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The Ancient Solitary Reign [Paperback]

Martin Hocke
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11 Jan 1990
This story takes the reader into an animal world with a difference. It describes a community of barn owls and their struggle for survival. Under pressure from a huge "Monster Owl", the age-old society of Barn owls is forced into an alliance with their rivals, the Tawnies.
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; New edition edition (11 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246134984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246134981
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,446,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An age-old community of Barn owls is under threat from a giant Eagle owl. In the war to defend their ancient way of life and rustic territories, a brave young Barn owl called Hunter emerges as the hero – uniting the rival Little owls and Tawnies against the invading monster.

But, as the encroachments of humankind affect the natural world in deeper and more frightening ways, the denizens of the ancient solitary reign need Hunter’s wisdom and courage even more. Only his knowledge of the ways of men can save them all from a terrible, lingering fate …

Blending lore, legend, adventure and romance, 'The Ancient Solitary Reign' is a wonderful, enthralling saga that takes you on a magical flight into the secret, moon-shadowed world of the owl.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read 24 Aug 2006
By Sarah H
A brilliant book - very magical. Had me in tears on at least 2 occassions. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those rare books. 4 Oct 2011
This is one of those rare books that breaks this narrow-minded stereotype that animal stories are for children. This book surprises with its adult content and violence with World War 2 themes ringing in the ears.
It's also a triumph of the author to evoke such a grand amount of emotion and I felt my heartstring weeping one moment and pounding with dread and excitement the next.
My only criticism is that the conflict with the Monster Owl was brief, but that plot is pretty much just the spring board for the main, and much more sinister, conflict.
Its a same that the rest of this trilogy is unavailable for UK audience, I think only the second book, The Lost Domain, has been translated into English.
More epic than the Owls of Ga'Hool and more emotive than One for Sorrow, a brilliant superior and should be a classic in animal literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raptors in the Mists 19 April 2000
By stephen piuk - Published on Amazon.com
I liked this book from the start it..... it has a great intro with a family of Owls living in a barnyard and follows them in the adventure of one of them called Hunter. The beauty of the book is that it shows human feeling without being too sentimental which is a trap some animal books fall into. The adventures of Hunter the Owl as he discovers wisdom on the rocky road of life are adventures we can all associate with. The part where Hunter falls in love is pointantly portrayed and we can feel Hunter's sense of unhappiness and feeling of anger towards his own stayed upbringing in the Barn owl community it keeps the thread goin nicely with the betrayal of the larger community of owls to help Hunter protect them from the Monster Owl (a huge owl from the far off Nothern wastes) I liked this parrallel with the German eagle emblem and its similar monsterous conotations. All in all a top read and I am looking forward to another book by the same author :)
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