The Siege (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book #4)

by Kathryn Lasky

Paperback, 2004



Local notes

PB Las




Scholastic (2004), 224 pages


Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. HTML: Soren's beloved mentor, Ezylryb, is finally back at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. But all is not well. There's a war between good and evil in the owl kingdom. On one side is a group led by Soren's fearsome brother, Kludd, who wears a terrifying metal mask to cover his battle-scarred face. On the other side are the owls of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, who must fight to protect their legendary tree from Kludd's attacks. Soren, his friends, and the other owls at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree enter into fierce combat against Kludd's forces. They win a major battle, but warfare is not over yet..


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Physical description

224 p.; 5.38 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member The_Hibernator
This is the fourth book of the Guardians of Ga’hoole. In this book, Soren and his buddies have to infiltrate Saint Aggie’s in order to flush out some spies from the Pure Ones. If you liked the first three books, this is another good one. In fact, I rather liked it better than the second and
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third books. Appropriate for 4th graders (or in that general age range).
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LibraryThing member derek.lutes99
At the beginning of this book, Soren has rescued Ezylryb and goes back to the Ga'Hoole tree. Though Soren thinks he is safe, he isn't. He still has to protect the owls of the Ga'Hoole Tree from Metal Beak. Soren then finds out that Metal Beak is none other than his own brother, Kludd!
LibraryThing member aethercowboy
This is the fourth book in the Ga’Hoole series, and just like that economic law of diminishing returns, this book is no exception. In this volume, the great Ga’Hoole tree is under attack by an army of owls who believe that Tyto owls are the pure owls, in a very blatant take on World War II,
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only with the roles of Hitler being a barn own with a metal mask and Churchill being a squinty-eyes owl with a penchant for caterpillars.

Nothing really exciting happens, aside from the parliament of the Ga’Hoole tree showing themselves to have terrible character judgment, even after the resident mole (also an owl) is proven to be leaking vital information to the baddies.

If you’re planning on going this far, I’d recommend you plan on stopping when you’re done. It really doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of life left in this series.
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LibraryThing member AprilBrown
Good two evening read story. Perfect for a 4 to 6 year old. At the end however, it ends abruptly. To avoid a spoiler, it is simply that the conflict stops without reason or warning. Perhaps a sentence or paragraph are missing?
LibraryThing member TnTexas
While the kids and I enjoyed this book overall, I felt that ending was a bit rushed and truncated. It needed to be rounded out just a bit more, in my opinion. Out of the first four titles, I felt this one was the weakest.
LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
The ending was a bit abrupt but it's an interesting story of the owls working out who their enemies are and who to trust. Some of Kludd's motivations are worked out and he is not a nice bird. Does explore motivations somewhat and how some people make bad decisions for good reasons.

Entertaining but
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nothing spectacular.
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