It began as a dream. A quest for the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythic place where each night an order of owls rises to perform noble deeds. There Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger hope to find inspiration to fight the evil that dwells in the owl kingdom. The journey is long and harrowing. When Soren and his friends finally arrive at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, they will be tested in ways they never dreamed and face challenges they never imagined. If they can learn from their leaders and from one another, they will soon become true Ga'Hoolian owls-honest and brave, wise and true.
Book two of an eight book series about the Owl Gaurdians of GaHoole. Although fiction there is a great deal of information about different kinds of owls. The author has a great imagination! Suitable for Young Adult Readers.
This is a delightful find. Written by a woman who has actually studied the natural history and habits of owls, all kinds of fascinating tidbits arise to make the owls' world feel alive.
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The journey is long and harrowing. When Soren and his friends finally arrive at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, they will be tested in ways they never dreamed and face challenges they never imagined. If they can learn from their leaders and from one another, they will soon become true Ga'Hoolian owls---honest and brave, wise and true.
In The Journey, Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, and Mrs. P continue their trip to the great Ga'hoole tree they began in book 1, The Capture.
This book, like the first one, is somewhat of a puzzle to review. To start, it's obvious that the author put a lot of effort into world building for the story and I thought she was very creative. Soren and Gylfie are still very likeable and Mrs. P and Twilight start to come into their own as characters as well.
However, while the world building itself is good, it often isn't communicated very well, leaving me either confused or with an "information dump" feeling. Digger was another disappointment, being so underdeveloped that it almost feels like he isn't there most of the time.
As for an age recommendation, it's once again a puzzle. While it is pretty obviously written for a middle-grade audience (9-12), I find the story rather dark for that age range, and while I probably would have been able to handle it, many won't. On the other hand, the general feel is a little young for YA reading. I guess read it if you're interested, don't if you're not.
As a sequel, it didn't hold as strongly as the first book did, but it was good. Soren and his "band" of friends are searching for the tree of Ga'Hoole together. This is a document of their travel in searching for it and the troubles they face along the way. Soren is also trying to not think too much about the fate of his sister Eglatine, as he still doesn't know what happened to her.
I think this book has grand descriptions and I love that. There are a lot of characters and I always try to keep track of who is whom when I read books that introduce new characters.
Also, be aware, there are loads of things throughout this that talk about "wet poopers" as the owls mock birds who do so and think jokes about poop are hilarious. It comes up a lot. Definitely shows the humor of middle grade readers (which I am now).