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The Outcast (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  6,258 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Nyroc has exiled himself from the wicked Pure Ones. He flies alone, feared and despised by those who know him as Kludd's son, hunted by those whose despotism he has rejected, and haunted by ghostly creatures conjured by Nyra to lure him back to the Pure Ones. He yearns for a place he only half believes in--the great tree--and an uncle who might be a true father to him--the ...more
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Published March 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Shiloh It has a very fulfilling ending. It is a little bitter sweet, but it ties everything together, even a bit of the Wolves of the Beyond characters.
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Mr. Graham
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
The Outcast seems to be the conclusion of an eight-book tale. In the fashion of Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Prydain, the true king has taken his place on the throne after an epic story of quests and wars where good triumphs over evil, with the blood of the martyrs spilled in every corner of the kingdom. The king who takes his place is Coryn, the son of evil tyrants.
In this book Coryn becomes the most likeable and connecting character in the entire series. For the first time in this
I feel like it's time to call it quits with this series. So, as I won't be reading the next book, I'll turn this into a nostalgic review of this book, and the series as a whole.

Two years ago, I picked up The Capture from my school library, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was already a fan of Erin Hunter's Warriors, so a similar book series about owls naturally attracted me. I then read the next five books, and found them to be just as good, if not better. The plotline was cool, the characters were
Amara Tanith
The Outcast is the continuation of Nyroc's change-of-heart story. He's betrayed his mother and the Pure Ones and reinvented himself as Coryn. But he's also come to realize that there's no place for him in the owl kingdom, so he sets out for the volcano wasteland called the Beyond the Beyond. I will admit that every time "Beyond the Beyond" was mentioned, I would think of the Mysterious Beyond from Land Before Time and the "Beyond the Mysterious Beyond" song from the seventh movie. (Enjoy. Or, fo ...more
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any child that loves fantasy and animals
This is an awesome book that is full of adventure and excellent writing. I have read all the books up to this one and all of them are great! The books by Kathryn Lasky are great for young readers that like fantasy and animals. Not many of my friends have read these but I think they are an undiscovered brilliance of writing. I truly suggest this book to most children under 15 years old.
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This book was the best book in the series so far. It actually made me get a little teary-eyed in some parts. Although i missed hearing about Soren and The Band, i loved reading about Coryn and his story. Sadly, this is the last book in series available to me, so i guess if i want to read more, i'm going to have to go buy the rest of the books. Thank goodness Christmas is coming!
Liz Lawrence
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hatchling and The Outcast are my favorites so far. They are stories of greatest character and great redemption. I get mushy eyes reading these.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-tales, 2017
I love this series. I love how far the owls have come, and how the story has shifted to let new and younger characters take center stage. I am a big fan of Coryn and the part he plays. I wasn't prepared for the (near) ending so there was a lot of unexpected emotion. The two sides at play are very interesting, good verses evil, and I'm excited to see what our aerial heroes will do next!
Jen C
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
School Work Review_

Guardians of Ga’Hoole : The Outcast (Book 8)
Jennifer A Clemente
December 14, 2016
English 10-7

Author's Background
Kathryn Lasky : Born on a prairie and lived in a big house with a big family. She always wrote and got in trouble with teachers but her mother said she just always thinking of things.

Literacy Time Period
Written in America, published in June 2003.

A forest filled animals and plants. No human life, only remains.

Soren : Male barn owl who was pushed fr
Опять, ну опяяять голый каркас без необходимого мяска. Сюжет этой книги можно описать в нескольких предложениях. Порефлексировал -> нашел друзей -> слетал в Далеко-Далеко -> подружился с волками -> забрал камень -> король Га’Хуула.
Я, конечно, понимаю, что это серия для среднего школьного, но хоть немножко разбавить повествование можно было? Какую чудесную историю о становлении Корина можно было бы замутить... А тут...
Больше всего меня умиляет подход к вопросу пророчества. Он внеза
Jeremy Gallen
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Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Alright. I read this book in one day. That should give you some idea of how ridiculously RIVETING this book is!

Watching the main character's transition from Nyroc to Coryn was wonderful. I love his new name, and I'm sure he'll be a wonderful king in the days to come. While he can't change that his parents were awful, he does his best to renounce them and live a better life. Especially with him rescuing the egg of that burrowing owl family, I gained a lot of respect for him.

I hate his mom, though
King Hoole
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is really good and is closing the story on Soren's adventures and now mainly focusing on Coryn. But no worries, he is still always there. This story is very inspirational as is the entire series. Not only is it full of action, it teaches some very important lessons. One is that no matter where you come from, there is always a way to be noble. As when Soren addresses Coryn in saying "You who were born into evil found good. You who were raised in tyranny sought equality. You who were scho ...more
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Not quite as brutal as the previous volume, but still startlingly violent, this volume of the "Ga'Hoole" novel builds on the foundation established in the first 7 books. Lasky does not pull punches in depicting animal predation and conflict, and one does wonder how it all makes it past the censors! Lasky's recovering from whatever authorial funk she was in when she wrote the previous volume; this entry's prose feels less clumsy and the characterization more even. What is more, she appears to hav ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Outcast is the eighth book in the searies by Kathryn Lasky and continuse strate from where the last book left off.Nyroc after being costantly harast by his fathers skroom and a vision in the fire nyroc leves behind everything he once knew. His mother, the Pure ones and even his own name. And leves on a journy do discover his destony in a place where volcanose tern the sky black. Beyond the Beyond. I liked the fact that it continuse on Nyrocs story rather than on the band orthoe the story als ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was easily the weakest in the series so far. As is too often the case in this sort of "prophecy fulfillment" story, the general outcome is foreshadowed so heavily that there's really very little doubt. In this case, on top of that, there's very little conflict, and no big growth of any of the characters. People (owls) go places and do stuff. Then they learn things and do more stuff. A prophecy is fulfilled. No drama. No suspense. In some cases this is ok because of the quality of the p ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amazing amazing amazing!!! Definitely one of the best of the series!
Poor Coryn has had such a rough time of it and things are finally starting to turn around for him, no thanks to his worthless mother, Nyra. She has some nerve!
Yay for Gyllbane and Hamish! Awesome new characters in series and I hope we hear from them again!
I hope that Soren, Eglantine and Coryn all get the family that they've been wanting. I know that Soren is about to become a dad, but I think Soren would do well with a large fa
Ashley Greenway
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I love these books and never find myself giving them anything below a 4 star. This is because the lore is spectacular, the characters are fun and likable, and the story just grows on me. The story of Nyroc is a great one but not as entertaining, for me, as Soren's tale. Towards the end of this book I could feel how it was dragging. A conversation that could last one page ended up lasting four and as such I did skim the end more that read it which says alot for a book that is so short. I will con ...more
Gabi H
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-i-own
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Sarah Coble
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nyroc, who changes his name to Coryn, must first prove himself before he is able to see his uncle Soren. But after watching Philip being murdered and loosing half his feathers he found almost no way of reaching his goal. So when his feathers grow back he flies to Beyond the Beyond the land of the endless volcanoes. He is then taught by Otalisa how to be a collier with the hopes of finding and diving into a volcano for the Ember of Hoole. The story of The Outcast is one of trust, friendship, and ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably give this more like 3.5 stars. It just didn't quite have as strong a focus as the previous book so the emotions and characters felt a bit weaker. It did still have some heart-stirring moments, but overall it felt like a lot of parts either went to quickly or were resolved too easily. I probably would have preferred it if some of the plots had been drawn out a bit more and the story continued for at least one more book. That would have given the proper time and difficult to the strug ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
After Nyroc escapes his mother, he goes to live in the beyond the beyond. The residents (wolves and outcast owls) quickly realize that he is something special. Meanwhile, Otulissa is being haunted by a scroom who implores her to seek out a great owl in the beyond the beyond. Finally she does and finds that Nyroc (now called Coryn) is the great owl. She also recognizes that he has the makings of a good collier and briefly trains him. He becomes a very important owl who rose above evil.

Another gre
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't zoom through this book fast enough. Even though I knew where it was going, I needed to find out for sure how it got there. At the end, I was literally laughing out loud one minute and getting sniffly the net. Wonderfully done. **SPOILER ALERT** The only thing that disappointed me was that Soren suddenly has a wife out of nowhere. I know the series plot is moving somewhat away from Soren, but he's one of my favorites and I would rather have had a little bit more than 2 paragraphs about ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A very traditional fantasy, a quest with a hero who meets an odd bad of outcasts to help him along his way. Nyroc become Coryn and learns about his destiny. We also get to see a little bit of our original Band of friends all grown up, as teachers and leaders of the Guardians of Ga'hoole.

There's an art to writing books for kids that are both simple enough and yet still deeply expressive, and Lasky has the talent in full.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, animals
Oh. My. God. I loved it! These books are brilliant and I highly recommend them. I was really annoyed as I had to go out and couldn't read the last chapter but I'm glad I waited as it meant I could absorb it more, my word that last chapter is so emotional, it brought tears to my eyes! It was such a fitting end, I love how humble Coryn is that even though he's (view spoiler) and he believes in his friends :D
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and think that the author's message is that people or owls are not always what you think. The other owls thought Nyroc was bad because his parents were bad and he had a scar that made him look like his mother. But Nyroc was not like his parents, and tried hard to prove to the others he was good. I think the author wants us to judge people for who they are and not becuase of the way they look or their family.
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good book, but i think the author had a writers block and screwed up the ending.

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Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fanciful, ya
It's hard to tell sometimes whether or not a book should be better when it's intended for children. Her plots always seem a bit convenient and rushed to me, but there's an inherent cuteness to this series. This book introduced a wolf (as opposed to owl) culture, which for some reason was Scotch. I don't know why she thinks all wolves are from Scotland, just like I don't know why she thinks all polar bears are German...
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
01/11: Lasky managed to take me by surprise in this one. Her analogy to the Nazis is apparent throughout, but in this one I could see hints of OT prophets and even Moses. I see a worldview still waiting for a "worldly" Messiah. Good stuff! Sidenote: Hamish's Scottish brogue is my favorite of all the accents throughout the audio book.
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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 was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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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 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)

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“One creature's truth is another's lie. (Scroom of Strix Struma)” 22 likes
“— Так повернитесь же скорее и расскажите мне все о себе!
— Простите, — тихонько закурлыкал Корин, стараясь не рассмеяться. — Но я, кажется, немного застрял.
— Вы не сочтете меня излишне фамильярной, если я слегка потяну вас за хвост?
— Нет-нет, ни в коем случае! Буду вам очень признателен.
— Я попытаюсь сделать это очень осторожно, чтобы не потянуть ваши хвостовые перья.
— Не беспокойтесь, пожалуйста. Часть перьев все равно вот-вот выпадет при линьке.
— Вы исключительно вежливы и любезны, друг мой.”
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