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Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, fed by strange forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyroc's gizzard, nourished by friendship. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny-or defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror.


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Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, fed by strange forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyroc's gizzard, nourished by friendship. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny-or defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror.

30 review for The Hatchling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I didn't think i would like this book as much when i realized that it was all from the standpoint of Nyroc son of evil Kludd and Nyra, rather than Soren and the owls of Ga'hoole. But it was soooooo good. And by the end you love Nyroc just as much as Soren. Eagerly starting the next book, which continues his story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    haley

    This review is for books 4-7 (The Siege, The Shattering, The Burning, and The Hatchling) Ye gods, I can't believe I had forgotten about this series. Guardians of Ga'Hoole is brilliant. For one, the world-building is fantastic. There's nothing vague about it, it's interesting and intricate and I just love it. Also, I absolutely adore the characters...well, most of them. I hate Nyra with the fire of a thousand suns, and all the other Pure Ones are just kinda meh. But I love Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, This review is for books 4-7 (The Siege, The Shattering, The Burning, and The Hatchling) Ye gods, I can't believe I had forgotten about this series. Guardians of Ga'Hoole is brilliant. For one, the world-building is fantastic. There's nothing vague about it, it's interesting and intricate and I just love it. Also, I absolutely adore the characters...well, most of them. I hate Nyra with the fire of a thousand suns, and all the other Pure Ones are just kinda meh. But I love Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, Ezylryb, Martin, Ruby, Eglantine, Primrose, Mrs. P...hell, even Otulissa has grown on me. And now we have Nyroc, another awesome character to add to the list. I have to add a disclaimer: this series can get pretty dark for a children's series . It's not all sunshine, sad things happen. Owls die, and unfairly too. (view spoiler)[ *sobs* Like Phillip. He was a good owl, a good friend to Nyroc. (hide spoiler)] . So this might upset some younger readers and annoy those who like them HEAs. But me? I like a little bit of darkness, it balances things out. Life is unfair, people can be cruel. Sometimes I just want everyone to live happily ever after, but other times I want some sadness. That probably made no sense whatsoever, but screw it, I'm keeping it. My point is, I love this series and I hope you do too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Graham

    The Hatchling is the seventh book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, in which a new era has begun. This is the first book in the series that has a central character besides Soren. The central character is the hatchling, Nyroc, who is the son of the evil Kludd and the equally evil Nyra. As the story begun I thought I knew what to expect. Now that Metal Beak is dead, a new villain must rise up and lead the Pure Ones against the Guardians to continue the epic struggle between good and evil. I wa The Hatchling is the seventh book of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, in which a new era has begun. This is the first book in the series that has a central character besides Soren. The central character is the hatchling, Nyroc, who is the son of the evil Kludd and the equally evil Nyra. As the story begun I thought I knew what to expect. Now that Metal Beak is dead, a new villain must rise up and lead the Pure Ones against the Guardians to continue the epic struggle between good and evil. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was not that story. From the beginning we see that Nyroc is much more resembles Soren than either of his parents. A serious question is answered in this book. It's a question that the author discussed in The Shattering about whether the offspring of Nyra and Kludd would be born evil. Would such an offspring have any chance at all of choosing good over evil. The author has answered resoundingly as Nyroc spurns his upbringing and his murderous mother and seeks a life of good. It is interesting how Nyra is so upset with Nyroc for asking questions. It shows again that free-thinking, knowledge and learning are encouraged by good parents, leaders, and teachers, while being discouraged in evil circles. One great point the author makes through the words of the Rogue Smith of Silverveil is that “Truth must be revealed and not simply told.” This lesson is eventually embraced by the other rogue smith, Gwyndor, as he tries to reveal some truth to Nyroc. This is shown when he tells Nyroc, “Belief is found in one's self...It has no power if it is simply ordered like a command.” As Nyroc starts to question everything he's ever been told, he comes to some profound realization. He realizes how wrong it was for Phillip to be looked down upon just because he was not considered pure enough. Later he declares to his mother, “Everyone is worth something.” These statements have obvious overtones of the racism in the human world. As time goes on Nyroc realizes he has his own free will. This is a great lesson aimed at the children who read this series. You don't have to be like your parents. You don't have to do drugs, drink, lie, cheat, steal, etc. just because your parents do. You have a choice. No matter how horrible is the situation in which you've been raised, you have the power in your own mind to choose the opposite. No matter how many people write you off because of what you look like or who your parents are, you can still choose good over evil. The human spirit has the power to overcome. There's a final note in the last chapters where another owl is learning new things. Otulissa, a scientist who is all business, all facts, all science is starting to see that there is more to life than the physical realm. There is more to reality than what you can see, touch, and prove. While Nyroc goes against all he was raised to believe, Otulissa seems to be going against what she has always prided herself in. Will they end up with similar destinies? The Hatchling was a good read that did all of that while giving the reader new things to wonder about. What about the dire wolves, the Ember of Hoole, the Beyond the Beyond, the first collier? And what about Ifghar? We are definitely set up for the next intriguing installment of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    You’re a young barn owl. You have just found out that all your life you’ve been lied to. How would you feel? Well, this is what Nyroc, the main character in Kathryn Lasky’s The Hatchling, is going through. The Pure Ones, a group of owls that believes only Barn Owls (most “pure”), Masked Owls and Grass Owls (“pure”), and Sooty Owls (slightly “pure”) are “pure”, as they call it, is hosting the Marking Ceremony (the cremation of a dead owls remains) for their fallen leader, Kludd, a Barn Owl, lik You’re a young barn owl. You have just found out that all your life you’ve been lied to. How would you feel? Well, this is what Nyroc, the main character in Kathryn Lasky’s The Hatchling, is going through. The Pure Ones, a group of owls that believes only Barn Owls (most “pure”), Masked Owls and Grass Owls (“pure”), and Sooty Owls (slightly “pure”) are “pure”, as they call it, is hosting the Marking Ceremony (the cremation of a dead owls remains) for their fallen leader, Kludd, a Barn Owl, like all leaders of the Pure Ones. The only attendants are: Nyra, Kludd’s ferocious mate, Nyroc, Nyra’s somewhat pacifistic son, Dustytuft, a Sooty Owl, Nyroc’s best friend (who is often called Phillip by Nyroc), and Gwyndor, a Masked Owl, the Rouge smith (a blacksmith belonging to no kingdom) doing the cremation of Kludd’s bones. During the ceremony, Gwyndor notices that the reflection in Nyroc’s eyes. Gwyndor recognizes this as fire sight, the a talent that allows an owl to see events that have happened, are happening now, and events in the future as well as images and names. He makes an excuse about materials and leaves to consult the Rouge Smith of Silverveil, an artistic Snowy Owl who prefers to work with silver. She gives him a small number of special coals to build a fire with and show to Nyroc. When Gwyndor returned to the canyons, he did so, and the fire revealed to Nyroc numerous truths that had been concealed from him his whole life. Nyroc and Phillip left the next day to flee from the Pure Ones. Will they escape alive? Where will they go if they do? Read the book to find out. My favorite part of this book was when Nyroc traded a mouse for the crows’ permission for day-flight. I like it because it shows that the nonnegotiable can be negotiated with. I would recommend this book to male or female fans of fiction, fantasy, action, owls, and adventure age 10 or older. There are a few graphic scenes, one of which trumps the others by far, that influenced this recommendation, but if blood and gore (mainly blood) doesn’t bother you, disregard this. Please note that this is book #7 in a 15 book series, so read books #1-6 first.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This series is supposedly for young adults but I'm enjoying them, regardless of how old I am. The owls are fascinating and, of course, their behavior is similar to all different types of people - in essence the old good vs. evil battle of legends. If you've read Harry Potter or Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and enjoyed them, this is another good series to read. There are 15 books in the series but they aren't as massive as the HP books so they're easy to read one here and there. For a good This series is supposedly for young adults but I'm enjoying them, regardless of how old I am. The owls are fascinating and, of course, their behavior is similar to all different types of people - in essence the old good vs. evil battle of legends. If you've read Harry Potter or Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and enjoyed them, this is another good series to read. There are 15 books in the series but they aren't as massive as the HP books so they're easy to read one here and there. For a good read and a reassurance that good will eventually triumph over evil, these are an excellent set of books to read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lulu

    Hmmm... I like Nyroc, but I miss the story about the Guardians of Ga'hoole!! I want Soren and the band back! :-( -Lu

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    It was good book and I think that it does a good job of introducing Nyroc to the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    This is the seventh book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, which I'm reading aloud to my younger daughter. This one is a bit different from the others in the rest of the series, because the focus is all on Nyroc and Nyra's plans for him. Until now, the major characters in the series have been Soren and his sidekicks who form the Chaw of Chaws. They are pretty much absent in this one, but we learn more about the Pure Ones and this one is a bit darker as a result. Part of the story was very sad, This is the seventh book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, which I'm reading aloud to my younger daughter. This one is a bit different from the others in the rest of the series, because the focus is all on Nyroc and Nyra's plans for him. Until now, the major characters in the series have been Soren and his sidekicks who form the Chaw of Chaws. They are pretty much absent in this one, but we learn more about the Pure Ones and this one is a bit darker as a result. Part of the story was very sad, but I understand why it had to happen because it had a tremendous impact on Nyroc. For the last couple of books, I keep saying that this one is my new favourite. For me, the books have been getting better and better. Lasky took this one to the next level for me, which results in the higher rating. We are continuing on with the eighth book in the series, The Outcast. This review was posted on my book blog: https://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Logan Chaput

    I loved this book just as much as the others even though it is from a different point of view. It was very interesting to see what was happening in Nyrock's mind and life. it also told us more about the Pure Ones twisted way of life. It has the same feel as the other books and I would recommend reading it and the rest of this incredible series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    This was a surprisingly nuanced book about growing up in, and escaping from, a violent white-supremicist cult. I mean. Not what I was expecting. Not what I was expecting -at all- but seriously well done.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raven Lucero

    3.5/5 stars Although I enjoy the new direction the story is taking, Soren and the gang are sorely missed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Seraphia

    The story continues with a new character added to the cast. Nyra has a hatchling and because he is born in line with an eclipse she names him Nyroc. She's training and raising him to be the next leader of the Pure Ones. She wants him to hate, to be cruel and to be like his father. But Nyroc is special, and it's not long before others begin to see that. This is an engaging story that follows Nyroc in his early months of life. The author does a good job with this story but for me, it seems that th The story continues with a new character added to the cast. Nyra has a hatchling and because he is born in line with an eclipse she names him Nyroc. She's training and raising him to be the next leader of the Pure Ones. She wants him to hate, to be cruel and to be like his father. But Nyroc is special, and it's not long before others begin to see that. This is an engaging story that follows Nyroc in his early months of life. The author does a good job with this story but for me, it seems that there are some inconsistencies with a couple of the characters. It seems that she switches things up with Stryker and Uglamore. In the previous books it was always Stryker who questioned, Stryker who began to doubt, Stryker who began to think that maybe the Pure Ones weren't as powerful as they once thought. Now it is Uglamore who is thinking these things and Stryker is back to being "brainwashed." I found this to be confusing. Has this change come for Uglamore because of the death of Kludd? The author never really clears that up and remains muddled. This is an engaging story and my daughter enjoys the series, so it's a win at the end of the day.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carl Hayes

    Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, fed by strange forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyroc's gizzard Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloud-streaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatching is born: It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his father's terrible plan, the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, fed by strange forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyroc's gizzard, nourished by friendship. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny-or defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror.

  14. 5 out of 5

    King Hoole

    This one is really good. I think Nyroc (Coryn) touches on the human nature debate. Sorta like Kludd. Nyroc was born into a family of pure evil. He was raised to be malicious and cruel. That's all he ever knew. But inside him he had a pure heart that he refused to let be blackened by the Pure Ones. He had Ga' perhaps? He found great interest and enlightenment in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Wow! I completely forgot how much I loved this series when I was younger:) I'm excited to read the next one in the series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dolpoise

    POOR DUSTYTUFT WHY? WHY? WHY?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Johnpatty

    Nyroc, son of the wicked Nyra, the mate of Kludd, is born on the night of a lunar eclipse. Kludd is dead now and the Tytonic Union of Pure Ones is reduced to a small band of survivors. However, there is something in Nyroc's heart and gizzard that guards him against his mother's twisted teachings. And that brightness is fed by his only friend, Dustytuft, a Sooty Owl. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny or to defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror. But doubt grows Nyroc, son of the wicked Nyra, the mate of Kludd, is born on the night of a lunar eclipse. Kludd is dead now and the Tytonic Union of Pure Ones is reduced to a small band of survivors. However, there is something in Nyroc's heart and gizzard that guards him against his mother's twisted teachings. And that brightness is fed by his only friend, Dustytuft, a Sooty Owl. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny or to defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror. But doubt grows in Nyroc's heart, fed by strange forbiden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyroc's gizzard, nourished by friendship. I liked the book it was really adventurous. It had a lot of action it kinda made me feel like i was in the book. It makes it feel like your in the book. It was a good book it had a lot of action and adventure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen C

    School Work Review_ Guardians of Ga’Hoole : The Hatchling (Book 7) Jennifer A Clemente December 14, 2016 English 10-7 Author's Background Kathryn Lasky : Born on a prairie and lived in a big house with a big family. She always wrote and got in trouble with teachers but her mother said she just always thinking of things. Literacy Time Period Written in America, published in June 2003. Setting A forest filled animals and plants. No human life. Characters Soren : Main character, male barn owl. Kludd : Sore School Work Review_ Guardians of Ga’Hoole : The Hatchling (Book 7) Jennifer A Clemente December 14, 2016 English 10-7 Author's Background Kathryn Lasky : Born on a prairie and lived in a big house with a big family. She always wrote and got in trouble with teachers but her mother said she just always thinking of things. Literacy Time Period Written in America, published in June 2003. Setting A forest filled animals and plants. No human life. Characters Soren : Main character, male barn owl. Kludd : Soren’s older brother. Nyroc : Son of Nyra and Kludd Outlissa : A female spotted owl, friends of Soren Nyra : Mate to Kludd and mother of Nyroc Dustytaft (or Phillip) : A sooty barn owl left in charge of Nyroc Theme “Don't judge a book by its cover” Plot Summary Nyra and Kludd’s son Nyroc learns of the truth that Nyra kept from him and fled when his friend Dustytaft (or Phillip) Literary Devices Use of personification Personification Giving owls the ability to use fire and metal. Memorable Quotes None to mention

  19. 4 out of 5

    Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~

    *smacks forehead* Of course the series continues with the hatchling. I don't know how i didn't see that after finishing the last book. This cover cracks me up every time I see it. Nyra looks so disgusted by her own egg. I don't know whether that was intentional or not, but it's hilarious. This book invokes curiosity, but it's simply not engaging for me. I don't feel any particular excitement about what's to come. I wonder a bit about the dire wolves, but I wouldn't die if I didn't read the next bo *smacks forehead* Of course the series continues with the hatchling. I don't know how i didn't see that after finishing the last book. This cover cracks me up every time I see it. Nyra looks so disgusted by her own egg. I don't know whether that was intentional or not, but it's hilarious. This book invokes curiosity, but it's simply not engaging for me. I don't feel any particular excitement about what's to come. I wonder a bit about the dire wolves, but I wouldn't die if I didn't read the next book. It was also vaguely confusing in places. 9+, people who like to learn when reading, fantasy lovers, animal lovers

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Grade

    The Hatchling by Kathryn Lasky. Is a book about a owl named Nyroc born into the family of kludd and Nyra who are leaders of the pure ones, they want him to be leader, but he doesn't want to. I loved this book. In every way it was amazing because it showed a whole new perspective of a different character we have never heard before. I've seen on the TV, people making other people do this, and that is what Nyroc is going through. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes animals killing one anoth The Hatchling by Kathryn Lasky. Is a book about a owl named Nyroc born into the family of kludd and Nyra who are leaders of the pure ones, they want him to be leader, but he doesn't want to. I loved this book. In every way it was amazing because it showed a whole new perspective of a different character we have never heard before. I've seen on the TV, people making other people do this, and that is what Nyroc is going through. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes animals killing one another or someone who just likes animals. Robert Grade 6

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really didn't like the majority of the book with Nyroc and the Pure Ones. I even stopped reading it for several weeks because I could not get into his life with his mother. It didn't pick up for me until he left and then came back and then Philip died and then Nyroc left again and then he started seeing Otulissa and then it all got much more interesting again. I am very intrigued to see where it goes with the northern expedition and how Nyroc and Otulissa's stories will align.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gylfie Whitneyi

    I guess this book was okay, but it was basically all about Nyroc with the exception of Otulissa, Ezylryb, and Strix Struma's scroom [I don't like the P.O., so I wont mention them but they're obviously in there- Nyroc was being raised as one.] But I am interested to see if Nyroc makes it to Ga'Hoole. So, my favorite character of this book would be Dustytuft [a.k.a. Phillip, as he's called by his best friend Nyroc, main character of this book] instead of Nyroc.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    More action and adventure in the world of owls where the bad guys make plots aplenty and the good guys seem to hang on somehow. The idea of the bad guys calling themselves the pure ones is very Nazi style stuff and has a lot of allusions around that theme. This is now just shy of the half way mark in the series, one more in the books I loaned from the library and then I think I shall pause for a while from the owls and return later on.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Twyla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My favorite part was when Nyroc decided to leave his mother and the Pure Ones to try to find out the truth. My least favorite part was when Nyra killed Dustytuft/Phillip. I was surprised when the bunny had magical powers because I thought the owls were the only ones in their world with magical powers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i liked this book probably more than the rest of the series because it was written about the enemy POV and not the Guardians' POV like the rest of the series. I also thought it was creative that the author included the new "Fire-sight" that will cause dramatic change if Nyroc ever made it to the Great Tree

  26. 4 out of 5

    Makena

    I've been told that the second series isn't nearly as good as the first. Well, from what I've seen, it's almost better! The characters are fleshed out, the ideas questioned, beliefs scrutinized, and more. I'll definitely keep reading!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bering

    These books are NOT fucking around with the white supremacist metaphors holy shit this book is literally about a child of fascist dictators who rejects that life and explicitly calls out his mother’s fascism, like, goddamn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucy King

    It wasn´t bad but I miss the old group. Nyroc is a nice, interesting owl but this book was so fast, I couldn´t really enjoy his story so far. However, I am curisou to see what happens next. It is promising.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Great story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Querida

    I love getting to see a new perspective

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