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The Flight of the Griffin Kindle Edition
The Kingdom of Freya has fallen deep into the clutches of dark forces.
After young Pardigan breaks into the home of one of Freya's richest merchants, an unexpected chain of events is set in motion. Sent on a quest to complete an ancient spell and restore order to the world, Pardigan and his friends set sail aboard The Griffin.
But danger lies at every turn, and they are soon pursued by The Hawk: a bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to end their quest.
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"A lovely, well-written fantasy adventure." - Times
"I loved this book for the rich style in which it is told... full of exciting adventures, magical places and creatures." - Adriana H, Amazon Review
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- ASIN : B007TKUD7Y
- Publisher : Next Chapter; 3rd edition (April 11, 2012)
- Publication date : April 11, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2492 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #929,072 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I also love the quirky/ snarky talking cat and her interactions with the boys as she leads their adventures. And I loved laughing at the merchant and the hunter when the boys escape in the nick of time .... over and over again. Yes, you have to suspend belief to accept that a handful of young teens can fight and defeat demons with special evil powers and are twice their size , but isn't that the point of fantasy ?
Title says it is written for young adults, but as a middle school teacher I would recommend it for younger teens also. Just be aware that there is a scene where the hunter uses the occult to summon demons. No blood, and no specifics - just says that there is chanting , candles and arcane symbology. There is a lot of violence with the demons, but not over descriptive. The book is also clean of profanity and there is no romance at all.
The story wraps nicely by the end of the book, no cliffhangers here ! Only a little bit left open ended, just a hint to lead into the next book.
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.
*note to author: I initially was going to give you 5 stars however the ending dropped it to a 4 because you had the Fat man and his entourage back in the town at the same time as our heroes when that wasn't possible. you gave no explanation let alone a plausible explanation. So this was a real bummer! I hate it when authors think readers won't catch such things! :( however, this was not catastrophic or anything. I'll still read #2. :) maybe the answer is there! Lol
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story could be read by children as well as adults.
The 4 young boys are given a quest to find and unite 3 ancient, magic skulls. If they succeed, then Chaos will be held
in its proper balance. The problem is, the next part of the puzzle is not revealed to them until the first part has been successful.
They are helped in the quest by Mahra, a 1,000 year old girl who can shape-shift into a cat and an owl.
Each of the boys is given a special gift which they can use when fighting the enemy, who also want to find whatever the
boys are seeking. There was a lot of magic used, from both sides, plus some nasty Demons. There were also some
interesting species they encountered - some friendly and some definitely not!
Overall a good, clean fantasy adventure story.
A group of 12-13 year old boys acquire special powers and guided by a magical book and with the help of a shape-shifting girl, they travel across the world on a fantastical journey to save the world from the demonic agents of Chaos!
It had plenty of pace to keep interest and there were some well written battle scenes. Obviously the boys didn't want to hurt anyone, so there wasn't any of the usual "splurting of blood" and "ripping off of limbs".. quite a lot of demon eye-stabbing though. Not scary (kinda PG13), but quite exciting despite this.
You sometimes find young adult stories to be quite patronising, but I think Gray did a great job of getting the right balance. I thought the characters were very likeable, but a little TOO squishy and cuddly at some points..
The story was a little slow to start and I thought the ending was a little rushed and could've been developed a bit more, i.e. Loras and the Princess, Mahra and her father.. etc.
Hopefully these points will be revisited in the sequel!
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.
An excellent, well written, well planned and brilliant read, I loved every page and was sad when it finished. It was very easy to follow and be part of this fantastical adventure. C.M. Gray is a gifted author and I'm convinced anyone who loves fantasy, will get great pleasure from reading this book.
Oh, and as an aside; how refreshing to read a book with NO grammatical errors!