The unforgettable story of the fierce Hork-Bajir wars in a time before the Animorphs...

Dak Hamee is a unique Hork-Bajir. His people call him a "seer." He learns more quickly and completely than the rest of his docile race. Hork-Bajir like him are born once a generation.

Aldrea is a young Andalite. Daughter of the notorious Prince Seerow. It is only after she and her family are sent to the Hork-Bajir home world that she begins to fight the Yeerks -- and, with Dak's help, ultimately discovers their hideous plan.


Released: October 1998
Pages: 206
Cover Art by Romas Kukalis

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  • Continuity Note: This book was published at the time as #23: The Pretender, however, it is chronologically set before #23, as Toby is first introduced to Tobias at the end of this novel.
  • ANIBASE: Around the time K.A. Applegate was developing and writing The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, she was participating in a week-long author "chat" on a Scholastic Network message board. Many of the fans that visited suggested ideas in addition to asking questions. It was during that week that K.A. saw the constant requests for a female Andalite and read the fan suggestions for having a Hork-Bajir "thinker". These ideas led to the creation of Aldrea and Dark Hamee, two classic Animorphs characters and the heroes of The Hork-Bajir Chronicles.
  • Continuity Note: The story of the fall of the Hork-Bajir race has been previously told in the Andalite Chronicles, however this is the first time that story was told in detail here. Similarly, the events taking place for the story of Prince Seerow, and the birth of Seerow's Kindness is fully told here, where as they were briefly explained by Ax in Animorphs #8: The Alien.
  • The desperate play of the Andalites relying on the use of the Quantum Virus to kill the Hork-Bajir race is later reflected in Animorphs #38: The Arrival when a team of Andalites comes to Earth to release a similar virus meant to kill Yeerks instead. Unfortunately, this puts a life risk to every Human-Controller as well.
  • This story isn't the end for Aldrea. She makes a surprise return in #34: The Prophecy to complete her mission from this book.
  • Publication Note: This book was initially released in Hard Cover and then in Paperback.
  • The U.K front cover uses a similar illustration as the one to the U.S inside cover, with one major difference: The U.K cover has Aldrea looking at the reader (see above). If anyone has a larger version available, then please send us a picture!
  • Every numerical book in the series has a step-by-step animation on the bottom right hand corner of every page, usually mimicking the front cover by starting with the natural form (Human, Hawk, or Andalite) and then morphing into the animal on the cover (The Megamorphs don't have anything at all). The Chronicles, on the other hand, don't have this as there aren't any morphing steps created on the cover, so they usually relate with the story in some way.

    In the Hork Bajir Chronicles, a mock evolutionary (infestation?) step-by-step cycle is shown, going from Yeerk to Gedd to Hork-Bajir to Andalite to Human.


ANIBASE: Get to know Prince Seerow, the notorious Andalite that enables the Yeerks to begin terroizing aliens on other worlds and his family, Aldrea, her moody brother Barafin and biologist mother.

On the Hork-Bajir world, we meet the elders who proclaim Dak Hamee a seer: Mak Kahet, Ponto Fallah, and the Old One whose true name is Tila Fashat. When Dak becomes the leader of the Hork-Bajir resistance his best friend, Jagil Hullan and his mate, Delf Hajool, follow him, as does the former host to Esplin, a Hork-Bajir named Gah Fillat.

Esplin's Yeerk superiors include Akdor 1154, the Yeerk who leads the uprising against the Andalites, and Janath 429, a very wise and old Yeerk. Other Yeerks include Carger 7901, a crude and ambitious Yeerk who took to calling himself a sub-visser before being officially proclaimed one, and Alahar 7865, a panicky Yeerk that pilots Esplin's Bug Fighter.

Finally, we meet purple, arrogant Quatzhinnikan, a member of the Arn race that reveals the secrets of the Hork-Bajir to Aldrea and Dak.


Aldrea Chadoo, Jubba-Jubba, Alloran, and Hork-Bajir

The Arn are four-legged, brightly colored creatures with feathers all over their bodies and tow long arms ending in claws. They are an arrogant species of scientists that specialize in biology. After an asteroid hit their planet, the surviving Arn discovered that their atmosphere had been destroyed. They need many trees to creat a new atmosphere so they created the Hork-Bajir to take care of the trees for them. The Arn lived in cities built on cliff-walls above the molten core of the planet, hidden beneath the blue haze known as Father Deep, until Dak and Aldrea discovered their city and, subsquently, the truth about the Hork-Bajir and seers.

A species of aliens with brains spread out in nodes all over their bodies, making them useless hosts to the Yeerks.

The Ongachic, although successfully infested by the Yeerks, are nomadic species so spread throughout space that it is impossible for the Yeerks to ever find an infest them all. In Animorphs #8: The Alien, we learn that the females of the species look startingly like Warf from Star Trek: The Next Generation.


A small, brightly-colored creature covered in feathers. It has four short legs and two elongated arms that end in claws. It moves from tree to tree by jumping and gliding on the skin flaps between its legs.

Father Deep
What the Hork-Bajir call the thick blue haze that shrouds the bottom of their valley. There are monsters in the deep, actually created by the Arn to keep the Hork-Bajir from discovering them.

One of the monsters of the deep. It is fourteen feet tall, with green and red reptilian skin and razored tentacles.

Some of the monsters of the deep. They are three feet high but twenty feet across, with twelve legs and mouths on all sides of their bodies.

One of the monsters of the deep. It is a giant with three fingers. And it has a taste for live meat.

One of the monsters of the deep. It has a huge, ravenous mouth surrounded by thousands of vine-line tentacles.

A boundary on Stoola trees that helps the Hork-Bajir determine which bark is okay to harvest.

Mother Sky
What the Hork-Bajir call the sky.

Nawin Tree
A type of tree on the Hork-Bajir home world that becomes hollow with rage.

An Andalite organic medicine.

What the Hork-Bajir call the barren surface of their home world.

Siff Tree
A type of tree on the Hork-Bajir home world.



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