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The Griffin's Boy (The Griffin Riders' Chronicles Book 1) by [Hughes, Julia]
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"The plotting, characterization and the writing are all superb, the scenes of rescue and flight some of the finest I've read in any fantasy, including the Harry Potter series, and I was swept up in the whimsy of the story, in the exalted view of field and farm in an alien and beautiful world."

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Readers wanted to know more about the mysterious rider who, along with his griffin, was accidentally summoned into our world by Frankie Shaunessy, aka "The Griffin Cryer". 
Though he proved to be Frankie's salvation, he refused to give his name, insisting on being called "Balkind's Rider". 
Action in the "The Griffin's Boy" takes place in the Rider's world, and tells how sometimes, with luck, faith and hard work, even the most disadvantaged can make their dreams a reality.  

Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon Publishing; v 16 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H9NMQE4
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I lost myself in The Griffin’s Boy by Julia Hughes. It is a fascinating story for readers of all ages where there are adventures and strange wonders on every page. The author transports us once again to Ella-Earth, a parallel universe where evolution has taken a different course and Britain remains an island clothed in mist. The date is unspecified, a time of yellow fields and thatched roofs, of griffins and griffin masters where evil villains lurk in unusual places.

The Griffin’s Boy is a coming of age story, a tale of defiance and adventure and derring-do as Neb, the “ No One” boy disobeys orders, ignoring his place in life. He steals the unruly griffin, Balkind. Together they soar and attempt to rescue the weak and innocent. Along the way, Neb discovers girls.

The plotting, characterization and the writing are all superb, the scenes of rescue and flight some of the finest I’ve read in any fantasy, including the Harry Potter series, and I was swept up in the whimsy of the story, in the exalted view of field and farm in an alien and beautiful world.

I loved the characters, especially Neb and Balkind and Chantress Anderra and loved to hate the villains, of which there are many. I especially liked the scenes with Neb riding Balkind. The author’s prose is fine indeed when describing their flight, some passages reminding me of de Saint-Exupery’s Wind, Sand and Stars. I read them over several times and each time felt the sheer joy of flying as if for the first time. My favorite, of course is the hero, Ned, who never ever gives up. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. And now I want to ride a griffin.
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The Griffin's Boy is an excellent story for the young and not so young alike. I notice a lot of reviewers are saying that very same thing, but it's just so true! This isn't one you want to pass up!

The story has a beautifully designed fantasy world that is similar, yet different, from the world we live in and know. The characters have great depth and each and every one of them has very distinct personalities. In other words, the author did an excellent job and the characters within the pages are all brought to life wonderfully.

The storyline progresses steadily from a young boy and a griffin, both passed over for a chance at more, to a grand adventure, to an ending you just never expected at all. With a good flowing story arch, this was such a fun filled entertaining adventure that I would gladly recommend it.
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I read the Griffin fryer first. it was a little confusing. then I read this one. it is awesome. we still do not much about the main character. I want to to know more about him and his Griffin. I will be watching out for new books.
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There is a keen sense of life not being fair in the “The Griffin’s Boy.” There is desperation of circumstance that may be familiar to some readers. The Griffin Riders are children born into their elite circle. They don’t earn a place by skill or work but by the noble bearing of the family into which they’re born. Neb’s ambition seems hopeless if not a bit silly at the start of the work and therein lays the brilliance. Neb aspires in a way that will translate to young readers and succeed or fail, the message of nothing being easy for most of us. His name literally means “no one” and at the start of the novel, Neb is no one.

The setting is rather Harry Potteresque in that it is a world next to a world. Neb’s England is foggy and inhabited by magic and griffins. If you’ve read the first novel in the series, “The Griffin’s Boy” is consistent while not dependant upon the prior work. Children who like fantasy will soak up the familiar landscape with foreign elements inherent in its atmosphere. There’s a wisdom in writing what you know and coloring it in with what you imagine.

The baddies are everywhere and somewhat nebulous. Neb and Balkind direct the story and carry the reader through. The last line is great and provides the reader great promise for what’s to come.

“The Griffin’s Boy” is a great story. Pick it up today and follow this talented author.
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I was looking for a simple storied book to fill some down time without demanding I pay close attention as I waited impatiently for my wife to finish her many appointments that I have to take her to and wait indefinitely.

This book did meet my simple story with few characters to keep straight due to the random reading opportunities I deal with, but it did a great job of filling the story framework with both necessary detail and relevant description of the scenes and situations that our unlikely hero found himself in as he tried to do the right thing in spite of very difficult and unexpected circumstances and chain of events.
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I bought this book thinking it was for the adult market. After reading it, though, I think it really is intended for the YA market, and this review is based on that assumption.

Neb (which means nobody) is low man on the social hierarchy at a school from where griffins and handlers are prepared for selection into a griffin-based service. He has no known background (although there are hints that more will be revealed in subsequent books). He is tall, brave, capable, and has a good heart. This is pretty formulaic in YA, the high-quality protagonist who suffers under the thumb of other, less qualified characters.

He is not selected for what he truly wants, but he refuses to take no for an answer and takes things into his own hands. Along the way, he performs some feats of derring-do, tries to do others but fails, disobeys the orders of his superiors, has a little love interest--once again, the type of thing in popular YA fiction. These are popular themes precisely because YA readers like them, and I think the author pretty much checked all the boxes with them.

The story flowed well and was fast-paced. Action abounded. Characterization, on the other hand, was a little one-dimensional. Neb had some depth, but that was about it.

One little question, though: how can a griffin, with an eagle's beak, have teeth? This is fantasy, and some early flying dinosaurs (not the pterosaurs, which were actually reptiles) had both beaks and teeth, but I think this was just a slip-up.

This is a book that I think most YA readers will like. It is a quick, fun read.
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