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The lake of Darkness
Baldry, Cherith.
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Publication Information:
New York : Mondo, 2004.

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The animals of Riverbourne, led by the brave young pine martin, Vair, prepare to battle the Lord Owl but soon discover that a much greater evil lies in wait at Owlswater for the heir to the royal eagles.
General Note:
The third book in the Eaglesmount trilogy, preceded by "The Silver Horn" and "The Emerald Throne".
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 7 Quiz: 37364 Guided reading level: R.
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Above the icy darkness of Owlswater, the Lord Owl plots his final victory... Riverbourne is in terrible danger. The Lord Owl's power is spreading through the land like a sickness. Vair and his friends have no choice; they must march north to Owlswater and face the Lord Owl. But evil has come closer than they realized, and Vair may be too late. Can the brave young pine marten save Riverbourne -- and find the true heir of the eagle kings? Book jacket.

Author Notes

Cherith Balory was born and raised in Lancaster, England, not far from the Lake District. She is a full-time writer and has published around twenty children's books and a number of short stories for adults. Cherith lives in Surrey, England, and has two grown sons

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-The third book in this "Redwall"-like series (Philomel) has half the detail, half the dialect, and maybe half the heart of those titles. Even the pen-and-ink illustrations seem familiar. A brave young pine marten named Vair leads a ragtag army of vixens, wildcats, squirrels, and other forest denizens against the evil Lord Owl, who has declared himself High King and heir to the eagles. Evidently in books one and two, Vair fulfilled several parts of a prophecy and he's really the High King, etc. Only he is acting weird because of a cursed dagger he removed from a would-be assassin, and he's turning against all of his friends and allies. There's plenty of action, a couple of good descriptions of meals, and a few touches of humor and emotion, but Baldry is no Brian Jacques. Buy this title if you have the first two books and a hungry audience of young animal-fantasy fans who aren't ready for Redwall.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 8
Homep. 11
Trickeryp. 21
The Healerp. 33
The Assassinp. 43
Strange Behaviorp. 53
Shadowp. 63
The Daggerp. 75
Owl Castlep. 85
Gurmanp. 97
The Lakep. 109
The Darknessp. 119
The Silver Hornp. 127
The High Kingp. 137