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The Flight of the Griffin [Kindle Edition]

C.M. Gray
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Book Description

The Flight of the Griffin was chosen as one of the 21 'Longlist' finalists in the 2013 London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.

I absolutely loved this book for the rich style in which it is told, it is a wonderful fantasy book full of exciting adventures, magic places and creatures; it is soul refreshing and makes you feel younger, recharged with energy, courage and excitement – Adriana H.

This is a lovely, well written fantasy, with a fun, thrilling adventure – Times/Chicken House

A fantastic and unique story, get ready to be amazed! – YogaMo

A novel filled with plenty of mystery and intrigue – Mad Scientist

I have found a new author to read and I love it! - MaryAnn Inabinet

Imagine being a teenager, nowhere in particular to go, nothing you have to do, just journeying place to place and having fun with your best friends... Sounds awesome...and it is...until one misstep puts you and your friends directly in the path of demons from Hell. - Lorrie Schumacher ‘mama’s pute’

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The Kingdom is dying…
The Darkness is coming… the balance between Order and Chaos is rapidly shifting and the world is falling towards evil and horror, and all the misery that Chaos will bring.
But there is hope…
Pardigan’s had enough, he’s only 12, but he’s breaking into the home of one of Freya's richest merchants... and he’s doing it tonight…
A burglary that will change their lives forever sets four friends upon a quest, a race against time, to locate three magical objects and complete an ancient and desperate spell.
Sailing their boat The Griffin, the crew are quickly pursued by The Hawk, an evil bounty hunter and master of dark sorcery, and Belial, King of Demons and champion of Chaos who seeks to rule the world of man… yet first he must capture the crew of The Griffin and end their quest…

Product Details

  • File Size: 3982 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: C.M.Gray; 001 edition (April 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TKUD7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flight of the Griffin June 30, 2012
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I am not a kid by any leap of the imagination but I loved this book. It's characters had many exciting adventures to magical places with newly made magical creatures. For me, the best part was the story line that was clean - sorry to all but no sex, profanity, blood, or gore - that is why I find books in this age group so much more fun to read. I did all the other stuff before, curiosity being the reason, and now I like these types of fantasy books. When I finish them I pass them on to my middle school granddaughter.

Must read - Cynthia
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of action June 25, 2012
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
This YA Fantasy story is a classic Quest tale which involves 4 young lads and a boat. It's a lovely story but not in any sickly sweet meaning of the term. The boys' characters are really believable. They have their individual skills but have their faults too. A real touch of class is Mahra, a shape changer who spends so much time as a cat that when she is in girl form she is often to be found licking her hand! These youngsters are on the side of Order and battle to keep Chaos and Order in balance. They possess (because one of them stole it!) a magic book which unfolds for them they way to find the artefacts they must gather together. The Merchant from whom the book was stolen has enlisted a hunter to find them and in his turn he has recruited some really evil henchmen - Demons.

The story is well written and bounces along nicely. There's plenty of action which will certainly keep a young audience attentive - it kept me happy too! I think there might even be room in the tale for a sequel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flight of the Griffin - Fantasy Adventure May 21, 2012
By E.
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I'm a little divided between giving this one a four or five star rating. So I've settled for four and one half. The Flight of the Griffin is a fun fantasy adventure perfect for the middle grade reader. It has likeable young characters, a dastardly villain with his hired hunter/henchman, the struggle between the powers of good and evil (the 'Source' and 'Chaos'), and plenty of magic. It was well paced and contained great little details like including images of the poetic magic book that sets the young heroes on their quest of 'challenges.'

The story follows four boys who fall into a quest that involves finding three very important items necessary to accomplish a spell that will restore the balance of power between the Source and Chaos. To begin their adventure, the boys are transformed into a fighter, a thief, a priest, and a magician. Accompanied by an unusual shape shifting girl, the boys encounter many obstacles and dangerous situations along the way.

I really liked the story and think it would probably appeal to readers who enjoyed Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series and maybe some of the early Robert Jordan Wheel of Time novels. I think it could have used a few more dire situations and little more suspense to keep the reader truly glued to the story, but I think it was very well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book readers of any age can enjoy January 2, 2013
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Flight of the Griffin - C. M. Gray - four and a half stars

Flight of the Griffin by author C. M. Gray is a wonderful adventure for young teens but I found it fine for all ages. It is the end times for the world, and the tale opens when Pardigan, the boy-thief, steals a knife and a book from a merchant's locked cabinet and sets the events into motion. Quint, the leader of his group of friends is the strongest and is a fighter. Loras is the boy-magician whose master died before Loras could learn what he needed to know and who's magic never works right. Tarent is a dreamer, a storyteller and he keeps the other boys' spirits up when times are hard. Orphans all, they live on the abandoned boat, The Griffin.

Along with the knife and other loot from the merchant's house, Pardigan has also gained a strange, magical talking cat named Mahra. This cat who changes back and forth from a girl, to an owl, to a cat, depending on her mood, knows how to unlock the secrets of the magical knife and book. They do as they are told to and become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter, four heroes with a task to right the balance of the world which must have equal amounts of Order and Chaos. They have been chosen to be the Soldiers for Order and to oppose Chaos in a quest that pits them against magic, demons and `The Hawk,' an evil hunter of men.

I really like the way the four boys are real - they are written as boys are, unfinished and not quite men yet, but the promise of their adulthood is there in each of them. Mahra is an old soul (literally hundreds of years old) and is written as such, but she is also young in many ways.

The travels and adventures the boys and Mahra have are well written and believable. The scenery and the backgrounds against which the tale takes place are rich and yet not overdone. I would recommend this book to anyone who simply loves a good adventure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun 3.5 star fantasy adventure July 8, 2012
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Four boys. Four powers. One quest: find three magical skulls and return the balance before chaos takes over. Aided by a talking cat and a book, the four friends set off in their boat, the Griffin, to find the skulls while dodging the demon king who chases them. Fun and creative, The Flight of the Griffin takes the reader on a search across a fantastical world. While I enjoyed C.M. Gray's Shadowland more, this is a solid good read, especially suited for 10 - 12 year old boys. I give it 3.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
Had put off reading this book for a while thinking it would only be so so, not sure why i thought that but that was original impression. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Phillip
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This story was great and kept me reading even when my vision was becoming bleary. Had a hard time with the writing errors but got through it anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckle up for a great ride!
This was a really fun fantasy story that held my interest and kept me turning the pages. It is well-written with fabulous descriptions but without over doing it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Buttercup
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all ages!
The quest has begun. Follow Pardigan, Quint, Loras and Tarent as they embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Another character who will delight readers is the magic cat Mahra. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P.S. Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for all ages
A wonderful book for all ages! I thoroughly get rapped up in books and found myself looking at dawns light before putting it down for a tiring day in which many thoughts came back... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Krasz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice action and great characters
Published 5 months ago by C. Wilkerson
3.0 out of 5 stars Different. I think there are companion books to this ...
Different. I think there are companion books to this one. Not sure I want to read them.
Published 5 months ago by Terry Lynn Warner-Hurst
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not for me
Published 5 months ago by Stacy Barbier
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall Into a World in Peril, Be a Hero!
Five young heroes, three crystal skulls, magic, demons and an ominous character called “The Hawk” are all that’s needed to ramp up a younger reader’s imagination as they leave this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dii
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapist
Good escapist fantasy
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More About the Author

Born in Essex, England with a heavy dose of 'travel lust', C.M.Gray has since been lucky enough to live and travel in many countries around the world. In fact he has lived for more years outside of England than he has living there! Working as a carpenter, fruit picker and even a stint in stock brokering, he has called home Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan Mountains, the clamor of central Hong Kong to a farm in deep rural Burgundy. Forever vowing to return and sink his roots once again in English soil... some day, he hasn't quite made it back yet, but does live a little closer these days; just outside of Barcelona in the middle of the forest with his dogs and two wonderful children.

C.M.Gray's writing is mostly fantasy and many of the experiences he has had in Asia, Africa and the middle east come to life in his writing. The Flight of the Griffin, a finalist in The Times/Chicken House literary competition 2013, follows the adventures of a group of young friends as they battle demons and bandits on a magical quest to stop the world from tipping into Chaos. Shadowland blends fantasy with history as an old story teller takes his audience back to Britain's dark ages and the birth of the Arthurian legend.

The Sequel to The Flight of the Griffin, Chaos Storm was published Autumn 2013, while the Sequel to Shadowland, 'The Shadow of a King' will be published summer 2015.

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