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Tensions erupt in the owl kingdom when the forces of evil wage war against the protectors of good. Enraged by his clash with Soren and driven by an all-consuming desire for power, Kludd and his group, the Pure Ones, launch an attack upon the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. The noble owls who live there must fight fiercely to protect their resources and defend their honor. Meanwhile,Tensions erupt in the owl kingdom when the forces of evil wage war against the protectors of good. Enraged by his clash with Soren and driven by an all-consuming desire for power, Kludd and his group, the Pure Ones, launch an attack upon the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. The noble owls who live there must fight fiercely to protect their resources and defend their honor. Meanwhile, Soren is called upon by the elders of the Great Tree to lead a mission back to the one place he thought he'd never see again-St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. He and his crew will have to enter St. Aggie's as spies, then leave unnoticed once their work is done. If peace is to be restored, he must do it again....

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The Siege Reviews

  • Cherie
    2019-03-26 14:36

    Most parts of these stories are so improbable, but some are heartwarming. I must be nuts, but I have enjoyed listening to the audio of these stories. I am constantly amazed at the imagination of the author and the talent of the narrator.There is evil and wickedness in story but also love and admiration and companionship. The siege of the great tree and the battle for their home is the main theme in this story, but the Owls and their diversity are an overriding. No one is better than any other. They work together and fight together. It is not over yet.

  • Amara Tanith
    2019-03-09 17:00

    This series is so strange to me. As I said in my previous reviews, I'm really bothered by all the discrimination on the part of the protagonists and the plot's inherent hypocrisy. On the other hand, there are nuggets of awesome tucked in here and there.For example, I felt the sudden creation of the Band was something of a cop-out because there wasn't really much building of the comradarie; the four owls were suddenly friends for life, no questions asked. But the Chaw of Chaws? It took the Band's stated relationship and build upon it to get a killer team with a solid friendship as backbone. I felt like I was watching the Harry Potter kids become a family again. I love well-developed teams of characters, and the Chaw of Chaws fit the bill perfectly.But there's just so much nonsense elsewhere that the awesome bits are lost in the sea of bullshit. It is so disappointing to me that the relationship dynamic between Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, Otulissa, Ruby, Martin, Eglantine, Primrose, and Ezylryb got bogged down by all the bungled racism, the juvenile handling of mature themes, and the wishy-washy world-building.

  • WTF Are You Reading?
    2019-03-18 13:47

    Soren and the "Chaw of Chaws" must do all that they can to protect the Ga'Hoole Tree from the onslaught of Kludd and the "Pure Ones". In the mean time however, Soren, Gilfie and Twilight must venture back to the dreaded St. Aegolius for Orphaned Owls to ferret out double agents that may be smuggling out 'flecks' to the "Pure Ones". I was captivated by the continuation of the this great saga. Though Soren is the main character, there is a shared attention to each of the supporting cast that makes the story hard to put down. I was with the "Chaw of Chaws" when they prepared for the mission to infiltrate St. Aggies. When each of the owls was taught the part of the Ga'Hoole legend that appled to him or her. I was beside myself when they made their escape with the information that they needed. The battle for the tree was so well fought and I loved every minute.Another good one!

  • Mr. Graham
    2019-02-28 17:35

    The Siege is the fourth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, and is the story of a war between the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and the Pure Ones. The main character, Soren, shows remarkable leadership during the different phases of the war, and is helped many others along the way. The title refers to the action taken by the Pure Ones in laying siege to the Island of Hoole where the Guardians reside. It is a story about a battle between good and evil with overtones of the educated vs. the ignorant. The Pure Ones are ignorant and believe that their pure race of Barn Owls is superior to all other life. The Guardians stand for knowledge and learning, through which they know that all owls are created equal. This knowledge vs. ignorance theme is present throughout the series, and is brought to attention in chapter three of this book. Some of the Guardians declare some knowledge forbidden and seek to take books out of the library. The true leader of the Guardians, Ezylryb is strongly against the notion of forbidden knowledge. It is against everything the Guardians stand for. As we learn about the Pure Ones, and the owls of St. Aggie's, we see that they only want the knowledge that will benefit them in their quests to dominate other owl kingdoms. Beyond that, learning is forbidden. Otulissa has realized that the St. Aggie's owls will believe whatever she says because they themselves are not learners. She also realizes that “they could do real damage with what they might find out...” In chapter 17 we find out how appalling it is to Ezylryb to see a book destroyed, and the length he goes to repair it. The author is obviously letting us know how important knowledge and learning is. Also in chapter 17 we learn a little more about Soren's parents. They seem to have the same view of war that Ezylryb has. They hate it. While the author lets us know in this book that there are things worth fighting for, the point is apparent that war is detestable and should be avoided as much as it can be. In chapter 20 Soren comes to this realization. “There was nothing particularly glorious or heroic about war, Soren realized. It was really nothing more than a grubby, vile task to vanquish a foul tyranny...” Chapter 18 shows the natural views associated with knowledge and learning. Ezylryb speaks for the entire educated world in his speech when he says the following: “It is in the very diversity of our breeds, the rainbow of our colors, the multiplicity of our shapes that we find richness.” He goes on to say that they must win the war, for it is the only way for owlkind to go on with “those impulses for life, for honor, and for freedom.” A worthy cause to be sure. There is an explanation of Kludd's rise to power that makes it plausible. It's really not Metal Beak that is in power, but his mate, Nyra. He did not rise to power by great leadership or proving himself in battle, but only by defeating Nyra's former mate, during which he got his first set of deformities. The Siege was easily the best book in the series to this point. The story can stand alone as a war between good and evil. It had a theme threaded all the way through. The war was won by the good guys at the end, and the groundwork is set for book five. We found that Hortense still lives as Mist. There is a great cast of complementary heroes including Mist, the eagles, Slynella, and the Rogue Smith. This book was a good, satisfying read.

  • Anna
    2019-03-02 13:45

    One of my favourites in the series. Guardians finally take some measures to stop St. Aegolius, though I wonder why it took so long. Spy games between Chaw of Chaws, St. Aegolius and Pure Ones are gripping. Besides, the tension between Guardians and Pure Ones is resolved in an open conflict. The book shows how Metal Beak rose to power, and it introduces his mate Nyra, who, don't matter how much I hate her, is a good villian.This review wouldn't be complete without mention of Otulissa. In previous books she had overgrown her snobbery, but in 'The Siege' her character development marches on. Otulissa stands for what's right, even if it means to oppose a ryb. She fights to defend what Guardians stand for and loses those she loves. She is a warrior now, but she didn't lose her scientific mind and love of studying. No wonder Otulissa is my second favourite of all characters!

  • Luna
    2019-02-26 16:42

    Kathryn Lasky has done it again, making this series even better (and I didn't even know that was possible)! Otulissa just gets better and better! She is developing into a much more important and complex character. The Siege immediately got me hooked! Later, I started reading a different book that I really liked! Soon I was reading the other book more often than The Siege. Then my wonderful sister made me read The Siege when she saw me reading the other book. I'm glad she did! Lasky sure knows how to write a book!

  • Tyler Hedge
    2019-03-06 17:45

    Soren and his friends are sent on a special mission to a place Soren and Gylfie thought they would never see again, St.Aggies school for orphaned owls. This book was great especially the siege of Hoole when its the guardians versus the pure ones. It was really funny when Otulissa throws a dead ground squirrel in Dewlaps face and says "splink on you" - the worst word an owl could say!!! If you have read the other books you how proper Otulissa is.

  • Lars Guthrie
    2019-03-26 17:54

    Lasky keeps things moving along in this great fourth volume in the series, as Soren and his mates go undercover at the evil St. Aggie's School for Orphaned Owls, and then into full battle mode as Soren's evil brother Kludd leads an attack on the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. This one also introduces Kludd's mate, the Lady Macbethish Nyra. Thrills, chills and lots to think about.

  • Ashlee
    2019-03-05 09:53

    I can't believe I've gotten threw 4 books in less than 8 months

  • Joanna
    2019-03-04 16:50

    I gave 4 stars to all the books from the series I've read so far even though I know deep down that they have not all necessarily deserved them. There's some awfully lazy writing at times and reading for the umpteenth time about owls' supreme digestive system can be a bit exasperating but I was always going to love those books, no matter what. Come on! It's a fantasy series about warrior owls, it was made for me :) Now I just need to hunt down the remaining 11 books from the series. Why has no UK publisher put their hands on the series yet??

  • Cara
    2019-03-19 10:37

    Excellent fourth installment of the Ga'Hoolian series. Lots of action and intrigue going on in and out of the tree. Soren and his friends and fellow Guardians are trapped within the tree by Kludd and Pure Ones. They must find a way a way to go on the offensive and they do, but at great cost!Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

  • Reese Sudbeck
    2019-03-14 15:37

    this one is good because its things leading up to more action and preparation between owls about to fight and go to war which yea who wouldnt want that so might as well read it Lel.

  • Gylfie Whitneyi
    2019-03-24 17:59

    I like this book but it is somewhat sad, because of Strix Struma's death. Like Otulissa, I had very much liked Strix Struma, so her death was very sad to me. I don't think that the Strix Struma Strikers can be the Strix Struma Strikers without the dignified and beloved Spotted Owl that they were named for and leaded by. But she died at the talons of Her Pureness General Mam Nyra, mate of Metal Beak (a.k.a. KLUDD and HIGH TYTO), so Struma's death was a war-caused death. [i'll stop right here with Strix Struma's death- i'm not going to go on about it like Otulissa, who kept saying "I could've saved her".]Other than Struma's death, this book is great. It has exciting battles, and even a slipgizzle/turnfeather is at the Great Tree. The Bonk Brigade (Flame Squadron) did some great fighting. The Band even came up with a plan to do a surprise attack on the Pure Ones. So/ I give this book 5 stars.

  • Dominik Von
    2019-03-26 16:39

    Kludd, after crash-landing in a pool of water, is nursed back to health by a pilgrim owl. During this, he is plotting an attack, an attack against the Guardians of Ga’Hoole… Meanwhile, with Ezylryb back and Eglantine back to her senses, Soren is as happy as ever. Then the parliament drops the bomb. He and the Band must go out and spy in St. Aggies, the horrid school in the canyons. And the Pure Ones, the terrible group of Barn Owls led by Kludd, are massing at the cliffs by the Sea of Hoolemere. What will happen to all the Ga’Hoolians? This is a great book. I recommend it to anyone 10 years of age or older. You should read it. I loved it, and you will, too.

  • Catherine ~Whatever you are, be a good one~
    2019-03-07 09:41

    **No specific spoilers, but events discussed generally, like in a synopsis**In this book, the Pure Ones are growing stronger. Their terrible cruelty is seen. The seven work together, learning about each other and carrying out important missions. The owls are truly at war now.There's definitely some character growth, which is interesting to watch. Characters change and are challenged. I think the book could use a bit more tragedy, being at war and all, but it's mostly good. I'd like to find out more about Ruby and Martin in future books. I'll guess we'll see!Animal lovers, especially, bird lovers, will likely enjoy this series (what I've seen so far). Other readers may as well.

  • Grace
    2019-03-17 16:36

    Confusing, although I rate is higher than Kathryn Lasky's other books, such as the Shattering because it was just better than the others. It made more sense, more interesting plot twists, although, every owl (besides Soren, which was a little unsettleing), seemed to think the same thing, about what was going to happen (will not say the happening because spoilers/time), and Soren, of course was RIGHT.RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. Which I think should not be what the main character is doing. He/she should be wrong sometimes. Not all the time, but he cant be always RIGHT?!I give this book 4 stars.

  • Jennys Bücherkiste
    2019-03-15 16:48

    Rezension:Kann Spoiler bezüglich der ersten drei Teile enthalten!Dieses Buch hat seinen Namen nicht verdient, finde ich. Sowohl der Titel aus auch die Kurzbeschreibung versprechen viel mehr als die Geschichte hält. Die Belagerung des Großen Ga’Hoole Baumes ist nicht das bestimmende Thema, sondern findet überhaupt nur auf den letzten paar Seiten statt. Auch die Ausführlichkeit lässt zu wünschen übrig. Gravierende Auswirkungen einer Belagerung, wie beispielsweise Nahrungsmittelknappheit, sind nicht nur körperlich belastend, sondern können auch die ganze Gruppe demoralisieren. Doch statt genauer darauf einzugehen, welche Auswirkungen es hat, dass die Eulen den Baum nicht verlassen können, erfährt der Leser nur schnell in zwei Sätzen, dass die Eulen alle abnehmen und ständig Hunger haben. Überhaupt wird die Belagerung fast ausschließlich im Zeitraffer und dazu noch ziemlich oberflächlich geschildert. Das hat mich enttäuscht, weil ich so nicht mitfühlen konnte und auch kaum Spannung aufkam.Erst mit dem finalen Kampf, also im vorletzten Kapitel, wurde die Spannung erhöht. Die Schlacht an sich ist recht kurz und oberflächlich gehalten, schließlich handelt es sich eigentlich immer noch um ein Kinderbuch, aber bei der großen Menge an Gegnern sind Verluste ganz natürlich. Da die Geschichte zu dem Zeitpunkt aus Sorens Sicht geschildert wird und er alle Krallen voll damit zu tun hat, sein eigenes Leben zu retten, werden alle anderen Charaktere stark vernachlässigt, sodass jeder von ihnen, vorerst unbemerkt, sterben könnte. Da war ich wirklich neugierig, wen es wohl erwischt und habe um meine, zugegeben recht wenigen, Lieblingscharaktere gebangt.Was in der Schlacht noch ein Pluspunkt war, ist danach aber ein weiterer Kritikpunkt. Immer wieder erwähnt die Autorin, dass es zu Verlusten gekommen ist. Doch es werden fast nie Namen genannt, sodass es zwar tragisch ist, mir aber kein bisschen nahe geht. Es kommen nicht nur unwichtige, namenlose Eulen ums Leben, aber bei niemandem hat mich der Tod wirklich berührt. Dadurch wirkt dann auch die Trauer von Soren und seinen Freunden viel zu entfernt. Natürlich ist es eigentlich nur ein Kinderbuch, aber in Anbetracht der extrem blutigen Szenen, die schon mehrfach ausführlich beschrieben wurden, denke ich, dass es dem Buch wirklich besser getan hätte, zumindest einen Charakter ums Leben kommen zu lassen, der die Sympathien der Leser hat.Hinzu kommt auch noch, dass der groß im Klappentext angekündigte Verräter eigentlich überhaupt keine Rolle spielt. Von Anfang an ist mehr als offensichtlich, um wen es sich handelt. Das empfinden wohl auch die meisten Charaktere so, denn der Spion wird gar nicht erst mit wichtigen Aufgaben oder geheimen Informationen betraut. Ich muss sagen, dass es fast schon der schlechteste Verräter aller Zeiten ist. Falls es den Reinen irgendetwas bringt, jemanden im Ga’Hoole Baum auf ihrer Seite zu haben, außer in einer Schlacht einige namenlose Eulen töten zu können, dann geht das in der Geschichte völlig unter.Außerdem ist mir der Sinn hinter fast zwei Drittel der Handlung noch nicht wirklich klar. Da das Parlament der Eulenritter glaubt, die Reinen würden die Tupfen aus dem Sankt Ägolius Internat für verwaiste Eulen stehlen wollen, beschließen sie, eine Gruppe Spione einzuschleusen. Dafür werden Soren und seine Freunde ausgewählt, die sich inzwischen die Brigade der Besten nennen. Mit einer wasserdichten Legende und allen möglichen Vorsichtsmaßnahmen schleichen sie sich in das Internat ein. Besonders für Gylfie und Soren ist das belastend, da die ja schon im ersten Teil dort gefangen waren.Der genaue Auftrag der Brigade der Besten leuchtete mir schon auf ihrem Hinflug nicht ein und das hat sich mit der Ankunft auch nicht geändert. Sie alle werden für verschiedene Arbeiten eingeteilt, verbreiten Lügengeschichten und leben in einem Chaos aus ehrlich mondwirren Schleiereulen, Spionen der Reinen und Doppelspionen der Reinen, die von den Leitern des Sankt Äggie umgedreht wurden. Mitten im Durcheinander diverser Enttarnungen fliehen sie dann wieder. Und ich weiß immer noch nicht, was sie da eigentlich wollen. Es scheint fast als wäre der ganze Handlungsstrang nur darauf ausgelegt, dass die Eulen auf dem Rückweg die Armee der Reinen am Hoolemeer entdecken. Dafür mehr als die Hälfte des Inhalts des Buches zu verbrauchen, ist wirklich unnötig.Der einzige Teil, der mir wirklich gefallen hat, sind Ezylrybs Ansprachen während der Belagerung. Schon im Vorwort erklärt die Autorin, dass sie sich dabei an den Rundfunkansprachen Winston Churchills während des Zweiten Weltkriegs orientiert hat. Zwar sind die Reden ein bisschen zu kurz, um wirklich vollkommen mitreißend zu sein, aber ein bisschen Kampfgeist habe ich auch gespürt. Der erfahrene Kämpfer weiß wirklich, wie er seine Truppen motivieren kann. Und das, obwohl sie sich bloß verteidigen, da es gegen die Grundsätze der Eulenritter verstößt, andere Eulen anzugreifen!Fazit:Der Titel ist so kaum gerechtfertigt und auch der Klappentext verspricht viel zu viel. Die Belagerung nimmt nur einen kleinen Teil der Geschichte ein und ist enttäuschend oberflächlich beschrieben. Den größten Teil der Handlung nimmt die Spionagearbeit der Brigade der Besten in Sankt Äggie ein, die aber weder ein deutliches Ziel noch einen tieferen Sinn hat. An der missglückten Umsetzung dieser Belagerung können auch Ezylrybs feurige Schlachtreden kaum noch etwas retten. Daher bekommt „Die Legende der Wächter: Die Belagerung“ leider nur drei Schreibfedern von mir.

  • Sarah Elizabeth
    2019-03-20 10:40

    This is by far the best of the series, yet. Lasky stops with the over-re-explaining of things and focuses on the action, the character development, and the intrigue. I finished in a day as it was super short (kid book, after all) but very powerfully driven. I had to know what happened next!

  • Gothic Kat
    2019-03-15 11:05

    MY FAVE and that is all...

  • Mary Bulloch
    2019-03-25 11:02

    I love these books!!

  • Ethan
    2019-03-26 11:47

    The book Guardians of Ga'Hoole The Siege by Kathryn Lasky tells you how the owls in the Great Ga'Hoole tree defend the tree. The owls who live in the Great Ga'Hoole tree are protecting it from the cruel owls called the Pure Ones. The part that is exciting about the book is that the main character, Soren, has a brother, Kludd and Kludd is the leader of the Pure Ones. This makes the story a lot more intense because you know that when the fight begins, it is going to be more exciting than a usual fight.

  • Ryder
    2019-03-04 15:04

    This book is very good because its abiut two teams of owls fighting for landn at Ga'Hoole and i hightl recomend this book, it has figting, owls and its set in a forest.

  • Kade
    2019-03-20 13:44

    This book is great. Soren and friends go on a secret mission to rescue a ryb or teacher owl from flecks, which are tiny pieces of metal that can make an owls mind go blank. The ryb is effected by flecks and Soren and friends save him from Kludd, Soren's brother, with burning branches.

  • J.D.Staton
    2019-03-09 10:51

    This piece of the remarkable "Guardians Of Ga'Hoole" series was a bit challenging, for me, in that it's been several weeks since I read the last book, so I struggled to recall all of the events and characters I'd previously read about. However, this entire series is so brilliant, it makes my "I'd love to read this series, again and again" list. Getting all of the books, in order, from the library, however, can be a bit of a challenge.The increasing complexity of the relationships between the characters is growing, as the series develops. I hadn't realized the author was recreating/drawing on World War 2 for some of her inspirations, particularly the inspiring speeches. In future books, in this series, I hope the author explores how it is that two offspring, bred and raised by the same parents, can turn out to be so very different from each other, in terms of personality, interests, values, goals, etc. This isn't something that most young readers are informed of, at young ages - as though the adults in their worlds don't want to discuss the matter. Thus, it can and often does stun youngsters to discover just how different their parents are from their siblings (aunts and uncles), as well as, how young readers, themselves, can be extraordinarily different, on all of these levels, from their own sisters and/or brothers. Klugg and Soren are so very different in how they use their knowledge, interests, abilities, relationships, etc., this remarkable diversity of siblings accurately displays how individual choices and decisions decide far more than sibling rivalry, parental beliefs/raising strategies, and so many others external aspects of life. It would be a fascinating classroom discussion and/or essay assignment, to question why the two brothers started off making such different choices and continued to do so, as time moved on.It's hard to know how this brief link in the the series could have been improved upon. As such, it receives a 5 star rating, from me.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-26 10:54

    This is the fourth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. Our oldest decided to read this series after reading several of the books in the associated Wolves of the Beyond series. This is a pretty long series, so I suppose we'll have some reading to do for quite some time. This is a dramatic tale and I'm a bit on the fence about the appropriateness of the themes compared to the target audience. There is a lot of mature content in these tales and while I'm sure our oldest can handle it, I think we should probably discuss these tales a bit more. This is exactly the reason why I read the books our girls read - I need to know that it's not just a highly recommended, popular series. This book is an engaging, quick read, and I liked the allusion to the events during WWII and the nod to Winston Churchill. Still, the plot is quite dramatic and the while the battle may be won, the war is far from over. We will certainly continue on, since the story has got us hooked. interesting quotes:"It would be brains and not braun that succeeded here, and this was a comforting thought." (p. 71)"There was nothing particularly glorious or heroic about war, Soren realized. It was really nothing more than a grubby, vile task to vanquish a foul tyranny led by his own brother." (p. 161)

  • sparrowcrazy
    2019-03-13 11:41

    Idk if it's just that I read the last book a year ago or not but somehow this one seems a bit weaker in the writing.Not horrible but just confusing. There's a lot of moments in it that seem to attempt to stirr up some new plot and then seem to forget all about it.I'm guessing it will be explained in the next book but it just comes across as confusing and unnecessary when it doesn't even try to explain it a bit further.Example:At the end when Soren wakes up and "knows what must be done" and rushes of to Otulissa and then their conversation explains absolutely nothing about it. It's like Soren.. Soren.. hello? Know what?!Or Otulissa's weird behavior after the battle and Soren's bafflement about it. It's kind of understandable but it just seems badly explained like it tries to be overly mysterious and dramatic. I suspect it will be brought up and explained later, but it seemed like the book tried to bring up the mystery to soon and then drop it too quickly. It might have done better to wait till the next book.Idk that's just how it felt to me. Also another things is the gore... I thought this was aimed at younger children? It contains a surprisingly high amount of descriptions of blood, feathers flying, ripping wings off and cutting throats. O.o I wouldn't read this to a kid...This said I still enjoyed it a lot.. I read it straight through. But I was slightly disappointed... it wasn't quite up to the standard of the previous three. Still the story is interesting and I'll most likely get the next one someday.=)

  • Derek Lin
    2019-03-09 14:55

    “ The Siege” hooks the readers mind by adding effective and strong language to the book.The story is about tensions erupt in the owl kingdom when the forces of evil wage war against the protectors of good. Enraged by his clash with Soren and driven by and all-consuming desire for power, Kludd and his group, the Pure Ones, launch an attack upon the Great Ga”Hoole Tree. The noble owls who live there must fight fiercely to protect their resources and defend their honor. Meanwhile, Soren is called upon by the elders of the great tree to lead a mission back to the one place he thought he had never see again- St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. He and his crew will have to enter St. Aggies as spies, then leave unnoticed once their work is done. Soren escaped the rocky confines of St. Aggies once. if peace is to be restored, he must do it again.One thing I like about this book is when the owls have war I like it because I can image how the owls fight with each other and the antagonist are very strong it makes the book more interesting when I m reading it.One thing I dislike about this book is the language of the book. I dislike it because when I was reading the book I find out that the language of the book is quite confusing for me. I think some of the book I don’t really understand what are they talking about Overall I find this book to be interesting because I like the part when the owls fight and also they talk about the noble owls that live there and they must fight fiercely to protect their resources and defend their honor.

  • Kahlan
    2019-03-20 11:50

    Voici donc la petite chronique de l'un des livres de mon fils, parce qu'il est fan du royaume de Hoole et de ses habitants, et que je le suis tout autant que lui...Pas une seconde de répit pour Soren et ses petits amis ! Après un terrible combat contre Kludd, devenu l'effroyable Bec d'Acier, voilà qu'on leur confie une mission des plus périlleuse : infiltrer Saint-Ægo, cette affreuse pension où Soren et Gylfie ont vécu leurs pires moments. Que l'on soit une chouette ou un être humain, le fait d'affronter son passé est une épreuve qui demande beaucoup de courage, et c'est ce que Kathryn Lasky nous propose ici.Le siège est une belle leçon de courage. Il y est question d'apprendre à contrôler sa peur pour être plus fort, de lutter au nom des valeurs auxquelles on croit, mais aussi des horreurs et de l'absurdité de la guerre. Tout en souplesse, l'auteur aborde ici des thèmes essentiels, mais à aucun moment le ton ne devient moralisateur. La magie de Ga'Hoole fonctionne encore, c'est indéniable, et je me surprends à grandement apprécier ces chouettes et leur mode de vie qui véhiculent des valeurs intéressantes.A mon goût, un roman un petit peu court, qui aurait mérité quelques développements sur ce second séjour de Soren à Saint-Ægo, mais cela ne gâche nullement notre plaisir. Ce quatrième tome des Gardiens de Ga'Hoole est dans la lignée des précédents, et on ne s'ennuie pas une minute. Petits ou grands, vous serez conquis et en redemanderez.

  • Evin Carvill-ziemer
    2019-03-24 16:38

    I'm enjoying this series overall, despite the weird hypocrisy of owls over other birds. I can easily excuse some things that don't make sense (castles still standing, stained glass still around, but humans gone for thousands of years).But during this book the gaps in logic in the Ga'Hoolian society are getting to be too much. (1) A tree with so many owlets and young owls in training to be Ga'Hoolian Guardian knights or what not would surely either (a) have many adult actual knights able to fight or (b) have many adults living elsewhere, now raising chicks, able to be called back when the tree is in danger. Instead, the tree seems terribly poorly populated once the fighting force is assembled compared to the number of young owls we know as characters. It seems to be a tree full of young owls with a few elderly owls as teachers. Odd. Where do the adults go?(2) The Ga'Hoole tree seems to have partly survived because it was seen as such a legend. Surely if this is part of their defense, they should work to keep themselves secret. But they return owl chicks to nests--who do they say they are? And since it was so hard for Soren etc to find owls who believed in the tree, then how do the Pure One know they really exist? (3) A society with so many riches--in knowledge, fire, etc--in a land with so many wars, would have been attacked before. Surely, it would require better defenses than young owls.

  • Hikari
    2019-03-12 09:54

    Endlich sind auch die ersten Bücher nach Band 3 im Taschenbuch erhältlich in der deutschen Ausgabe. Das freut mich sehr und so habe ich sofort zugeschlagen und mir den vierten Band gekauft.Die Belagerung knüpft im Prolog nahtlos an das Ende vom vorherigen Buch an und ich bin überrascht, wie düster und blutig es doch für ein Kinderbuch wird. Also es bleibt natürlich im Rahmen der Zielgruppe, aber die Geschichte wurde doch überraschend ernst, spannend und gut geschrieben. Das gefällt mir sehr gut und spricht damit auch mehrere Altersgruppen an und nicht nur die jüngere Hauptgruppe.Die Schreibweise von Kathryn Lasky in der Übersetung von Katharina Orgaß gefällt mir sehr gut. Die Verhaltensweisen der Eulen kommen zum einen gut heraus, zum anderen ist es so geschrieben, dass wir Menschen aber auch mitfühlen und mitfieber können und man sich in die Protagonisten hineinversetzen kann.Bei einigen ist eine interessante Charakterentwicklung im Buch zu entdecken und die Mischung des Protagonistenteams ist gut gestaltet und unterhaltsam gewählt. Einige Szenen lockern das eher düstere Thema gut auf und es macht Spaß, die jungen Eulen auf ihren Abenteuern zu begleiten.Das Ende des Buches fällt ein wenig in die Kategorie WIE JETZT? ENDE? NEIN!! und ich musste mir sofort Band 5 bestellen ;) Bisher mein liebster Band der Reihe und damit wohlverdiente 5 Sterne.