Genre: middle grade talking animal fantasy
Length: 208 pages, or 4 hours 54 minutes in audio
Setting: around the Ga’Hoole Tree, soon after the events of The Journey
Interest: It’s the third book in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, following The Capture and The Journey, which we have also listened to. The kids recently watched the movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which they enjoyed. It combines the actions of the first three books. Since we were going on a road trip and the story was front and center, we got it to listen to in the car.
Summary: Soren and his friends are now firmly members of the Guardians of the Ga’Hoole. They are worried, though, because Soren’s favorite teacher, Ezylryb, has been missing for some time. Soren feels in his gizzard that Ezylryb is in trouble. He and his friends and sister decide to search for Ezylryb. Turns out, Metalbeak had been trying to brainwash Ezylryb using flecks. They are able to destroy the flecks, and there is a battle between Soren’s friends and Metalbeak’s forces.
Final thoughts: Everyone enjoys this series, but I’m not very impressed with it. Not much ever really happens and it takes a long time for the action to start. We are starting to see a larger picture to the conflict between the Guardians and other forces acting in counter to them. Metalbeak (who turns out is Soren’s older brother) believes the Tyto genius is superior to all the other owls and is trying to impose his view on others. He uses flecks, which mess with the gizzard and the compass ability of the owls, to brainwash younger owls to his point of view. Overall, it wasn’t a bad story, but it wasn’t anything I would seek out.
The audio quality was very good, though, with the author doing a good job with all the owl voices. There were quite a few to keep track of – I would have problems if I had to read it to a child. His girl voices tend to be a bit screechy for my taste, though.
Title comes from: They have to rescue Ezylryb from the fleck snare he was in.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none, since this was an audiobook, although I may have to use the audiobooks to make it 100 this year.
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