The Bark of the Bog Owl

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Twelve-year-old Aidan Errolson comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life.

All that will change the day he first hears...
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Overview

Twelve-year-old Aidan Errolson comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life.

All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl and meets Dobro Turtlebane. Dobro is one of the feechiefolk-a tribe of half-civilized swamp dwellers who fight too much, laugh too loud, cry too easily, and smell just terrible.

But another meeting on that remarkable day may change Aidan's life even more profoundly. Bayard the Truthspeaker arrives with a startling pronouncement: Aidan Errolson will grow to be the Wilderking-the long-prophesied wild man who will come out of Corenwald's forests and swamps to lead the kingdom back to its former glory.

There's just one question: Is Bayard the Truthspeaker a prophet or a madman?

This initial installment in The Wilderking Trilogy is sure to capture the hearts of young and old, boys and girls alike. Written in the same fashion as The Lord of the Rings or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Bark of the Bog Owl, as the author says, will help "direct a God-fearing boy's sense of adventure and warrior spirit - his God-given wildness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988963221
  • Publisher: The Rabbit Room
  • Publication date: 2/19/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 308,179
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Godsgirl

    A great and entertaining book for all ages! I love how tje characters are consistant, and the Christian princials are not hidden. (I hope I spelled that right) all in all, quite well done!

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    A Fun Story

    ¿The Bark of the Bog Owl¿ is a fun book with fun characters. A retelling of the Biblical story of David, it manages to capture the heart of the tale while introducing new and hilarious characters. Since many readers already know the story of David, Rogers had to work harder to create a world that was both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. He succeeds admirably. Though the outline remains the same, new events and a new setting set this story on a solid foundation of its own. I highly recommend this story for any junior high or late elementary student¿and anyone who likes to read lighthearted tales with truth at the core.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    A book for fantasy fans

    This book was great! It has some humor and some adventure. If you're looking for good books try this one! I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    For fantasy lovers of all ages

    Medieval fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed Jonathan Roger¿s The Bark of the Bog Owl. This is the fist book in the Wilderking Trilogy, which parallels the life of King David. An old prophet tells Aiden, a shepherd boy from Corenwald, that he is to become the Wilderking. The idea is so far-fetched, Aiden¿s older brothers laugh it off. Even his father wonders if the old prophet is getting too old. Aiden, however, has had dreams about such things for a while now. He can¿t help but wonder, is the old man a prophet or a madman? When the Pyrthen Empire breaks their treaty with Corenwald, Aiden¿s brothers are sent to war. Aiden bides his time at home, taking care of his father and worrying about his brothers. Finally his father permits him to take food and supplies to his brothers on the battlefield. Aiden can hardly wait to see the battle in action. When he arrives, he is disheartened. The Corenwald people are afraid of the Pyrthen warrior. Aiden is ready to go home when the enemy warrior insults the One God. Enraged, Aiden volunteers to fight the giant himself. Rogers creates a wonderful medieval world complete with Feechie Folk, a lizard-like forest dwelling people. He also molds a brave and loyal character in young Aiden, who never hesitates to stand up for the One God, whom he loves. In Aiden¿s words, ¿I cannot hear our enemies speak against Corenwald and the One God without giving answer.¿ If you enjoy fantasy stories, this is a must read. Recommended for ages 8-12.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Terrific!

    This was great. Loved it. Well-written and pleasing, with a bit of amusement at Dobro.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    A Wondeful Tale

    For 12 year old Aidan Errolson, spending his days tending sheep can be rather boring. He daydreams about being a brave adventurous warrior in the service of King Darrow of Corenwald. Aidan gets a quick taste of adventure when one day he encounters Dobro Turtlebane of the Tam. Dobro is one of the ¿feechiefolk,¿ a wild nomadic people that travel the rivers of Corenwald. And that¿s just the start. Bayard the Truthspeaker, the great prophet of the land, shows up at Longleaf Manor and is convinced that young Aidan is indeed the Wilderking. ¿From the land¿s wildest places a wild man will come to give the land back to her people.¿ Aidan¿s father and brothers don¿t really take this notion seriously. In time Corenwald¿s old enemies, the Pyrthen Empire, challenges King Darrow and his complacent army to send a champion to face their giant in a duel. Young Aidan is the only one who has confidence in God to accept the challenge. The courage of this young shepherd awakens the long lost spirit of what once was Corenwald¿s valiant men. Rogers has taken the story of David and Goliath and meshed it into a fine little fantasy that has plenty of characters and actions. This book will appeal to readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    All hail the Wilderking!

    A fantasy novel loosely based on the story of David from the Old Testament, the main character Aidan Errolson befriends the fantastic feechie-folk, slays a panther, and is named the Wilderking...and that all happens in one day! Great inspirational story! Can't wait for the other two books!

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