Hylas couldn't take it in. Last night he and Issi had made a camp in a cave. Now his sister was missing, his dog was dead, and he was running for his life. The Black Warriors - nightmares of black rawhide armour and bronze spears - want him dead. He doesn't know why, but their pursuit will be relentless. So begins his quest across land and sea with only Pirra, the rebellious daughter of a High Priestess, and a dolphin called Spirit for company. By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year's most hotly anticipated children's novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a time when the lowliest goatherd could rise to become a hero.
Michelle Paver is an one of those authors that I just can’t resist, I love the way she writes, really enjoy the plotline and to be honest for me it’s her characters that really do the business for me as a reader. They’re fully rounded and approachable for the modern reader regardless of the time in which they live.
Add to this solid prose, a great sense of pace and a way of bringing the past to life that is not only gripping reading but also something that really makes the readers demand more without letting them get bored as some books do. There’s always something to notice and with this, the first book in a new series it’s no exception. Magic.