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Grey Griffins #3: Fall of the Templar Hardcover – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: Grey Griffins (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439837766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439837767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in the wrong place, and unquestionably the wrong time, Derek spent most of his early years trying to figure out where he was and why he was different than everyone else. By the age of five, he had stumbled upon the answer: the rest of humanity was really nothing more than an elaborate hoax of cleverly disguised robots, and he was the only real human among them. Having overcome that mystery, he set out with other young members of the Grey Griffins (a super-secret club) to protect the world from darkness and bring about a better world through friendship, wit, and superbly-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

He's climbed volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, fished for sharks in the North Atlantic, scandalized the Cathedral of Barcelona, been mauled by an angry kitten off the coast of Turkey, narrowly avoided being blown up outside Belfast, learned the meaning of defenestration in France, and even jumped off a few cliffs in Greece. His interests spanned a wide spectrum: archaeology, linguistics, mythology, cosmology, conspiracy theory, religion and a host of others. At the same time, he managed to catapult himself to the top of his game in a Fortune 100 company doing what some idly speculated to be nothing less than international computer espionage.

But there was always the desire to change the world around him. And since the age of fifteen, he had become obsessed with writing as a means to this end. Year after year, he labored to prefect his craft, until he felt the time was right. In 2000, he teamed up with J.S. Lewis and with an eye to the stars, they launched The Revenge of the Shadow King.

Benz met and married his lovely wife in sunny Arizona, where they enjoy researching ancient civilizations and studying theology.





Born early enough to remember rotary phones, typewriters, and the glory years of Atari, J.S. Lewis has lived a rather obscure life in the shadows of many nearly famous people.

A member of the Grey Griffins (a secret club of courageous children who have vowed to save the world from evil overlords, alien invasions and brussel sprouts), Lewis grew up in the heartland of America. Yearning to become a marine biologist, but perplexed by the lack of exotic saltwater marine life in Iowa and Minnesota, he headed west. Sadly, his quest for the sea ended too soon, stranding him in the blustering desert of Arizona, where dreams of discovering new breeds of ferocious sharks were all but destroyed.

So it was, dejected and wandering like a drifting vagabond, that Lewis explored an eclectic career that would include news reporting, radio producing, animation, multi-media design, mural painting, speech writing, video game development and marketing.

Ever searching for new forms of creative expression, Lewis and boyhood friend Derek Benz sought to make their indelible mark through the written word. Thus from that collaboration was penned the novel The Revenge of the Shadow King.






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I bought the book for my 13 year old son - he has read the entire series and loves it!
Marsha L. Wood
The likable characters lead fans through this labyrinth of a story, with unforeseen twists and exciting quests, never pausing for a dull moment.
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A definitly good book to read, especially if you have already read the first and second books in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela C. Waszkiewicz on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My daughter has been following this series and was checking every week for months prior to the release of this book. She is really fond of the characters and the storyline. She cannot wait for the next volume and is afraid to read this one too fast because she hates the wait for the next book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kaylala on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book!!! I love this series. Although some may think I'm a little to old, who cares!!! This really wrapped everything up, but also left some hangers for, hopefully the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Downey on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It was a good read, as well as the other books in the series. This one had a lot of good twists like in the second book, "The Rise of the Black Wolf". Plus it had a good ending! A definitly good book to read, especially if you have already read the first and second books in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Epheros Aldor on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In book three of the Grey Griffins trilogy, The Fall of the Templar, Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis bring the story to fantastic close. Max, Harley, and Natalia escape the Black Wolves after losing the Spear of Ragnarok to their leader. Ernie is hospitalized in a coma and the friends are distraught at their friend's situation and their loss of the artifact. Their return to Avalon is not a happy one, especially with the looming specter of the end of the world behind them.

A new mentor enters Max's life to help him understand the Codex and his developing power, but there is very little time left to do anything. The last hope lies in another lost artifact called the Eye of Odin, a magical item whose power can take magic from another source, hopefully the spear. The Templar are on a last ditch effort to locate and recover the object before the Black Wolves find the World Tree. Their desire to use the spear and end the world is driven by the idea of recreating a new world order.

The Grey Griffins, including Ernie whose miraculous recovery has given him powers from Faerie, travel with several remaining Templar to the faerie Underworld to search for the Eye of Odin and stop the Black Wolves. Max must confront the Eye's guardians and Ernie learns that there is a great risk using his new power. Natalia and Harley and the rest of the Templar must surpass the Underworld's many obstacles and creatures to locate the World Tree and help Max.

Benz and Lewis, in a remarkable twist, take the reader through an unforeseen ending that isn't contrived or substandard. The Fall of the Templar completes an excellent story that has only gotten better and better throughout the three books. Action packed with great characterization and drama, this story is well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on August 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fifth grader Max Sumner and pals Ernie, Harley and Natalia make up the Grey Griffins, a group bound together by honor and friendship. A big chunk of their free time is spent in the company of Iver, their teacher and mentor, playing their favorite game. Round Table consists of character cards displaying strange and amazing creatures (such as goblins and fairies), 10-sided dice called knucklebones, and the use of strategy, cunning and just a little bit of plain old luck.

But a short while ago, they discovered that Round Table isn't just a game --- it's a tool to train young soldiers. Without realizing it, the Grey Griffins have been preparing for war, to assist the ancient order of Templar Knights in defending our world from the monsters threatening to destroy it.

At the conclusion of THE RISE OF THE BLACK WOLF, Max discovered that his own father had tricked and betrayed him. He gave up the powerful spear of Ragnarok in exchange for his father's life, but he didn't know that Lord Sumner is actually one of them. Lord Sumner leads the Black Wolf Society, a terrifying army of werewolves that have merged magic with technology to become almost unstoppable. And now that the Black Wolf Society has control of the spear of Ragnarok, they are battling their way through the Templar Knight outposts on their way to the World Tree, the uniting force in the world. Their mission? To use the spear to destroy the World Tree, hence obliterating the entire universe.

However, there is still a tiny speck of hope for the Grey Griffins and the Templar Knights. An ancient artifact exists that can save the World Tree, yet because of its extreme power, the Eye of Odin is hidden deep in the dangerous Underworld.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace Summerhays on February 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK. THIRD IN THE SERIES AND I HOPE THERE IS MORE!!
MY SON IS 10 AND LOVED IT. I AM 40 AND LOVED IT
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By Godchaser on December 26, 2013
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The story line isn't as captivating as Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia but it's a good read. The characters are lovable and mystery and adventure await those who read it's pages :)
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By Cpt Zombie Steve on August 15, 2013
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I didn't even buy this book for me but the person whom I got it for said it was a great book.
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