The Burning
GoGH6 - The Burning
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Cover Art: Richard Cowdrey
Cover Design: Steve Scott
Publish Date: 2004
ISBN Number: 9780439405621
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Previous Book: The Shattering
Next Book: The Hatchling

The Burning is the sixth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.


A great battle is on the horizon and drawing near. In preparation, Soren and his band must fly to the mysterious Northern Kingdoms to find allies and study the grim art of war.
Meanwhile, St. Aggie's has fallen to the Pure Ones. If they are not stopped, they will launch another, more deadly attack against the great tree. And without allies from the north, Ga'Hoole will surely fall. Soren's mission must succeed. And the final battle must be won. The coming conflagration will demand wisdom, bravery, and sacrifice from all the owls of the great tree, and from Soren and the band, nothing less than heroism.


St. Aggie's has fallen to the Pure Ones. If they are not stopped, they will launch a more, deadly attack on the Great Tree. Ga'hoole will surely fall if there are no allies from the north.

The Chaw of Chaws are sent to the Northern Kingdoms on a mission, courtesy of Ezylryb. Ruby and Martin are sent to meet the Kielian Snake, Hoke of Hock to recruit other kielian snakes to help them defend against the Pure Ones. Otulissa and Gylfie are sent to escort Dewlap to the Glauxian Sister's Retreat to be taken care of, while also traveling to the Glauxian Brothers Retreat's Library to read the last copy of the book Dewlap destroyed. The rest of the band is sent to the Firth of Fangs to learn about Ice Swords and how to use them.


  • This is the last of six Guardians of Ga'Hoole books to include illustrations of the main and minor characters that appear in the book.
  • This is the final book in the Chronicles of Soren, meaning it is the last book to directly follow Soren.