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Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite
The Griffin’s Boy: The Griffin Riders is the second book in The Griffin Riders series by Julia Hughes. In this book, we get the history behind the griffin named Balkind and his rider. The rider is introduced to us as a boy who wants to be a Griffin Rider, but who also knows that he will not qualify because he is not born into the right class. In the world of Ella-Earth, the boy is known as Neb. The story behind that name is interesting and the name and other information about Neb leave the reader wanting to know more about the boy’s history. The griffin, Balkind, is also a misfit in the world of the griffin riders since he is a griffin with his own mind who chafes under the wrong rider. Perhaps that is why Balkind and his boy seem to be made for each other.
The entire story of The Griffin’s Boy takes place on Ella-Earth, the parallel universe that Hughes introduced in the first book of the series, The Griffin Cryer. This book is actually a “prequel” to the second book and gives insight into much of the action that happened in the first book. Hughes does a great job in making Ella-Earth and the characters there just as believable as the characters on Earth in the first book. Although more mystical in nature, this book drew me in, but again left me with questions that I hope will be answered in a third book in the series. Although The Griffin’s Boy takes place chronologically before The Griffin Cryer, read them in the order intended. The Griffin Cryer is a great way to ease into the more magical second book, The Griffin’s Boy. Again, Julia Hughes has created a book that I highly recommend.