Publication: April 2012 from Twilight Times Books
Series: book 2 in Griffin Rising
Rating: 4.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors and their apprentices clandestinely serve as guardians for humans in danger.
Forced to become mortal, ex-teen angel Griffin has been banished from the Terrae Angeli. Struggling to adjust, he enrolls in the heaven-and-hell known as high school. In spite of his friends’ support, Centennial High proves to be a battleground, complete with a malicious math teacher.
And to make matters worse, his Mentor, Basil, has been ordered to take on a new apprentice, the gifted and egotistical seventeen-year-old Sergei, whose covert attacks make Griffin’s home life as bleak as a Siberian winter.
Caught between school, Sergei, and a desperate secret, Griffin is certain of one thing: the only way to fight a Cold War is with Fire.
SPOILERS FOR GRIFFIN RISING
Griffin’s Fire by Darby Karchut is a solid, engaging sequel in a wonderful series. Griffin is about to embark on one of the most terrifying journeys of his life – high school. Resigned to living his life as a human, Griffin not only has to worry about a math teacher who seems out to get him and his relationship with Katie but a new apprentice moving in to the house – Sergei, who clashes with Griffin like water on fire.
I still really like Griffin, and I think his stint as a human has allowed him to mature and grow in a way that staying a Terrae Angeli wouldn’t have. He seems to have a better appreciation for what he’s lost, and what he has in his relationships with Basil and Katie. A lot of that appreciation comes from having Sergei on the scene, too. Here is someone else who moves into the position with Basil that Griffin can no longer fill, and he begins to doubt Basil’s care. And of course Sergei has to hone in on Katie and manages to bully and blackmail Griffin in regards to their relationship. Sergei is one of those characters that I love to hate.
In Griffin’s Fire, Darby Karchut has Griffin trying to figure out where he fits in and navigate a world that has completely changed for him. And things aren’t calm now. Nicopolis is still out there somewhere, and he’s been experiencing some weird fluctuations with his powers – powers he’s not even supposed to have anymore. There are some great moments of introspection through the journal entries from Griffin, Basil and Katie, and the battle of words that Griffin and Sergei involve themselves in daily turns into an actual battle near the end, resulting in some tense moments for Basil and Griffin. This second book is quieter than the first (despite being named for the fire element). The ending seemed to come up quickly and be resolved without too much angst, but it has a good lead up to the third book to come, which I will definitely be waiting for.
Paperback copy received from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!