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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,711 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188475
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Soren’s beloved mentor, Ezylryb, is finally back at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. But all is not well. There’s a war between good and evil in the owl kingdom. On one side is a group led by Soren’s fearsome brother, Kludd, who wears a terrifying metal mask to cover his battle-scarred face. On the other side are the owls of the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, who must fight to protect their legendary tree from Kludd’s attacks. Soren, his friends, and the other owls at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree enter into fierce combat against Kludd’s forces. They win a major battle, but warfare is not over yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fantasy lovers will enjoy the action in this fourth title in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series…The complex storyline interweaves episodes of battle and adventure with lighter moments, while highlighting the devastating effects of prejudice and censorship…the novel offers an enthralling science fantasy, which takes full advantage of the author's vast knowledge regarding the different species of owls. Her semi-scientific speculation on the effects of magnetism on an owl's sense of direction adds authenticity and depth to the fantasy…the story is easily readable, and the fast-paced action will leave fantasy lovers clamoring for more.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Kathryn Lasky captivates us with the gripping and terrifying events that fill the lives of these extraordinary owls…Spiced with a sprinkling of mythology, mysticism and wonderful characterizations, The Siege is an excellent continuation of a unique series.”

    Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review

  • “The story's fast pace, menacing bad guys, and flashes of humor make this a good choice for reluctant readers, while the underlying message about the power of legends provides a unifying element and gives strong appeal for fantasy fans.”

    School Library Journal on The Capture

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jagatha | 2/15/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/6/2014

    " Good book with some good twist successful book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 2/2/2014

    " Kludd and the Pure Ones attack the Great Ga'Hoole Tree and Soren is asked to lead a mission to St. Aggie's, the orphanage that he and Gylfie escaped from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lars Guthrie | 1/26/2014

    " Lasky keeps things moving along in this great fourth volume in the series, as Soren and his mates go undercover at the evil St. Aggie's School for Orphaned Owls, and then into full battle mode as Soren's evil brother Kludd leads an attack on the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. This one also introduces Kludd's mate, the Lady Macbethish Nyra. Thrills, chills and lots to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Chapman | 1/25/2014

    " Since I have read the previous books in this series, this book got me back on track to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 1/23/2014

    " Soren and other owls must come together and defend their home The Great Ga'hoole Tree. If your not looking for cutesy books, like those for girls... Try this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Addison | 1/20/2014

    " Great book! It's contents will throw you into the world of imagination! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ji Young Shim | 12/20/2013

    " This time it had more killing because of war. it's a fun to read and i want to read all the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefanie | 11/19/2013

    " Next book please! Though unfortunately I only own the first 4 :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Brown | 11/4/2013

    " Good two evening read story. Perfect for a 4 to 6 year old. At the end however, it ends abruptly. To avoid a spoiler, it is simply that the conflict stops without reason or warning. Perhaps a sentence or paragraph are missing? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/31/2013

    " So far I liked the first and second books the best out of this series. They are fascinating, however, and I am interested to see what else can come out of the series, so I will keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. R Rhilinger | 10/30/2013

    " The battling owls reminded me of the war stories that Attleboro discussed as part of it's Big Read. I loved that Ms. Lasky included Churchill's speeches. "

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

    " I only have the first four books now, but I can't wait till I get the other ones. I still wish the author would have made a book for adults out of this. Would have been great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BJ | 10/11/2013

    " The series continues to keep me at the edge of my seat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tntexas | 8/24/2013

    " While the kids and I enjoyed this book overall, I felt that ending was a bit rushed and truncated. It needed to be rounded out just a bit more, in my opinion. Out of the first four titles, I felt this one was the weakest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 7/19/2013

    " This book is filled with suspense! I thoughally enjoyed and I think it was a brillent addition to the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 11/4/2012

    " I have to say for being a kids book I love this series. It is so well written and intriguing I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/23/2012

    " I have been reading these with my children. They are really enjoying the series. While I find it to be a bit violent, it is a great series. A lot of action, suspense, some good lessons. It holds the interest of both of my children (one an avid read, one not). We look forward to continuing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ankita | 1/16/2012

    " WOW! great book!!! kathryn lasky is aweosme! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Peng | 1/14/2012

    " this is a great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellodi Parks | 1/11/2012

    " Loved this one and it's a great continuation to the bigger story. I'd recommend reading these in order even though there are explanations of the past here and there, it's not enough to catch you p on who's who and what's what. If you're curious about this series, give it a read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/20/2011

    " This one is very good -- I almost rated it higher. My 8-year-old gives this 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 9/10/2011

    " Another pretty good one. I liked the war, it was cool to imagine an owl war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/2/2011

    " Pretty easy, but good idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/18/2011

    " This was a fun and interesting book. It's always good to read a fully-realized imaginary world. These are my favorite escapes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linh-chi | 5/17/2011

    " I kind of like it well,I have to admit I didnt like it coold not get in to it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/15/2011

    " Well written, funny at times and always very interesting. I had trouble putting them down. Can't wait to see what comes next in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarod | 5/9/2011

    " It is currently going very well.
    When i watched the movie they missed some important parts out.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 4/12/2011

    " I hate this book because of who the badguy ends up being. I read the first three books in a few days just so I could have them read before I saw the movie. But I shouldn't have wasted my time. If the movie was going to be good then it wasn't because I read these books. Muah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 4/5/2011

    " Saw the movie. Decided to see how the books compared. I enjoined both. I liked the action better in the movie but I liked the character development and story better in the book. I recommend both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 4/2/2011

    " Only made it through book 1. Cute, but a bit too juvenile for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/31/2011

    " An enjoyable book to read. My only question is why owls? It's a bit violent and bloody for young children. There's also a bit of language. I can never understand why authors put language in books meant for children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/18/2011

    " This book was somewhat enjoyable. It seemed dark and depressing to me but the story and the writing were good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S.J. Wist | 1/9/2011

    " Kids like it, I like it. Simple works. "

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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.