Guardians Of Ga'Hoole #8: The Outcast

by Kathryn Lasky

Paperback, 2005



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PB Las (copy 1)




Scholastic (2005), Edition: Reissue, 209 pages


Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. HTML: Nyroc has exiled himself from the Pure Ones. He flies alone, feared and despised by those who know him as Kludd's son, hunted by those whose despotism he has rejected, and haunted by ghostly creatures conjured by Nyra to lure him back to the Pure Ones. He yearns for a place he only half believes in‚??the great tree‚??and an uncle‚??the near-mythic Soren‚??who might be a true father to him. Yet he cannot approach the tree while the rumor of evil still clings to him. To prove his worth, Nyroc will fly to The Beyond the Beyond to seek the legendary Relic as a talisman of h


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209 p.; 5.25 inches

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LibraryThing member TnTexas
Three stars for the book itself - 2 stars for the series at this point.

Series Review: What started out as an interesting series ran its course (in my opinion) by the end of book six. The storyline was wrapped up relatively nicely and felt done. These last two books have really started another
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series (in my opinion) which should be marketed as either a companion series or a sequel series, not as part of the original series. For pacing reasons, I think the next three books in the series should have been placed after the first six then what are seven and eight should come followed by books twelve - fifteen. Rewrite Nyroc/Coryn so that he isn't Soren's nephew, and I think the series would be much stronger.

Book Review: As a stand alone book (or at most, as sequel to the book right before it) the book wasn't bad. It's weaknesses were mainly in its pacing with regards to the rest of the series. Nyroc/Coryn was hatched shortly after the battle that wraps up the 6th book and only about a year to eighteen months has passed. Yet because we don't experience any changes with the original group, it's very jarring to discover that our former "children" (for that is what Soren and company were during the first six books) are adults and some of them are married with children of their own. It just doesn't feel like enough time has passed in order for that to have taken place.
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