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The Hatchling

(Guardians of Ga'Hoole #7)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,865 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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,
Paperback, 221 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Scholastic
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Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is for books 4-7 (The Siege, The Shattering, The Burning, and The Hatchling)

Ye gods, I can't believe I had forgotten about this series. Guardians of Ga'Hoole is brilliant.

For one, the world-building is fantastic. There's nothing vague about it, it's interesting and intricate and I just love it.

Also, I absolutely adore the characters...well, most of them. I hate Nyra with the fire of a thousand suns, and all the other Pure Ones are just kinda meh. But I love Soren, Gylfie, Twilight,
Mr. Graham
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
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
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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! :-(

Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
This is the seventh book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, which I'm reading aloud to my younger daughter.

This one is a bit different from the others in the rest of the series, because the focus is all on Nyroc and Nyra's plans for him. Until now, the major characters in the series have been Soren and his sidekicks who form the Chaw of Chaws. They are pretty much absent in this one, but we learn more about the Pure Ones and this one is a bit darker as a result. Part of the story was very sad,
Raven Lucero
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Although I enjoy the new direction the story is taking, Soren and the gang are sorely missed.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story continues with a new character added to the cast. Nyra has a hatchling and because he is born in line with an eclipse she names him Nyroc. She's training and raising him to be the next leader of the Pure Ones. She wants him to hate, to be cruel and to be like his father. But Nyroc is special, and it's not long before others begin to see that.
This is an engaging story that follows Nyroc in his early months of life. The author does a good job with this story but for me, it seems that th
Carl Hayes
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
King Hoole
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I completely forgot how much I loved this series when I was younger:) I'm excited to read the next one in the series!
Jul 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nyroc, son of the wicked Nyra, the mate of Kludd, is born on the night of a lunar eclipse. Kludd is dead now and the Tytonic Union of Pure Ones is reduced to a small band of survivors. However, there is something in Nyroc's heart and gizzard that guards him against his mother's twisted teachings. And that brightness is fed by his only friend, Dustytuft, a Sooty Owl.

A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny or to defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror. But doubt grows
Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~
*smacks forehead* Of course the series continues with the hatchling. I don't know how i didn't see that after finishing the last book.

This cover cracks me up every time I see it. Nyra looks so disgusted by her own egg. I don't know whether that was intentional or not, but it's hilarious.

This book invokes curiosity, but it's simply not engaging for me. I don't feel any particular excitement about what's to come. I wonder a bit about the dire wolves, but I wouldn't die if I didn't read the next bo
Jen C
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Guardians of Ga’Hoole : The Hatchling (Book 7)
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.

Soren : Main character, male barn owl.
Kludd : Sore
Sarah Elizabeth
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-youth
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Gylfie Whitneyi
I guess this book was okay, but it was basically all about Nyroc with the exception of Otulissa, Ezylryb, and Strix Struma's scroom [I don't like the P.O., so I wont mention them but they're obviously in there- Nyroc was being raised as one.] But I am interested to see if Nyroc makes it to Ga'Hoole.

So, my favorite character of this book would be Dustytuft [a.k.a. Phillip, as he's called by his best friend Nyroc, main character of this book] instead of Nyroc.
Sean Harding
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
More action and adventure in the world of owls where the bad guys make plots aplenty and the good guys seem to hang on somehow. The idea of the bad guys calling themselves the pure ones is very Nazi style stuff and has a lot of allusions around that theme. This is now just shy of the half way mark in the series, one more in the books I loaned from the library and then I think I shall pause for a while from the owls and return later on.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Megan Bering
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
These books are NOT fucking around with the white supremacist metaphors holy shit

this book is literally about a child of fascist dictators who rejects that life and explicitly calls out his mother’s fascism, like, goddamn
Lucy King
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It wasnt bad but I miss the old group. Nyroc is a nice, interesting owl but this book was so fast, I couldnt really enjoy his story so far. However, I am curisou to see what happens next. It is promising. ...more
Andrea Peirson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the better books of this series IMO.
Kayla S
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The more I read, the more I like this series! The owls we started this journey with are grown now so new characters, new plots, and new drama is introduced...and it's my favorite book so far! It shows that there is more to a person (or in this case, an owl) than his parents' legacies, or his upbringing, or his skills or flaws. It's our choices, our instincts, our gut feelings (or in this case, our gizzard's), and how we use what he know and experience to become a better (or worse) person (or owl ...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
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Growing up, I really enjoyed books seven and eight of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series. I liked the idea of a young owl overcoming his upbringing and seeking truth and new beginnings. The prophecy part was just an interesting addition for me. Now, of course, however many years later, I have different feelings about it (though the nostalgia factor is always there).

The Hatchling continues where The Burning left off—with Nyra and her egg. Nyroc is the son of Nyra and Kludd, and is destined, or so h
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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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