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Vipers Daughter

Viper's Daughter: The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #7

Published: 5 Nov 2020

Paperback / softback, 256 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Michelle Paver

Published by Head of Zeus

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For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf.

But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger - and she's the threat. When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North 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.

VIPER'S DAUGHTER: read it as a standalone or part of the series and plunge into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf - a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure which has entranced millions of readers. Age of nature to survive.

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Reviewed by Heather Hann

Viper’s Daughter is another triumph from ‘creator of legends’ Michelle Paver (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness). For two summers, Torak and Renn have been living happily in the forest with their pack-brother Wolf, until one day Torak discovers that Renn has gone. Having tracked her northwards Torak and Wolf discover that Renn has gone beyond the far North to the Edge of the World. Can they find her, and what will they see when they do? Is Renn a threat to Torak, and is this why she has run away?

This is the seventh book in the award-winning series by Michelle Paver, which began with Wolf Brother. Viper’s Daughter takes readers back to the Stone Age world with a new adventure. This book follows Torak, Renn and Wolf as they travel North and discover danger, friendship, and how to survive.

Viper’s Daughter is a great stand-alone novel for children who have yet to discover these heroes and would be just as welcome to those who have already read previous adventures. It would support work on Stone Age as well as themes such as friendship and family. It would be a great class novel or one for the class bookshelf, and I am sure would inspire reluctant readers to try the others in the series.

Heather is currently the Head of School Improvement for a large MAT in Suffolk. Before that she spent 25 years teaching in Essex where she worked as a teacher and part of the Essex School Improvement Team as a Literacy Consultant; before finally becoming Headteacher of a Primary School. She loves reading, baking, visiting her beach hut and Wallace and Gromit; seeking out every opportunity to combine them wherever possible!