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The Golden Tree (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #12)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,707 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Soren and the Band are back. Coryn has retrieved the ember and it seems a golden age is dawning at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. But all that is golden is not necessarily good. Soren, Twilight, Gyfie, and Digger face their biggest challenge yet as the young king, haunted by the suspicion that haggish blood flows in his veins, hunts for the truth. His wanderings imperil himself ...more
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May 26, 2015 Cbilinski3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coyron wanted his retrieval of the ember to bring about a great time for owl kind. But the Ember transfixed the minds of the guardians and they started to worship it. So Coyron put a stop to that by eliminating all of the ceremonies for the ember and restored the guardians to their former glory. Then Coyron makes a decision that will provide a long-term solution for the storage of the ember so that never happens again. The Golden Tree is about friendship, nobility, and determination.
Feb 08, 2013 Amara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I think this is the point that Guardians of Ga'Hoole and I part ways, at least for quite some time. I told myself I was going to finish out this terrible, terrible series, but... nope, can't do it. Maybe someday in the far off future I'll be able to force myself to slog through the rest of this nonsense, but for the meantime, I have far too many other things--significantly more enjoyable, less aggravating things--to be doing with my time.

Book 12, The Golden Tree may as well be the best book of the whole series, although 15 books is stretching my interest.

After the mid-mini series of the Legends Triology the Band finally makes a comeback, and Coryn is getting used to being King. Soren's chicks also hatch, though I was disappointed there wasn't much about them in The Golden Tree.

Coryn and the Band go on a journey to discover whether Nyra is really a hagsfiend, and if Coryn's blood is tainted due to his evil heritage, but end up f
May 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Tree is the 12th book of the Guardians of Ga’hoole series, which I have been reading for years (long before the movie covering the first three books came out). In this book, the new king Coryn explores his identity as the possible son of a hagsfiend (an evil owl-witch). He leaves with Soren and the Band for a short adventure to distract himself from his woes, but finds more than he’d bargained for. In addition, he’s left the ember back in the Tree under the care of owls with weaker pe ...more
I have been reading this series since before the movie (Which was horrible) and have loved most of it. I loved all of it before Nyroc/Coryn came into a picture when I was a little 'ehhhhh' and then I grew to like it again after the Ancient Stories, or whatever their called.

Back to this book, through the whole book I was just thinking how Lasky has made these owls that were amazing turn into a mild Mary-Sue to a major Mary-Sue. That has to be my least favorite thing. I also don't like Soren and t
Sep 08, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 28, 2011 Sparks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Tree is the twelth and my lest favorite book in the Guardians of Ga'Hool series so far.
It's not that I found this book from the series uninjoiable. I did enjoy the book but not as much as the others. Its also partly because I had just finished reading the Leagends of Ga'Hoole mini series (which was my favorite of the Guargians of Ga'hoole series) and am still geting uset to the present story line of the Band, Coryn and the Pure Ones. The thinkg I dislike most about this book is the st
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When Coryn and the band are faced with a challenge they have to go up against their enemy. If I was part of that gang, I couldn’t go through what they went through. Coryn, Soren, and the band show amazing bravery while performing their task. What was their task? Well, I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. - LH
Feb 02, 2015 Eliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these book in second and third grade! I absolutely loved them. They inspired my love for reading, writing, and raptors!
Feb 15, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are bad times. The Owls have a powerful ember. The Gang goes on a jouny. What will they fined?
Apr 01, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good adventure series for fans of Brian Jacques, mostly about owls.
Absolutely amazing as all her work is! So much was going on, it kept me on my toes. Gyllbane came back to help in the fight as a peaceful journey turned into one of vital importance for Coryn, Soren and the band. Back at the tree, the ember held sway over some easily influenced owls and tyranny followed.
Of course all was finally righted when they returned from their trip with 'The book of Kreeth'! But I'm still wondering just what the heck happened to Nyra. She's too much of an evil wench to jus
Jessie Packer
Jul 27, 2015 Jessie Packer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good for young readers
Rachel (Sfogs)
Feb 11, 2015 Rachel (Sfogs) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
While the King (and general good sense) is away, the idiots will play.
That ember didn't take long to affect them!
Sydney Striegel
Jun 05, 2016 Sydney Striegel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really I would not continue with this series, but my son likes it.
Apr 30, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-sci-fi-fant
Back to the “present.” Deals with a theme of religious extremism in the form of blind idolatry and intolerance of dissenting views.

I’m starting to get the impression that there’s no overarching plot arc to this series. I’m beginning to thing that she’s going to just keep writing and coming up with new things to write about. At least she’s good at it. I suppose that’s like life, though!
This one started off with better promise that what it finished with. I liked it, but the final confrontation of the book seemed abrupt and confusing. Still, fans of the Guardians of Gahoole will enjoy this continuation of the story of Coryn, Soren and the rest of the Band.
M. Maxwell Maxwell
Mar 25, 2008 M. Maxwell Maxwell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantesy and owl/bird lovers
The book is good so far. It is about a group of owls that are fighting evil. There are old run down castles and misty forests. They are protecting a special ember. They got the ember from a volcano, where dire wolves lived in the place called the Beyond The Beyond. The story is interesting and can be somewhat intertaning.
Mar 16, 2011 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
King Coryn and the band have finally returned to play, but unfortunately during the most screwballed time period in the history of the Great Tree. Many of the Guardians had began to idolize the Ember of Hoole during the absense of Coryn, who was out flying with the Band on a much-needed trip of relaxation.
Aug 24, 2013 Rahul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Even though this the 12th book of the series, it hasn't gotten boring because Kathryn Lasky has been able to add new ideas into the same characters, while leading up to the same plot, which makes it more interesting.
Brianna M.
Oct 23, 2009 Brianna M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I gave this book 2 stars because it is kind of about war, hagsfiend, and the ember in the tree. I am not a big fan of books like this, but it wasn't totally bad either, I wish that I don't read any more of these kind of books.I would recommend this book if you like war or fantasy.
Nov 15, 2010 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! I read the first eleven books this summer and I just saw the new movie yesterday. The books are fantastic and the movie is great too, however the movie was altered a bit from the way the books are written, but if you look at each separately, they are outstanding.
Sep 01, 2012 Beka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! Ms. Lasky certainly knows how to make a gripping story that's nearly impossible to put down. Another great book in this series. I was gasping with surprise almost the whole way through. Can't wait to start the next!
Aug 24, 2012 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the past few books where they focused on the legand of King Hoole this story takes place in the present with the main narrator being Coryn. There also wasn't enough of the dire wolves which I enjoyed from the past books.
The Docta
Interesting element of the tree turning on itself. Could have been a much more developed story. But again I think she keeps to a certain length for children's literature.
May 15, 2016 Lu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part of this book was Soren's daughters. I was mildly curious about them before but didn't know if the author would do anything with them. I'm glad she did.
King Hoole
Feb 27, 2013 King Hoole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ones good. The members of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree begin idolizing the ember of Hoole while the king is away. Even going as far as doing special dances to worship the ember.
Dec 27, 2011 Jeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This was a good book, but not quite as good as the others. It did introduce some new characters that may prove to be interesting in the future stories. On to #13.
Jan 08, 2011 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I was glade when The Band decided to on on an adventure. It it was good to be back with the regular characters too. :-)
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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 First Collier (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #9)
  • The Coming of Hoole (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #10)

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