This is an atmospheric and suspenseful read, particularly in the last quarter. Its a bit of a slow burn (slow plot) but its worth sticking with. I found myself feeling quite immersed with the described environment and the various characters towards the end of the book.
If your an impatient reader then this may well not suit but otherwise I'd say its a good read. There are also one or two plot twists present. It is quite a chilling read (literally) by the end, I'd say. I'd recommend it to fans of historical fiction perhaps moreso than ghost stories as such. Its relatively short, at 223 pages long and so it could be read in a day or two if your on holiday.
Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'Nyasaland Times', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, and also the bestselling ghost story Dark Matter. Following a trek in the Himalayas, she returned with her second, Thin Air, a chilling tale set on the icy slopes of Kangchenjunga.
Hylas and Pirra have found their way to the mysterious land of Egypt in pursuit of the dagger of Koronos, only to find that the Crows have got there first. Led by Hylas's deadly enemy, Telamon, they are determined to recover the legendary blade, by any means necessary. But the dagger now lies buried beyond the reach of mortals.
Hylas is only a boy but he knows three things: The Gods exist. Magic is real. Somebody wants him dead. Hunted and alone, Hylas is desperate to find his missing sister. His quest takes him across the hostile mountains and treacherous seas of Ancient Greece. His only friend is a girl on the run. His only guide is a wild dolphin.
Winter has been colder than anyone can remember, and there is no spring. The eruption of Thalakrea has shrouded the sky in ash, and blotted out the Sun. Fate brings Hylas to the island of Keftiu. He is desperate to find his friends: Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, and Havoc the lion cub.
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - Torak swears to avenge the killing of one of his closest friends, and learns about love, vengeance and the power of sacrifice, in his fifth adventure to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.
Tells the story of Helen and the judgement of Paris, of the gathering Heroes and the siege of Troy; of Achilles and his vulnerable heel, reared by the Centaur on wild honey and the marrow of lions; and, of Odysseus, the last of the Heroes, his plan for the wooden Horse and his many adventures on his long journey home to Greece.
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - Torak must defy demons and tokoroths and make a shattering choice in this epic, prize-winning finale to his quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.
Hylas the Outsider is captured by slavers. Set to work in the terrible underground mines of Thalakrea, he learns to his horror that he's now closer than ever to his murderous enemies, the Crows. He has to escape before they find out he's here. Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, is also on the run.
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