Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review of ‘Griffin Rising,’ by Darby Karchut

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Winner of the 2011 Sharp Writ Book Award in the Young Adult Category

Griffin Rising was a surprisingly good read. Although it was targeted towards teens and young adults, we think most people will like it. Although the story is not the most complex we’ve ever seen, the plot was compelling, and the characters were very well formed.

The story is about "Griffin", who is a guardian-angel-in-training. He is only thirteen, has a in-born ability to control earth and fire and is an apprentice to become a "Terrae Angeli" i.e. a guardian angel. His first mentor/ trainer, Nicopolis has more the style of a drill seargent and does more harm to Griffin who is unable to pick up the skills needed because of Nicopolis'  extremely demanding and harsh style.

Fortunately, he gets a new mentor, Basil, who has  caring style and develops an almost parental affection for him. He also prepares him for his final qualification, a test. 

 A fascinating young adult novel that delves into the fascinating make believe world of angels. The author is able to make it a fascinating read by building the suspense and making it difficult to leave the book in between.  you tied to the book. Karchut keeps you at the edge of your seat and gives you a glimpse into each character's thoughts through their journals. Can Katie adapt to who Griffin really is, does Griffin really have the strength to defeat Nicopolis and has Basil taught Griffin everything he can? This is the perfect book for anyone who believes that guardian angels really do exist.

If there’s anything not to like about the book, it’s the obvious existence of a sequel – but we would read the sequel gladly and can’t wait until it comes out.

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