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The eleventh title in this best-selling series brings Hoole to kingship and the legends to fulfilment signaling a return to the adventures of Coryn, Soren and the Band. In this final book of the Legends trilogy Hoole reclaims the thrown of his father and goes on to wage a war against the forces of chaos, greed and oppression led by the powerful warlord-tyrants. Grank, theThe eleventh title in this best-selling series brings Hoole to kingship and the legends to fulfilment signaling a return to the adventures of Coryn, Soren and the Band. In this final book of the Legends trilogy Hoole reclaims the thrown of his father and goes on to wage a war against the forces of chaos, greed and oppression led by the powerful warlord-tyrants. Grank, the first collier, uses his skills with fire and metals to forge weapons for battle. With great trepidation Hoole uses the power of the Ember in the final, decisive battle and wins. At the dawn of a new ear of peace, Hoole searches for the ideal place to establish not a kingdom but an order of free owls and finds the Great Tree. (continued)...

Title : To Be a King
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To Be a King Reviews

  • King Hoole
    2019-03-14 11:14

    Wonderful. It is the conclusion of the legends. Hoole must now mass an army of all types of creatures to defeat this nachtmagen (evil magic) once in for all. It is very inspirational, heroic, adventurous and of course, sad. But that's the nature of war. What I really like is the strength of the characters. Particularly Hoole and his mother Queen Siv. In fact I adore Siv. I love how Hoole talks about its not magic makes us powerful and strong. No magic is REALLY good. Our strength is rooted in earthly values like goodness, equality, and nobility of deed. He has the kind of personality that if everyone were like him, the world would be a better place. And Siv, oh Siv. She is truly a noble owl like no other. She is strong. She saw her own mate get killed and knew she must right things. She is a powerful female character. Grank even expresses that he believes he has met only one owl with ga', (great spirit) Siv. She protects the ice palace for as long as she can, she gives up her only son for his safety, she attempts to battle Lord Arrin forever crippling one wing, and she resists the horrible crippling yellow light that floods from the eyes of hagsfiends twice. The last time giving up her own life to save her son's. I tip my hat to her.

  • Amara Tanith
    2019-03-17 14:31

    When it comes to the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, I can't say I'm a fan. Kathryn Lasky and I are just on two totally different pages, so to speak. She's trying to write anthropomorphic fantasy with an anti-racism moral, and it's all coming across as vaguely pseudo-racist and lazy to me--as I've mentioned in previous reviews of the series, the protagonists and their goals are hypocritically prejudiced while the world-building has only the vaguest internal consistency. Both of these factors annoy me to no end.It's disappointing, because there are a lot of moments over the course of the last eleven books that had the potential to be undeniably awesome... only to be squandered one way or another. Examples:Lasky built an awesome team of characters... only to eclipse them behind a new protagonist who quickly morphed into a Sue and then a whole new set of prequel characters (in the middle of the series rather than via spin-off).She writes great battle scenes with (quite appreciated) attention to war tactics... that are few and far between, as well as peppered with preachy nonsense about the protagonists' self-righteous and stereotypical morality.She sets up two separate groups of villains to facilitate varying shades of morality... and then opts for strict black and white ideals that unreasonably favor her protagonists.Worst of all, though, is the character of Lutta. In her, Lasky has created an intriguing, morally ambiguous character suffering from lifelong brainwashing and emotional rejection and struggling to resist a budding What Is This Thing You Call Love? epiphany.See, Lutta is a shape-shifting creature created by a powerful hagsfiend sorceress. She's been sent to steal the Ember of Hoole from King Hoole himself while disguised as his acquaintance, Strix Emerilla. As so many other undercover fictional females seem to do, she starts falling in love with the hero. Ultimately, of course, she's found out as an impostor and met with a brutal Heel Face Door Slam.She dies with everyone believing that she's a vile, evil beast bent on stealing the ember, and Hoole ends up married to (wait for it...!) Strix Emerilla....excuse me? The most heartbreakingly tragic subplot in the entire series is over just like that, with no resolution--and then the Ga'Hoole universe offers up one last slap in the face, having Hoole marry someone who looks exactly like her but isn't "sullied" by any moral ambiguity.Seriously, just thinking about it's making me angry all over again. I'm really looking forward to being done with this series.

  • Anniesse
    2019-03-07 13:38

    Really the whole set. My nephew started me on these when I was recovering from surgery and staying at his house so they could watch over me. I read his 8, sent them to the bookstore for book 9, have since read book 10. I see I am behind again. I think these are among the best children's books and the best fantasy books I have ever read.

  • Urban Mama
    2019-03-10 12:26

    Final book of the three book prequel that covers the life and growth of Hoole as he becomes king. Any great book in the guardian journey. We are listening to the audiobook version and enjoying it immensely in this format.

  • Alexander
    2019-03-09 15:13

    This book was really fun to read to me. It was also an awesome adventure through N'yrthghar and S'yrthghar. What I saw as the theme of book was learn others ways to become more with them. I think the author is trying to teach us that you may look different then each other, but that doesn't mean that you can't think the same. An example of where I saw that in the book was when Hoole was withe the wolves. This is an example because he felt almost as if he was more wolf than owl. Also he was thinking more like a wolf so he bonded with them better. This is a book I would recommend for those who love adventure and action.

  • Cbilinski3
    2019-03-11 10:31

    Hoole wanted to form an order of owls that would be good. But the evil hagfiends rallied and went after them. So Hoole rose an army of owls to rid the world of the hagfiends evil magic. Then in an epic battle Hoole clashes between the hagfinds in an epic war for the Ember of Hoole. To Be king is about friendship, trust, and perseverance.

  • Charlie
    2019-03-12 10:17

    It is set up so that you know the ending, but not in much detail, so it's very good to read. The plot is very intricat, but it got too fast paced aroound the end, so the final battle was written too short. However, it's still a great book.

  • Elzbeth
    2019-03-17 10:14

    This is actually my favourite one yet. I tells how everything actually came about, how the Great Tree got its name and how Coryn was foretold.

  • Mandy
    2019-02-24 18:42

    I had a hard time reading the prequel arc for some reason. It rounded our fairly well in the end, but I'm anxious to get back to Sorren and the gang in the last four books of the series.

  • Jeri
    2019-03-04 12:18

    I love how Lasky went back in time in these past few books and blended the present world with the world of the legends. Her writing is outstanding. I'd love to be able to write like this.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-27 14:13

    These books are getting too long

  • Gylfie Whitneyi
    2019-02-28 14:15

    A great legend! It was neat to learn that Hoole had recorded this legend.

  • br3ni3acb0y
    2019-03-19 11:41

    Published by Scholastic, "To Be a King" is a compelling adventure story told from multiple POV's. Authored by Kathryn Lasky, "To Be a King" is recommended for every fantasy reader out there. What makes this book so enjoyable is the amazingly twisted plot and the absolutely entertaining characters.One of the first things that caught my eye was the plot development. During the entire story, new discoveries are made as Hoole becomes determined to become the king his people need. A scene that interested me was the gathering of the parliament. In a hollow near the roots of the tree, Hoole rallies his closest advisers with a plan for a new future. At first, the parliament is puzzled at the absence of the great ember from the Beyond, a land of volcanoes. The ember was said to possess powerful magic that was prophesized to be retrieved by a great owl. Hoole had been the one to retrieve the ember, and thus took his birthright title to king, but in doing so, he was then considered a mage by other owls. Disliking this mindset, Hoole begins to explain how not all of his power lied in the ember. As he explains, Hoole gradually convinces the parliament of how he is “… an owl first, a king second, but never a mage.” (Lasky 18) This event then signaled the beginning of a new era, where all magic, or magen, are nonexistent and thus affected the plot. Filled with new meaning, the new Guardians of Ga’Hoole then committed themselves not to magic but the ideals of “goodness, equality, and nobility.” This is only one of the many twist and turns in the plot of “To Be a King,” but its characters are just as interesting. Just as the plot develops, so does Its characters. Of course, for a narrative to be interesting, the characters have to be as fluid as the plot. One of my favorite characters is Theo, a Great Horned Owl who is the first blacksmith and the one who created the first battle claws. Unfortunately, before he met Grank, Hoole’s godfather and mentor to Theo, he was a humble, scholarly pacifist, and yet his legacy would be known as the one who created one of the most dangerous weapons in the owl world. He even comments on this later in the book while talking to an imprisoned owl, “It is, my dear… a sad thing to have as a legacy the creation of a new and deadly weapon.” This is very moving because an owl who used to absolutely abhor violence is the first to create a new weapon, and the first to draw blood with them. It seems both ironic and depressing, because as he grows older, Theo loses most of his resistance to bloodshed and inadvertently becomes a warrior, despite his original desire to join the Glauxian Brothers, a group of priestly owls. Another character that matures over the plot of the story is Lutta, one of the antagonists turned protagonist. She was an experimental hagsfiend created by another hagsfiend, given the abilities to transform into any species of owl, Lutta impersonates Emerilla, a soldier who went MIA (Missing In Action). On a mission to steal the Ember of Hoole, she unexpectedly becomes infatuated with Hoole, and eventually falls in love with him. Before, she was considered a freak, an abomination, but after spending time at the Great Ga’Hoole tree, she begins to what seems like a gizzard, the organ only owls possess and where their strongest emotions are felt. Earning the trust of Hoole, she unintentionally begins to develop feelings for him, and in the final battle, she finds that she is unable to kill him and steal the ember. To make her situation worse, she is then killed by another owl on the accusation of spying for the enemy. Despite that, Lutta had made a complete U-turn on her opinion of owls and their gizzards, and creates one herself. To sum it up, almost all of the main cast of the book were transformed in one way or another, and that made Kathryn Lasky’s tale of nobility and owls all the more appealing. To wrap up “To Be a King,” the pure essence of its characters and plot have this book listed as a favorite among many other readers.If you liked this review, I would highly recommend that you read the series, because even though I've explained the main plot, this is nothing compared to the magnificence which is the "Guardians of Ga'hoole."

  • Aparajitabasu
    2019-03-11 12:14

    Book 11 and the final book of the Legends Triology, To Be A King was likable not excellent for besides a few errors, the author didn't tie up all of the loose ends as effectively as in her previous books.The things I liked about this book in particular were the creative new characters, a new romance, and Hoole's transition from being a chick to an adult, from being a follower to a leader. Part of the book centers on the forces of evil (Pleek, Ygryk, Kreeth, and Lutta, Pleek and Ygryk's "daughter"), while the other part centers on the newly formed Guardians of Ga'Hoole.This book basically lays the foundation for the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, the sea of Hoolmere and the Island of Hoole. The final battle for the N'rythghar is waged. While King Hoole reigns over the S'rthgahr, chaos runs rampant in the N'rythghar. Lord Arrin is ammassing an army for a final invasion, while kraals, Ullryck's hagsfiend troops, and a mad upstart owl's forces fight for the spoils. King Hoole must also form an army before Short Light, or lose all hope of ever reclaiming his father's throne. Hoole gains new allies: Strix Strumajen the Spotted Owl, Sir Bors the Barn Owl, Sir Tobyfor the Northern Hawk Owl, Lord Rathnik the Snowy Owl, and many others.New, dark forces also lurk, preparing to strike and steal the Ember of Hoole: the archfiend Kreeth, and the changeling bird Lutta. Lutta transforms into Emerilla, Strix Strumajen's lost daughter, in order to gain Hoole's trust and steal the Ember. But Lutta finds something much more than just the Ember...There are also deaths in To Be A King, but nothing too disappointing. Basically, the entire book explains how the Guardians of Ga'Hoole came to be.But there were some problems in the book. Some parts were poorly edited, and had many errors. At the end, it was unclear whether or how Lord Arrin, Ullryck, and Shadyk were defeated and/or killed. Sure, Hoole and the Guardians triumphed, but the whole battle was mostly vague.Other than that, To Be A King is a great ending for the Legends trilogy and provides some insight on Book 12, The Golden Tree.

  • Sparks
    2019-03-22 16:21

    To Be a King is the 11 book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole seires and the last in the three parter Leginds of Ga'Hoole written by Kathryn Lasky.In this final instalment of the 'Leagens of Ga'Hoole' 3 part seires and tells the story of how Hoole trys to undeerstand the ember and to rid the world of the Hagsfiend and thier Half-Hags. unlike other books before it where theres yousualy one or two main characters and another one where the story focuses on for a chapter or two. But in this book we get three main charactors that are focust on for almost the same amount of chapters. They are Hoole (obviusly), Theo and a new comer called Kreeth who is a shape shifting Hagsfiend. The only bad thing about having three storys running parallel to one another and intersecting in several plasses the story overal seems a bit shorter and you have to read another three chapters before you can learn what hapes to hoole next. But apart from the very small almost minascusl bad things about this book the overall plot and story where great and I'm just sad that Hoole can't be a recuring character and will now only be mentioned in the 4 remaining books in the seires. I can't tell you what i realy enjoud about this book because they are spoiler. But I can tell you this the one that tells this story is not revieled. Like the previus two books it is optional to read this book but I would really recomend this book.

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2019-03-02 18:19

    In the eleventh installment of author Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, the final book in the Legends trilogy, Hoole sits in his father’s thrown and goes to war against evil forces, with his first collier Grank using his skills to forge battle weapons. Hoole himself further seeks a place to establish a kingdom, ultimately finding what becomes the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. The prologue focuses on Soren and company stumbling upon the book-within-a-book with the same title as this entry, with the main story itself commencing with Hoole flying not as a king, but as a knight.Hoole quickly hides his identity as a monarch, learning about parliamentary procedures and establishing himself as the first Guardian of Ga’Hoole. Meanwhile, in the Ice Narrows, the hagsfiend Ygryk awaits the hatching of a Barn Owl she names Lutta, whom she personally grooms. This entry like its predecessors has some original terminology, such as katabat, a northern draft, and other characters such as Theo and Svenka returns, with readers introduced to the latter’s sire of her cubs. The book ends with a prophecy tying into the present-day Ga’Hoole stories, and is overall an enjoyable read for those who enjoyed its precursors.

  • Amy
    2019-03-15 18:28

    Well, this is one of my favorites so far in the series. I really hate the half-hags, by the way... I really hate them.I thought the story of Lutta was really tragic. I didn't like that at all. Whatever.I don't understand the rush to get rid of ALL magic in the land. Good magic is just that: good. I can understand wanting to get rid of the magic of the hagsfiends... I'm also confused. Since when is flame-reading a magic thing? I guess it's definitely abnormal and whatnot, but it's not like Kreeth and her spells and witchcraft and whatnot. Eh. I don't know.I loved seeing how the Great Ga'Hoole Tree came to be and how it's organization came to be. Hoole! You are one heck of an owl!Well, now I really hope that the modern Guardians of Ga'Hoole can stop Nyra before she brings the hagsfiends back in full force. I never liked her, especially since she couldn't have any real love for her son. It makes perfect sense, though. Without a true gizzard, she couldn't feel anything but rage. She's definitely a hagsfiend!Onwards I go to the next book!

  • Ashley
    2019-02-26 15:16

    Guardians of Ga'Hoole: To Be A King (Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 11) Summary: Nachtmagen rages through the N'yrthghar as hagsfiends and traitorous lords conspire to defeat new king. With Grank and Theo at his side, Hoole must forge an army of free owls strong enough to defeat the forces of darkness massing on the horizon. The power of the one Ember fires the young king's very gizzard and he grows great. But for young Hoole there us a danger much closer than treacherous lords and the poison of half-hags. For magic - even good magic - brings great peril to those who would wield it. So Soren, Coryn, and the Band read the final legend and glimpse what the future may demand of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole.Rating: 2 starsOpening Line: "'Nachtmagen!' The word hung in the air treacherous, insidious."Quote: "I am an old wolf, my time has come. You must not go against such things just because you have the ember."

  • Cara
    2019-03-21 11:36

    Another amazing book in the series of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky.Hoole amasses a huge army to fight against the hagfiends and the rogue forces of the North and to save his father's palace was melting from rot. Hoole's tree is infiltrated by a hag(ish)fiend that can transform though once she arrives she realizes her mission to steal the Ember is much harder than she anticipated now that she has a gizzard and begins to experience feelings.The real Emerilla is missing only to be found in the most dangerous place, in the rotting palace with the rogue king acting as a serving maid, awaiting her chance to strike.I'm so sad that this is the last book with Hoole, Grank, Theo and the wolves. It was so awesome to learn about how everything got started, but I'm also excited to get back to Soren, Coryn and the band. When will Coryn tell everyone else his secret?

  • Sara
    2019-03-04 14:38

    These books are entertaining but FIFTEEN book in the series is too many for me! My new plan is to read through these last few books on my own quickly, and then summarize them for the kids. We haven't had as much time to read together lately and I think we're all a little weary of these owls. I have a box of children's classics that we recently inherited that I can't wait to dive into with them, so we're going to wrap up Ga'Hoole as quickly as we can :) I would recommend these for about a 10-yr-old to read on their own, rather than read-alouds for moms & kids.

  • Kest Schwartzman
    2019-03-22 13:35

    This is a truly awful book. It's not even the fun kind of bad- just the slogging through terrible writing kind of bad. The story is largely uninteresting, the characters unexplored, and the author continuously forgets her own plot points. Only good thing? Wolves with laser eyes having a rave out in the desert. That image will stay with me for a while.

  • Aimee
    2019-02-27 18:23

    Just like the past few books the 'band' is only mentioned in the prologue and epilogue. This story once again is about the past and Hoole's story. I still really enjoy the wolves and polar bears in the story. It's really cute how the author incorperates them into the story.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-07 17:32

    Really thankful this section of the series is over. It was interesting a all to know the history, but all of the un-needed villains and characters with weird names, "magic," and whatever really made these last 3 a drag. On to the final 4.

  • Kayla
    2019-03-18 11:20

    I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way the story line was portrayed, and the characters were funny. But, the "hole" that I mentioned in my last review of this book The Coming of Hoole still left me seeing loose ends.

  • Brandon
    2019-03-09 17:28

    I think this book is very interesting and I hope that people will read it

  • Lu
    2019-03-11 18:26

    I'm glad the author is giving us the history of the great Ga'Hoole tree. It helps make the way she took the series after the original six books make a lot more sense.

  • William Peng
    2019-03-22 10:34

    this is a thrilling book.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-12 14:14

    Ending the telling of The Legends of Ga'Hoole, the eleventh book is the best of the first eleven and has a thrilling plot! Yay, a five!!!

  • Bailey Waters
    2019-02-26 18:17


  • Elise
    2019-03-11 17:23

    I don't remember this one much either. I remember I did not spend too much time in it, so that is probably why.