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

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Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones.

But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart,...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Scholastic
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Nov 06, 2009 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I didn't think i would like this book as much when i realized that it was all from the standpoint of Nyroc son of evil Kludd and Nyra, rather than Soren and the owls of Ga'hoole. But it was soooooo good. And by the end you love Nyroc just as much as Soren. Eagerly starting the next book, which continues his story.
Jun 16, 2008 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone!
It was good book and I think that it does a good job of introducing Nyroc to the story.

You’re a young barn owl. You have just found out that all your life you’ve been lied to. How would you feel? Well, this is what Nyroc, the main character in Kathryn Lasky’s The Hatchling, is going through.
The Pure Ones, a group of owls that believes only Barn Owls (most “pure”), Masked Owls and Grass Owls (“pure”), and Sooty Owls (slightly “pure”) are “pure”, as they call it, is hosting the Marking Ceremony (the cremation of a dead owls remains) for their fallen leader, Kludd, a Barn Owl, lik...more
Mr. Graham
The Hatchling is the seventh book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, in which a new era has begun. This is the first book in the series that has a central character besides Soren. The central character is the hatchling, Nyroc, who is the son of the evil Kludd and the equally evil Nyra.
As the story begun I thought I knew what to expect. Now that Metal Beak is dead, a new villain must rise up and lead the Pure Ones against the Guardians to continue the epic struggle between good and evil. I wa...more
Книга номер 7, открывающая новую историю про совушек. На этот раз Ласки использует отличный заезженный ход, позволяя читателям взглянуть на ситуацию с другой стороны баррикад. Речь пойдет о Нироке, злокозненном сыне Клудда и Ниры, племянничке Сорена.
Взрощенный жестокой матерью, малыш должен будет сделать выбор – стать ли преемником отца, или пойти по совсем другой тропинке, проложенной Ночными Стражами Га'Хуула. Также в нем просыпается чудесная способность видеть истину в огне, и соответственно,...more
This series is supposedly for young adults but I'm enjoying them, regardless of how old I am. The owls are fascinating and, of course, their behavior is similar to all different types of people - in essence the old good vs. evil battle of legends. If you've read Harry Potter or Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and enjoyed them, this is another good series to read. There are 15 books in the series but they aren't as massive as the HP books so they're easy to read one here and there. For a good...more
i think this is the best Guardians of Gahoole book written so far.
its even better then book 1!

the story so far:
The pure ones were still suffering from defeat by the guardians of gahoole.but there luck changes when Nyroc, the son of Nyra and kludd is born.He is raised to be the supreme evil ruler of the pure ones. but when he realizes how evil the pure ones (and his own mother ) are, he and his friend (Phillips) tried to escape (and failed). Once captured, his mother (for no apparent reason) ripp...more
Carl Hayes
Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones.

But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, fed by strange forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyroc's gizzard...more
Mar 29, 2009 Lulu rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lulu by: Sydney
Hmmm... I like Nyroc, but I miss the story about the Guardians of Ga'hoole!! I want Soren and the band back! :-(

There is a big change in the series at this point. Not only is this book primarily about a new character, Nyroc, son of the hated Kludd and Nyra, but the style of the story changes from adventure to more of a mystical fantasy quest. There are visions and dreams, magical talents and potential fulfillment of prophesy. But there is still the same wonderful storytelling with layers of subtle (and not so subtle) lessons that kids can learn a lot from. Nyra tries to teach her son to hate and he tries...more
This rating is actually a compromise. I read the book with my kids and they loved it. I, on the other hand, wasn't that impressed with it and thought it was only ok so instead of giving it the 2 stars I think it deserves, I'm giving it 3.

Why do I think it deserves only 2? Some of it could easily be simple burnout. I don't enjoy stories that go on and on and on with no ending in sight, and I honestly think most stories - even epic ones - can be told (and told well) in 3 or 4 books. More than that...more
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As of The Hatchling, the Ga'Hoole story shifts focus. Soren and his friends step down from their main character positions for the next two books, and Soren's nephew Nyroc takes over.

Nyroc is the second egg of Kludd and Nyra (the other broke before hatching), born during an eclipse and so destined to be either Nyra Junior or the super special awesome second coming of Jesus Hoole. As he's the new protagonist, I'm sure we can all tell which he's going to be.

Beyond the predictability, however, this...more
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This book begins the second "cycle" in the owl-centric Ga'hoole series. Soren & co. are all grown up, his evil brother and the Tytonic Order of Pure Ones defeated. Things should be looking up. Alas, the Pure Ones have a plan B, the titular hatchling who is Soren's nephew by Nyra, the Pure Ones' matriarch. Far away, in the barren canyons of what was once St. Aggie's, she is raising her hatchling to be the perfect soldier and to hate his uncle. But Nyroc the hatchling has a dangerous gift, one...more
The Hatchling is the seventh book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. Unlike the other books in the searies Soren is only mentiond but the book never fokases on Soren as a main character because in this book nether Soren or any one of the great tree are main characters (althow the book does fokus on Otulissa for about 2-3 chapters). Insted the main charactor is Nyroc son of Kludd and Nyra leaders of the pure ones.The story follows Nyroc as he trys to eskape the Pure ones and fi...more
Even though I missed Soren and the Band, the newly introduced Nyroc and his story solidly stood on their own two feet, at least in this installment. I'm excited to learn where Nyroc's destiny leads him, but I do hope that we'll get to see Soren and his friends again. It looks like, from the old characters, Otulissa will be most prominent in Nyroc's life so far, and she has never been my favorite. But she's definitely grown on me. I also loved learning more about the legends of Hoole, and I hope...more
I've really enjoyed this series, but this book brought so much more emotion into everything. I actually cried once or twice when reading this. I was so enthralled with the interesting story line...yes, it's less about the owls we've come to know, and more about a new character (Nyroc) and I didn't think I'd like him very much...but he is such an admirable and upstanding character and I feel so bad for him. I want to reach out and help him! Yes, this book is slightly different from the ones up un...more
The hatchling, Nyroc, grows up. He has a special gift of flame reading, and he is perfect at nearly everything. Find out what he isn't perfect at and what his enchantment of power is. This is an overpowering book that almost tells you what is going to happen next, but then it jumps to something completely unexpected and changes your idea entirely. Plus, Otulissa, the new Ga'Hoolology ryb, goes beyond her own rational thoughts and does something because of a dream. (Yes, a dream! Can you believe...more
Sufiyyah Zulkifli
i will update later with lines captured my heart-sight. haha.

"What are aspirations?" Nyroc asked.
"Hopes, dreams..."

Standards, Nyroc thought.
But standards aren't practical, Phillip thought. You can't eat standards. You can't live in them.

There is a father I've been told
That helps owls fly high and bold.
Oh, welcome back, number eleven,
You lift me from hagsmire up to heaven.

"What does that mean - erroneous?"
"Full of mistakes..."

"We maintain a civil discourse here."
Nyroc seems like a Gary-Stu tbh. Oh well, he's got five more books to prove that he's not. It was interesting to read from the PoV of a character in the Pure Ones.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
This book introduces Nyroc, son of the evil Kludd and Nyra and nephew of Soren. It is apparent from the very beginning that Nyroc does not fit in with the Pure Ones. He is kind and recognizes that evil is not the way. He realizes that he must break free from the clutches of his evil mother and the spirit of his evil father. He flees the pure ones and goes to live in the Beyond the Beyond, a land where no one will ask questions.

Another great book in the series!
I have to admit, after the last two Ga'Hoole books, which weren't nearly as good as the first few, I wasn't going to go on and read this book at all. However, from the first few pages I can already tell that this next installment is far, far better than its predecessors. Lasky's writing has improved dramatically.

3.5 stars, if I could give halves. This new section of the series promises to be much better than the first!
I like this series, but I felt it went down hill from this book on. I have grown attached to Soren and the Band and now we hardly hear about them. When we finally do, it is vague and we don't know what happened during the time we hear about Nyroc. I like Nyroc, but the whole story changes tone and just becomes a 'finding yourself', 'coming of age' story. It was o.k., but not my favorite in the series.
King Hoole
This one is really good. I think Nyroc (Coryn) touches on the human nature debate. Sorta like Kludd. Nyroc was born into a family of pure evil. He was raised to be malicious and cruel. That's all he ever knew. But inside him he had a pure heart that he refused to let be blackened by the Pure Ones. He had Ga' perhaps? He found great interest and enlightenment in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
May 02, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
AAAH! Excellent book!

I wasn't sure what to make of having the story told from Nyroc's perspective, but it wasn't bad at all.

It's funny: I remembered thinking about what a punishment it would be for Nyra if her son was born with that super-goodness quality... Ha! She's a jerk. She deserves to have a son who she can never measure up to.

Anyway, I adore these books. Onward!
I like to read middle grade fiction every now and then so I know what the quality of usual books in the market are. Anyway, it's been such a long time since I read the early arc of the Ga'hoole book but this one offers the start of a new story. There's a lot of character growth thrown in to the middle of an exciting chase. Definitely a fun and fast read with some depth to it.
"Lasky has combined fascinating details of how real owls live with her imaginary civilization�." � School Library Journal

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It was strange not having Soren and the others of the Great Tree around but I kind of liked the focus being on Nyroc. He's an interesting character and I liked the development of him starting to learn the truth and the Pure Ones and about his Uncle Soren and what really happened to his father, Kludd.
Ian Billick
Cormac, my oldest son is a huge fan, so I promised him I would read the book. Lots of home-made jargon, something I've never a fan of. But, for 7 year-old literature, it fits the bill. Fast moving. Strong characters. And hard to argue, at least as a Dad, with a world of owls.
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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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