Guardians Of Ga'Hoole #7: The Hatchling

by Kathryn Lasky

Paperback, 2005



Local notes

PB Las




Scholastic (2005), Edition: 5.2.2005, 222 pages


Nyroc must decide whether to lead the evil Pure Ones against the good owls or to fight on the side of the good ones.


Original language


Physical description

222 p.; 5.28 inches

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LibraryThing member TnTexas
This rating is actually a compromise. I read the book with my kids and they loved it. I, on the other hand, wasn't that impressed with it and thought it was only ok so instead of giving it the 2 stars I think it deserves, I'm giving it 3.

Why do I think it deserves only 2? Some of it could easily be
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simple burnout. I don't enjoy stories that go on and on and on with no ending in sight, and I honestly think most stories - even epic ones - can be told (and told well) in 3 or 4 books. More than that and I think most writers tend to get sloppy with their writing and just wander in circles for awhile in order to simply fill space. Ms Laskey is no exception. There was a lot of repetition in this book - and I'm not talking about repeating things from earlier books. I'm talking about repeating things over and over again in this story to (apparently) fill up space. Add to that the fact that some of the plot choices just didn't make sense, ([I mean Nyroc escapes? Really? Given his weakened condition and his mother's determination to keep him in the fold? Really? And basically throwing Outilissa into the mix there at the end? Very jarring from a narrative point of view.) and you have a book that just didn't impress me. It was ok, but nothing really outstanding.

I honestly think the series would have been better served if the last book had ended the original series (Soren's story) and this one had been reworked to mark the beginning of a related but different series (Nyroc's story).
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