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.show more