Book Review – The Capture by Kathryn Lasky

    More than entertainment, The Capture, the first book in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky, is an intriguing adventure about two owlets, Soren and Gylfie, kidnapped by a band of evil owls, intent on controlling not only them but the entire owl kingdom. Each main character, a different species of owls, is beautifully developed with Kathryn Lasky’s detailed knowledge of owl lore, permeating their descriptions, actions, and the content of the book.
    With the help of one another and the inspiration of legends learned from their families, they resist “moon-blinking”, an attempt to erase their identity and yearnings, and eventually escape the sinister clutches of their adversaries. Two orphaned owls later join them in their quest, all believing in the legendary knight-owls, the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, whose stories encourage them to go on the long, arduous journey to elicit their help.
    Soren realizes that he “had become something else.” No longer is he just the child of his parents. He’s becoming something more than he ever imagined himself to be, as are his three companions, embracing their destiny to free the owl kingdom from evil.
    The beginning of this epic, the first book in a series of fifteen, is complete in itself, although I am tempted to read one more. Who would not want to find out how this saga unfolds! I highly recommend The Capture for interesting and inspiring content, excellent character development, and a great story.


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