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Monday, November 19, 2018

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for The Outcast by Kathryn Lasky @KathrynLasky1 @Scholastic @scholasticCDA

TITLE: The Outcast
SERIES: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #8
AUTHOR: Kathryn Lasky
PUBLISHER: Scholastic, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2005
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 207 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780439739511
Haunted by his past, hunted by the Pure Ones, Nyroc flies alone. He yearns to go to the great tree, where good and learned owls do noble deeds, but he cannot. He is son of Kludd and Nyra, sworn enemies of all Ga’Hoole stands for, feared and despised everywhere.

By Nyroc has glimpsed hope-and a new destiny-in the flame over his father's very bones. In search of that destiny, he trains his gaze and beats his wings toward a dark, lawless place where desperate characters roam a barren landscape and fire splits the sky-The Beyond the Beyond.


This is the eighth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, which I'm reading aloud to my younger daughter.

My heart breaks a little at this title! Poor Nyroc feels like an outcast, and I rooted for him all the way in this one. We meet some new characters, like Hamish the lame wolf. It's not surprising that Nyroc (aka Coryn) would have an affinity towards Hamish because they both are pariahs.

The world-building has certainly changed from the earlier books in the series. It's so much more than just the Great Tree, and Lasky is setting things up for her Wolves of the Beyond spin-off series. I can see already that I'll want to read that one as well! Some reviewers have commented that the series has strayed too far from its original core featuring Soren and the gang. I disagree. I'm enjoying the arc and seeing the development of this world.

We are continuing on with the ninth book in the series, The First Collier.


4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you enjoy MG/YA fantasy!

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