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The Rise of the Black Wolf (Grey Griffins, Book 2) Hardcover – January 1, 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Grey Griffins Series

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Grade 5–8—In The Revenge of the Shadow King (Scholastic, 2005), the Grey Griffins had to work together to save their hometown, Avalon, and the rest of the world from certain annihilation at the hands of Morgan Le Fey. This time, the four friends travel to Scotland where they…have to save the world from certain annihilation at the hands of Morgan Le Fey. Narratives that would be fun with groups of friends in role-playing games come across here as trite and contrived. The surfeit of strung-together clichés and hyperbole stifles the story so much that it becomes practically unreadable.—Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; English Language edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043983774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439837743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Eleven-year-old Grayson Maximillian Sumner III, or Max, used to believe he led a boring life in an ordinary town. But ever since he discovered an ancient book called THE CODEX in his grandmother's attic, life has spun into an unbelievable adventure. He has learned that he is related to King Arthur and part of an elite group called The Templar Knights, whose members are devoted to protecting the world against evil. Max's new job is Guardian of the Codex, and it's no small task. However, he does have three best friends to help, and together the Grey Griffins, as they call themselves, bravely face all sorts of scary creatures like goblins, bone crunchers and fireball pixies.

As Christmas approaches, the Grey Griffins receive an invitation to visit Scotland where Max's rich dad lives. They expect awesome gifts and a peaceful vacation from school, but they're only half right. The Scottish castle is stocked full of amazing comic books, a unicorn Ferris wheel, go-carts and a racing track, a pool-sized aquarium and unending amounts of yummy things to eat. However, the trip is in no way relaxing. Before they even get to Scotland, their plane is attacked by Kobolds, soldiers of the Black Witch. Thanks to Logan, Max's bodyguard and member of the Templar Knights, they manage to escape and make it safely to the castle.

Of course the Grey Griffins have to explore the castle, and the very first night they sneak off into the darkness. They discover a hidden room filled with unexplainable artifacts, including a painting of King Arthur's son holding the Spear of Ragnarok, made at the same time and out of the same material as the famous sword Excalibur. They also find a secret map of the castle property, with one spot marked as The Witching Well.
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I purchased the three books in this set for my elementary school library after reading copies that were donated to another school. They are appropriately "scary" and suspenseful, without being over the line for the age group. There is one death of a mentor in book two, and the characters have to deal with their grief, but the students do not witness it. The four main characters are easy to identify with, although the comic relief (Ernie) is pretty cornball. The spooky cover art will definitely attract readers.
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The Rise of the Black Wolf

Are you interested in a book filled with action, mystery and non-stop surprises? If so, you must read The Rise of the Black Wolf. If you enjoyed this book, you will also enjoy the first and second book as well.
It starts with the Griffins which are the four main characters and one is the guardian of a book called the Codex Spitrus. So the Griffins go and have a snowball fight when they find a symbol on the ground and their friend Iver tells them it's the Black Wolf society symbol. They are evil. The good guys are the Templars, they are like knights, but better. The four main characters names are Max, Natalie, Harley, and Ernie. My favorite is Max. If you also like magic there are faries and the Codex Spitrus can trap the faries in the book forever. There is someone else who is really cool and his name is Vlad Dracula. He is different from Dracula because he doesn't drink blood and his full name is Prince Vlad Dracula. He is with the good guys and is their best man. With a sword and the speed of light he is very powerful. About in the middle Max and his friends get to go to his dad's house and boy is he rich. If you read it it seams he has a trillion dollars, but he turns out being bad. He is actually a commander to the Black Wolves.
I think my favorite part in the book was when Max is trying to recover the spear of Raganock to destroy the bad guys. The spear is the most powerful weapon in the world. It stands for doomsday and could destroy a country in a blink of an eye. If the black wolves get it it could be the end, but I don't want to give it away.
From this book I think I learned to listen to your elders because Max almost got himself killed and so did his friends about four times. So I would listen to your elders if I were you.

I thought this book was great so I'm going to give it five stars.
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After I read revenge of the shadow king I just had to read this one! The book is a grabbing story for all ages! It had a fantastic blend between historical myth (yes historical myth) but with it's own twist. These two men are artists!

It all starts out with the Grey Griffins on yet another adventure, only this time it's in Scotland! The Grey Griffins are invited to spend the winter holidays in Scotland with Max's father. Before they are set to leave, max has to deal with his mother and a couple of brownies and a Pucca that attack max as he sleeps. When they finally arrive to Scotland after a bumpy plane ride, it is ever kids dream, massive collections of rare comic books for Ernie, a personal garage for harley, a unicorn room for Natalia and a vacation with max's dad.

Every thing is going great they are exploring the castle and uncovering small mysteries, but soon max's father is called away on business only to be kidnapped by a group of werewolves called the black wolf society. The ransom? The spear of Ragnorak (sp?) what will max do? nobody has seen the spear in centuries! and what is this of a strange prophecy?

This is a great story that includes werewolves, vampires, magic, templar knights, and lots of faeries. It is a fantastic tale interwoven with fantasy, magic, and history all put in one! I recommend this to everybody who reads this review! and i can not wait until the last book, supposedly coming out this winter!
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