An old enemy returns. A new alliance is formed. And Griffin finds himself in the eye of the storm when an ancient racial hatred is set loose, jeopardizing the very existence of the Terrae Angeli.
Once again, the teen guardian angel is forced to battle his worst nightmare. But this time, Griffin comes back swinging. With a vengeance.
After all, an eye for an eye…
It is absolutely no secret how much I love Darby Karchut’s Griffin series and while I was eagerly awaiting the third installment of the series I was in no way prepared for the awesomeness that is Griffin’s Storm. Fire! This book is excellent!
With Griffin’s Storm Karchut came ready to play and has delivered a read which has a totally different feel and flow than the other two installments. From the very beginning there is an air of tension: Griffin and Basil’s missions keep going sideways, Sukalli keeps making appearances, a newly-promoted Sergei is back in a protection capacity, and Katie is struggling with life as the girlfriend of a Terrae Angeli. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we?
*It takes about four seconds to figure out Nicopolis is the reason Griffin and Basil’s missions keep going sideways. The rat bastard is playing for keeps and causing serious injury to both Griffin and Basil at every turn. As a result, the two angels are removed from active duty and asked to leave their home and go into hiding until Nicopolis can be tracked and neutralized.
*I can’t say I really warmed up to Sukalli in the earlier installments (did anyone?) but he sure does gain my affection in this novel. Not only is Sukalli an expert healer but he is hot on the trail of Nicopolis and determined to see the rogue angel brought to justice or brought down. Sukalli is a beast who is more than prepared to do whatever is necessary to see the threat to his friends and colleagues shut down!
* I can’t say I really warmed up to Sergei in the previous installment (did anyone?) but he sure does gain my affection in this novel. Wait a minute, didn’t I just say that? J Well, it’s true, again! Sergei has been promoted to full guardian status and has been assigned to help protect Basil and Griffin, much to everyone’s displeasure. There is true evolution in Sergei’s character and I like how he and Griffin learn to not only like but truly trust one another. Even with the arrogance, Sergei turns out to be a true and loyal friend ready to serve and protect his fellow Terre Angeli.
*I am so over Katie and her drama!
While all of the above would have made for a fine novel, Karchut goes four kinds of crazy and introduces some fine new characters and amps up the action to full-throttle awesome. Making their first appearance in the Griffin series is Nan-ja and her young tiro, Vassar. Like Sergei, the girls have been assigned to both aid and protect Griffin and Basil while Nicopolis is still on the loose. In order to better prepare their tiros for the coming battle, Basil and Nan-ja trade tiros. I cannot tell a lie: I thought Basil was pretty hard-core until I met Nan-ja. I. Love. Her. As a fellow Earth/Fire, Vassar and Griffin have an immediate connection to one another that is both endearing and sweet. We have certainly not seen nor heard the last from these two lovely ladies but to tell you more at this point would just spoil the read for you.
As for the action, WOW! The final unfolding of events is both highly informative and action-packed. Nicopolis is absolutely, 100% bat-sh*t crazy and like a bad rash, his crazy has spread to other Terre Angeli. With his group of psychos and some “fun” new toys (wait till you read about this!) Nicopolis leads a mission meant to destroy Griffin and everything and everyone he holds dear. Here’s the problem with crazy, you’re CRAZY!!! For Nicopolis this means he has gone so far ‘round the bend he has actually become fanatical and completely blinded by his hatred and misguided beliefs. If he wasn’t so bloody awful one might actually feel sorry for him. I am not that one, however J Without giving anything away, I have to say the ending of this one was significantly satisfying!
The Bottom Line: I have never, ever added a sixth star to my reviews but feel it is completely warranted for Griffin’s Storm. This novel is a perfect combination of: characters, both old and new; strong character development; a large leap forward in the on-going plot line with room to add a fourth book (Dear Lord, I desperately pray there is going to be a fourth book. Amen); a very new and exciting feel to the read in terms of tone, tenor, and flow and; quite simply, superb writing! I have recommended this series to young and old alike twice before and I am whole-heartedly doing so yet again.
About the author and where to find her: Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should. Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING (2012 Children’s Literary Awards Gold Medal, 2011 Sharp Writ YA Book of the Year), GRIFFIN’S FIRE (2011 Readers Favorite Bronze Medal for YA Fantasy), and GRIFFIN’S STORM (November 2012). Her debut Middle Grade novel, FINN FINNEGAN (Spencer Hill Press) will be released March 2013. The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON’S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014. She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut. Visit the author at her website: www.darbykarchut.com
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