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Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut
Twilight Times Books - April 14, 2011
176 pages - Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy/Myth
Source: The author via AToMR Tours
I received a digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I am not really sure what I was expecting, and I started reading this tentatively because not all angel books are created equally. But I will say that I was not disappointed, this was a fun read to say the least. It was fun getting to know Griffin and Basil. At the beginning I felt sorry for Griffin, and at the end I did as well. The difference would be that I think Griffin was at a place where he could handle himself a lot more. I don’t want to get into the myths or beliefs in angels, because it’s a nonissue. Sometimes when someone is reading stories about things that may or may not exist the author/reader gets stuck wrestling with the belief of existence. Griffin and Basil are Terrae Angeli- Earth Angels. The whole point of their existence is to stay on Earth and help people. They have free – will and can be either good or evil.
Griffin is a Tiro- an angel – in- training, so the story is about his preparing for the Proelium, a test that if passed he becomes an official Terrae Angeli and if failed he has to become mortal. Griffin had a rough start with his first mentor that was a tad abusive. I loved watching Griffin grow from a shy and low self-esteemed Tiro to a strong and compassionate Terrae Angeli. I loved the innocent romance that he found with his neighbor who is able to accept his angel-status. The banter between Menotr/Tiro (Basil/Griffin) was hilarious but underneath you knew that they cared for each other. Karchut did an excellent job with the research an amazing job with the story-telling. This was warm and fuzzy, but I found myself slowly getting wrapped up in the story, and I felt as if I was personal friends with Griffin and Basil.
The ending? I liked it because it was the least expected route. But I didn’t because I knew what it would mean for Griffin, but again I think he is in a place where he can handle it. I do have to say that I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.
Recommendation: Fans of YA and Angel books, this is a fresh look on such an ancient race of beings.
What’s Next? Griffin’s Fire
Special Deal: Griffin Rising and Griffin's Fire will be discounted to $2.99 during this week's tour and next week's. Grab it while you can!!
4 Stars ***