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The First Collier (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #9)

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The Legends

An ancient malevolence that will threaten the very existence of the great tree has been loosed from the past. With his dying breath, Ezylryb tells Soren and Coryn to read the legends of Ga'Hoole hidden in his private library. There, they find a world of treachery and magic in which a young king and queen struggle to keep peace while Grank, their most loyal frie
Paperback, 179 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Scholastic (first published April 1st 2005)
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Nov 30, 2012 Amara rated it it was ok
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Oct 26, 2011 Alina rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed the previous books in this series (Guardians of Ga'Hoole books 1-8), forgiving the slightly repetitive writing because its intended audience is children, and because the story was interesting. This book, however, was a HUGE disappointment! It was like an episode of friends made up entirely of flashbacks that doesn't have the decency to call itself a re-run. It was basically a memoir, taking the entire book to tell a legend that could have been summed up in a chapter, and taking ...more
Dec 21, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
LOVED this book too. I was thinking this book might be less interesting since the members of The Band wouldn't really be playing a role in the plot and this was basically the background story of the famous "legends of ga'hoole" referenced in the other books. However, the story was great, the plot was good, it was full of action, and by the end of the book you already love Grank and Siv just as much as any of the members of The Band. I can't wait to get the other two books from this part of the s ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Kayla rated it it was amazing
At first I thought this was going to be a bummer book because Soren and The Band weren't the main charactors. And the fact that someone very inportant dies in the beging of this book. But, I soon loved this new twist to the story plot and I enjoyed the story just as much as any other GoG'H book I have read so far. A loved this book! So don't stop reading the series just because there are a lot of negative reviews that are out to bring this book no justice. :-)

And I can't wait until the rest of
Jeremy Gallen
Aug 13, 2016 Jeremy Gallen rated it really liked it
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Briana Chen
May 07, 2015 Briana Chen rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.8

I love love love the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. An excellent blend of fantasy and realism. The owls can talk and make things (i.e. battle claws, ice splinters, etc.) but Kathryn Lasky also blended in some real owl elements into the story. The reason why this book didn't reach a full 5 stars is because of the confusion. In some parts, the story became twisted and odd. The part where Siv talked with Grank afterwards was quite confusing because of the different POVs. I still lo
Karen Huang
Dec 13, 2014 Karen Huang rated it really liked it
I really liked how they told the story of the first collier, Grank. He was the teacher of the first king of Ga'hoole. Grank was taught by Faolan (from Wolves of the Beyond) first soul, who was also the first Fengo. He had the power to see in the soul, he knew the power of the ember of owls, he could see the future. Before they tell this tale, Ezylryb dies of old age and tells them to read a book in a secret chamber in his hollow. It was a very old book, its cover was made of mouse fur and engrav ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Aparajitabasu rated it it was amazing
Book 9 The First Collier, like the book 7 & 8(The hatchling & The Outcast) changes perspectives again from the band (Soren, Gylfie, Digger and Twilight) to Coryn in the last two books towards the old legends of ga’hoole. This book is the first part of a mini series triology.

From his death bed, the old owl Ezylryb warns Soren and the great tree’s new king, Coryn, of a coming danger, and instructs them to read the Legends of Ga’Hoole so they will know the identity of this mysterious rising
Mr. Graham
Feb 26, 2011 Mr. Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
The First Collier is the ninth book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, and the first of the three Legends. It read a bit like a nonfiction biography. While it was very informative and gave good background information, I was not on the edge of my seat.
The main purpose of this book was to give some insight on where things came from and why things are the way they are. At times I felt like I was reading the owl version of Genesis, the book or origins. It discussed the origins of many things: weapons,
Going back to where it all started.

Здесь идет речь о первых огнечеях, кузнецах и угленосах. Повествование ведется от лица Гранка, который обладает всеми тремя способностями и выполняет важную миссию по сохранению яйца королевского наследника, ведь тому суждено стать миссией и спасти все совиное царство. Его нарекут Хуулом и он войдет в Легенды Ночных Стражей, — те самые, которые помогли спастись Гильфи и Сорену в сааамой первой книге ^_^ Мы возвращаемся к началу тех событий, которые изменили суд
Jun 18, 2011 Sparks rated it really liked it
The First Collier is the ninth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole seires written by Kathryn Lasky and is the first of a three parter known as 'The Leagends of Ga'Hoole' sieres which tells the story of the time when Hoole lived and fort against the Hagsfiends and thier Nachtmagen (the hagsfiends form of magic). The story revoilves around Grank the firts Collier (how serprising) as he lerns the uses of fire and how to controle his fire site. Grank is the best frend of the king and queen and after t ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
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Again, another excellent book in the Ga'Hoole series. This book features: H'rath, Siv, Myrrth, Grank, Theo and Svenka as the main characters on the good team. Oh and of course baby HOOLE :D

The book recounts the tales of Hoole and his parents and how everything came to be. The discovery and manipulation of fire and metal, more of an understanding of good and bad magic and the crucial invention of battle claws.
The very beginning starts with beloved Eyzlryb dying. He gives his books to Soren and Co
Rachel (Sfogs)
Jan 29, 2015 Rachel (Sfogs) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Grank is a very brave and honorable owl.
Raising a chick like that would be hard, as well as teaching Theo ;-)
Siv is a very, very brave owl.
I quit reading this out loud at night... the story does not lend itself well to out loud reading done in small chunks. I can tell that this is OK, but the chapters are long and drawn out, and it puts my 8yo to sleep within minutes. So he'll finish this one on his own. Honestly, I'm quite bored with this book, and I'm glad to be done with it.
Feb 02, 2015 Eliana rated it it was amazing
I read these book in second and third grade! I absolutely loved them. They inspired my love for reading, writing, and raptors!
May 29, 2015 Elzbeth rated it liked it
This one is different from the other books because it focuses on Hoole and his birth, looking back the the First Battle of the Ice Talons.
Frishawn Quinn
Apr 11, 2011 Frishawn Quinn rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this installment of Ga'Hoole, although I was saddened by the death of Ezylyrb. I was happy that there was just enough time spent on Grank's time in the 'Beyond the Beyond' and his time with the 'ember of Hoole' to set the stage for the rest of the story.
By the time the reader has gotten this far into the series he or she is familiar enough with the particulars of this region.
What I did miss was more of the story of Hoole's parents. I just wish that more had been said of them a
Jul 26, 2014 SHNARK rated it really liked it
I feel as if this book is racist to crows.
Feb 21, 2012 Alexander rated it it was amazing
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I really liked this book. It had action and adventure. I would recamend this book to anyone who has read the other ones and likes adventure and action. One of my favorite charcters in this book is Grank. Grank is simlar to another character named Coryn(Nyroc) in a few ways. They are simalar because they both have something to fight for and they can both read fires(Firesight). The differnce between them is Grank is an adault. Also that Grank is not a king like Coryn, but Coryn is not a worrier in ...more
Jessie Packer
Jul 27, 2015 Jessie Packer rated it really liked it
good for young readers
Sydney Striegel
Jun 05, 2016 Sydney Striegel rated it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2015 Hillvan added it
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Apr 30, 2015 Lorien rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-library
I really like this novel, but then again, I'm a fan of the series. Like all the books, it's for an audience younger than me, but I think it's pretty brilliant. A new story that links in with the present story of the novel, it adds depth to the world, and I'm eager for the next one.

All in all, a good book to encourage reading, a wonderful addition to the series, and a shame not to be made into a movie.

Daniel Zubieta
Feb 15, 2013 Daniel Zubieta rated it it was amazing
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Jul 12, 2015 Hayley rated it really liked it
Another Narrative change! All of a sudden we're talking in first person - magic.
Personally, I think that alone gives reason for 4 stars. The versatility shown by Lasky throughout the series, from focus to god mode narrative, and on and on, her style is interchangeable yet unique, and as always, conveys her moral messages with crystal clarity.
Oct 20, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: me
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Mar 16, 2015 Andreas rated it it was amazing
Great book.
Stacey Williams
Aug 28, 2011 Stacey Williams rated it liked it
Yes, I'm still reading this series. This book is told a little different than the others. In addition to being book 9 of the series, it's also the first book of a series within the series. It is a story of how things came to be in the owl kingdom. It gives background on a lot of the legends referenced in previous books.
Mellodi Parks
Jan 16, 2013 Mellodi Parks rated it it was amazing
This was a change of pace from the original story but still very much related and enjoyable. Even though this book is geared towards the younger readers, I can say that I am enjoying the series as an adult reader as well. Give this series a read if you like things like the Redwall series and Watership Down.
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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 Outcast (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #8)
  • The Coming of Hoole (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #10)
  • To Be a King (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #11)

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