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The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  8,044 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Soren and his band are sent to the mysterious Northern Kingdoms to gather allies and learn the art of war in preparation for the coming cataclysmic battle against the sinister Pure Ones. Meanwhile, in the Southern Kingdoms, St. Aggie's has fallen to the Pure Ones, and they are using its resources to plan a final invasion of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. With the future of all O ...more
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Published December 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Jun 16, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone!
It was a wonderful book! It was filled with action and suspense! I think this is one of the best books I have ever read! I was a very good book!
Mr. Graham
Feb 26, 2011 Mr. Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
The Burning is the sixth book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. It was a good story with a plotline continuing from the previous books, and a great resolution when Soren's brother and archenemy is killed. There are a few references to burning throughout the book, but not nearly as strong a theme threaded through as there was in The Shattering.
We are introduced to the Northern Kingdoms for the first time in the series. We find that they speak different languages, have different weather, and
Apr 19, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy


Pardon my excessive exclamation points, but I really hated Kludd. It's really hard to like a character who's been given a wonderful home to grow up in, only to attempt fratricide and teach that certain owls are OBVIOUSLY superior to others. Kludd's mate, Nyra, is no better.

Anyway, good job to Twilight. He ended a great evil in this book. (I also loved how he bullied the vultures. That was hilarious!)

Onward, to glory! (And more books!)

:D :D :D
Jan 09, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2015, reviewed
Bringing closure to the Cain and Abel dance between Soren and Kludd, this book is what I like to think of as the 'final' in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Indeed, when I was younger, as the first six books were the only ones the library carried, I thought it was the final. It mostly centres around Otulissa's plot to invade the St Aegolius Canyons, which have by now fallen to the Pure Ones, and, were there no more books in the series, would do a credible job of wrapping it all up.

For a Ga'Hool
Amara Tanith
With The Burning comes the end of the series' focus on Soren, the Band, and the Chaw of Chaws. (At least so far as I've read at this time of writing, which is up to To Be a King. The focus changes again after that, but from where we seem to be going, it looks like it's going to be Coryn's story from The Golden Tree to the end.) It's a massive disappointment, of course, as the Chaw of Chaws was the single best aspect of the story. As a matter of fact, they're just about the only aspect that make ...more
Joshua Turner
Feb 10, 2017 Joshua Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" This book was one of the greatest of a series I have ever read. It was definitely reading. One thing I loved about the series is that it tells the plot through animals, owls one of my favorite animals. To put them into a society like this is amazing. A life lesson the book teaches is to never give up on things that seem beyond lost. I have already completed the series, it has been the first series of books Iv'e read. If you were to read this series I do think you will love. Shows lots of adven ...more
1-13 (15) Currently reading! Love them!
Alyssa Lane
I was going to rate this one higher, until we got to the big battle at the end. It was just too cheesy.
Mar 08, 2011 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Imagine, you are a Barn Owl leading the most proficient team of recently promoted Guardians over a vast sea called Hoolemere into the dangerous and unpredictable land of the Northern Kingdoms. This is the view of Soren, one of the many main characters in Kathryn Lasky’s The Burning.

In the prologue, the Chaw of Chaws (chaw can mean team or class, but in this case it means team) receives their Guardian Ceremony, which gives them full recognition as Guardians of Ga’hoole after they swear to do c
Feb 22, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-tales, 2017
I am more impressed with the series with each book. The owls who were so young and helpless when we first met them in Book 1 have become very experienced and good owls, and their adventures only get more complicated and challenging. I loved this one because finally our main characters seem to be grown, finally experiencing higher level issues that make this world wider and deeper. It's a fantastic installment in the series!
Nov 02, 2011 Peter.b rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-7th-grade
This book is about the world of owls, with two sides on opposite means. The Guardians of Ga'hoole are noble owls, who respect each different type of owl and learn great things at the Great Tree of Hoole. While on the other end of the line, are the bad owls, usually the ones that call themselves the Pure Ones, are evil and vile in every way, with different beliefs than other owls. The Pure Ones are group of owls who have "tyto" in their scientific name and are grouped together to rid the other ki ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the sixth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky.

Our oldest decided to read this series after reading several of the books in the associated Wolves of the Beyond series. This is a pretty long series, though, and I have to admit that she's lost interest in the story. She started reading this book, but when she became engrossed in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, she dropped this book cold. I went ahead and read it out of curiosity, but I have
Aug 25, 2012 Kahlan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me voici de retour auprès du jeune Soren et de ses amis ! L'incendie est le sixième tome du cycle destiné à la jeunesse Les Gardiens de Ga'Hoole, de Kathryn Lasky. L’histoire se passe dans un monde imaginaire essentiellement peuplé de chouettes et de hiboux, et on suit les aventures de Soren, une chouette effraie mâle en formation au Grand Arbre de Ga’Hoole pour devenir Gardien, et défendre le royaume. Dans L’incendie, lui et ses amis sont envoyés dans les Royaumes du Nord pour recruter des alli ...more
May 19, 2013 Berke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Shanna L Vaughan
Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6: The Burning

First of all, this is an amazing book. Character development is amazing, and there are some unexpected twists such as Gylfie being taken hostage and Twilight killing Kludd in the end. However, for a final battle this book is considerably less bloody than it could have been but that is probably for the best. UPDATE: I checked and it is actually as bloody as "hagsmire." However, I think the victory of the Guardians was too co
Sep 23, 2011 Rivkah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book series just keeps getting better and better as the series progresses. I love the prologue of this book, guardians at last! And Otulissa is getting less snotty, or giving out a bit less information of everything she knows.
The Chaw of Chaws, along with Martin and ruby and I think some other owls must go out to different locations, splitting of at the ice narrows to get information and rally glauxian brothers and sisters.

Does this have anything to do with the owl Hoole? Because they thing
Apr 24, 2015 Kaelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was yet another great book in this series. Although this series is for kids, it has a lot of great messages and I think really important ones that kids need to know, presented in a fun, exciting way. This book was just a continuation of that journey. I loved the split perspectives of the many owls on their many missions. I liked the idea that the other owls didn't have to be brave together, but could be brave and act noble on their own, especially Gylfie. I liked that we got to see differen ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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О шестой книге про совушек могу сказать две вещи. Она про север, и за одно это ей респект. И в ней отсутствует любое развитие персонажей, это опять набор событий в заранее определенном порядке.

Северные совушки порадовали :33 Ледяные Клювы и дивизия Глаукса Быстрокрылого... Романтика севера накрывает с головой. Суровые аскетичные совушки, живущие среди ледяных пиков и говорящие на кракиш.

Erraghh tuoy bit mik in strah.
Erraghh tuoy frihl in mi murm frissah di Naftur, regno di frahmm.
Erragh tuoy
Karen Huang
I would say this book was ok. Not one of the best books the author has written but not everything can be perfect. Soren and the band have to go to the Northern Regions to fetch comrades to fight the Pure Ones. I personally think Nyra would be a better antagonist since in my opinion she is much smarter than Kludd. The Pure Ones being a massive group of owls with the word tyto in their scientific name. (Tyto alba, tyto multipunctata, tyto almae, etc.). As the group wishes for a world with no owls ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
I was so glad when the Parliment agreed with Otulissa that the Guardians should strike the Pure Ones first rather than wait for them to strike . Especially after the fall and takeover of St. Aggies by the before mentioned Pure Ones; giving these evil owls control of the largest collection of "flecks" known to owlkind.
In order to thwart the plans of the Pure Ones; the "Chaw of Chaws" is sent on a mission to the Northern Kingdoms. This book is so much better than the others. It seems that the bo
Sep 22, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Jan 07, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-reading
Excellent! In my opinion, this was one of the best in the series so far. My son and I really enjoyed the new owls that we met. The battle scene at the end was exciting, and I think the Kludd issue was handled in a very kid appropriate manner. However, the book does have some very intense spots, so I'm glad that my 5yo agreed to stop listening to the story half way through.... as it was I had to stop reading a couple of times and hand the book to my eldest so that he could read some passages to h ...more
Jeremy Gallen
Aug 01, 2016 Jeremy Gallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the sixth main entry of author Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole saga, the owl quartet of Soren, Digger, Twilight, and Eglantine are to become Guardians at last, and proceed to the Firth of Fangs in the most northwestern region of the Everwinter Sea to find an old warrior named Moss. Polar bears inhabit the Firth, with Soren and company coming across a friendly one. Meanwhile, the elderly warrior Ifghar ails, and pirates kidnap one of the main characters, with battles and deaths towards t ...more
Briana Chen
Apr 23, 2015 Briana Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Pandan Arum
Aug 04, 2011 Pandan Arum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I am a Guardian of Ga’Hoole. From this night on I dedicate my life to the protection of owlkind. I shall not swerve in my duty. I shall support my brother and sister Guardians in times of battle and in times of peace. I am the eyes in the night, the silence within the wind. I am the talons through the fire, the shield that guards the innocent. I shall seek to wear no crown, nor win any glory. And all these things I do swear upon my honor as a Guardian of Ga’Hoole until my days on this earth cea ...more
Feb 02, 2017 Linneabooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's so awesome. It's my #1 favourite book in the entire wold!!!!!!!
It's so full of excitement and fantasy I really like Twilight in some of the parts of it. I RECOMMEND IT FOR EVERYONE AND IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YOU SHOULD READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!
Violet Garcia
Feb 19, 2016 Violet Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book '' The Burning'' by Kathryn Lasky is a adventurous book and is very interesting. These owls are facing a war and have to move to a very cold land meeting puffins. These owls are risking their lives not to get shot or killed in war. Already many owls were killed by the war including one of the owls mom. I would rate this book 4 stars. I would recommend this book for reader that like adventure or are studying about owls. The author of this book really likes owls. You should read this boo ...more
Sarah Coble
Mar 09, 2015 Sarah Coble rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Guardians of Ga'Hoole want to rid the evil of the Pure ones form the face of all owl kingdoms and to restore peace, But they are hilariously out numbered. So, Soren, Gylfie, Digger, Twilight, Otalisa, Martin and Ruby are sent on a mission to find Ezylrybe's old army mates and convince them to to aid in a heroic yet costly war. Then the owls of Ga'Hoole realize that time is running out and that they have to attack the Pure Ones with or without reinforcements. The Burning is a story about fire ...more
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Guardians & Wolves: The Burning #6 1 3 Oct 31, 2011 03:22PM  
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  • Urchin and the Heartstone (The Mistmantle Chronicles, #2)
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 was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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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 Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #7)
  • The Outcast (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #8)
  • 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)

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“Did Soren agree to be part of a system to protect Skench and Spoorn and the others?" Barren, the other Snowy monarch, asked in her soft voice.

He did indeed, madam," Ezylryb replied. "Soren is a much-misunderstood owl these days. Believe me, Soren will do whatever is required in this invasion.”
“Set your wings upon the sea wind
Set your eyes upon the stream
Feel the billow of the updraft
And believe in your dream

Know the mercy of these waters
Know the safety of the sky
Hear the voices in the distance
And believe - they will not lie.”
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