Item description for The Bark Of The Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy #1) by Jonathan Rogers...
Overview As Aidan Errol is pronounced Wilderking, a pact is signed between Corenwald and the Pyrthen Empire, but as Aiden shoulders the weight and glory of his destiny, Corenwald is double-crossed and an epic battle to save the kingdom ensues.
Twelve-year-old Aidan Errolson comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life. All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl and meets Dobro Turtlebane. Dobro is one of the feechiefolk—a tribe of half-civilized swamp dwellers who fight too much, laugh too loud, cry too easily, and smell just terrible. But another meeting on that remarkable day may change Aidan's life even more profoundly. Bayard the Truthspeaker arrives with a startling pronouncement: Aidan Errolson will grow to be the Wilderking—the long-prophesied wild man who will come out of Corenwald's forests and swamps to lead the kingdom back to its former glory. There's just one question: Is Bayard the Truthspeaker a prophet or a madman? This initial installment in The Wilderking Trilogy is sure to capture the hearts of young and old, boys and girls alike. Written in the same fashion as The Lord of the Rings or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Bark of the Bog Owl, as the author says, will help “direct a God-fearing boy's sense of adventure and warrior spirit – his God-given wildness.”
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series Wilderking Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 0805431314 ISBN13 9780805431315
Availability 0 units.
More About Jonathan Rogers
Jonathan Rogers grew up in Georgia, where he spent many happy hours in the swamps and riverbottoms on which the wild places of "The Charlatan s Boy" are based. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee."
Jonathan Rogers currently resides in Nashville. Jonathan Rogers was born in 1969.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Bark Of The Bog Owl?
I was wrong! Oct 20, 2006
I wasn't sure when I bought this book if I would like it. The life of David, which forms the basis for the books in this series, is fascinating in its own right. I doubted that a fictional retelling of David's life story would make for very good reading. Was I wrong!
Now, don't misunderstand what I'm saying. This is not biography, and it's certainly not theology; it's fiction, and it's children's literature. But it's GOOD fiction, and GOOD children's literature. Jonathan Rogers knows how to tell a story. His use of language is descriptive and imaginative. The story is at times poignant or deeply moving, and at other times quite humorous. The characters, while perhaps a little predictable, are nevertheless intriguing and a lot of fun (especially Dobro Turtlebane of the Feechiefolk).
I read this out loud to my boys, who are 6 and 13. My 13-year old is an advanced reader, but he loved hearing this book read. In fact, he's pressuring me to get the next book ordered, so I can read it to them. And that's just what I'm off to do.
Revelling in Mediocrity Mar 30, 2006
The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers starts out as a promising, if not cliched, romp through a fantastical world. A little boy of twelve, named Aidan I believe, receives a prophecy of the "Wilderking." Obviously, by the end of the book, it becomes obvious that Aidan, the youngest of all his brothers, is the Wilderking.
This book started out wonderful. Even though I found Aidan killing the panther with a slingshot a little unbelievable, I was willing to read on. However, Jonathan's blatant theft of the story of "David and Goliath" from the Bible stripped all the magic and fun out of the book. I have nothing against the Bible, don't get me wrong, but a story shouldn't directly stolen from it and used as the main conflict in a book. Yes, this was where the story hit its climax.
The characters were undeveloped, but the plot was fast moving and the description adequate. The bit about the explosives in the cavern was a bit unbelievable when the two boys inside didn't go deaf from the blast. All in all, younger children will enjoy this book. I don't recommend it for people over the age of eleven. Its simple style will interest those, but the theft from one of the most famous books in the world will either surprise (in a bad way,) or disgust other readers.
Great Reading for Teens and Pre-Teens Feb 21, 2006
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 ...
Wow! Non-sappy Christian Fiction! Feb 18, 2006
Jonathan Rogers has done what I thought was impossible. He has written a non-sappy Christian book complete with enough rambunctious violence to appeal to REAL boys and not scare off any REAL girls. (I knew this could be done but rarely has it been.) The humor in the book is superb and appealed to everyone in the family. The book gets its message across without being preachy or sappy and everyone has a good time in the process. Great job Mr. Rogers! Already own book 2 and have pre-ordered book 3. Looking forward to more great books from this author.
The Bark of The Bog Owl Feb 2, 2006
This is such a great book! We also loved the Secret of the Swamp King (the 2nd book). My younger sisters loved reading and making all of the feechiefolk noises! When ever Dad finished reading a chapter my sisters and I would beg for more! This is a great family read aloud- for all ages! I really like how it is based on the life of David! We have read both books in the Trilogy and can't wait for the 3rd! Thank you so much, Mr. Rogers, keep up the good work! Happy Reading!:)