Griffin Rising

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
176 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2010
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Author Biography

All her life, the archetypal hero and his journey have enthralled Darby Karchut. A native of New Mexico, Darby grew up in a family that venerated books and she spent her childhood devouring one fantasy novel after another. Fascinated by mythologies from around the world, she attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in anthropology. After moving to Colorado, she then earned a Master’s in education and became a social studies teacher.

Drawing from her extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today.

Darby is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, where she still teaches at a local junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather.

GRIFFIN RISING is her first novel. She is currently working on the next book in the series, GRIFFIN'S FIRE.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

Griffin Rising is the delightful story of a Tiro Angel -- a guardian angel.

"This we know of Terrae Angelus:
Being earthbound, their powers are limited.
Being earthbound, they mirror man in all ways, even unto free will.
Being earthbound, their appearances and powers align to the Four Elements:
Wind & Water, Earth & Fire.
Being earthbound, they can destroy and be destroyed.
Translation from the original Latin:
Professor Julian Fitzwilliam

In this story we meet Griffin, an apprentice Terrae Angeli. His first mentor was Nicopolis, a cruel angel who believed in beating his charges. Griffi's spirit was broken. He had little self-confidence and cowered before his mentor. Griffin was reassigned to Basil, who was understanding, kind and patient. He worked hard to build Fin's self confidence. Soon the two developed a father and son relationship. Nicopolis hated both Griffin and Basil and waited for an opportunity to seek revenge.

I love this book. It is filled with humor and the author has left the door open for a sequel. The characters are wonderfully written and the plot is filled with adventure. The author has a winner!