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Grey Griffins #1: Revenge of the Shadow King - Audio Paperback – Unabridged, Audiobook
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A collectible card game introduces Max and his friends to the battle against ancient evil in this undistinguished but entertaining series opener. Grandfatherly shopkeeper Iver has sold the four a rare card game in which they fight goblins, faeries and the powerful Shadow King. It's only a game at first, but soon their town of Avalon, Minn. is plagued with horrors. Max finds a magical book, real goblins attack and Iver vanishes. Along with spunky Natalia, poor Harley and cowardly Ernie, Max determines to defeat the Shadow King. Luckily, he's the one true heir to powerful magical ability, born to make a stand in the age-old fight against evil-perhaps in the Gothic temple in town, built by Templars 500 years before Europeans came to the New World. Constant danger and some humor keep this adventure moving despite clunky prose. Not a bad option for fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 9-12) First printing of 50,000 (Kirkus Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The four friends call themselves the Grey Griffins and love to meet in their tree clubhouse or each other's homes. Max loves going to his grandmother's home to spend the night. While there he discovers a magical book and accidentally lets loose a mischievous faerie called a spriggan that is also a shape shifter! She tricks him into releasing an evil thing called a Shadow and from then on the adventures and excitement are non-stop!
I read this book at the request of my 7th grade son who bought it at a school book fair. It is very well done and I can see why he looks forward to the next installment!
For parents, I also loved this book as the authors did not feel the need to put in vulgar and offensive language!! It is so refreshing to have a book that you KNOW is fine for your son/daughter to read. So many of the so-called young adult books these days have alot of swearing, smoking, drinking, etc. even if the characters are as young as these.
The Revenge of the Shadow King is a fantasy book about a group of friends who always hang out together, and enjoy playing a card game called Round Table. When strange events start to occur, it begins to look as if the characters from the card game are starting to come to life and appear in the real world. Things get stranger and more dire as the chaos only gets worse and begins to spread through the whole town, and Max and his friends are stuck in the middle of it.
Many creepy and violent things happen throughout the story. Characters become possessed, mysterious villains show up at the worst times, and there are many close brushes with death. If that's not enough, the kids even get framed for something they didn't do.
Max is developed enough to get us to know him a little better, as we get to understand why he dislikes his family's wealth, why he doesn't get along with his parents, and to some degree, his fear of his possible destiny. His friends don't fare so well in the characterization department. They show enough personality traits to make them interesting and likeable, but not enough to really flesh most of them out. The two boys can be summed up in simple sentences: Harley is a tough kid, but a nice guy deep down inside. Ernie is an asthmatic, overeating wimp who gets scared easily and is afraid to risk his life to help his friends.
Natalia's personality is the most detailed one out of Max's friends.Read more ›
I hope there's more books about the Grey Griffins in the future. Read this book and enjoy the ride yourself. You'll see.
For a plot, we have King Arthur and Morgan LaFey; Oberon, Titania and faeries; a magic book which must be joined with a magic jewel; Templars; hounds of hell, school bullies and possession by demons.
Our protagonists are a loyal hulk, a smartypants girl, a nerdy guy, and a superboy with a mysterious bloodline. Secondary characters are an ancient bodyguard, a kindly wizard guy, and a visiting witch.
Absolutely every single thing that happens for the full 370 pages is predictable, foreshadowed, underlined, and then explained.
Why three stars? Well, the book isn't silly, or frantic, or a hyperactive funny/doofus fantasy, (like NERDS, or Pals in Peril, or School of Fear). It is a very earnest, if totally uninspired, reworking of a tried and true formula. As such, it might encourage a young reader to read more and better efforts, and if all it does is get a young reader's attention, and maybe get that reader interested in this particular form of fantasy, (so that they can go on to books like the "Dark is Rising" sequence), well, that's probably enough to recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No more tears over reading for my 11 yo son. A book he really enjoys reading!Published 11 months ago by Diane Turco
My son age 12 read this and loved it. He wants to read the rest of the series.Published 17 months ago by Rena
My friend I bought this for says it is a great book and series to read and recommends it to everyone.Published on November 26, 2013 by Cpt Zombie Steve
Running my hand along the cover and back it feels like someone took a knife or key to it and the bound edge has major wear on it, im not happy in the least and will probably order... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Randy Moore
I bought this book as a fifth grader back in 2006 and it was the first big book I've ever read on my own. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Zeb Carney