I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Golden Tree!! It was a big relief after the three legends. I had missed the original characters from books 1-6 (Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, & Otulissa) and the character from books 7-8 (Coryn/Nyroc) In this book, they make a full comback. Well, the book opens with Soren and the Band playing in the wind currents near the Great Tree, which for some time had retained a summer-like golden glow, which Soren found slightly unnerving. Coryn, however, is in his own hollow brooding over the ember with his firesight. He has, ever since reading the first legend, been questioning his lineage, for he suspected Nyra, his mother, to be a hagsfiend, which would mean his own blood carried the haggish taint. Well, in the middle of the first chapter, we finally (FINALLY) find out that Soren's eggs had (have?) hatched and his daughters names are Sebastiana (Basha for short), Blythe, and Bell. They are not in this book dialogue wise, and neither are Pelli and Eglantine. I dont want to give anything away, but one of my favourite chapters was The Book, The Battle, & The Band. Let me point out, this book would be rather confusing for someone who had nver read any Ga'Hoole book or even someone who had read all except for the Legends (9, 10, 11). It contains a lot of references from the Legends and reverts back to a lot of Coryn's past aquantices from books 7 and 8. Like the web-reading rabbit with no name, Gyllbane, her son Cody, Hamish, Styngyll and Slynella. The book ends kind of on a cliffie, and sets the stage for book 13 - The River of Wind, which comes out July 1st, 2007. I will end this review by saying this -- its good to have the Band back!!