Book 12, The Golden Tree may as well be the best book of the whole series, although 15 books is stretching my interest.
After the mid-mini series of the Legends Triology the Band finally makes a comeback, and Coryn is getting used to being King. Soren’s chicks also hatch, though I was disappointed there wasn’t much about them in The Golden Tree.
Coryn and the Band go on a journey to discover whether Nyra is really a hagsfiend, and if Coryn’s blood is tainted due to his evil heritage, but end up finding out something totally different and possibly even more dangerous. A dark secret from the past is unearthed, and is in Nyra’s clutches. Coryn and the Band need to stop Nyra before it’s too late, and an important, beloved character nearly dies (i’m not revealing the name, it’ll spoil all the fun), and another character does die. I was practically on the edge of my seat with excitement!
Meanwhile, in Coryn’s absence, Otulissa is left to deal with the annoying Whiskered Screech Owl, Gemma, and Elyan the Great Gray Owl. Both have become obsessed with the Ember of Hoole, and many Guardians start to follow them. Eventually, even Otulissa is powerless to stop them, and the Guardians’ only hope of alerting Coryn lies in one of the most unlikely of owls.
A character mentioned in Book 1, Bess the Boreal Owl, Grimble’s favorite daughter, reappears as the Keeper of the Palace of Mists in The Golden Tree. However, Bess, like Soren’s daughters, Pellimore, and Eglantine, also has no dialogue, except for flashbacks.
One of the book’s greatest surprises was Madame Plonk’s amazing personality transformation, from a spoiled, fat old singer to a warrior gadfeather. There are also hints at new romances, and a brand-new owl kingdom.