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Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: The Flight of the Griffin

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The Flight of the Griffin
by C. M. Gray

Plot Summary:

Living in their old boat ‘The Griffin’ four young characters and their guide become the unlikely heroes at the end of time when a burglary sets them on the path to finish the ‘Last great Spell’ - a spell to stop the balance of the World tipping into Chaos...

They become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter when a magical book guides them upon a quest that pits them against magic, demons and ‘The Hawk,’ an evil hunter of men.

Join a race against time to find three crystal skulls that must be brought together, while all the forces of Chaos try everything to stop them!

Expectations:

The summary made this story seem like an interesting and fun fantasy adventure story, and I was eager to read how and why the characters must fight the forces of Chaos.

Review:

I found this novel to be a well-written and engaging quest adventure with five strong hero and heroine characters and pretty despicable bad guys who definitely lived up to their villain status.  The story aimed to be more epic than it actually felt sometimes, as this is a more intimate character-driven story then a sweeping fantasy of ultimate good vs. evil.  The boys and their guide were able to defeat and evade and defeat the demons and The Hawk a little too easily and I felt like the stakes were not raised high enough or delineated well enough to really give me a good idea of the danger the main characters were in.

The world-building and mythology of the demons and the history felt realistic and varied - there were different islands with their own unique features and an interesting new race called the Hidden.  The ending did seem wrapped up a bit quickly, and it is not explained exactly how or why the spell really helped tip the balance against the Chaos.  This novel isn't very detailed but is an absorbing fast-paced adventure story and I did find it an enjoyable read.

review copy kindly provided by the author


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