Book Review: Owls rule in ‘Ga’Hoole’

H. Lopez, Staff Writer

This week’s book review is the series of Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky. The main storyline of the books are about, well, owls.

After Soren, a barn owl, gets pushed out of his nest by his older brother Kludd, a group of special trained owls take him to a mysterious place called ‘St. Aggie’s’. Everyone around Soren is ‘mind controlled’ and he becomes very suspicious about it. Whilst at the owl school, Soren meets a new friend, Gylfie. Soon, both of them discover that St. Aggie’s is training owls to help take over the Owl Kingdom.

Soren, Gylfie and their new friends, Digger and Twilight head to the great Ga’Hoole tree to speak to the Guardians. They had to travel a distance and the journey was dangerous. Once they make it to the Great Ga’Hoole tree, they tell all about what happened in the owl world. So because of this, Soren and his friends have to stay to be trained by Elder Ga’Hoolians. While there, Soren loses his mentor, and meets an old family member.

Soren and his sister, Eglantine have been reunited since Soren fell out of the nest. Word then comes to Soren that his mentor is still alive, but in danger. So, Soren and his friends set off to find his mentor, Ezylryb. While trying to find him, Soren has to battle this mysterious owl that tries to kill him. (No spoilers but it’s someone very familiar!).

When Soren’s mentor, Ezylryb is returned to the great Ga’Hoole tree, the same evil owl that tried to kill Soren, brings a group of owls to fight against Soren once more, and take over the great Ga’Hoole tree. The evil owl and his army gets defeated, but the battle isn’t over for Soren and the Guardians.

When the evil owl is defeated once more, Eglantine, Soren’s sister gets brainwashed by one of the Pure Ones to take over the great Ga’Hoole tree. Soren finds out what happens, and conflicts with the evil owl once more, him still continuing to take the tree over. But in the end, the owl is defeated and is no longer a threat.

The storyline for these books are great because it really appeals to the reader, telling them what’s happening. I personally love owls, and the characters are really unique. The plots and what happens in between is very appealing, because I enjoy when characters interact with their environments. In the end, the books are great and enjoyable for all readers.