- File Size: 727 KB
- Print Length: 269 pages
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (April 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007TKUD7Y
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The Flight of the Griffin by C.M. Gray is about a group of boys that happen (ok fine, steal) a magical knife and book, which turn them into heroes whose goal is to keep the balance of Source versus Chaos. They meet a magical cat along the way and battle against demons, and a fat but funny merchant, aptly named Bartholemew. The book is enchanted by a great wizard and he guides the boys into the ultimate battle between Good and Evil.
There's a lot to like about this book. Bartholemew is hilarious as one of the "evil" characters. I loved the magical cat that is the protector of the knife/book. There is gentle humor interspersed throughout. The prose is almost "old-timey" in a good way (reminds me of how the children's books were written a few decades ago).
That said, I had several big issues with the book. First, the wizard speaks in rhyme in the book. The poems are pretty awful. I think it would have been a better decision for him to strictly write in prose. The poetry detracts a lot from the book. Second, I could never tell the difference between any of the boys. They each had "strengths," but if one of them said something, I could imagine any 5 of them saying the same thing in the same way. Third, the perspective kept changing from boy to boy in a very disruptive way. It would almost have been better if we just had the perspective of one boy the entire time. Lastly, it drags in the middle. We get stuck going from port to port with the "Bad guys" almost catching them but not quite. So I ended up skipping to the end after half of the book, and the ending is what I expected. There was one twist, but it was too little, too late.
Overall, a promising premise, but needs work on pacing and characters. I think that Gray will only improve with time.
What do you get when a group of kids steals the meanest most wealthy merchant’s money and what not? You get a great fast paced well-developed story filled with mystery, magic, adventure, and mayhem. These are kids that you feel you know. They live in a boat that was abandoned by all they know and they are in need of food so they steal, well one of them does, the money from a greedy merchant, Bartholomew, and keep it hidden.
However unknown to them all there was a magical cat that changed into a bird Owl and followed them back to their boat.
That is the way the book opens with a lot more twists and turns that keep the reader glued to the page. As the story culminates you start to see key pieces fall into place such as a mysterious knife which appears to have a mind of its own.
Brief Plot & My Thoughts
The knife has magical properties with a blue gem in the pommel. It is even more obvious about the magic it carries when it encounters a book that was part of the stolen objects the boy took from the merchant. When the blade touches the book anywhere, that was more a grouping of tattered pages, it is transformed into a proper book that was written by a wizard centuries ago. It tells the boys that they must embark on a journey in a rather clever poetic form reminiscent of Tolkien’s style.
Add a magical cat that changes into an owl and a panther and later is discovered to be a girl seems to be guarding the book. The cat form of this changeling speaks to the boys and warns them about dangers and instructs them in what the book is telling them.
“Place your hand upon the book, and tell your friends not to look!”
I love that line and the events that followed this as the boys came into their powers. Each one of the boys has a special ability and is chosen through the wizard Pew, who is the author of the odd magical book. The reader sees them learn how their abilities work and what their part in this ancient unfolding mystery is.
Its pages are blank after the initial poem as if it is waiting for them to undergo their adventurous journey so the pages can be filled. The reader It is imperative the boys leave the area for the greedy merchant Bartholomew hired dark spirited Bounty hunter known as The Hawk. He has a bad reputation for being evil and enjoying torturing his victims. This sadistic man was to find the person that stole Bartholomew’s money and papers. Later he joins forces with a demon and then more of them. The changeling seems to be a protector for the boys as well as the book and warns them about each pursuer on their heels.
The boat odyssey
The events to follow really pick up with the boys on the boat called the Griffin. There is where they learn about their next challenge from the book and are helped by their changeling friend Mahra. One of the heroic boys is captured by a demon from the depths of the sea and his minions come on the ship to destroy everyone, until the heroes use their newly acquired powers to avenge them all including the demon with the help of their changeling friend.
There were areas of the book that gave me chills in the development of the scenes. The realism involved in the fight sequences. The dark characters and the interaction between the good guys, sort of speak. You really feel like cheering for the boys as they rid themselves along with their new magical friend Mahra of the enemies.
When the chaos elements came into play, like the demons that the boys had to head off against it was exciting. The ancient academy of skills on the island was astounding in the way it was developed and the emotions of each character came into play. The evil things that attacked them in the hallway, skeletons, the atmosphere everything is so believable. The way that they found the ancient wizard Clement in his room was wonderful. I will say that the old magician named Clement reminded me of Dumbledore. He was eccentric and like a grandfather. He had charm and passion and was smart and powerful. His interaction with the changeling Mahra felt honest.
It is writing like this that makes the reader glue themselves to the pages until it is done. The characters stay in your mind like friends. You get to know them and the more you learn the more you want. They are all three-dimensional and vivid.
Back to the book each time …
On their mission that the book defines in stages after they complete a challenge they are to find some skulls. The primary one belongs to the wizard Pew who lived centuries ago. This is a quest they are on because of being the chosen group of heroes that were meant to avenge the darkness of chaos to halt it from plunging the world into darkness. They must retrieve the skulls on the mission and save the world. Will they succeed and will they all survive? Find out more read this fantastic tale of adventure, mystery and fast paced combat. Outstanding read! Bravo!