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Children's LiteratureFeminine relations are the key to this fifth title in the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series. In this novel, the focus is on the character of Eglantine, rather than on her older brother Soren as in the previous novels, as the author explores the relationships between nature versus nurture, the mirroring effect of a substitute mother, female best friends, the role of the female warrior in owl society and the difficulty Otulissa has in forgiving her female nemesis Dewlap. In this story, Eglantine has been having strange dreams, which make her yearn for her deceased parents. Her refusal to accept their deaths makes her vulnerable to manipulation. Meanwhile, the rest of the owls of the Ga'Hoole tree having repelled one attack by the Pure Ones, which was led by Soren and Eglantine's evil brother Kludd, are trying to strategize on how to prevent another attack. Readers new to the series may find Lasky's immediate immersion in the story disconcerting, as there is a great deal of vocabulary and plot history to understand. However, the fantasy's strong believability and fascinating plot make this series a must-read for fantasy-lovers. 2004, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 to 12.