With over 20,000 children’s books published in the United States each year, even the most prolific reader can feel overwhelmed. Sometimes great books, or even entire series, can get lost in the ocean of new books. Luckily, I’m here to tell you about a wonderful series that you might have missed -The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness written by Michelle Paver.
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is a six-book historical fantasy series published between 2004 and 2009. There are at least two benefits of reading a series five years after its conclusion. First, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait around for the next book’s release. Second, you know from word-of-mouth and critical acclaim whether the series sustained its quality and whether it has a satisfying ending (spoiler alert – it does).
Historical and fantasy books abound, but the Paver series is unique because it is set in a rarely-utilized time period – the Stone Age. The events of The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness take place 6,000 years ago. Even though the story has fantasy elements, the reader also learns about life in prehistoric Europe. Paver slept in the forest and utilized only tools, food and clothing that would have been available to the characters in the book. Continue reading