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The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6)

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A great battle is on the horizon and drawing near. In preparation, Soren and his band must fly to the mysterious Northern Kingdoms to find allies and study the grim art of war.

Meanwhile, St. Aggie's has fallen to the Pure Ones. If they are not stopped, they will launch another, more deadly attack against the great tree. And without allies from the north, Ga'Hoole will sur
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Amara
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
Paul
Jun 16, 2008 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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Amy
May 02, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
JUSTICE!!! BYE BYE, KLUDD!!!!!!!

:D

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
Liz
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
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Dolly
Apr 10, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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
Aileana
1-13 (15) Currently reading! Love them!
Sarah Coble
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
Charlie

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
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Kahlan
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
Peter.b
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
Berke
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Rivkah
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
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Ashley
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Julie
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
Andrew
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Frishawn Rasheed
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
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Kayla Mcminn
Lasky does a phenomenal job writing this book. She always brings joy and tears to all of her books. Passed on to a younger person whom will love and cherish such a read as I was a little to old to enjoy the true qualities of it.
SHNARK
I was kind of disappointed by this book. the chaws of the chaws were heading north to learn about war and fighting with ice. but for a strange reason I got quickly bored by the book.
Kathryn Lasky! I expected better from you...
Rachel (Sfogs)
Their very important missions are about to begin, but will it all be enough?
War is on the way. Fire vs Ice.
Really enjoyed this book.
Twilla is awesome!
Eliana
I read these book in second and third grade! I absolutely loved them. They inspired my love for reading, writing, and raptors!
Frank Sweeney
Best one yet! Pretty complicated for a children's series...

Can't wait to see where the series goes next.
Hayley
These are kids' books, of course, so there's a certain amount of corniness and convenient plot fixes... But I still enjoy reading them -- they're adorable! The owls journey to the North, encountering owl pirates, monks, and polar bears, learning from Nordic warriors that speak "Krakish" to wield ice weapons. I enjoy Lasky's mixture of creativity and natural history, which while entertaining children, also teaches them a decent amount of zoology. And of course, you can read these in an evening; t ...more
Tntexas
Six books in and it seems that we've finally reached the end of the first act. (I say that because the summary for the next book sounds like we'll be shifting gears quite a bit.) This book was better than the last two in that it didn't feel like major chunks of the ending had been edited out, but I feel like the story that has been told so far has been dragged on longer than necessary and could have easily been told in 3 or 4 books instead of 6. Still the kids and I enjoyed this book quite a bit ...more
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Jessica
Oct 02, 2014 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jessica by: me
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Kayla
I was disappointing with the ending battle in this book. I think Soren should have been the one to "finish the job". I was also disappointed with Soren's decision to leave Gylfie. He should have told the others to go back and stayed and looked for Gylfie.

On a different note, I still enjoyed the book. I just love Ezylryb. :-) He always makes me laugh. He reminds me of Dumbledore, in Harry Potter. It would be a really horrible if something were to happen to him.
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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 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)
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) Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544 (Royal Diaries #1)

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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.”
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