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Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Rise of a Legend

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I love this book

I love this book sssoooooooooooooo much I am reading for a second time

posted by 18550563 on January 23, 2014

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13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

This novel is written as Ezylryb's memoir. It tells the story of

This novel is written as Ezylryb's memoir. It tells the story of how he came to be known to young owls as Lyze of Kiel, war hero. We also learn how this terrific character became an expert on weather, flying, and tactics.

I absolutely loved the first 3 books in the Gua...
This novel is written as Ezylryb's memoir. It tells the story of how he came to be known to young owls as Lyze of Kiel, war hero. We also learn how this terrific character became an expert on weather, flying, and tactics.

I absolutely loved the first 3 books in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Who would have thought that a world populated by owls could be so interesting? Owl culture, owl humor, and owl power-mongering turned out to be fascinating. I read books 4 and 5, too, but the series really fizzled. With 15 books in the series, it felt like Kathryn Lasky was cranking them out without regard for compelling, cohesive plot. When I saw this new entry I rolled my eyes, until I saw the premise. Ezylryb's backstory!?!? Heck yeah! So I gave it a shot - and I'm so glad I did!

Told as a first-person memoir, Rise of a Legend is a worthwhile companion to the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. In the initial series, Ezylryb fascinated me with his grizzled, complex personality. He was a grumpy old man who turned out to be a war-hero/genius with a troubled past. Finally, this novel lifts the veil on these mysteries, including some EPIC battle scenes where young Lyze saves lives while reinventing battle tactics. 

Of course there are also touching scenes between Lyze and his family and, later, with his beloved. While these scenes fleshed out his character, they were ultimately a distraction from the real action. It didn't help that they had the feel of an afterthought. Although, maybe that's only because my personal interest was so much in the battle scenes. It was like a tease, "When are we going to get to the big battle?" There were several skirmishes along the way that kept me reading, though, so that's good.

Bottom line - if you were a fan of the first few Guardians books, this one is totally worth a read. It has a nostalgic feel, like watching a fun movie that you haven't seen in a while. Although there were elements that were a bit underwhelming, Rise of a Legend still gave me the guilty pleasure I remember from the opening books.

posted by BooksAplenty on August 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    I love this book

    I love this book sssoooooooooooooo much I am reading for a second time

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Amazing book

    Interesting that this book is about ezylryb's past. AMAZING!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    NightMare

    The black she-cat padded in. "May i join?" She asks, as she lowers her head.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    I got at my book fair and it came with this and the last book

    And a owl necklace

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Owlblaze

    Gtgtb bbt

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Hollykit

    She stumbled around aimlessy, wailing in hunger.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Rabbitleap to Eaglekit and all

    She smiles at Eaglekit. "I bet you wil make a fine Medicine Cat." Then Rabbitleap looks at everyone. "I better get back to DarkClan." She pads back to othello. ((If you guys need me again, tell me when it isn't a school day. Which means I won't be on Monday and possibly Tuesday. Since this'll delete my previous post, Eaglekit already dressed your bullet wound, Hoverpelt.))

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Thunderheart

    Oh sorry my three adopted kits

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Sootfeather

    "You will." He sings, "Do you hear the Whisper Men? The Whisper Men are near. If you hear the Whisper Men, then turn away your ear. Do not hear the Whisper Men, whatever else you do. For once you hear the Whisper Men, they'll stop and look at you." (I'll be back later.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Hoverpelt

    We moved to echo mountain res one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Echostar

    Hoverpelt you are deputy while I am gone please take care of the Clan. My nook got taken away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Hello????????

    Somebody said to go here to join the "Echo Clan". I dont see anybody here who is parr of a plan. So yeah,bye.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Going to get this looks good

    Looks good-

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Best book

    Ok its sad in the end because Lyze's mate, Lil, or Lillium dies. Tragic but a cool and wonderful book to begin with. Read this first and it'll make sense after the whole series is read. Watch movie after book.

    -Ms. Outlissa

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    AWESOME BOOK

    I read this book yesterday and it is awesome! There needs to be a guardians of ga'hoole rp. If you wanna read this book, read at leest the first three book before or this wont make any sense

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    LYZE OF KIEL

    Love the book abd i already read sprit wolf awesome book spoil alert faloan and edme sorry if i spelled her name wrong are pawfast :))!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Hmm

    I guess shes stopping the wolves of the beyond now

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Sounds like the same plot of the movie almost

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Woss!

    Never seen the movie

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Most interesting bopk in the a must read book!!!!!!!!!!! :3 :) <3<3:)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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