Soren is captured and taken to a dark and forbidding canyon where there is a mysterious school. It's called an orphanage, but Soren believes it's something far worse.
He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that the orphanage is actually a training camp. Soren and Gylfie know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something these fledglings have never done before: fly. And so begins a magical journey. Along the way, Soren and Gylfie meet Twilight and Digger. The four owls band together to seek the truth, be reunited with their families, and protect the owl world from unimaginable danger.
©2003 Kathryn Lasky; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The story's fast pace, menacing bad guys, and flashes of humor make this a good choice for reluctant readers, while the underlying message about the power of legends provides a unifying element and gives strong appeal for fantasy fans." (School Library Journal)
"Broad themes related to the nature of personal choice, the need for fellowship based on love and trust, and sharing knowledge with one's peers are presented compellingly and with swift grafting to the animal adventure story." (Booklist)
Life long reader who his fast becoming an audible addict.
I usually enjoy children's and young adult literature, but this did nothing for me. At best it was slow start to what I imagine to be a mediocre series. The narrator is also more than a little grating.
This author is capable of better, and has done better (Elizabeth I). This story begins well, with the potential to impart--in story form--to both children and adults, all sorts of knowledge about birds and other natural life. The reader does well here also. But it rapidly deteriorates into a 3rd rate attempt to turn birds into evildoers vs good guys; and it fails even at that. Even a children's story should not insult the intelligence and should be believable as a fantasy world. Usually I listen to stories over and over again, even as most children like to do with favorites. I have deleted this one from my MP3 player as not worth even the first listening.
The second book in this series is--unbelievably--even worse. My grandhcildren will never hear this, if I can help it.
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