Author(s): Michelle Paver
Young Hylas – goatherd, Outsider, theif – is hunted by powerful warriors who have kidnapped his sister and want him dead. Hylas is forced to flee his home, but not before a mysterious stranger gives him a bronze dagger.
While on the run, Hylas must use his skill and wits to survive a shipwreck and a great white shark attack, befriend a dolphin, and help Pirra, the runaway daughter of a High Princess.
Together with Pirra, the dolphin, and the valuable bronze sword, Hylas fights to discover why he’s being hunted and find his sister before the warriors find them.
'First in a planned series, Paver’s story should appeal easily to lovers of historical fantasy (and, of course, Percy Jackson fans) with its polished blend of action, ancient history, and myth.' - Publishers Weekly
'I could add that Gods and Warriors is cool or even chilly, and utterly humourless. Or I could say it's a racy page-turner, engaging with the darker side of power and the faultlines of alliance and friendship. I could write that Hylas and Pirra never really tugged at my heart. And I could say their struggle to survive is often terrifying. All these things would be true.' - Kevin Crossley-Holland The Guardian
Michelle Paver was born in Central Africa, but came to England as a child. After gaining a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, she became a partner in a City law firm, but eventually gave that up to write full-time.
The hugely successful Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series arose from Michelle's lifelong passion for animals, anthropology and the distant past - as as well as an encounter with a large bear in a remote valley in southern California. To research the books, Michelle has traveled to Finland, Greenland, Sweden, Norway, Arctic Canada and the Carpathian Mountains. She has slept on reindeer skins, swum with wild orca (killer whales), and got nose-to-nose with polar bears - and, of course, wolves.