Book 8 The Outcast, the plot was well focused, and a lot of the characters grew and developed. It, of course, was focused on destiny, and this is the book where Nyroc, now named Coryn, finally fufills part of that magnificent destiny.
Nyroc, rejected by the Pure Ones and by even the peacable owls, is an outcast, flying alone and thinking of all that has happened. But in Ambala he meets up with an old friend of Soren, and with his free will goes to a lawless place- Beyond the Beyond- where he believes his destiny will come true. However, when Coryn saves an egg for a family of Burrowing Owls, he isn’t as sure of what that destiny is.
When he reaches the Beyond, he meets a “gnaw wolf” in a pack of dire wolves. This wolf has a lame leg and as the tradition of the pack remains, he must go to the Sacred Volcanoes where the Ember of Hoole lies, waiting for the new king. Meanwhile, Otulissa meets Gwyndor in the Beyond, and they together find Nyroc. Otulissa believes Coryn is the true heir of Hoole and teaches him basic colliering (which Coryn is awesome at).
Little does Coryn know that his mother is coming for him, and is recruiting desperate dire wolves for her army. And at a crucial moment, it becomes a race for the Ember within one of the volcanoes and a new king must emerge- or die trying.
I enjoyed this second adventure of Nyroc (or Coryn as he becomes). Beyond the Beyond is an interesting new place with many new creatures in the series such as dire wolves and ravens. It was also nice to see Otulissa make an appearance as well as some other old friends.