“Well, sprink on your spronk”! One of the most famous quotes from the funniest yet most savage Guardians book yet. Judging by the cover, it seems that the book is presumably violent, but don’t judge the book by its cover.
The book opens with Kludd, Soren’s evil brother whose face got burnt during book 3. It shows him killing Simon, a pilgrim owl, in the middle of the forest of Ambala. This is a slightly brutal way to begin the book, but I don’t see why not. The plot line is simple, Kludd and his “pure ones” are planning an attack on the tree of Ga’Hoole, while Soren and his new found organization “the Chaw of Chaws” go and spy on the deadly orphanage they were once forced to live in. However due to different reasons, the pure ones are using the orphanage’s ultimate weapon, iron flecks.
So, the story ends with one of the most gory battles the series has to offer. Some clever new add ins have came for this book, including Kludd having an even more evil mate, Soren having “starsight” (being able to predict the future while dreaming),and a new slipgizzle “Mist” whose true identity is more interesting than you think. This book makes you cry at least once because there are some down hearting deaths in this book, especially one that will get you, and Otulissa crying. Funny parts are common though, especially when Otulissa was angry at Dewlap for not letting her read a book, so she yelled at the top of her lungs “WELL, SPRINK ON YOUR SPRONK” which was enough to make Dewlap faint. I also found it funny that Mist’s snake talked very sssssssslittttthhheryyyy when addressing Soren and friends.
There was some not well placed violence though, because we really didn’t need those barn owls fighting each other randomly when they betrayed the pure ones. We also didn’t need the fact that Otulissa scarred Stryker and Wortmore, because only Nyra deeply deserved it. This is a great fiction book by a great author (Kathryn Lasky) in a great series, but it is slightly repetitive. This book is best to be read in its correct order in the series, so all the secrets you already know will come in handy for this book
O: Good plotline
O: Humour is great
O: Sad parts make the story better
X: Unnecessary violence
X: Slightly repetitive battle style of the last book
A great book for animal lovers and adventure seekers alike.
Ryan ~ Grade 5