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Guardians of the Gryphon's Claw (A Sam London Adventure) Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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"A fun-filled start to a series that is sure to keep lovers of Rick Riordan running to the shelves."-SLJ
"A death-defying, globe-spanning adventure, packed with creatures out of folklore and myth....[Guardians of the Gryphon's Claw is] a solid series opener and debut for Gallicano, who stocks his story with engaging characters, human, and otherwise."-Publishers Weekly
“So original and exciting. This is the best fantasy-adventure novel I have read in some time.”—Martin Olson, New York Times bestselling author of The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia
About the Author
Todd Gallicano is the author of Guardians of the Gryphon's Claw, the first book in the Sam London adventure series. Visit him at www.mythicalwildlife.com.
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It’s a bit like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter but Americanized.
Like Harry Potter, there is a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure and discovers another enchanting world layered right over the one normal everyday people live in. Sam London though could be described as more of the Americanized version of Newt Scamander complete with the fascination of mythical animals. He even had a book similar to Harry Potter’s text Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them only Sam’s is titled The Visual Guide to Extraordinary Animals. They also have departments dedicated to ensuring the human world doesn’t get impacted too greatly by the magical one. There are British and American versions just like in Harry’s world.
Unlike Rowling though, Todd Calgi Gallicano, gave his not so mythical creatures the ability to speak and most humans have to take an injection of a mythical compound in order to see the magical elements.
There is a ton of action right from the start and it just never lets up. As the reader you’ll travel the world and visit all kinds of natural parks along with being introduced to new spiritual-like ideas. There’s not a lot of description about the various places they visit because it’s very heavy on character focus which makes it a good thing that the author has created some wonderful characters. There is such emotional depth written in some of the scenes you feel angry wishing you were there to help, you cry along with Sam wanting to hug him, or give him a high five and yell out with glee when things turn out for the better.
It really is a wonderful book and I can’t wait for more in the series to share some more fun evenings of reading with my kids. Plus it makes for some great geography and history lessons as we used Google Images to look up the places mentioned and to learn about the various myths that were incorporated in the story along with understanding who Alexander the Great was back in the day.
Along the way he meets Bigfoot, Banshees, Chupacabra, Gargoyles and many more- and even gets a pet Tanuki. Introduces the reader to many creatures out of both Mythology and also Cryptozoology.
Not for little kiddies (Sam does get hurt once and is in danger fairly often), but fine for the Young Adult set or even those of my age that really enjoy a good fantasy.
Fun and very readable. The cover seems to indicate this book is possibly part of a series and if so I will be looking forward to more by neophyte author Todd Cagli Gallicano.
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Basically, the book is about a guy named Sam London who isn't good at anything. He's the one kid who has no special talents. He keeps having a recurring dream about a certain place until a Gryphon shows up (in his dream). The Gryphon lets him know that mythical creatures are real and there is a certain claw that needs to be protected or else all mythical creatures will be revealed to everyone and that would send the world into chaos. The dream makes Sam seek the place out and visits it for real and actually meets the Gryphon. Sam is not an official "Guardian", but he takes on a role of a temporary protector, risking life and limb to prevent the claw from being stolen, damaged, etc.
She gives this book 2 thumbs up and would happily recommend it to anyone who likes exciting fiction novels.
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