This science fiction/fantasy book is the second in the " The Shadowside Trilogy" by Roger Elmer and is published by Zondervan.
The Owling is written for kids ages 13 and up. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
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In book 1 of "The Shadowside Trilogy," Oriannon (Ori) Hightower learned about the existence of a nation of people called Owlings, who are living on the opposite side of her planet. In this volume, Ori's personal mission to help the Owlings is sabotaged when a charismatic leader named Sola promises to bring peace to the planet. Sola, playing on Ori's desire for a mother-figure, pulls Ori into a media frenzy and sets the young girl up as a champion for her (Sola's) cause. Ori's fascination with Sola quickly turns when she realizes Sola has destroyed the Owlings' homes, put them into prison camps and plans to bring them to Ori's side of the planet as slaves. Ori knows she must save her Owling friends, and she calls on her former teacher, Jesmet, for aid.
"The Shadowside Trilogy" is a biblical allegory in which Jesmet, once a teacher at Ori's school, is killed by the Assembly (representing the Pharisees) and then comes back to life to share a message of love with the planet. Jesmet promises his followers that he will bring them a special power called the Numa (representing the Holy Spirit), which He does just when they feel all hope is lost. Jesmet has the power to heal and even raise the dead. He urges Ori and his other followers to take his "song" to everyone on the planet.
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