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Summary

Viper's Daughter is the seventh audiobook in the award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother

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 realises 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 plunges you back into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, hidden people and exhilarating adventure.

©2020 Michelle Paver (P)2020 Head of Zeus

Critic reviews

"What rich, dazzling, immersive storytelling...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)

"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)

"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)

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“It isn’t over...”

This series was one of the best I had ever read when I was growing up. I cried at the last book and now there is another one, read by the masterful Ian McKellen. Paver and McKellen are the perfect mix, it seems. Such a wonderful way with words and the performance is powerful and thrilling. When the voice of a certain character came to be heard, her presence was felt, and it felt like a snake flicking at the lobe of my ear, I shuddered.

Michelle Paver is on top form. I have missed these stories. Suspenseful, full of insight, and devastatingly good. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole story. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!

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Great saga

My daughter and I love the Torak and Renn series of stories. This is a welcome addition to the canon but we’d prefer less epic odyssey and more every day action.

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Brilliant sequel to a brilliant sequel

Sir Ian McKellen once again does justice to Michelle Paver's fast-paced and exciting writing. The story takes you back to a world where humans cooperated better with nature and mammoths roamed the frozen lands - a wonderful escape!

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Loved it

I grew up with characters and never knew how much I missed them until I discovered The Viper's Daughter - Amazing way to continue the story!

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A bit rushed and samey

Ian wonderful as always, though the story was pretty predictable and similar to the previous books. Pacing was a bit fast for my liking and I was not able to lose myself in the forest as I had previously.

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Did not disappoint

I love this series of books so much. I couldn't believe it when Michelle announced another book in the series. Hopefully more to come. I liked the voice and expression too.

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Just too short.

Loved it. but it was a very short book compared to the others. and I wish it was longer. very well written and read. would definitely recommend it.

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Safely back in Torak’s world

Another enjoyable Paver book and a welcome return to this storyline, especially with Sir Ian narrating.

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Another instalment of Wolf brother

Again an excellent new story . We meet new and old clans and their inhabitants. Reading was outstanding as alway.

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It was good it wasn't the worst or the best book but good 👍

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  • J.J.
  • 03-04-20

Love it! But still no audiobooks 2&3 in the U.S.

I loved this new installment of my favorite series of all time. Enough love, loss, rage, and twists to satisfy any fan. Ren and Toraks love is my favorite in all of literature. That being said still no hope of sharing this amazing series with others in the U.S. cause Amazon and Audible yave yet to resolve whatever copyright issues keeps them from being sold here. So if you're blind or looking to gift this series to everyone you know, which you definitely should, your out of luck. I've sent in a few complaints but until enough fans do that it seems profitable to fix the problem they probably won't. I'll keep trying but after all these years I'm not gonna hold my breath.

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  • Bruce
  • 20-07-21

Girl takes a bow

A series that foregrounds a male character sometimes has to put the female sidekick front and center. As she is now no longer the sidekick, it is important to deal with her heritage, to establish that she is not merely just a half-man (explained in story) and to cement the bond of the two in a saga that seems to exist without romance, jealousy being the outward expression. Great story but it hangs the tension between tribal isolation and interconnectedness; without the latter, the quest story would be quite different. Central to the last few books has been and continues here the power grab by a pure evil aspiring master-of-all.

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  • Anne Fause
  • 07-05-20

A return to my childhood

The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series has meant so much to me growing up, and hearing that there will be a sequel trilogy had me over the moon. I however disagree that this could be listened to/read as a standalone book, but mainly because the overall series is so good, and it is much better if you have the full context of the story! I loved all the little throwbacks, all the mentions of the previous books, and it definitely triggered a lot of nostalgia for me!

Returning to the realm of Torak, Renn and Wolf, and finding that the characters have aged as well was such a wonderful experience! The overall story was okay, but then again, compared to the original Wolf Brother, all the other books are just "okay". The magic of the series was definitely there, and I loved this new part of the world we explored in this story!

I cannot wait for the continuation! Also, having sir Ian McKellen still narrating the books after all these years is what really made this experience magical!

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  • Kaiyaque
  • 23-04-20

Another great collaboration

technically, of course, they don't really collaborate, but Paver's tales and McKellen's reading are a perfect match. I just wish Audible would offer Book Two of the series. They have all the rest, so it makes no sense and is extremely annoying.

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  • sarah j fletcher
  • 04-04-20

An excellent continuation of a fan favourite!

I fell in love with Michelle's series in my teens. Now in my late 20's I still love them. This sequel was all that I hoped for! Excellently written with Michelle's usual attention to detail. An utter delight to listen too. Ian's narration was also fantastic. I can't wait for the next chapter in Torak and Renn's life!