For two moons, Torak has hidden a terrible secret - and now it is revealed. He bears the mark of the Soul-Eater and must pay the price. Cast out from the clans, he is alone and on the run - cut off from his best friend, Renn, and his beloved pack-brother, Wolf.
In the haunted reed-beds of Lake Axehead he is hunted by the Otter Clan and taunted by the Hidden People and, as soul-sickness claims him, falls prey to an even greater menace. Tormented by secrets and broken trust, he uncovers a deception that will turn his world upside down.
Outcast is a thrilling story of friendship, survival, and the need to belong. Like all the books in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Outcast explores the complexities of an ancient world filled with good and evil.
©2007 Michelle Paver; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
I think it is intended for an older audience, and is pretty scary in places, but we've had a great time with this story and all the details of day to day life in the old days - wilderness survival stuff. The reader is fantastic and that makes a lot of difference too.
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