Genre: talking animal fantasy
Length: 240 pages
Setting: a mythical owl world
Interest: It’s the first book in the Guardians of Ga’hoole series. We got it as an audio book for our latest car trip.
Summary: Soren is a barn owl chick who is pushed out of his nest by his brother. He’s picked up by a patrol from St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. He’s dropped off there at the same time as Gylfie, an elf owl. They band together to resist the brainwashing at the Academy. The leaders at the Academy seem to be working toward some ulterior motive that involves flecks found in the owl pellets and war. Soren and Gylfie manage to escape with the help of another owl, and meet up with several other newly fledged owlets as they search for their families. Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger decide to travel to the Great Ga’hoole Tree to seek the owls of the Legend of Ga’hoole to try to counteract the actions of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls.
Final thoughts: A slow start, but an exciting ending. Once Soren got to the Academy, things definitely picked up. I liked how Soren and Gylfie worked together to figure out how to work against the brainwashing techniques of the Academy. I was a little disappointed that three out of the four owls that gang together at the end were male owls. In a completely fantasy world, it’s just as easy to make it 50:50 male and females. Nothing too earth-shattering in the series, but a solid kid fantasy addition. It’s the first in a 16 book series that Miss Adventure has already started the second book of.
Title comes from: The fact that Soren is captured by the patrol of St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was an audio book
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