The reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal.
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I rated this book 3 and a half stars, due to the fact. that it didn't really fascinate me all that much. I was told it was a good book on several accasions, and thought it was an exaggeration. Although, as the story progresses, the plot becomes better, and better. I didn't find it boring, but I didn't find it interesting. If you read the book and enjoy it, you would be on the side of most people. If you think it's alright, you would side with me on this.
Soren, with the help of some other rebellious owls, make plans to escape as soon as they are able, and the broad multivolume franchise takes flight.
The book is a children’s book, which to some people, means that the quality of the narrative does not have to be as good as it would be if it were to target a larger, older audience. I found that while the narrative did lack the potent storytelling of a skilled narrator, the actual story being told was interesting, and managed to keep me intrigued until the very end, and quite possibly into the other books of the series, just to find out what all the mystery and intrigue were all about.
I did find it a bit annoying at times, though, when the author seemed to wedge every last fact about a certain type of owl into the prose. But, I suppose it was there to help kids learn more about owls, or to not feel like all that research went to waste.
While this book is not a masterpiece, it would almost certainly appeal to children, especially those who find denser books boring, and as well to those trying to learn more about this owl fantasy thing. For those trying to find the next Harry Potter or what have you, you might want to look further, as while both stories involve owls, the similarities end there.
Lasky must be commended for her extensively research into the lives and habits of owls for the first book in this fantasy adventure series. The owls are pictured and named on the inside cover which is nice and there is a good map provided. The details of owls lives make it an interesting read but there are some brutal scenes so I would recommend this book for older children.
Soren is a young barn owl who finds himself on the forest floor one night while his parents are away hunting. Only a few weeks old and still unable to fly, he knows the dangers that surround him and feels he probably won't survive the night. Suddenly he is scooped up and taken to St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. From the beginning he believes that something is not quite right with the academy. He befriends another owl named Gylfie who also shares this belief. He just needs to survive until the time he can fly. He also needs to avoid being moonblinked, or brainwashed. If he can manage to do all of this, then he might be able to escape and help the owl kingdom survive. He has learned that the academy's true purpose is to control all of the owl kingdoms on Earth.
It is refreshing to find a series where you can delve into a fantasy world yet learn some animal facts as you go along. I had to stop and remind myself that the characters were owls and not humans. The characters were well fleshed out, to the point I could decide who I liked and did not like, and why. The fantasy world they lived in was very believable. This is something that is important if we are to pull kids into a book.
I’m glad I read this book. It contains a lot of detail that kept the story alive. I almost felt as if I was flying with Soren over St. Aggies canyon. It was almost as if I could see the full shine of the full moon claiming my thoughts. I could feel my talons ripping in to the flesh of the enemy while I force. I wish I could see the band of owls as they make their way to their destination. This is a very detailed book. If I was you, I would read it.
Soren begins to tell the Legend of Ga'hoole to his little firnd Gylfie will trienging to avoid the moon blinking as they are captive in St.Aggie's. Inspired by the legend the two manage to learn to fly, escape and make new friends.
There are many ways to read this book, many themes are on the plate, firendship, freedom, hope, belief and the never ending war between good and evil. Coming along it happens to learn a big deal about owls. Quite a lot for a little children's book.
I like this book a lot it has a lot of intense moments in it. THis book is good for all ages that could read good. It's a quick read book so it doesn't take to long to read. This is the best book ever.
I saw this as a film a while ago and really enjoyed it, the book is slightly different and while there are some details that don't make it into the film, the film expands on some of the details to make the story a different experience. I enjoyed them both and look forward to more in the series.
I recently saw a trailer for the movie The Guardians of Ga’Hoole and it made me curious about the books. I decided to pick up the first one in the series, The Capture by Kathryn Lasky. I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend because the narrator did a wonderful job with the different voices and bringing the story to life. I like the friendship between Soren and Gylfie. Both characters have their strengths, and I think they do a great job supporting each other. Being at Saint Aggie’s sounded scary to me, so I could understand why they wanted to leave. I felt nervous for them about the dangerous situation they were in, but enjoyed reading the story from the owls’ points of view. It would be a perfect read for anyone in fourth grade and up who likes a story with a variety of characters and a more complex plot. Since listening to the first book in the series I have already finished the next three. I’m waiting for book five to arrive at the library. I thought there were eight books in the series- but just heard there are sixteen. I am looking forward to reading more of the series- but with that number of books it could take a while.