“Have you ever started reading a book where the real world goes away and you’re caught up in the imaginary world of the characters? You tell the cats “I’ll feed you later.” You tell the homework that’s due tomorrow “You can wait.” And you put a “Do not Disturb” sign on your bedroom door then vanish into your hideaway, where angels soon cast a spell over you. GRIFFIN’S STORM, the third book in the Griffin Series, by award winning author Darby Karchut, is that kind of book. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this novel for tween/young adult readers for months. Now it’s here and is everything I had hoped it would be and more.
Tiro Griffin is back. So are his powers as a guardian angel. It’s a good thing too, for Griffin is about to face the greatest challenge of his sixteen years. Nicopolis, Griffin’s former abusive Mentor is back as well and out for revenge on Griffin, blaming him for being stripped of his rank as a Mentor. To add to Griffin’s troubles, Guardian Sukalli sends Sergei, recently promoted from Tiro status and who Griffin gets along with about as well as my two cats get along, to be Griffin’s body guard. The scenes with Sergei and Griffin are my favorite parts of the book. Their behavior is so human in the way they talk to each other, sometimes teasing, sometimes like they’re worst enemies about to tear each other’s heads off. (Being Terrae Angeli they could do it.) They very much remind me of real teens, with their faults as well as their good points. Can Sergei put aside his and Griffin’s past differences when danger threatens? Can Griffin? Can they work together to defeat Nicopolis and his followers and save not just themselves but all the Guardian Angels? Add his spats with his human girlfriend, Katie, and Griffin thinks his life can’t get any worse.
Darby Karchut moves the plot along smoothly with tender scenes of young love, mixed with scenes of fast-paced adventure and danger. Vivid descriptions make the reader feel like he or she is in the middle of the action. GRIFFIN’S STORM is a story of what happens when an evil angel takes control and is determined to destroy all those that oppose him. GRIFFIN’S STORM is also a story of an angel father and son, like mortal fathers and sons, willing to give their lives for each other. I mustn’t forget Mentor Nan-ja and her Tiro Vassar, also sent to protect Griffin and Basil. When Griffin, Sergei, and Vassar get together, well, three teens, even teen angels, can get in trouble too.
I’ve always believed that we have guardian angels watching over us. GRIFFIN’S STORM gives us a look at what they might be like. This novel is perfect for school libraries and classrooms, as well as your own personal library. Of course you’ll want to read the previous books, GRIFFIN RISING and GRIFFIN’S FIRE, as well. Now, when does the next book come out? Soon, please. Thank you, Darby Karchut, for introducing your readers to characters that we won’t soon forget, if ever.
beverlyjean wrote this review Tuesday, December 18, 2012.