Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Prequel: The Rise of a Legend
Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series Extra/Companion Book
Author: Kathryn Lasky
|Published on July 30, 2013|
|Age Group: 8 - 14 years|
|Reading Level: ||AR: 5.3 (9.0 Points, Quiz #159829)|
Lexile® measure: 790L
In this prequel, Ezylryb the Screech owl recounts the story of his life in the Northern Kingdoms--his rise through the ranks of the Killian Army, his brother's betrayal, and his friendship with Octavia the snake, to finally become a Guardian of Ga'Hoole.
The first crack in the egg that held me occurred just before midnight. My mum and da weren't there, of course, as the action in the century-long War of the Ice Claws had heated up and they were both away fighting. So they'd gotten a hire broody for the egg - common practice in the war-torn Northern Kingdoms. When my first crack started, the hire broody, Gundesfyrr, sent out Mrs. Grinkle, our nest-maid snake, to inform the neighbors. Hatchings were treasured occasions, particularly during times of war, for every new chick was viewed as a potential fighter. Most likely, everyone bent over my shell urging me to soldier on in my first battle - getting out of this egg that had sheltered me for nearly two moons.
"C'mon, chickie! Follow in the flight marks of your da - the old general!"
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An owlet hatches out onto Stormfast Island and into a world torn by war. For one hundred years, his people have fought off enemy owls from the Ice Talons, but the tide has turned. An invasion is coming, one the Kielian League won't have the strength to resist. Soon the tyrant owl Bylyric will rule over everything, and no honorable owl will be safe.
Only the small owl from Stormfast stands between Bylyric and total victory. Lyze is not very impressive to look at, but he has a wild idea for a snake and owl strike unit that just might give the soldiers of the Kielian League the edge they need.
This is his story, the story of an ordinary owl who rose to become Ezylryb of the Great Tree. This is the story of what it takes to make a Guardian of Ga'Hoole.
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