leisure.
'There's no better time-travelling guide than Michelle Paver, and the seventh instalment in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, which kicked off with the magnificent Wolf Brother, guarantees escapism with its action, clever character development and glorious descriptions of nature 6,000 years ago ... This book is so skilfully researched and written (Paver does for the Stone Age what Hilary Mantel does for the Tudors)' The Times.
'It keeps a fast pace, making it a real page turner. Descriptions of the icy landscape, crackling with demon-infested volcanoes, all add to the tension. Characters quickly feel familiar, even for readers new to the series, and the interpretation of events through Wolf's eyes makes it thoroughly enjoyable. Author Michelle Paver does an excellent job of making this a standalone read' Irish Examiner.
'Paver knows a narrative hook when she writes one: "Renn wouldn't do that. She wouldn't leave him without a word." Pause. "But she had." She knows, too, how to combine convincing details ("bowstrings of braided deer sinew"), vivid atmospherics ("the endless soughing of the sea") and supernatural dramatics (a sea goddess). A fine comeback' South China Morning Post.