- File Size: 1568 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471750353
- Publisher: C.M.Gray; 001 edition (April 11, 2012)
- Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
- Reviewed by: Jennifer Greene
The Kingdom is dying…
The Darkness is coming… the balance between Order and Chaos is rapidly shifting and the world is falling towards evil and horror, and all misery that Chaos will bring.
But there is hope…
Pardigan’s had enough, he’s only 12, but he’s breaking into the home of one of Freya’s richest merchants… and he’s doing it tonight…
A burglary that will change their lives forever sets four friends upon a quest, a race against time, to locate three magical objects and complete an ancient and desperate spell.
Sailing their boat The Griffin, the crew are quickly pursued by The Hawk, an evil bounty hunter and master of dark sorcery, and Belial, King of Demons and champion of Chaos who seeks to rule the world of man… yet first he must capture the crew of The Griffin and end their quest…
I am not a big fantasy fan, but I absolutely adored this book. It was full of a magical adventure, great characters and whimsical adventures.The book flowed nicely with kept a face enough pace to entertain the most restless of readers.
The books opens at the end of the world with a boy-thief, Pardigan, attempting to steal a knife from a locked cabinet. He also obtains a magical talking cat named Mahra.As the adventure begins you follow Pardigan and his friends, Loras- a magician, Tarent- the storyteller and Quint-the leader and captain in their magical adventure. All three boys are orphans and live aboard a boat they have dubbed The Griffin. During their journeys they meet many fascinating characters from a princess, to a group of travelers called the Hidden.
The only thing I can say that is negative about the book was at times there were sections that were in obvious need of editing: missing commas, run on sentences, etc. that did take away from the book slightly.Overall though the book was a joy to read. Since I kept having to steal the book back from my 14 year old daughter, I would have to say that she also enjoyed it.
This book on a scale of 1-5 rates a 4. My daughter is impatiently waiting for the next book by C.M. Gray so she can snag it from me first. Get your copy soon to give to all the fantasy fans in your life. This book would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for your teen.
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About the Author:
Born in England, C.M. Gray spent most of his youth growing up in the Essex countryside. A beautiful part of England, close to the Suffolk border, but he was born with the need to expand his horizons, so as soon as he could get a passport at the age of just seventeen he packed a backpack and went exploring!
During his journey he worked and trained as a carpenter and a house restorer… picked more types of fruit over the years than he knew existed – from grapes in France to avocados in Israel. After living in Israel for a year, he was lucky enough to be invited to travel with the Bedouin in the Sanai desert for several months and then moved on travelled around India and then called a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayan Mountains home. A short while later he had changed tact, bought a suit and did a stint as a stock broker in the clamor of central Hong Kong.
As you will have noticed, his writing is mostly fantasy and he says that many of his experiences in Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East come to life in his writing. He has seen and done some pretty strange things on his travels, and bumped into some amazing characters, so writing fantasy is almost like writing fact for him… you just wouldn’t believe it if he presented it as fact – there are people and things out there in this world of ours that would simply amaze you!
To explore his life and writing more, please visit his webpage and blog at https://author-cmgray.blogspot.com
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Books blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion. The view expressed are my own and in no way reflect those of the publishing company, author or Pump Up Your Books.