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- Paperback $18.59
- Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books
- Format: Paperback | 172 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 13mm | 136g
- Publication date: 15 June 2011
- ISBN 10: 1606192108
- ISBN 13: 9781606192108
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,825,896
For centuries, rumors have abounded of a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water, these warriors secretly serve as guardians for mortals in danger. But for one young angel-in-training, Griffin, life is hell as a cruel master makes his apprenticeship a nightmare. On the verge of failing, a new mentor, Basil, enters his life and changes it forever. Taking on the identity of father and son, Griffin and Basil forge a special bond where honesty and trust go hand in hand to secure Griffin's destiny as a Terrae Angeli. Griffin's belief in himself and the love of a mortal girl are the perfect combination in overcoming the darkest days of his life. But will it be enough for him to succeed? For Griffin, it's time to angel up.
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By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
Despite its horribly plain cover, the story around Tiro and aspiring angel Griffin and his mentor is surprisingly good. Karchut invented an interesting angel story. Her concept of guardian angels is integrated into our human world. It circles around the character Griffin and follows his way of training and becoming a Terrae Angeli.Griffin is a friendly and casual character so that it was very easy to like him. His mentor Basel has the status of a father figure, he is protective of his student and is just as likeable as Griffin.
We got passages that are told from an omniscient narrator with reocurring excerpts of diary entries by Griffin, Basil and the femal protagonist Katie. And because these are supplemented by the actual date, the reader gets a deeper knowledge of time and space and the possibility of following the course of actions and get a better feeling for the training process.
Karchut doesn't involve many characters. As the title suggests, this novel is about our main character Griffin and his training to become a successful part of the angel community. In this case it's in the story's character- with the journal, a very personal aspect and the concentration on our main charater Griffin- to only feature very few characters, so I can somehow accept that.
GRIFFIN RISING is a rather short and quick read.Scenes can be divided in the daily training of a future Terrae Angeli and the blooming relationship between Griffin and the new girl who moved in across the street. War and love are balanced equally.
What I really like about this novel is that Karchut offers bonus material in form of the ancient myths around angels and the information how she developed the plot and which elements show connections to believes and religious, historical or cultural influences.
I enjoyed GRIFFIN RISING and will definitely read its sequel after this unexpected ending!
I give it 3,5/5 stars.
With her debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, debut author Darby Karchut shows that books published by smaller publishers should get an equal chance to find a place on your bookshelves. Include it in your Debut Author Challenge 2011!
By TeensReadToo 05 Aug 2011
According to The Manuscript of Aidan, Abbot of Kellsfarne, written in 1144, there are nine known classes of angels. However, he suggests that there may be another group: the Terrae Angeli. The members of this group may be a Sage, a Guardian, a Mentor, or a Tiro. They serve human beings as guardian angels, and they can die.
When Basil is assigned to take over the Mentorship of a thirteen-year-old Tiro, he is appalled to find that the previous Mentor, Nicopolis, has abused Griffin to the point that the boy hoards food and cringes when Basil moves wrong. Over the next three years, Basil must teach Griffin not only how to save humans who are in dangerous situations, but he must also help Griffin overcome the results of Nicopolis' abuse.
As Griffin grows up, he trains for his Prolieum, a trial by combat which will allow him to either become a full-fledged angel or result in turning him into a mortal. Unfortunately for Griffin, Nicopolis will be his opponent in this test.
Will he be able to overcome the memories of his earlier treatment - or will he fail and become a mortal?
Karchut provides a varied narrative as the story is told from a third-person point of view in some cases and from Basil's or Griffin's journal entries in other places. The change in view allows readers added insight into both of the main characters' thoughts and feelings, and it allows for additional background information that aids the plot to be filled in without interrupting the storyline. Another positive aspect of the story is the romantic subplot for readers who want more than just action.