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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,139 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 2009 ISBN: 9781455193400
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Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatchling is born. It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father’s terrible plan: the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones.

But doubt grows in Nyroc’s heart, fed by strange, forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. Soon a light begins to grow in Nyroc’s heart, nourished by friendship. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny or to defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lasky has combined fascinating details of how real owls live with her imaginary civilization.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The fantasy’s strong believability and fascinating plot make this series a must-read for fantasy-lovers.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 2/9/2014

    " I knew there was a new twist hidden somewhere! I can't believe how evil Nyra is! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddie | 2/7/2014

    " I read this series in fifth grade. It's also for younger audiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susi H | 2/5/2014

    " This book is not about the band of owls that we have come to love. This is about Nyroc. He was born to succeed Kludd but chooses to follow in his uncle's, Soren, footsteps. This book is filled with tragety, heros & villans and Nyroc that has been caught inbetween. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 2/4/2014

    " It was strange not having Soren and the others of the Great Tree around but I kind of liked the focus being on Nyroc. He's an interesting character and I liked the development of him starting to learn the truth and the Pure Ones and about his Uncle Soren and what really happened to his father, Kludd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 1/25/2014

    " this book was verey good and I loved its sence of adventure it is the 7th book to the Guardians of Ga'hoole the first is the capture "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/23/2014

    " I must admit that although this series continues, I am not finding it overly drawn out, as if just to increase the number of books. I am impressed by that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icedragon | 1/19/2014

    " read it as the ball dropped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Peng | 12/9/2013

    " this is a great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/29/2013

    " Another great book in this series. Can't wait to start the next one :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaughn | 10/28/2013

    " I liked this a little more than the other books mostly because I felt so much for Nyroc the way I felt for Soren, but it's darker and more challenging. Can't wait to see what's next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 slippers | 10/24/2013

    " I liked this book alot and im going to read the next one!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 8/11/2013

    " This was the most awesome book so far. I loved that it completely left the usual characters and went from the point of view of a new really cool character. I liked his friendship with an inferior owl. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 6/5/2013

    " I hated Nyra in this one because she was so stupid and cruel. I did not mind Soren's brother much, but I hated her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Tennant ;) | 5/9/2013

    " Nyroc is son of High Tyto Kludd, leader of the Pure Ones,and his queen Nyra. Nyroc was born on the night of a Lunar Eclipse wich means he will have great power,and the only thing bad is that know one will know wether the chick will be good or evil........ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika M | 4/17/2013

    " nyroc/coryn was hatched in tis book, i think "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 3/8/2013

    " The reason I don't like this book is because you don't hear anything from Soren "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/16/2013

    " I don't remember why I rated this one poorly, but I do remember liking the series a lot, so I'll update it to a more reasonable rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 12/7/2012

    " Great series. Loved Nyroc and how he had to repudiate his upbringing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/28/2012

    " Probably the first half of this would get a 4 for from me, but then the last half really dragged. My 8-year-old gives it a 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 7/18/2012

    " Nyroc, Kludd and Nyra's son is born. After the death of his father, Nyroc is trained to take his place but Nyroc grows doubtful of his destiny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 5/12/2012

    " my favorite of the gardians of gahoole books, so far! It's action packed just the way I love em'! when I open a guardians of ga'hoole book I have trouble closing it again! enthralling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellodi Parks | 11/6/2011

    " What a great twist to the bigger story this was. I am quite enjoying this series even though it was written for much younger readers. I cannot wait to read the next book! Give this series a read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 10/18/2011

    " Reading this series as a review for work... very enjoyable. Keeping me interested, on book 7 and will probably read through 14, which is the last one we have at the school library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Addison | 5/20/2011

    " I loved this one! Nyra definatly would not be welcome in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 5/6/2011

    " Now this one is the best so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/8/2011

    " Probably the first half of this would get a 4 for from me, but then the last half really dragged. My 8-year-old gives it a 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/5/2011

    " Not one of the best books in the series. Still entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susi | 2/27/2011

    " This book is not about the band of owls that we have come to love. This is about Nyroc. He was born to succeed Kludd but chooses to follow in his uncle's, Soren, footsteps. This book is filled with tragety, heros & villans and Nyroc that has been caught inbetween. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tama | 2/24/2011

    " Started reading the series again. I think this is my favorite book so far. I'm really enjoying the plot and it's easy to read, very relaxing as my job has become extremely stressful!

    This is my favorite book in the series so far. It kept me wanting to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 slippers | 2/16/2011

    " I liked this book alot and im going to read the next one!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/29/2011

    " I got through this book in the series faster than any other so far. It has really taken off for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/13/2011

    " Another great book in this series. Can't wait to start the next one :) "

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 10/29/2010

    " my favorite of the gardians of gahoole books, so far! It's action packed just the way I love em'! when I open a guardians of ga'hoole book I have trouble closing it again! enthralling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/12/2010

    " The change in perspective and viewpoint was really well-done and really pulled me in. I really enjoyed Nyroc's dawning awareness of what's really happening around him. "

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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 worked in fringe theater there before coming to the United States, where she has worked in television and radio and as an audiobook narrator. She now lives in Greece, where she works as a narrator from a small studio in her Mediterranean garden.