THE RETURN OF THE CONDOR
Sequel to the Owl and the Sparrow.
The story begins in a very beautiful forest named Misty Valley. Here the birds are a highly developed species who live peacefully in beautiful chalets. They have closely studied human design and technology, and even rely upon a bird version of facebook, namely, "Birdbook " in order to communicate. The birds enjoy excellent social lives and host many cultural events such as poetry evenings. Their life is perfect until one day a dark force descends upon them with the greatest force of brutality in the known bird world, turning their world upside down. This force is an army of vultures led by the darkest creature of all - Condor.
The birds are completely unprepared for an attack. Despite their high intellects and achievements they have not put them to any use in protecting themselves. For example, despite their extensive study of robotics, their robots are built largely to clean their chalets rather than to provide any sort of defense system. Moreover their mindset is such that they never believed that anything trully bad could ever happen to them. It was just something that happened to other birds.
The story is about the captivity that follows, and how in order to survive and to hopefully outwit their captors the birds must change their whole way of thinking and being.
One family in particular seem partly protected from the first attack of the vultures, a family of swallows who had decided to live in a tree house rather than a chalet. Thus it is them that Condor turns on with a vengeance using every manipulative technique stemming from his hatred to force them out of their tree house.
The birds are fortunate indeed to have among them one who has spent a long time studying chemistry. He is known as The Chemist, who is affable but disaster prone, as he is known for the constant explosions that come out of his lab when things go wrong. The fact that he is a scatter-brain is not known to the vultures who perceive him as a genius and dangerous bomb-maker, misinformation that has been selfishly circulated by the Owls in order to scare the vultures, but which has unfortunately left the chemist permanently on he run.
The story is about courage in the face of adversity, about birds who learn not to despair despite continual batterings which each time leave them weaker than before, and finally to rest in hope and trust that the Golden Eagle, ruler of the whole forest , will help them even though they had wanted anything to do with him previously.
Author Ruth Thomas (nee Ruth G. McFadyen)
Editor Joan Mitchell
First version 2004-5
The Owl and the Sparrow
The Owl and the Sparrow is a book about a battle that takes place in a forest. The battle is between the birds on one side of the forest, which they themselves call the good side of the forest, and the birds (vultures) on the other side, the dark side of the forest.
Owl is the leader of the good forest and his adversary is the Condor, reputed as being the darkest force in the forest. Into the story enters an apparently naive sparrow who is seduced by Condor into the dark side of the forest against the rulings of Owl. Owl refuses to send help because he does not want to endanger the lives of more birds, but also because he is furious with the sparrow. He says that sparrow was asking for trouble.
Also on the good side of the forest are an incredibly silly group of finches who like to play games and torment the vultures. But their silliness and game-playing skills are no match for the profound darkness of the vultures, and some are captured, and terrorised.
Golden Eagle rules over the whole forest, but he gets little involved because he has left Owl a set of rules. Finally he gets angry with what he sees happening on both sides of the forest, and realises that rules are not enough. So out of his concern and love for the birds , he sends his son, Silver Eagle, to the forest. The book covers the events that follow including a bitter battle and the discovery that there is an unknown traitor within their camp.
Author Ruth Thomas
Editor Joan Mitchell
First version typed up and suggestions made by Deborah van Welie