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The Shattering

(Guardians of Ga'Hoole #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,111 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Soren's sister, Eglantine, is falling under the spell of a strange nightly dream. Then, just as Soren notices her trancelike state, Eglantine disappears, and the dreams become a deadly waking nightmare that puts the Great Tree of Ga'Hoole in terrible danger. Soren must lead the Chaw of Chaws to rescue his sister. Thus begins the next battle between the owls of Ga'Hoole and ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Mr. Graham
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
The Shattering is the cleverly crafted fifth book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. The title refers to the mind of owls who are subjected to the mind-controlling flecks used as weapons by the pure ones. It is a story that brings to the forefront advanced warfare that is waged not on the body, but within the minds of unsuspecting young victims.
The numerous references to shattering with terms such as slivers, shards, splitting, fragmented, piece by piece, and division weave a disturbing them
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
A book can not purely be carried by the characters alone.
I feel like a broken record. I LIKE the characters in this series. I feel they are intriging and draw me in. Maybe that is why I am so frustrated about the lack of truley developing the story in logical ways. This book has finally given me a solid example.

I am supposed to believe all through this book so far that the Guardians are this smart, honest brave defend of good kind of group. They are the wisest of the wise....

Then why oh why am
Briana Chen
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The reason one of the stars are missing is because it was a bit slow at the beginning. Eglantine wasn't herself. Primrose felt ditched when Ginger became friends with the owl. But the REAL rating I'd give is a 4.5. It was full of action and strategy. The dreams and the 'mother'. It was all a big mysterious puzzle piece which made you want to keep reading. I finished the book within a few hours, not non-stop, but if I had the chance I would read it non-stop. The ending is filled with pure suspens ...more
This is the fifth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, which I'm reading aloud to my younger daughter.

When Ginger (a Barn Owl raised by the Pure Ones and part of the attack on the Great Ga'Hoole Tree during The Siege, who was taken in by the Guardians because she was injured) becomes Eglantine's newest roommate, she begins to change. She sleeps more, and Ginger is always whispering into her ear about how she's always being left out. Ginger is trying to isolate Eglantine from the others, and
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The shattering continues the story of the guardians from a different perspective: Egglantine. This book focuses on how she views her life and her unresolved issues regarding her lost/dead parents. She befriends another seemingly friendly but actually duplicitous and exploitative barn owl named Ginger.

Egglantine starts to have dreams about her mother and she is compelled to revisit her. She and Ginger set off to find her. At first everything seems to be to good however this is short lived. What s
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A good book. It has an intriguing set of characters - I love the way they really developed. This is the only book in the series I will probably write a review for : I think it's not as great as the others. The book would have been a lot better if there was more vividly described scenes and some more difficult vocabulary. Also, this plot was really predictable and just showed how foolish evil can be. The truth is, however, they can't! This conflict - brainwashed minds in the Tree- cannot have hap ...more
I loved this short little book. It was surprisingly thrilling and very interesting. After seeing the movie I wanted to know what else happened Eglantine, so I bought this book fir half it's price and finished it in a week. It's shirt books like these that make me enjoy reading. The wording is great and it's NOT purple prose and the pacing is just right. Kathryn Laskey is a master of the short form of kid books! This is NOT your average kid book.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you loved Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you'll love the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. The owls who populate theis series are all different kinds of owls with unique personalities but they work together as the Guardians. No people in these books but there are plenty of "lessons" to be learned from how the owls interact and how they deal with the situations in which they find themselves. Fascinating books and a lot in the series (15) so lots of good reading!
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My first thought when I saw this book was:
It is called The Shattering, because, since Nyra was on the cover, Nyra and Kludd would have an egg, and the egg would shatter.

YOU, however, will have to read the book so you can make your own opinion...

READ IT!!!!!!!!

P.S. Read the first four FIRST!
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! These books keep getting better and better as I go along in the series:) I'm excited to read the next one.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The fifth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, The Shattering, is probably the best I have read in this series so far. However, this series consists of about fifteen books and I have yet to read every single one. This book takes the concept of dreaming and expands it into something very interesting and awesome. Dreams become reality and happen continuously over time, this is an ability known as Starsight. There is something else that happens with dreaming, too. Something horrible. This is c ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sean Harding
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It's book five and there is a little more intrigue in this one. Other reviewers have described, and expressed concern about the darkness of the series, in comparison to the age of the target market audience, I have not really seen that, although this one does appear a little darker. It does pose the question though of what is appropriate for what age, and how much do you censor or just watch over what a child reads. Should you allow carte blanche reading? Whatever the case, hopefully reading wil ...more
Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~
The story of this book is interesting, but the telling can get a bit dull. It could use some drama. I don't mean drama as in fights, though, I mean the writing style. Drama is needed in the way of strategic chapter ends, single-sentence paragraphs, strong adjectives, etc. Those would make it more interesting to read.

I also don't like how random the formatting for thoughts seems. Multiple characters' thoughts are shown each chapter;this could work fine, but it lacks good transitions. Sometimes th
Sarah Elizabeth
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-youth
It's very interesting to see Eglantine grow. She is only a few months (if that) younger than Soren, but up until The Shattering, I always saw her as more of a child while the Band were more like young adults. The books are, if they continue in this way, growing in audience appeal. There isn't any more repeating of information we already know (occasionally, but more tastefully done) and there are more action-events, and thought-provoking events happening. I am amazed at the higher-level thinking ...more
Gylfie Whitneyi
I like this book! I like the sudden turn of Ginger, the Pure One owl caught in a milkberry-vine net during a Pure One attack on the Great Tree, near the middle of the book. Ginger had been acting like a friend to Eglantine, younger sister of Soren, when it turned out that Ginger was actually trying to 'shatter' Eglantine to lead Eglantine back to the Pure Ones. But Primrose knew somehow that Ginger wasn't Eglantine's best friend, she was, and went out to save Eglantine from being shattered and s ...more
Dominik Von
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Primrose is intimidated by this new Barn Owl, Ginger, in her hollow. But she at first does not believe she has something to do with Eglantine’s strange actions. And Eglantine seems to be growing very close to Ginger. Primrose feels left out. Soren and the Band try to comfort her, but they also worry about Eglantine. And one night, she disappears.
This is a great story for anyone 10 years old or older. It is a great book. I liked it, and you will, too.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth
Eglantine gets to star in this book but, unfortunately, is a complete liability the entire time. She's too young to do a lot of the things older owls like Soren get to do, conveniently ignoring the fact that she's THREE WEEKS YOUNGER! Pretty sure she and Soren are both more than two years old at this point.

Unfortunately that's such a big part of the story this time that it ruins most of the good bits.
Megan Bering
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay like...reading these books as a twelve-year-old, I’m not sure I really absorbed the EXTREMELY HORRIFIC IMPLICATIONS of all the mind control stuff in these books. As an adult, holy Christ, this is upsetting

Also I know they don’t do cross-species romance but I think Eglantine and Primrose are lesbians
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book starts out boring and just gets more boring. As in, there are two entire chapters on dessert.

Then, the plot starts to pick up halfway through (finally!), leading to what could have been an action-packed climax... If the author hadn't skipped most of it.

There's simply a chapter break and the plot skips ahead to where everything has calmed down, and boring again.

Vonna Joy Funes Vitanza
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO SO SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😍
Raven Lucero
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
*3.5/5 stars
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
i'm literally in love with this series!
Lindy MacLaine
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Really enjoying the creativity of these books—the details about owl lives and physiology combined with an awesome Fantasy good vs. evil plot!
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: quick-read
So much better than the cat warriors series.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Liz Odle
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great series! I started out not liking it but after Wolves of the Beyond I started to read it.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya, fantasy
This tale is about Soren's sister, Eglantine, who begins to dream and the dream is so realistic that she believes that her parents are still alive. The dream leads her to the tree where she was born to spend time with her mother. However, the owl who greets her had a few different characteristic but Eglantine ignores them because she is so delighted to discover that her mother is really alive but where is her father. In visit after visit she asks about her father but he is always out hunting. Ev ...more
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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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