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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Lasky Narrator: Pamela Garelick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470801274
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The Guardians of Ga’Hoole series is full of magic and charm—and great for girls and boys alike. This is the first book in the fantastic prequel trilogy.

It is a time of Legends and a time of chaos, warlords vie for power and marauding outlaws roam the land, and an ancient malevolence that will threaten the very existence of the Great Ga’Hoole Tree has been loosed from the past. With his dying breath, Ezylryb tells Soren and Coryn to read the legends of Ga’Hoole hidden in his private library. There they find a world of treachery and magic in which a young king and queen struggle to keep peace while Grank, their most loyal friend and supporter, studies embers and flames in a distant land. Then a desperate plea comes from the king, and Grank rushes to the aid of his noble friends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pamela Garelick embraces the roles of the many owls in the ninth volume of Lasky’s popular fantasy series...Garelick neatly balances the stories’ tempos...[and] masterfully portrays the array of owls as well as the unique natures of the wolf who guides Grank’s scientific discoveries.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Williams | 2/10/2014

    " Yes, I'm still reading this series. This book is told a little different than the others. In addition to being book 9 of the series, it's also the first book of a series within the series. It is a story of how things came to be in the owl kingdom. It gives background on a lot of the legends referenced in previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/7/2014

    " Lasky seems to be getting inconsistent with her own mythology... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/30/2014

    " Once again switching characters up a little, this starts a three book mini-cycle of this wonderful saga with insight on how owls "lived before this time." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/21/2014

    " Nice history of our owl friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 1/12/2014

    " How could it end there? I need to know what happens next. I like that Ms. Lasky is taking a little time out to tell us the history of the guardians. It's engrossing and captivating, and I can't wait for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 1/11/2014

    " I really liked this book. It had action and adventure. I would recamend this book to anyone who has read the other ones and likes adventure and action. One of my favorite charcters in this book is Grank. Grank is simlar to another character named Coryn(Nyroc) in a few ways. They are simalar because they both have something to fight for and they can both read fires(Firesight). The differnce between them is Grank is an adault. Also that Grank is not a king like Coryn, but Coryn is not a worrier in the southern kingdomes like Granke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 1/10/2014

    " Lasky continues to enthrall with her series about owls and their Lord of the Rings type kingdom. Excellent writer... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 1/9/2014

    " This one really bored me at first because it did not have a story about Soren or Coryn, but the end turned out fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/30/2013

    " This is the of 3 books that goes back to tell the earlier part of the story, the history of the owls. While it was interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing how this applies to the "present day" story, as the book hints that it will. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 12/25/2013

    " Just not quite as good as the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra | 12/24/2013

    " This book takes us back in time in the history of the owls of Hoole to the creation of the first owl to tame fire (the first collier). Pretty solid, although not one of my favorites. Perhaps just because I'm so attached to the characters from the first eight books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg - A Bookish Affair | 12/21/2013

    " This book is much different from the previous Guardians of Ga-Hoole books. Soren and Coryn read a story of Ezylryb's about Grank, the first collier. A collier is an owl who deals with fire. The book tells the story of how Hoole, the prince, was born. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/4/2013

    " I'm enjoying the story within the story of these next few books. This book and the couple that follow is the legend from the beginning of Hoole...so interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Siawidjaja | 12/1/2013

    " Now the prequel of the saga. About the legend of hoole. The author give a different approach on how the story is told. This time it was told as if we were reading a journal. However it still has all the best characteristic of the other story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/23/2013

    " going back into the history of the ember of ga'Hoole "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefanie | 11/21/2013

    " Really interesting learning about the history of Ga'Hoole :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 8/19/2013

    " A dying Ezylryb tells Soren and Coryn to read the legends of Ga'Hoole. Together the two owls learn about the first collier, Grank. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cmadler | 8/17/2013

    " Better, perhaps, than the previous book, but not great. The problem with this book is that it felt incomplete. It really should have been combined with the next book or two (haven't read them yet, so I'm just guessing) into a single longer book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 1/23/2013

    " One of my favorites in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 6/15/2012

    " I was pretty disappointed that this book has taken us so far afield from Soren and Coryn, so it took me over a week to finish it. It was just okay - I'm just not as interested in the backstory here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 3/14/2012

    " The kids have really enjoyed this series (well my youngest gets a little bored at times) but this 9th book so far is boring! We hope it gets more exciting soon... only 6 or 7 chapters into it so we're holding out hope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vaughn | 2/10/2012

    " This book is essentially a universe-builder and explains the various characters and the enemies in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/26/2012

    " the legends are just as good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 6/29/2011

    " It was very in depth, even though this one was written in 1st person. Overall, it's good because it's diffetent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicity/Rosestar | 6/7/2011

    " Ok, I guess. This book is... interesting. That's all I have to say. I don't really see why this had anything to do with Soren and the rest of his Chaw (read the series, I don't want explain) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jagatha | 5/3/2011

    " I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/27/2011

    " I'm enjoying the story within the story of these next few books. This book and the couple that follow is the legend from the beginning of Hoole...so interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 3/8/2011

    " It was very in depth, even though this one was written in 1st person. Overall, it's good because it's diffetent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/9/2011

    " I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/29/2010

    " I was pretty disappointed that this book has taken us so far afield from Soren and Coryn, so it took me over a week to finish it. It was just okay - I'm just not as interested in the backstory here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/4/2010

    " going back into the history of the ember of ga'Hoole "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jdbernard92 | 9/21/2010

    " the legends are just as good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 7/27/2010

    " This one really bored me at first because it did not have a story about Soren or Coryn, but the end turned out fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 6/15/2010

    " Interesting to get the history of the Owls and hagfiends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg - A Bookish Affair | 3/24/2010

    " This book is much different from the previous Guardians of Ga-Hoole books. Soren and Coryn read a story of Ezylryb's about Grank, the first collier. A collier is an owl who deals with fire. The book tells the story of how Hoole, the prince, was born. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 3/6/2010

    " i love this book and the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frankie | 12/29/2009

    " The first of the trio of legend books in the Guardians of Ga'hoole series



    meet Grank, Theo, Siv, H'rath, Lord Arrin, and other owls of the past




    (setting: N'yrthghar) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 8/28/2009

    " Now the prequel of the saga. About the legend of hoole. The author give a different approach on how the story is told. This time it was told as if we were reading a journal. However it still has all the best characteristic of the other story. "

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About the Author
Author Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky has written many books. Among her works of fiction are The Night Journey, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and Beyond the Burning Time, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Her nonfiction has won the Newbery Honor, among other awards. She and her husband (and frequent nonfiction collaborator), photographer Christopher Knight, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Pamela Garelick was born in England. She acted in fringe theater there before coming to the United States, where she has worked as a voice-over artist in television and radio and as an audiobook narrator. Now living and working in Greece, she records, translates, and edits voice-overs from all over the world as well as narrating audiobooks in a small studio in her Mediterranean garden. She also paints silk clothing, bakes for the local cafés, and teaches newcomers the Greek language.