Published: June 28, 2011
Rating: 4.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it!
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 mentor and the love of a mortal girl give Griffin the courage he needs to face the monster still haunting him?
Griffin Rising is not your traditional angel book. I was happy to see some non-conventional angel lore, and that the story follows the angel rather than having the angel as the secondary character. And Griffin? Is so much fun. Even though he had a rough go of it as a kid, he’s managed to pick himself up with the help of his new mentor, Basil, and is doing great for himself. Griffin is still only an apprentice, and the relationship between him and Basil is spot on.
Each chapter starts off with journal entries from Griffin, Basil, or Katie – the love interest. We get to see backstory, and a deeper look into inner thoughts and musings. There are some great action scenes of Basil and Griffin doing what angels do best, and while I felt HOW Katie discovered Griffin’s secret was a little cliche, I really liked the way it was written and how it all played out. Katie’s a smart girl, she doesn’t just automatically accept something that is, by her standards, straight out of left field. It was realistic, and I loved that.
Nicopolis, the books antagonist, is deplorable by anyone’s standards. Abusive in the way he mentored Griffin before Griffin was sent to Basil, Nicopolis is basically out to get Griffin – he’d like nothing better than to see Griffin fail his final test to pass his apprenticeship. He abuses the power he has as a mentor, and I had no problems disliking him. I would have liked a bit more about Nicopolis’ background, and why he was so dead set against Griffin, but that’s mostly personal preference and it doesn’t take away from the story at all.
And ok, one last thing, the ending? Favourite part. I thought it was so perfect, and fit the story really well. You should all know by now that I’m a sucker for realistic, not-so-happy endings, and Darby Karchut delivers. I can’t wait for the sequel, I felt so bad for Griffin at the end and I’m rooting for him to get his happily-ever-after in the end. Griffin Rising was a promising debut, and I will definitely be reading more from Darby!
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
Griffin Rising is part of the 2011 Debut Authors Challenge hosted by The Story Siren.