The First Collier
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Author Kathryn Lasky
Cover artist Richard Cowdrey
Country United States
Language English
Series Guardians of Ga'hoole series
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Scholastic
Publication date
1 April 2006
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 208 pp
ISBN 0-439-79568-0
OCLC 64556491
LC Class MLCS 2006/45435 (P)
Preceded by The Outcast 
Followed by The Coming of Hoole 

The First Collier, written by Kathryn Lasky, is the ninth novel in the series Guardians of Ga'hoole.

Plot summary[]

With his dying breath, Ezylryb tells Soren and the young king Coryn to read the Legends of Ga’Hoole hidden in his private library. In the first of three ancient books they find a world of treachery and magic in which a young king and queen struggle to keep peace while Grank, their most loyal friend and supporter, studies ember and flame in a distant land. Then, a desperate plea comes from the king, and Grank rushes to the aid of his noble friends. If he does not arrive in time, the evil that he glimpsed in the flames will triumph. By the tale’s end, Soren and Coryn discover what Ezylryb intended them to learn: that the evil is not confined to the time of legends. An ancient malevolence has been loosed from the past that will threaten the very existence of the great tree.

Points of interest: This book, unlike the rest of the books in the Guardians of Ga'hoole series, is written in first person.

Literary significance and reception[]

The First Collier appeared on the New York Times "Children's Best Sellers" list for several weeks in early 2007.[1]