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Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6: The Burning Paperback – November 1, 2004
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However, I'm noticing a bit of confusion from him that, I think, could have been avoided with just a bit of planning on the storyteller's part. Beginning with The Hatchling, the saga is focused away from the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a place in which, at this point, my son has invested a significant bit of fictional time. It seems to me (and I haven't read ahead, so I don't really know) that the publisher, if not the author, could have signaled this by dividing the books into subseries (much the way the Ga'Hoolian Legends are divided into cycles). The Hatchling and The Outcast also lack the illustrations of the characters found in the fronts and backs of the first six books, so there's no clue from that, either. Put that together with a slight lag in the pace of the saga, which I'll allow as necessary to fully establish a new protagonist, and this book comes in, for me, as slightly less amazing than The Capture and the books that come right after that one.
Other than those points, I have nothing but praise for this book. Nyroc's development is finely drawn, and, while the free will drum is beaten like a rented mule, the choices Nyroc makes are dramatic and suspenseful. The scenery is well-described without bogging down the action, and a couple of things brought both my son and me to tears. I've already ordered the next book and am looking forward to reading it with my son.
First of all, this is an amazing book. Character development is amazing, and there are some unexpected twists such as Gylfie being taken hostage and Twilight killing Kludd in the end. However, for a final battle this book is considerably less bloody than it could have been but that is probably for the best. UPDATE: I checked and it is actually as bloody as "hagsmire." However, I think the victory of the Guardians was too complete. The fire could have burned down the tree of Ga'Hoole and Kludd could have at least wounded Soren before Twilight killed him. Kludd is supposed to be OP. Great book tho.
So if you like thrill, action, and great entertainment than this book is for you. I have to thank my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Gerisch. He got me interested in these type of books.
The one thing that I don't like about this book is that at the end it leaves you hanging and also at the end it keeps switching from outliers