The War of the Ember
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Cover Art: Richard Cowdrey
Cover Design: Steve Scott
Publish Date: November 1, 2008
ISBN Number: ISBN 978-0-439-88809-7
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Previous Book: Exile
Next Book: N/A

The War of the Ember is the fifteenth book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series and the final novel edition. 


Not an ambush. Not a battle. But the final confrontation: War.

In this last chapter in the great saga of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, the Striga and Nyra join to conjure a malignant power from Hagsmire itself. When news of their alliance reaches the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, the Guardians call to good creatures everywhere: gadfeathers, kraals, polar bears, green-owls, puffins, seagulls, and dire wolves. An army of free creatures marches, swims, and flies to the Hot Gates of the Beyond, where the fate of the six owl kingdoms will be decided once and for all.


Dumpy, an unusually smart puffin, is hiding in an ice cave, eavesdropping on two owls; one the 'color of the sky (The Striga)', and one with ragged feathers and a horribly scarred and disfigured face (Nyra). They talk about creating hagsfiends, much to his horror. After they leave, Dumpy exits the cave himself and sees his brother fishing for his family. His brother, Chubster, promptly abandons his task of fishing to ask where Dumpy is heading after Dumpy mentions it. Being too stupid to understand, he leaves Dumpy to his devices.

Dumpy later heads north rather than south. While he flies, he sees two polar bears (which happen to be Svarr and Sveep) chatting. Svarr later leaves, leaving Sveep free to converse with Dumpy. The puffin tells her about the scene he'd seen earlier, and this greatly troubles the polar bear, who tells Dumpy that he must alert the Guardians.

Eventually, the two sides clash in the Beyond. The wolves destroy the hagsfiend eggs before they can hatch. On Nyra's side are the Pure Ones and dragon owls, and on the Guardians' side are polar bears, the Guardians of Ga'hoole themselves, kraals, gadfeathers, Greenowls, dire wolves, crows, puffins, and the crows. Coryn puts the Ember back into the volcanoes.

Soren kills Nyra, but the Striga rips off Coryn's wing. Soren kills the Striga also. Coryn dies of blood loss, and Soren becomes king.