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The House of Grey: Volume 1
     

The House of Grey: Volume 1

3.9 36
by Collin Earl
 

Fantasy, friendship, and fate await you in Collin Earl’s The House of Grey, based on the popular audio fiction by the same name. 

14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would: difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights…girls. Except, Monson Grey is not Monson Grey.

Overview

Fantasy, friendship, and fate await you in Collin Earl’s The House of Grey, based on the popular audio fiction by the same name. 

14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would: difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights…girls. Except, Monson Grey is not Monson Grey.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940033098972
Publisher:
Collin Earl
Publication date:
03/08/2012
Series:
House of Grey , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
414,368
File size:
407 KB

Meet the Author


A native of Washington State, Collin grew up NOT liking reading stories or school in general. Girls, sports, and working held much more appeal for the young Collin. He graduated from Moses Lake High School despite lack of regular attendance then journeyed forth towards Boise State in Idaho where he received a B.A. in Social Science. His dream was to practice law with his father and brother; a dream that he pursued vigorously in his undergraduate education. Little did he know that his father would leave the practice of law and his brother would make plans to head to Costa Rica. While these career developments were unexpected, even more unexpected was Collin's growing interest in writing and story telling. After reading several stories (averaging a book a week for almost a whole year), he developed a story idea and started to write.


Podcast novels, self publishing, eBooks and writing in general were much like his move to SOUTH DAKOTA (Yes, I said South Dakota); random and totally unexpected. Collin spent a year writing a story with a Roman Gods theme then came to a real and terrible realization: Fantasy fans are brutal. Absolutely brutal! If they like you, man they REALLY like you. If they don>t...well let>s not talk about that. From that moment, Collin spent many hours reworking his first novel, The House of Grey into a story that Fantasy fans (and everyone else hopefully) will enjoy, gleaning ideas from many independent literary sources from Indian folklore to Japanese anime. After graduating from the University of South Dakota Law School, Collin, his smoldering wife, and two beautiful daughters moved down the street from his Producer and co-author Chris Snelgrove in good ol' Colorado. Collin passed the Bar and is currently working as an attorney and vigorously writing fantastical stories for his fans.


In 2007, Chris approached Collin Earl with an idea to produce the serialized audio version of a Roman Gods themed novel that Collin had been writing for some time. About a year later, The House of Grey was released and was an instant success on iTunes and Podiobooks.com holding onto a spot in the Top Ten for more than a year straight.


After the success of The House of Grey, Chris and Collin collaborated to craft Harmonics starting with the first season: Rise of the Magician. Each wrote different character's perspective in the story and blending their writing styles to create this unique story.


Chris has lived in a number of places in this great country called the United States, including Utah, Maryland, Florida, California, and Arizona. He eventually ended up in Colorado almost 20 years ago and currently lives just outside Denver with his beautiful wife and four wonderful boys. He graduated the University of Colorado at Denver with a B.A. in Psychology and currently works as a corporate trainer and business systems analyst for a Fortune 100 insurance company.

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The House of Grey: Volume 1 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is interesting but it has no conclusion. I have read all six volumes and at the end of volume 6 there are just as many questions as at the ending of volume 1. It is quite an enjoyable read but equaling frustrating with no reasons for what happened.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Monson Grey comes to his new home, Coren University - in a valley in the middle of the only temperate rain forest in the world. Monson doesn't remember much of his past or how he got accepted to this school. Monson finds a few fast loyal friends, a girl he has his eye on along with another girl who seems to be trouble for him, in an elite school known for it's prestige. Yet Monson has no idea what's expected of him or why he's treated so royally. Monson will find his way through this magical school with new friends and strange nightmares, maybe remembering a few things and learning who he was, along with who he is as well. We have a prelude that starts at Coren University Academic Scholarship Competition where it seems the underdog is giving the Champion a run for his money, and the people are excited for him. It's almost a game show atmosphere. A man is noticed by a little girl at the back and the man does magic. And it seems as the man in charge doesn't want the underdog to win. We learn later this boy that won was Monson. I wonder as to why this magical man wants Monson to go to this school. What's in store for Monson? I was caught right away with magic in the prelude. I'm a sucker for magic, what can I say? Then through the story I got the feel there is something more magical about this school than we, or Monson, know. A statue winks as an example. Monson is a quick witted young man who is more than meets the eye, even his own. By the end of this section of the story, I was wondering what more there was to him, and him having loss of memory doesn't know either. He's 14 years old. Monson is scarred, physically. His face is scarred from a severe accident that he was the only survivor of. Yet he has no memory of this accident, or before it. Monson notes his nightmares, yet when he wakes he doesn't remember them either. He wants to as they seem of another life. We meet Monson's fast friends, Cassius who goes by Casey and Arthur who wants to be called Artorius. I can see why Monson quickly liked Casey and Artorius. They are fun and the banter is well done. These three boys are quick at one liners and comebacks that are fun and witty. The school is elite! Fancy. The wealthiest and most exclusive school to go to. There are regular kids like Monson, on scholarships. The kids going to this school look at it as a privilege not a punishment. They want to be here, which is nice to see as it's not just a school that kids are shipped off to. I got the feel the school is a blend of Arthurian, Greek, Latin, and Roman structure and feel of presence. Collin blends in jokes with shows, songs, and great current items to bring the modern to the world. And we have a feel of fantasy in this school with a sense of magic hidden behind the walls that we haven't seen yet. We then have an Arthurian twist to the story with the characters, then in our history class we start to talk about Merlin... This story gives me a magical feel of the big world like Harry Potter with an Arthurian flare. Easy and relaxing yet intriguing with a feel there is more behind and implied in the happenings, leaving you want more. This is a Young Adult read, and I would suggest this for any 12 and older. The story is of a young man, Monson, and two male friends. So as I would suggest it to any young adult, if you are looking for reads for young boys (I know they are hard to find) this would be a very good one to add to the li
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What? How could you end it this way? It was just getting really really good! Arg! Ok, now that I got that out of the way. Here's my opinion of this book. UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC! Hooked me in from the very first word. I'm not wasting any more time on this review. I have to get the next book right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book but hated the way it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Once I started it I could not put it down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished all 6 books in this series. They were wonderful! I know this is a YA series, but I haven't been one of those for a long while. The story captured my interest from the very beginning, and I couldn't help but keep getting the next book as the story progressed. I am almost sad that it is over. If the author wants to expand the story, take it farther, I will be right there reading again!
Me6 More than 1 year ago
Great Read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series wish more was coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter-esque!  Great! (Submitted by Jeyae)
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This first part gives too little information to want to buy tge rest. I bought the follow up much later.
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SpyderRyder More than 1 year ago
Good read bad ending. Free book leads up to not free sequel.
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smbCA More than 1 year ago
If you pick this book up and read it, be prepared to read the whole series. They are fast moving and very entertaining. As as adult it's fun to look into the minds of the young generation and see the possibilities of their young lives.
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It tells you in the beginning its gonna end with out being finished but I read the entire book and learned nothing.
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it ended when i was not ready so had to buy volume 2
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