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The Brimstone Key (Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles Series #1)

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Good

    I read a lot of books. It takes a lot for one book to stand out to me. But this one did. It has amazing characters. Max is the leader of the Griffins, and he's serious about it. Ernie seems shy, but he's really brave. Natalia is outgoing and confident. Harley is an amazing inventor. The book is about four kids who discovered that magical creatures exist and have saved the world. Now, they have to go to a school for kids like them. Heroes. But school is the last thing on the minds of Max, Ernie, Natalia, and Harley. A new villian has appeared and he's kidnapping kids at the school. Kids who are half-fairy. Like Ernie and his friend Robert. The Grey Griffins and their friend Brooke have to stop this villian before it's too late...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    Great start to a "new" series

    The Brimstone Key is a great start to what looks like it will be a promising new direction in the Grey Griffins stories. As someone who has never picked up a Grey Griffins book before, I found this story easy to understand and catch up with. I may go back and read other Grey Griffins books now, while I wait for the next book, but I won't be going back to read them because I felt I was missing something here. That said, I probably did miss some things that devoted Grey Griffin fans will squee about. There were a few characters that were clearly making cameo appearances in this book, I assume from the previous Grey Griffin escapades, but they weren't so central to this story that I minded not really knowing who they were. Of course, there also might be a bit too much information and back story in the beginning of this book for someone who has just devoured the previous Grey Griffins series. Just because I appreciated all of the explanation and introduction of characters doesn't mean that everyone else will. BUT if you are a Grey Griffins fan, or are providing readers' advisory for one, rest assured that there is a lot after those first few chapters that Max, Natalia, Ernie and Harley were surprised about, so I'm sure you (or your reader) will be too.

    This book was pitched to me as a steampunk novel for middle grade readers, and I wondered just how the writers were going to pull that off with established characters from a series set in current times. They did it wonderfully and pretty realistically. Well, maybe realistically isn't the best word given that this is a fantasy novel, but the writers did not require any ridiculous suspensions of disbelief of me in order to fit the steampunk elements into the story. The Grey Griffins nemesis is a man who has spent the last century trapped in a Round Table card. When he somehow escapes, he restarts the experiments and projects that got him imprisoned in the first place. And voila! We have clockwork machines running amuck in the modern day (Templar cloaked) world. Fashions at Iron Bridge Academy also run on the steampunk-y style. At first, this was weird to me, but parts of it get explained away pretty understandably:

    * The Academy is not actually in Avalon, but in Iron Bridge, a Templar community outside of the "regular" world that has maintained Victorian sensibilities.
    * All the kids wear goggles because they can act out their Round Table tournaments with them.
    * A lot of the changelings are depressed about their lot in life, and so bring in the sort-of goth element.
    * All the grown-ups have weird weapons strapped all over them, especially when things start to get dangerous.

    Put all of that together with a bunch of evil clockwork machines and a "subway" restored to its turn of the century glory and you have a good old steampunk costume party at school every day, and because the Grey Griffins are woefully dorky, fashion-wise, all of this gets explained in great detail. While I'm a fan of the steampunk elements throughout (clearly), I don't think they are overwhelming to the story. Readers who are just looking for a fantasy or just looking for another Grey Griffins book shouldn't be put off by them.

    I really enjoyed getting to know all of the Grey Griffins (and a few new sidekicks). I'm sure that fans of the previous series will enjoy heading off to school with Grey Griffins here, and new readers are sure to be sucked in as well.

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Best book ever

    This book seems like a mix of the percy jackson series with the monsters and harry potter with

    the special school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    ABSOLUTELY AMZINGLY AWESOME!!!

    I have read all the Grey Griffins books and was so overjoyed to find out that the adventure didn't stop there. Derek Benz and J.S Lewis are my favorite authors and did such an awesome job with this. I could hug them! And no joke if this book left you with a craving for the next one just wait till you see the cliff hanger for book two, The Relic Hunters. ; D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    the thriller of books!

    ive read it once, and loved it! it is a page turner and a definent page turner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    I love this series

    I love this series so much! I just wish i could find the first series via NOOK! Oh well, maybe I'll have to go search for it in print (Not that i mind print, it's just easier to carry one nook vs several books in a series.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    To Cat

    Are you going to post soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    So rocking

    This book is the best ever!! Just as good as the first series!!! PLEASE BUY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Not as good as the first trilogy, and a little slower read, but

    Not as good as the first trilogy, and a little slower read, but has a bit more twists and turns. Still a good read. What can I say? I like familiarity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Meet Digger Mole and His Family

    There youll find a review called Anaymous Janurary 13 read it and be ready.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Stonesar

    U here

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    MOST WELL WRITEN BOOK THE BOOK IS ... Just AWESOME

    This book series is an extremaly great one for alll ages. It is filled with excitement, suspense, and emotion. This book of the Clockwork Chronicles series is about the return of the young Grey Griffens. They get a mysterious sign when they meet a beetle which leads them to the first part of there new journey. They are lead to find blueprints for some heavly armed machines. They soon figure out that the maker of the blueprints is called the Clockwork King, who is trying to save his daughter and won't rest intill he revives her ... therefore leading up to the Griffin's mission to stop him from get the main key to helping his daughter the Brimstone Key!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Free

    I want it to be free because i can only buy free books.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    AWESOME

    This book is amazing! Action packed and awesome

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Is it good

    Ive not read this book yet but i have read the first series they wrote and it was great. The first book is called Revenge of the Shadow King

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    The best

    This book is exciting

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Strap on your brass goggles and enter Iron Bridge Academy

    I was definitely interested in this one as soon as I heard it was a steampunk for middle grade. My only concern going in was this new series (The Clockwork Chronicles) is a spin off of the Grey Griffins series, which I have not read. I was concerned I might get lost in the world. That wasn't the case. The world was fabulous, and the authors did a great job at explaining things. I was only wishing I knew the characters more. Since they were already introduced in the first series, there was some character development that I missed. I definitely want to go back and read the Grey Griffins series, because these are great characters that I want more of.

    In this first installment to The Clockwork Chronicles series, the heroic Grey Griffins gang is headed off to the Iron Bridge Academy for training. Of course, more ends up happening than just your average training. The school was a very fun and exciting setting to read about. Steampunk is not an easy genre to pull off, but Benz and Lewis did a remarkable job. So much so that I want to throw on a pair of brass goggles and head to Iron Bridge academy myself. Incorporated into this world is many supernatural creatures, including fairies, changelings, and even humans with special abilities. I really enjoyed the changelings and learning about how their powers work.

    All the Grey Griffins kids were a blast to read about. Even though they have powers and are part of this fantasy world, at the heart they are very normal kids. That made them easy to relate to. As much as I loved Max, Harley, and Ernie, Natalia was my favorite. She is such a strong girl that could give a crap what people think of her. I loved her attitude!

    Yes, The Clockwork Chronicles has some similarities to the Harry Potter series. But when is that ever a bad thing? An interesting group of kids with special abilities, going to a special school is an awesome plot that won't ever get old to me. That being said, This is not a Harry Potter copy cat. This series has many original qualities that makes it stand out as its own.

    The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger that makes me eager to see what will happen next. I am definitely going to go back and and the Grey Griffin series as I wait for the sequel to The Brimstone Key. I want to get to know these characters better so I can continue on with their story along side them. This is a book that will be seen as equally awesome by both sexes. If you are a MG fan, I recommend adding this one to your reading list.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    THE BEST!!!

    This book is so inspiring. It helped me find the genre that I like. It is truly an amazing book. Derek Benz has true talent. On a scale 1 to 10 I would give it a 10. If you don't read this I feel sorry for you. You don't know what you're missing.

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