Sunday, 29 May 2011

Guardians of Ga’hoole Book 14 : Exile

Finally the penultimate book 14 of this huge Guardians of Ga’hoole series, Exile. Although after reading 13 books at stretch anyone would definitely get bored and start asking when will this finish but Exile out of the blue still manages to captivate us readers in love and sadness with the brave owls of ga’hoole, the demonic Pure Ones, and the fight between good and evil. Few have been able to make a successful story of animals but this series exceeds that of an animal book,. Finally with the new book we can see the series with Soren and the band continue.

Exile takes an even more darker twist in the Guardians of Ga’hoole when The Striga, a blue Dragon Owl who saved Soren’s youngest daughter, Bell, and asked in return to stay and teach his ways to the owls of ga’hoole.
It was their gravest mistake to agree this proposition. 

Slowly The Striga tries to inch closer in his friendship with the king of the tree: Coryn, as Coryn is even more slowly losing control over the Ember of Hoole’s power. Even worse than that, books and ancient records detailing very early points in owl history, are being burnt, as a part of “cleansing from earthly possessions and vanity”. The blue owl has one thing standing in his way from starting a cult: the band. As Soren, Gyflie, Digger, and Twilight figure out what is going on, poisoned by the Ember and Striga, Coryn sends a message to them as they are on their way home, banishing them, never to return to the Great Ga’hoole Tree, to stay in exile.

But The Striga isn’t done. Finding ways of accusing the owls of treason with hard evidence, The Striga orders that band is to be tracked down and imprisoned by their own friends of the tree . Hopeless the band separates hoping to meet again with allies to free Coryn from The Striga’s spell.
Kathryn Lasky again stumbles us with strange and dark secrets, keeps us pinned to the book in great fights, and warming our hearts with the courage and daring of the owls of ga’hoole. Exile gives us a view with the classic, good and evil, and the misuse of power and wisdom, that make a great story.

I have to say though, I may have been slowly loosing interest in the series a little but the further into the series I go, the darker the books get, introducing things like references to cults, black magic, and demonic practices, but thankfully the author is able to keep a balance between the to facts of life with good and evil.

Genre :       Fiction, Children's

Publisher : Scholastic

Rate :         5/5 (It was amazing)


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