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Guardians of Ga'Hoole #9: The First Collier [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Lasky
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Book Description

The fantastic prequel trilogy to the bestselling series GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE begins!

It is a time of Legends and a time of chaos. Warlords vie for power and marauding outlaws roam the land. Good King Hrath and his queen, Siv, noble Spotted Owls struggle to keep peace in their kingdom. Grank, noble Spotted Owl, friend and supporter of King Hrath, has exiled himself to Beyond the Beyond, where he has developed his firesight and learns how to work with embers, fire and how to forge metals. He is the First Collier. Deep in a volcano in the farthest reaches of Beyond the Beyond, he discovers a magical Ember but fears its awful powers will be misused and hides it again. (continued)

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series:
''The fantasy's strong believability and fascinating plot make this series a must-read for fantasy-lovers.'' -- Children's Literature
''Lasky has combined fascinating details of how real owls live with her imaginary civilization.'' --School Library Journal

About the Author

KATHRYN LASKY has written many books. Among her works of fiction are The Night Journey, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and Beyond the Burning Time, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Her nonfiction has won the Newbery Honor, among other awards. She and her husband (and frequent nonfiction collaborator), photographer Christopher Knight, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MC5AWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it May 20, 2006
A Kid's Review
From his death bed, the old owl Ezylryb warns Soren and the great tree's new king, Coryn, of a coming danger, and instructs them to read the Legends of Ga'Hoole so they will know the identity of this mysterious rising threat.

The first of these three ancient volumes is entitled "The First Collier." In it, Soren and Coryn find a world of chaos, warring kingdoms, and nachtmagen, the dark magic of the evil half-crow, half-owl creatures known as hagsfiends.

When good King H'rath is murdered by the foul hagsfiends, his mate Queen Siv knows she must give up her egg if it is to survive. The hagsfiend Ygryk knows that within the egg is a very special owl, and she wants nothing more than to steal it and turn the chick within to evil. To rescue her chick, Siv gives the egg to noble Grank, the first collier, so he can raise it far from the hagsfiends' harm.

The First Collier is an excellent read for fans of the series, and Coryn's startling revelation at the end will leave readers hanging and anxious for Book Ten: The Coming of Hoole, which arrives in bookstores this summer. Keep up the great writing, Mrs. Lasky!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ga'hoole book May 28, 2006
My son and I have really enjoyed the whole Guardians of Ga'hoole series. This book is no exception. The story is well written and holds your attention quite well. We have read all of the series at bedtime and 3-4 chapters a night never seems like enough. We both always want more.

This story explains a lot of things mentioned in the other books. It was nice to see the background behind those books. Now we are anxiously awaiting the next addition to this wonderful series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Collier Reviewed by Soren March 15, 2006
A Kid's Review
The First Collier was very good, as I'm sure any Guardians of Ga'Hoole fan would agree. I, personally love the characters Soren & Coryn and their stories, and to have them in the Prologue and the Epilogue was great! Sure, I'd like to see them in a whole book, but this is good enough for now. When the Legends are through, Kathryn Lasky may continue on with Soren, Coryn, and the Band, at least I think so, because if Nyra is what Coryn & Soren think she is (I won't say, so I don't ruin it for you all who havn't read it yet) then how can they stop her in just a Prologue & Epilogue of 2 books? What I think will happen is, over the time that the young king and his uncle are reading the Legends of Ga'Hoole in Ezylryb's hoolow, they will figure out exactly how (what Nyra is) was stopped then, so they could do the same now to save Ga'Hoole. The First Collier had it's thrills and sadnesses, and a lot of new words! (Nacht Ga', nachtmagen, gadfeathers, spottilate, ect.) And of course, the surprising end to the book in the Epilogue, in which Soren refers to Coryn "Why, dear boy, why?" and "Go on, my boy", and Coryn reveals what he thinks the reason was for reading the Legends as Ezylryb instructed. Now, is The Coming of Hoole has an Epilogue, and I think it will, then it will probably be a surprise as well to readers. I think Mrs. Lasky has outdone herself with this stunning prequel to the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, and I think the next, the 10th, the Coming of Hoole, and the last, the 11th, To Be A King, will both be equally spectacular and an overall enjoyable reading experience!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Collier April 18, 2006
A Kid's Review

This book was actually pretty good. I like how there's no nest maid snakes to brag about how great owls are.

This is for you magic maniacs out there. There's more magic than the in the previous books.

The story starts off really... well, bad. But as soon as H'rath, the High King, dies, the story gets a ton more interesting. That's probably because of the hagsfiends. They're the only part that makes this book worth reading (and those hagsfiends do a good job).

Soren and the others dwell in the Prologue and Epilogue. Soren seems to have gotten a major personality make-over, and the rest of the Band just loafs around talking. And yes, there's still the unmoving dying unique to Guardians.

This is a cool book if you're willing to spend about 49 pages reading boring stuff (the 127 other pages are WAY more interesting). If you're the patient type, this is a book for you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The First Collier March 15, 2006
By Sis
Oh, what happened to the earlier Guardians of Ga'Hoole books, where we could enjoy Twilight's antics and the annoying (and later hero) Otulissa?

The First Collier, like The Hatchling and The Outcast, are not the same as the other Guardian books. But while Coryn's stories at least followed a familiar plot (really, the only reason to read those two is to see what happened to the Pure Ones) The First Collier is totally different. Sure, it has a prolouge and an epilouge with Soren and Coryn, during which Soren refers to Coryn as "dear boy" and the rest of the band sit outside musing over how long its been since they met. Where are the wet-poop jokes, Lasky?

Anyway, the First Collier follows the story of the Spotted Owl Grank, friends to the king and queen, H'rath and Siv. He discovers at an early age that he has fire sight and an unusual interest for the flames through which his visions are born. He goes to Beyond the Beyond to explore his power, where he meets and learns from the dire wolf Fengo. Then, suddenly and randomly, he dives into the volcano and grabs the Ember of Hoole. It messes him up for about ten pages (enough for the entire kingdom of owls to turn upside down, without so much as a description from Kathryn Lasky) and then when he gets a message from his friend the king telling him to come back, the wolf Fengo says something along the lines of, "You can't have the ember, Grank." And Grank says pretty much "Okay" and puts it back. Yep, that's it.

The story does pick up a bit when Grank meets the newly widowed Siv and takes her egg. He goes to raise it away from the harm of the hagsfiends, the story's villians. Siv is left with her last good friend Myrrthe on an iceburg with a polar bear after escaping from the hagsfiends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 8 days ago by Winch
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Book!
This is another fantastic book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series! As Soren's beloved mentor, Ezylryb lays dying, he is instructed to read the legends of owlkind, revealing a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by geministrikErin
5.0 out of 5 stars but I know we'll love it!
Have not read yet - reading in order, but I know we'll love it!
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Hanson
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Great series
Published 4 months ago by HR
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11 year old son loves this series!
Published 5 months ago by SMOKIN' JOE
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this book or the rest of the series.
In this book the series keeps going down hill. The books get increasingly violent especially after the last book with the introduction of the wolves. Read more
Published 6 months ago by FuzzyCreaturePainter
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Great book, would recommend this book series to anyone with a child in the age range of 9-12.
Published 6 months ago by melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
11 year old grandson loves this series.
Published 6 months ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
The story is getting deeper & more complex. Can't wait for the next one! My son loves this entire series & we've made it a race to finish each one.
Published 12 months ago by Mandy Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I got hooked at the beginning of the first book and had to keep reading so got the whole series.
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More About the Author

Hi Readers! Thanks for coming by my author page. I've written all sorts of books - from fantasy about animals to books about science. One of my favorite animal fantasy series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, is a major motion picture. I liked writing about Ga'Hoole so much that I decided to revisit that world in a different series, Wolves of the Beyond. I've recently added a new Guardians book: The Rise of A Legend, the story of Ezylryb, the great sage of the Ga'Hoole Tree. Another new book just came out, the first in the Horses of the Dawn series. I think of it as an equine retelling of the Spanish conquest of the New World. Visit my website, for the latest news. All my best, Kathryn

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