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Griffin Rising
     

Griffin Rising

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by Darby Karchut
 

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2014 - RE-RELEASE

All you need is one person who believes in you.

Armed with the power to control the ancient elements of Earth and Fire, sixteen-year-old Griffin is determined to complete his apprenticeship and rise to the rank of Terrae Angeli.

But first, he must overcome a brutal past if he is to survive in this world. Will the perseverance of his kindly

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2014 - RE-RELEASE

All you need is one person who believes in you.

Armed with the power to control the ancient elements of Earth and Fire, sixteen-year-old Griffin is determined to complete his apprenticeship and rise to the rank of Terrae Angeli.

But first, he must overcome a brutal past if he is to survive in this world. Will the perseverance of his kindly Mentor and the love of a mortal girl give Griffin the courage he needs to face the monster still haunting him?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606192108
Publisher:
Paladin Timeless Books
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. She's been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults. Visit her at www.darbykarchut.com

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Griffin Rising 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I love the whole angels concept in books and this book blew me away with it. It had everything that a paranormal book needs. Great plot, and amazing characters that triumph till the very end. The plot of this book is amazing. I really enjoyed it and got into quickly. The main characters Basil and Griffin really where a set of characters that I fell in love with. First off, Basil is a great mentor. He knew what was going on with Griffin and he saved him from it. I like that he knew what Griffin went through and did not pressure him. He worked with him, slowly gaining his trust and re-building it, even in the hardest times. I love that Basil took Griffin under his wing and held him there whenever Griffin fought back. Griffin, my heart went out to the guy. He has been through so much abuse and it was hard for him to trust. Griffin had a lot to learn and get through. He was a tough character who was able to get back on his feet. The plot twist of this book was cool. I enjoyed watching Griffin grow into a man and even fall in love. I loved watching him happy and smiling for once. He had some heart-ache, but I for one as glad that past quickly. I don't like to see Griffin sad. Ms. Karchut wrote an exhilarating book! It is an engrossing book that picks you up right away. I am hoping that in the next book, I can learn more about what happen with his angel test and see more of Griffin. I can only hope that the future that lies with Basil and Griffin will be a good one!
LovelyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Darby Karchut has written an outstanding debut novel about Griffin, a teenager who is training to become an angel - one who lives among mortals and helps when the need arises. His mentor Basil is a wise tutor with a sense of humor who keeps Griffin grounded. Griffin becomes interested in the girl across the street, but of course this will cause some problems for Griffin along the way because no one can know who he is and what he does. At the end of the novel he must face his previous mentor, the cruel and unforgiving Nicpolis, to graduate to true Terrae Angeli. This is the first book in a series of four. As a middle school librarian, I cannot wait to put this book on the shelf and start promoting it to my students. I would highly recommend this read for its plot, values, and just overall outstanding writing. Love live Griffin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 Good read for teens and adults with interesting characters.
NickieAnderson More than 1 year ago
I won a free paperback copy of 'Griffin Rising' through a blog giveaway. I was in no way compensated for this review. 'Griffing Rising' follows Griffin, a teen who is actually a Terrae Angeli (guardian angel capable of manipulating earth and fire). As a boy, he is trained by the sadistic and abusive Nicopolis, who beats him and starves him whenever Griffin fails one of his tasks. Eventually, Nicopolis gets so frustrated with Griffin's performance that the boy is shipped off to Basil to continue his training. But Basil is everything Nicopolis is not -- honest, kind, patient, and gentle. Griffin finally receives proper training, but fears his Proelium, a test that determines whether he will take his place alongside other guardian angels or have his powers taken away and become a mortal. Does Griffin have what it takes? What I liked about this book: Griffin and Basil are completely loveable characters. They're both honest, brave, and true, and even though there are missteps along the way, their devotion to their job as guardian angels and to each other is clear. Griffin's character growth was nicely handled. He came from an abusive background, and much of the book focuses on Griffin learning how to trust Basil and how to have confidence in his own abilities. 'Griffin's Rising' has a unique structure. Diary entries from various characters are included in the beginning of each chapter, but the story itself is told in the third person. At first, I found the diary entries a little weird, but as I read farther through the book, I actually enjoyed the technique. The diary entries let us see inside of each character's head without resorting to the dreaded 'head-jumping' that can happen in third person narratives. What I didn't like about this book: The prologue and the first chapter were really hard to get through. I think I started this book four times before I was actually able to make it all the way through. The prologue shows a scene right before Griffin's Proelium, and I kept thinking I had picked up the wrong book in the series, and that I'd missed the first book. I go a little crazy when I have to read things out of chronological order! Final verdict: Give this one a shot, and push through that prologue. This is a solid 4 star book that starts a bit slow, but is well worth the reading.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
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! THE VERDICT 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!
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, especially the length. Sometimes it's wonderful to see a nice short book, this was less than 200 pages, that will be quick to finish instead of a 400+ page beast sitting on my shelf. In the prologue Griffin, the main character, is 16 then it flashes back to when he was 13 when the book starts. After a few chapters he's back to 16. I liked the background of Griffin's life at 13 since this was after some traumatic times for him. It was nice to see Griffin's growth from 13 to 16. Throughout the story there are journal entries from Griffin, his mentor, and later another character that may or may not be a girl Griffin's age. ;) The journal entries were a unique way for the author to show what went on in the minds of three of the main characters. I loved it! It helped the pace of the book move along too. On a side note about Griffin's name I really like when his mentor, Basil, calls him Fin for short. That is such a cute name, don't you think? I really like Griffin and Basil and their dynamic. Basil and Griffin are Terrae Angeli or guardian angels. When they are "on call" they go out and rescue humans in need possibly from a car in a river or on the side of a mountain. Great stuff. Overall a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed getting to know Fin and look forward to reading more of his story in the next book of the series.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Griffin Rising is a short and fast read with a new take on angel lore. Griffin, a Tiro, or apprentice, finds himself facing down the trial that will either lead to him continuing on as a guardian angel or stripping him of the life he's known and turning him human. Darby Karchut quickly makes Griffin a character to root for. His rough past and the abuse he's suffered made me immediately care for him. His new mentor, Basil, comes off as very fatherly and sweet. The father/son relationship that Basil and Griffin share is the backbone of the story, making it more coming-of-age than paranormal. And I'm okay with that. Tidbits about the Terrae Angeli - earth angels - are dropped in along Griffin's journey to discover who he is and what his existence means. It's a joy to see a boy who has suffered far too much grow into a strong, confident, and driven young man. Griffin's happiness gives the story a great deal of heart and had me smiling nearly the entire time I was reading it. Katie, Griffin's new girlfriend, is a sweetheart. The two of them embody the magic of first loves. The opening of Griffin Rising sets up the story, but seeing it all play out is an experience not to be missed. There's character growth, good-natured joking, some life-saving actions (along with a little flying), and a bad guy that I desperately wanted to punch in the face . . . then drop in a puddle of mud. Griffin's, Basil's, and Katie's journal entries also serve as a great view into their thoughts, both about one another and about their current lives. I was particularly taken by Griffin's and Basil's reactions to their early times together. Darby Karchut's debut is fantastic, fast-paced, and humorous. Griffin Rising is easy to relate to, hard not to enjoy, and the perfect read for a lazy summer afternoon. If you're looking for an adventure with a boy you have to cheer for, this is the book to pick up!
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books I have a hard time writing a review for. Not because I don't like it but because I really like it. I think this book is phenomenal. Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut is the story about an angel. Griffin spends the first few years of his life mentally and physically abused by his mentor. Things change for him when he receives his new mentor, Basil. Basil is repulsed by what was done to Griffin. Not only does he have to make up for the lack of training Griffin didn't receive but he also has to find a way to get Griffin to come out of his shell. The characters in this novel are fantastic. I especially like Basil. Basil is a middle aged angel. I love the way he used humor, patience and understanding to help Griffin. He has to build up Griffin's self esteem while also being firm but gentle at the same time. He is a great character. This story is told from three different points of view and journal entries. Basil encourages Griffin to write in his journal. This is a type of therapy for Griffin. Basil also keeps a journal as well as Griffin's crush, Katie. I love getting the three different perspectives on the events. Katie is a great addition to this story. She's Griffin's first crush but she doesn't believe in angels. Griffin Rising has themes such as perseverance, acceptance, and love. It is heartwarming and gritty mixed with humor at the same time. Darby Karchut did a wonderful job with this story. It is a quick and fascinating read. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book. With out any spoilers, I have to tell you that I did not expect the ending. I don't think I can put into words my reaction to it. I really enjoyed this book. I think you should check out this debut novel by Darby Karchut. The next book in the series, Griffin's Fire comes out in April one 2012.
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Kate_E24 More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me. It sounded like an interesting concept- a young angel training to become a full blown guardian angel, while also trying to navigate life as a regular 16 year old. The book started out slow for me- it jumped from the present to 3 years in the past and back a few times. Those leaps lost me a bit at first, I found myself flipping back and forth to make sure I knew where I was and who I was reading about. Especially given that Griffin refers to both Nicopolis and Basil as mentor and they refer to him as both Griffin and Tiro. It took me a minute to become comfortable with the names and titles. Once I got that though, the story really clicked along. I loved the character Griffin and his relationship with Basil, a man who took him in as a apprentice when Griffin was broken, both physically and mentally. It's their relationship that really made the book for me. They seem exactly like what they are- they are student and teacher, but they are also family. Basil rescued Griffin and helped rebuild him into a confident teen who is ready for his final test before becoming a Guarduan Angel. I liked that they were dealing with all this extra stuff, saving lives, training, keeping Nicopolis from ruining it all, and yet at the heart of their relationship they were dealing with really normal father/son type things. Dating, manners, run of the mill teenage attitude problems, etc. Katie, the girl next store, or in this case, across the street, was a great character as well. She was a new girl who didn't suffer from insecurity. She knew who she was and what she wanted and I really felt like her comfort with herself rubbed off on Griffin who was so used to second guessing himself. Katie's, parents Lewis and Helen, were also pretty great. Lewis is a professor at the nearby University who specializes in, you guessed it, Angels. With this family, after some initial awkwardness, Griffin and Basil find a safe haven. A place where they don't have to pretend to be something they aren't, a place where they are accepted. It's fabulous. I'm going to take a little detour here and talk about something I really love about this book. I'm probably going to go off on a tangent, but humor me for a minute. This book had one thing that I find so lacking in other YA backs. Good, supportive, and loving parents. So often we see absentee parents or abusive ones, and we see our main charecters, generally teens, struggling to not only deal with whatever issues they have (Vamps, werewolves, any number of paranormal oddities) but also with really crappy homelives. They have no one to turn to except for a few friends and ultimately their significant other- whose love is all encompassing. It's all very wonderful and romantic- but why do we have to have these horrible parents? This book goes the opposite route and it was so refreshing. Yes, Griffin had a horrible time wih his first mentor Nicopolis, he was abused and left broken. For three years he suffered, and then...Basil. Basil who is compassionate and understanding, supportive, sympathetic and patient. He is willing to put the time in to make Griffin into not just a good Angel, but a good man. We see much of the same with Katie's parents. They are fiercly protective of her when they think she's been hurt or is in danger, but they are also accepting and tolerant and teach Katie to be careful of judging someone just because she's skeptical of who they might be. In this case, an
LeeG More than 1 year ago
Cool book. I like the concept. It was over way too soon. Looking forward to the sequel.
Abithicabooks More than 1 year ago
I have two words for this book: soul food!
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Would you like to have a guardian angel watching over you? If so, then curl up in your favorite reading spot and enter the world of Griffin, a Tiro or Terrae Angelus in training, and his Mentor Basil, Terrae Angelus. "Terrae Angeli exist only to serve as guardians to man." They are earthbound. They have free will, like man. Their powers align to the Four Elements: Wind and Water, Earth and Fire. Like man, they also can be destroyed. Griffin begins his training to become a Terrae Angelus under Nicopolis, a cruel Mentor who beats Griffin and finds fault with everything he does. When Griffin is thirteen earth years of age, Nicopolis accuses him of trying to ruin his status by failing all his lessons. If Nicopolis decides to end Griffin's apprenticeship, Griffin will be kicked out of training and become a mortal. Luckily Flight Command finds another Mentor for Griffin, which is the best thing that could have happened to him. Under Basil, his new Mentor, Griffin experiences kindness and a gentle, though stern, teacher, one who doesn't give praise often, but is serious when he does. Author Darby Karchut's debut novel has a little of everything: humor, suspense, and danger. Toss in young love when new neighbors with a pretty daughter Griffin's age move into the house across the street and Ms. Karchut has written a book that will please most everyone, male and female, young and old. How can romance survive when the girl who captures Griffin's heart doesn't believe in guardian angels and says they remind her of "creepy stalkers?" Will Griffin and Katie be able to overcome their differences? Will Griffin win his Proelium, the battle where he becomes a Terrae Angelus? You'll be turning pages to find the answers. Through journal entries from Griffin, Basil, and Katie we witness their inner thoughts, adding a neat touch to the story. I wasn't ready for this story to end. I'm happy to report that we'll get to read more about Griffin in future books. Having a boy for the main character will appeal to male readers, but there's plenty here for female readers too. This is a splendid first novel. I'm looking forward to reading more from this talented author.