GODS AND WARRIORS by Michelle Paver

GODS AND WARRIORS

From the "Gods and Warriors" series, volume 1
Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Set during the Bronze Age of Ancient Greece, this new adventure series attempts to navigate a land filled with fickle gods, dangerous spirits and even more dangerous men.

Hylas, a young goatherd and Outsider, is forced to run for his life when a dark swarm of warriors known only as the Crows attacks. Following the raid, Hylas sets out to find his missing sister and solve the mystery of why the Crows are so intent on destroying every last Outsider. Parallel storylines of the chieftain’s son, Telamon, and Pirra, a mysterious girl from across the sea, emerge, further complicating Hylas’ quest. When a prophecy reveals that Hylas’ destiny will destroy the known world, he must rely on new and old friends to survive. Action-packed chapters ending in cliffhangers keep the story moving forward at a fast clip. Richly detailed and historically believable scenes show Paver’s commitment to authenticity. Unfortunately, an uneven plot, a lack of character development and unstable fantastical elements will keep readers from fully engaging. Though the story promises much in its premise, it falls short in its execution. Less than a sum of its parts, this unfortunate series falters before it even begins.

Beautiful, but broken. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3877-5
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2012




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