Griffin's Fire

Book Two: Fire

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
200 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2012
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Author Biography

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, a teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.

GRIFFIN RISING (YA fantasy from Twilight Times Books) is her first novel. She is currently working on the next two books in the series: GRIFFIN'S FIRE (April 2012) and GRIFFIN'S STORM (both from Twilight Times Books).

Her debut Middle Grade novel, FINN FINNEGAN (Spencer Hill Press) will be released March 2013.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tamera Lawrence for Readers' Favorite

Griffin is a supernatural teen, who is meant to be a Terrae Anglus. Basil, his trainer, was to see him through his Proelium. But because of his former master’s deceit, Griffin has become just an ordinary human. Though Griffin hates being a human, he tries to accept his fate. Katie, his human girlfriend, helps him in the process, encouraging him to go to public school. As Griffin begins classes, he is faced with being an outsider and is even bullied by Nash Baylor and his team mates. Griffin grits his teeth and endures through his struggles, despite illness and headaches. But Griffin longs to be an angel again in spite of the assumption that it can never be. Then comes a day when all that changes, for Griffin discovers a secret - a secret that will change everything.

"Griffin's Fire" is a well-written fantasy novel with some interesting characters. Basil is a great mentor and protector, whose loyalty to Griffin is honorable and yet grows more father-like though the two are often at odds with one another. The banter between the characters has some great sparks.

Without the benefit of reading the first book in this series, I could have used a bit of background in the beginning of this story to help set the scene and plot. But I quickly caught on and enjoyed this charming well-written novel. The writing has a nice flow to it and the story line is interesting. A good read!