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Strong Story-telling About Hunter-Gatherers

Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) - Michelle Paver

I enjoyed this children's fantasy set in a neolithic world of hunter-gatherers, mainly because of the setting, the characterisation and the relationships, particularly that between the central character, a young boy, and a wolf cub, who is the real star of the book.

 

The plot is a bit random - one set of events after another with no real organic unity - but there's plenty of very good story-telling here - cliff-hangers at the end of every chapter and an emotionally satisfying ending.