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Hardcover Bark of the Bog Owl, Volume 1 Book

ISBN: 0805431314

ISBN13: 9780805431315

Bark of the Bog Owl, Volume 1

(Book #1 in the The Wilderking Trilogy Series)

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Courage and a heart for adventure drive twelve-year-old shepherd boy Aidan Errolson. When the bark of the bog owl echoes from the forest across his father's well-tended pastures, Aidan dreams of wild... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Great Reading for Teens and Pre-Teens

There is a distinct lack of good fiction geared toward young people, specifically ages 10-14. Harry Potter isn't an option for some families. Artemis Fowl isn't nearly as well-known (which is unfortunate). Now there's another option. Jonathan Rogers has written The Wilderking Trilogy, and offers us a series for young readers that is fun, exciting, and based on Christian ideals and principles. Book 1, The Bark of the Bog Owl, was actually released back in 2004. The premise is familiar to Christians -- a young boy, Aiden Errolson, tending his father's sheep, is chosen by a mysterious prophet to be the next King -- the Wilderking, who comes to lead his people back to prominence in the world, and to reclaim the traditional ideals that the people have forgotten. The only real weakness in this first book is that the main plot is far too predictable. Once I read that Aiden was a shepherd, I had a feeling that this would be the story of King David retold. Then the Phillist -- I mean, the Pyrthens -- show up with their "peace treaty," which leads to war. Then Aiden goes to his brothers at the front carrying cheese and other food. And guess what? There's this giant ... That said, I really enjoyed this book. The subplots involving the aboriginal "feechies" is very enjoyable, especially the Feechiefeast that Aiden enjoys. The characters are familiar, but still deep. It's going to be interesting to see Aiden mature over the course of the next two books, and it's a relief to read about a boy who is actually boyish -- he likes to roam, play, and have adventures. He's a twelve-year-old who writes to the King volunteering his services as "an adventurer." And suddenly, he's got a huge responsibility dropped on him. He reacts the way any normal kid would react. Rogers has a Ph.D in 17th Century English Lit, but this book reads as if he'd spent his academic career studying 18th Century American literature instead. The differences in dialect between feechie and 'civilizer' are distinct, American dialects, and the setting certainly reminds me of the American southeast -- fitting, since Rogers grew up in Georgia. The series has promise, and after I finished this book I was relieved that I'd gotten the second one to review as well. THAT review will be up in a half hour or so ...

A good read for any age

My children ages 5 and 7 loved this book so much they begged me not to finish the last chapter so they could drag it out a few more nights. And when we finally finished, my son wanted me to start reading it to him all over again. I myself found the book to be very captivating and hard to put down. There never seemed to be a good place to leave off at, every chapter was so good. Older children will love this book even more as they will understand more of it, but my young children found it to be very exciting and all without pictures. I highly recomend this book to adventure lovers.


Three cheers for Jonathan Rogers and Broadman and Holman. Where to begin my praise for this book? First of all there is a boy who is all boy--rough and tumble and longing for adventure. This is a boy who calls to our innermost beings, urging us to be good and noble and true without being stodgy and stiff and stuck-up. Aidan delights us with his humility, his appetite for fun, his courage, and his steadfast devotion to God and King. Add to the mix a wild feechie boy--I won't even try to describe him because I can't do him justice. But you are sorely missing out if you don't buy this book and get acquainted with Dobro Turtlebane. The pace never stills, the story never lags, and the children never stop begging for "just one more" chapter when you read it aloud. And the children's plea is mine, also. "More, please, Mr. Rogers." I want to go back to the swamps and do some fishing and feasting. I want to follow Aidan to the caves as he flees from his king. I look forward to an honorable, deep love between Aidan and the king's son (I'm thinking Smike and Nicholas Nickleby). I can't wait to see where this talented writer takes us next. What relationships will be forged, what sacrifices will be made, what honorable service will be rendered, all while we are romping through Aidan's world and laughing with him and loving him? Not only was the story enthralling and the prose superb, the book came out in hardback with a well-thought-out cover design. Good for Broadman and Holman. The paper quality, the printing, and the pictures were still substandard but those are minor irritations considering the huge leap that this book makes in the Christian publishing industry. If you or someone you know loves fantasy, buy this book. You will not be disappointed. Like Harry Potter, this one is going to be loved by adults as well as children. And, no, I've never met the author and I don't work for Broadman and Holman. I just cannot contain my joy at seeing this kind of quality from Christian publishers. Hurray, hurray, hurray. Or perhaps that should read: Haawwweeee!

Hail to the Wilderking! Great, Wholesome Fantasy!

I began reading this book to my elementary-aged children, thinking that we would make it through the first couple of chapters before they lost interest and moved on to something else. What I experienced was a very different reaction! Instead of disinterested boredom, I was met with screams of delight and joy! My kid's anticipation of our evening bedtime read has become the discussion topic during the day and especially at the dinner table. They can't wait (and neither can I) for the next page! When is the next installment in the series coming out?

Read this out loud to your family!

Some children's books beat the reader to death. Happily this is not one of them, in fact it's a joy to read aloud! It also held my family in it's sway as we read it each night. After our nightly chapter my children would scream, "read more, read more". It's a great story of courage and resourcefulness that was appropriate for my 10, 8, and 6 year old. Make up voices for the the different characters and when the Bog Owl barks do it with gusto! I hope that the author has already written the next two because my children are clamoring for more.
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