Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole (Guardians of Ga'hoole, #1-3)
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #1-3)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,209 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Book by Kathryn Lasky
Audiocd, Unabridged, 14 pages
Published August 15th 2010 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 2004)
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Cindy
Having read all 15 books in this series, out loud, at bedtime, I can offer the following insights. The book is not like the movie. The books move a great deal slower than the movie and offer a much more complex plot. They also get creepy in later books. Hagfiend owls that put their enemy's heads on spits - not real good bedtime material. I admit editing this for my child.

The author's style improved as the series progressed. The writing flowed better and was much easier to read aloud. Several lat...more
Yvonne
Owls were my Grandma's thing. She had thousands around the house--stitched into towels, printed on porcelain, figurines, art made with seeds.... Her house was full of owls. When she passed away in December, Legend of the Guardians had just come to the dollar theatre. I loved the story, the characters, the whole experience, mostly emotionally.
The book is very different. I loved it for the owls, for their beautiful, intelligent world that Lasky imagined. The characters are darling and well devel...more
Sarah
I decided to check out these book before I saw the movie. I really like this so far! I imagine that I would have appreciated them even more if I were a kid. There are plenty of elements that are typically appealing to children. The world of intelligent owls in fascinating enough for most kids to be intrigued. But there are also a lot of dark situations. The authors takes the audience seriously, even if they are children. I really like this. I unfortunately find that lacking in many children's bo...more
Zoe's Book
I love this wonderful idea that owls rule after the humans are gone. Gylfie is my favorite owl because she is so tiny yet she can do so much. My least favorite owl is probably Kludd.

Soren a barn owl has an older brother Kludd and a younger sister Egglintena when Soren falls out of the nest and is flown to a canyon where he meets Gylfie an elf owl together they must survive against moon blinking. They decide that they must get out of the canyon. They make a plan to get out but it could or could...more
Sharman
I read these books aloud to second and third graders. Not only did I develop a love for them, so did my students. It was a race between one of my students and I as to who would get to read the next book first. Kathryn Lasky did an amazing job of developing the characters. I loved how she tied her stories to classics in literature (King Arthur) and history (WWII and the holocaust) in such a beautiful manner. I saw the movie after reading the books, and although it was fun to see, it is eclipsed b...more
Cara
What an amazing book!!! I loved it from the start (lol that sounds like a song.) Anyway, I was reading this to my son. He's too little to understand what was going on, but he loved looking at the picture of the owl on the cover (he's only 2).
Soren, Glyfie, Twilight, Digger, Eglantine, and the rest of the crew are so likable. Even Otulissa became okay finally when he wanted to help rescue Ezlyryb. The complexity of Lasky's world is amazing. I can't wait to find out more about it. I can't wait to...more
Angela Liao
The Capture is the first book of the series: Guardians of Ga’hoole. This book was an ok book to me. This book is basically about owls going on a dangerous adventure to save their owl world. At first when I read the blurb of the book I was surprised to find out that Soren, the owl never tried to fly. I kept on wondering what Soren’s life would be in his orphanage since he’s an owl, but he never flew. Soren was captured by another owl into the orphanage, just like his friend, Gylfie. I like how Ka...more
Shelley
Okay, this wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It was just okay. I had a hard time understanding who the target audience was. It's a children's book, but there was SO MUCH time spent explaining the owl terminology and customs, that I'm sure my kids would have lost interest almost as fast as I did. There was a lot of repetition of the plot, which is probably because it was 3 books, not one, but it was distracting to me. And brainwashing, murder, fratricide - are these really topics for childr...more
Jelinas
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Sue
If I find a book tedious, sometimes listening to it makes it more interesting but not so with this one. The kids and I were listening to it on the way to horseback riding lessons but I just cannot stand to listen to it anymore. In any given listening period, the narrator's voice tone varies wildly from high pitched to loud roars to whispering. That alone is painful for me but not a deal breaker for the kids, who have a high tolerance for crazy voices from years of TV cartoons.

My 12 year old dau...more
Juan
I heard first about this book when the movie came out. I'm one of those guys that doesn't watch a movie unless I already read the book, so I never got the chance to see the movie. When I finally bought the first three books, I got so stuck in them that I couldn't stop reading them. I loved the way Kathryn Lasky gets into the lives of the characters, and that makes you understand them almost like if you knew them long time ago. The theme is really interesting and original. It was such a great sto...more
Lauren Childs
First learned of this book by watching the movie (I know, sad). I absolutely loved the movie, so I figured the book would be the same. I downloaded the collection of the first 3 books (the part of the series the movie came from) onto my nook and began reading. The first book was pretty blah, but I still continued to have high hopes. About halfway through the second book, I just couldn't stand it anymore. The author continues to repeat herself over and over and over again. I felt like I was readi...more
Lori
pretty awesome but bad part GIZZARDS. so much gizzards in this book. they should make book 20 where Kludd battles soren and nyra turns good ( altho she is bad) but ather than that its pretty awesome.
Michael Taylor
I read books 1-3 in a few days before I saw the movie, because that's how I roll. I liked the movie way more because it corrects the one HUGE downfall of the book: the identity of the masked antagonist, Metal Beak. But the story still contains an excellently devised owl society - the arrangement of which is fascinating in itself (such as blacksmithing). Awesome owl names and terminology (baggywrinkle, Ezylryb, chaw). Amazingly themed with trusting one's feelings even over reason. All in all, the...more
Charity
I liked it. I liked how there was a lot of adventure throughout. I liked the fact that it was literally "owls" that were having these adventures and it was different than what I usually read.

It was highly depressing during a lot of the story though and I'm not sure I would consider this story suitable for young children. There were some pretty gruesome details here and there, though Harry Potter can be depressing in places too and I love Harry Potter. *Shrug*

I highly recommend NOT to listen to t...more
Melanie
Loved this! It's clearly for kids, but the story holds up to adult outlook just as much. I only had a couple moments where I thought the author was being overt for the sake of a kid reading it. The story is magical and inspiring and I know a heck of a lot more about types of owls, owl behavior and the mechanics of weather and flying now because of this book. I read it so I could (finally) watch the movie that just came out but I think I'll also read any others in the series she writes. The chara...more
Marilyn
This story has elements of WWII concentration camp life, Star Wars good and evil, 3 Musketeers heroes and it was really fun to listen to. A very clever treatment of legends and faith and how they relate to real life. I love that among the protectors are bald eagles. The writing is beautifully descriptive. She paints a lovely picture of being born to loving parents. There is, however, fighting, murder, evil people pretending to be nice, mention of cannibalism, brother kicks brother out of nest to...more
Paula Flores
I read the whole series in elementary, and it was just fantastic.
mylah
Jun 16, 2014 mylah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the Wolves of the Beyond series or the Warriors series
Recommended to mylah by: my brother
I liked this book. It was adventurous and thrilling!
Turtle
Jun 29, 2012 Turtle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Children Lit Fans & Owl Lovers
Recommended to Turtle by: The Movie
I didn't expect to like these books as much as I did. But I was really captivated by the world. It's well written. It's exciting and thrilling. I'd say this a great series for children but probably children of a higher reading age. It can get a bit scary in places with Metal Beak. I could see some children being too young for some parts. But possibly ages 9 or older, I think this would be a great read. Nice little collection books. Good to have them all grouped together. I'll definitely be looki...more
Sandy
Very good! Really enjoyed it. The audio had the first 3 books. Wonder if they library has anymore audio's of the other books.
Darya Hajj
Weird and confusing...
Kate
The world of Owls is as complicated as the world of humans. Many dark doings threaten Soren, a barn owl, and his friends. This story features brainwashing, cults, racial cleansing, and murder so I''m not sure how appropriate it is for children (!) but the characters are wonderful and Ms Lasky has done an excellent job of thinking how societies of owls would work, the terms they would use, etc. This CD features the first three books and there is some gripping action. Can't wait for the next one.
Gwen
I saw the movie this weekend and liked it so much that I want my kids to say "I grew up watching the Legend of the Guardians" like I talk about The Last Unicorn or the Secret of Nymh. So of course I'm trying the books. Different as expected but good.

I can't put it down! I've started on book 4 now. My only complaint is that like most series, each time you start a new book, the author re-explains the same things about the characters and places, for those who are new to the series.
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"The story's fast pace, menacing bad guys, and flashes of humor make this a good choice for reluctant readers, while the underlying message about the power of legends provides a unifying element and gives strong appeal for fantasy fans." � School Library Journal

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John
Hrmph! thought this was a trilogy in one book. Heck no! There are 16 total! Much more reading in store then. The first three were very good. Does raise a question in my head. What were Barn Owls called before there were barns? Oh, the plot is slow to develop and carried off excellent. Lasky does a great job of inventing this world of owls that you can care about. Ok, Mrs. P will scold me if I leave out a mention on the snakes being great assets, which they are.
Sariah
I loved these three books so much! Lasky did an amazing job introducing everyone to the world of owls, adding in plenty of everything for the plot, leaving you wanting more and more till you're reading far more chapters than you'd planned to and enjoying every bit of it. She inspired at least this girl to read more about owls in her spare time and consider them a bit more than I think I did before. I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books!
Stacey Williams
I enjoyed reading these three books. The story was easy to read (being that it's written for youth) and I felt like it told a good story of friendship, determination, and how to overcome trials. There were parts in the story that seemed to drag a little but not to bad. I will have to continue with the series just to find out what happens. I've seen the movie and the books are totally different. I just didn't realize there were 15 books in the series!
Anish Surepeddi
Jan 07, 2011 Anish Surepeddi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Owl Fans And People Who Hunt For Action And Adventure.
Recommended to Anish by: The Movie Seemed Intresting So I Watched The Movie And Read The Books
Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Gahoole Book 1 The Capture,Book 2 The Journey,Book 3 The Rescue Is A Good Book And Should Be The Next Warriors Series.Maybe Even Better Possibly.Soren Is A Very Good Charachter With Very Good Taking Care Of His Younger Sister Eglantine And Always Nice To His Brother Kludd Even Though Kludd Doesent Want Soren To Even Be Born.And The Villains Are Also Taken Very Well But Bad Part The Books Are Not Too Good.
Linda Lou
I have read the entire series...a total of 15 books plus the guidebook and lost tales. I found the books to be totally enthralling and imaginative. I did have to get used to talking owls and animals. They even read books and sipped the "juice". The books tackle very human emotions, issues and events. The are a fast read and I couldn't wait to get the next one. I have started "The Wolves of the Beyond" which is a separate but related story.
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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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