Set 6000 years ago, this fast-paced adventure delves into a world of spirits and mysticism. Torak, 12, witnesses his father’s brutal attack by a giant, demon-possessed bear and promises to find his way to the Mountain of the World Spirit. Before dying, his father instructs him to avoid other men and tells him that his guide will find him. Sure enough, Torak is soon adopted by a wolf cub, also recently orphaned, with whom he is able to communicate. The bear continues to terrorize the forest, but Torak is able to avoid it with Wolf’s help. They are captured by the Wolf clan, who believes that Torak is the Listener, and will rid the forest of the bear when he fulfills a prophecy by delivering three lost artifacts to the mountain. He must solve an obscure riddle to find the artifacts and traverse dangerous lands, all the while evading the evil bear.
Paver uses language like “Tall Tail-less” and other really neat ways to explain things from Wolf’s perspective in this book. This is set 6000 years ago, so if you liked Clan of the Cave Bear, you’ll like this book. If you haven’t read that, but you like adventure, try this anyway. The spiritual concepts in this book are really cool too! – Jessica, Teen Librarian