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The Outcast (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #8)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  4,699 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Nyroc flies alone. Haunted by his past, hunted by the Pure Ones, this solitary owl yearns to find a home in the great tree, but as the despised son of Kludd and Nyra, he cannot. To free himself from this veil of suspicion, he must prove his worth by pursuing a dangerous mission in the Beyond the Beyond.
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Published March 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Mr. Graham
The Outcast seems to be the conclusion of an eight-book tale. In the fashion of Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Prydain, the true king has taken his place on the throne after an epic story of quests and wars where good triumphs over evil, with the blood of the martyrs spilled in every corner of the kingdom. The king who takes his place is Coryn, the son of evil tyrants.
In this book Coryn becomes the most likeable and connecting character in the entire series. For the first time in this
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Piper
Oct 14, 2008 Piper rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any child that loves fantasy and animals
This is an awesome book that is full of adventure and excellent writing. I have read all the books up to this one and all of them are great! The books by Kathryn Lasky are great for young readers that like fantasy and animals. Not many of my friends have read these but I think they are an undiscovered brilliance of writing. I truly suggest this book to most children under 15 years old.
Katie
This book was the best book in the series so far. It actually made me get a little teary-eyed in some parts. Although i missed hearing about Soren and The Band, i loved reading about Coryn and his story. Sadly, this is the last book in series available to me, so i guess if i want to read more, i'm going to have to go buy the rest of the books. Thank goodness Christmas is coming!
Tntexas
Three stars for the book itself - 2 stars for the series at this point.

Series Review: What started out as an interesting series ran its course (in my opinion) by the end of book six. The storyline was wrapped up relatively nicely and felt done. These last two books have really started another series (in my opinion) which should be marketed as either a companion series or a sequel series, not as part of the original series. For pacing reasons, I think the next three books in the series should hav
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Amara
The Outcast is the continuation of Nyroc's change-of-heart story. He's betrayed his mother and the Pure Ones and reinvented himself as Coryn. But he's also come to realize that there's no place for him in the owl kingdom, so he sets out for the volcano wasteland called the Beyond the Beyond. I will admit that every time "Beyond the Beyond" was mentioned, I would think of the Mysterious Beyond from Land Before Time and the "Beyond the Mysterious Beyond" song from the seventh movie. (Enjoy. Or, fo ...more
Amy
Alright. I read this book in one day. That should give you some idea of how ridiculously RIVETING this book is!

Watching the main character's transition from Nyroc to Coryn was wonderful. I love his new name, and I'm sure he'll be a wonderful king in the days to come. While he can't change that his parents were awful, he does his best to renounce them and live a better life. Especially with him rescuing the egg of that burrowing owl family, I gained a lot of respect for him.

I hate his mom, though
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[Name Redacted]
Not quite as brutal as the previous volume, but still startlingly violent, this volume of the "Ga'Hoole" novel builds on the foundation established in the first 7 books. Lasky does not pull punches in depicting animal predation and conflict, and one does wonder how it all makes it past the censors! Lasky's recovering from whatever authorial funk she was in when she wrote the previous volume; this entry's prose feels less clumsy and the characterization more even. What is more, she appears to hav ...more
SHNARK
pretty good book, but i think the author had a writers block and screwed up the ending.

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King Hoole
This one is really good and is closing the story on Soren's adventures and now mainly focusing on Coryn. But no worries, he is still always there. This story is very inspirational as is the entire series. Not only is it full of action, it teaches some very important lessons. One is that no matter where you come from, there is always a way to be noble. As when Soren addresses Coryn in saying "You who were born into evil found good. You who were raised in tyranny sought equality. You who were scho ...more
Sparks
The Outcast is the eighth book in the searies by Kathryn Lasky and continuse strate from where the last book left off.Nyroc after being costantly harast by his fathers skroom and a vision in the fire nyroc leves behind everything he once knew. His mother, the Pure ones and even his own name. And leves on a journy do discover his destony in a place where volcanose tern the sky black. Beyond the Beyond. I liked the fact that it continuse on Nyrocs story rather than on the band orthoe the story als ...more
Cmadler
This book was easily the weakest in the series so far. As is too often the case in this sort of "prophecy fulfillment" story, the general outcome is foreshadowed so heavily that there's really very little doubt. In this case, on top of that, there's very little conflict, and no big growth of any of the characters. People (owls) go places and do stuff. Then they learn things and do more stuff. A prophecy is fulfilled. No drama. No suspense. In some cases this is ok because of the quality of the p ...more
Alison
I loved the twist in this book between the wolves and the owls. I also enjoyed how Ga'Hoole found the magic ember. This book really brought me into the book as if I was actually there. Children could learn a little about nature and about how to comprehend what they are reading.
Ashley
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Cara
Amazing amazing amazing!!! Definitely one of the best of the series!
Poor Coryn has had such a rough time of it and things are finally starting to turn around for him, no thanks to his worthless mother, Nyra. She has some nerve!
Yay for Gyllbane and Hamish! Awesome new characters in series and I hope we hear from them again!
I hope that Soren, Eglantine and Coryn all get the family that they've been wanting. I know that Soren is about to become a dad, but I think Soren would do well with a large fa
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Hilary Chan
As the conclusion of Nyroc's story, it fails to deliver the expected excitement and simple logical thinking. It keeps telling Nyroc/Coryn it's his destiny to pick up the ember, as if repeating the idea makes this 'free-willed' owl having to do it with a MUST. The irony!
Caitlyn
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CRISTINA TERPSTRA
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cool book awesome I like this book such good read much owl wow much doge lol so cool such sorenband lol
Gabi H
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Benjamin
I'd probably give this more like 3.5 stars. It just didn't quite have as strong a focus as the previous book so the emotions and characters felt a bit weaker. It did still have some heart-stirring moments, but overall it felt like a lot of parts either went to quickly or were resolved too easily. I probably would have preferred it if some of the plots had been drawn out a bit more and the story continued for at least one more book. That would have given the proper time and difficult to the strug ...more
Beka
I couldn't zoom through this book fast enough. Even though I knew where it was going, I needed to find out for sure how it got there. At the end, I was literally laughing out loud one minute and getting sniffly the net. Wonderfully done. **SPOILER ALERT** The only thing that disappointed me was that Soren suddenly has a wife out of nowhere. I know the series plot is moving somewhat away from Soren, but he's one of my favorites and I would rather have had a little bit more than 2 paragraphs about ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
After Nyroc escapes his mother, he goes to live in the beyond the beyond. The residents (wolves and outcast owls) quickly realize that he is something special. Meanwhile, Otulissa is being haunted by a scroom who implores her to seek out a great owl in the beyond the beyond. Finally she does and finds that Nyroc (now called Coryn) is the great owl. She also recognizes that he has the makings of a good collier and briefly trains him. He becomes a very important owl who rose above evil.

Another gre
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Brody
I enjoyed this book and think that the author's message is that people or owls are not always what you think. The other owls thought Nyroc was bad because his parents were bad and he had a scar that made him look like his mother. But Nyroc was not like his parents, and tried hard to prove to the others he was good. I think the author wants us to judge people for who they are and not becuase of the way they look or their family.
Cathy
A very traditional fantasy, a quest with a hero who meets an odd bad of outcasts to help him along his way. Nyroc become Coryn and learns about his destiny. We also get to see a little bit of our original Band of friends all grown up, as teachers and leaders of the Guardians of Ga'hoole.

There's an art to writing books for kids that are both simple enough and yet still deeply expressive, and Lasky has the talent in full.
Hayley
It's hard to tell sometimes whether or not a book should be better when it's intended for children. Her plots always seem a bit convenient and rushed to me, but there's an inherent cuteness to this series. This book introduced a wolf (as opposed to owl) culture, which for some reason was Scotch. I don't know why she thinks all wolves are from Scotland, just like I don't know why she thinks all polar bears are German...
Stefanie
Oh. My. God. I loved it! These books are brilliant and I highly recommend them. I was really annoyed as I had to go out and couldn't read the last chapter but I'm glad I waited as it meant I could absorb it more, my word that last chapter is so emotional, it brought tears to my eyes! It was such a fitting end, I love how humble Coryn is that even though he's (view spoiler) and he believes in his friends :D
Jessica
Oct 14, 2014 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: me
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Michael B
I loved this book because it was exciting and interesting.It is book 8 so you will have to read books 1-7 to get to it, but they are all exciting.
Its about owls on a journey to the great ga'hoole tree in the middle of the sea, and the "pure ones" want to destroy them.
I truly recommend this book to people who love adventurer and fantasy books.
Sally Siawidjaja
Dec 27, 2009 Sally Siawidjaja rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Sally by: no one
I grew to love this saga even more, because it not only focus on owl, now there is also other animals, like dire wolves. I love it.

Now the story about Coryn's journey (formerly known as Nyroc) to seek the ember of hoole which is said to have great power. Now there is another mystery and purpose after the death of kludd.
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Guardians of Ga'Hoole (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #1)
  • The Journey (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #2)
  • The Rescue (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #3)
  • The Siege (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #4)
  • The Shattering (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #5)
  • The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #6)
  • The Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #7)
  • The First Collier (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #9)
  • The Coming of Hoole (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #10)
  • To Be a King (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #11)
The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #1) The Journey (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #2) The Rescue (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #3) The Siege (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #4) The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #6)

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“One creature's truth is another's lie. (Scroom of Strix Struma)” 20 likes
“— Так повернитесь же скорее и расскажите мне все о себе!
— Простите, — тихонько закурлыкал Корин, стараясь не рассмеяться. — Но я, кажется, немного застрял.
— Вы не сочтете меня излишне фамильярной, если я слегка потяну вас за хвост?
— Нет-нет, ни в коем случае! Буду вам очень признателен.
— Я попытаюсь сделать это очень осторожно, чтобы не потянуть ваши хвостовые перья.
— Не беспокойтесь, пожалуйста. Часть перьев все равно вот-вот выпадет при линьке.
— Вы исключительно вежливы и любезны, друг мой.”
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