NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley launches The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventures (with a hint of steampunk!) that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids.
Strange new talents...
Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he's started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why. Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him. On the run for his life, Jake is plunged headlong into a mysterious world full of magic and deadly peril. A world that holds the secret to who he really is: The long-lost heir of an aristocratic family - with magical powers!
But with treacherous enemies closing in, it will take all of his wily street instincts and the help of his friends - both human and magical - to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents and defeat the foes who never wanted the Lost Heir of Griffon to be found...
©2012 E.G. Foley (P)2013 E.G. Foley
"It's hard to imagine a better way to enjoy this historical fantasy than through the expert narration of Jamie MacKenzie...MacKenzie smoothly portrays multiple characters with a variety of British, Irish, and Scots accents. The frenzied eagerness of the greedy "arachno-sapiens," the indignant squabbling of the Newgate prison ghosts, and the simpering voice of the sea witch give this audiobook performance a three-dimensional effect." (AudioFile)
"Awesome Magical Medieval Adventure"
I really liked this audio book. It's perfect to listen to in the car with kids- or just by yourself! (Like I did!) It's probably one of the best 'kid friendly' books I've listened to in quite awhile. While I liked Jake, I loved Dani. She was such a great, driving element in the story line.
The narrator did a wonderful job- I love his ability to go from 'villain' to 'cocky village street kid' to ' noble matriarch' to 'hyperactive young genius.'
I noticed some reviews made comparisons to Harry Potter. This book doesn't rely much on the same elements. The only real commonalities were that they both take place in England and our hero is a young man who can perform magic. Don’t compare them.
I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Excellent and magical"
A magical tale for children and adults alike! If you like Harry Potter, you will love this book! Narrator is excellent! The story quickly draws you into their world! You will definitely enjoy!
I initially bought this book with low expectations. I enjoyed the narrator on the sample but otherwise I expected the book to so-so. I was surprised to find that the book is fun, imaginative, magical, and witty. The book is right up there with Harry Potter. The story is intended to be YA but it is written intelligently and the author, wisely, did not dumb down the language. The narrator is excellent and a joy to listen to. This is a great book for kids and adults alike. Well worth the credit.
"The better "Harry Potter" book 1!"
It is unfair to compare ALL books about magic boys to Harry Potter. Still: We kind of have too. Still this is better then the first Harry Potter! When that is said: The Lost Heir: The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1 is not only better the Harry Potter, it is better than a lot of other books! E.G. Foley made here a magical world i would love to return, again, and again! The Gryphon Chronicles starts out here with a BANG! This is so fun, and i feel so lost in the world E.G. Foley created! I really can't say how much i loved this! Other then this way: Get this book NOW!
And what about Jamie du Pont MacKenzie? Oh i did not mean that rhetorical, so i have to ask again: What about Jamie du Pont MacKenzie is bad? I say nothing! 10 hrs and 20 mins feels like almost 10 minutes! The pace, the volume and the way he reads this i so amazing! So i could not give him under 5 out of 5! I think we found a goldmine in Jamie du Pont MacKenzie and E.G. Foley. What a goldmine! I am so happy i read this!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com
This book is amazing Ioved it like sans stayed in that comic so cool so cool.
"Couldn't put it down!"
What a treat. Can not wait to start the next book. I would definitely recommend.
"Imaginative fun read"
My car was in the shop. My dad drove me to and from work for several days. Picking an audio book to listen to with my dad is tricky. I decided to listen to this book. I'd already purchased this book for my nephew. It looked great, so I bought the audio book for myself. After the first day of listening, my dad said that he liked the book so far. The book captured my dad after listening for only a hour. This is a great book for tweens to grandparents.
Jake is a scrappy orphan. He is just realizing that he can not only see ghosts, but he can move things with his mind. He doesn't understand why he has these powers. He is soon made aware that he does have a living relative his uncle and that his uncle wants him dead. He will soon discover other secrets that will change his life forever.
This book is a fantastic read. It is fast paced and has great characters. It has mystery, fantasy, action, and so many other elements that keep you wanting to continue the journey and find out what happens next. I am looking forward to listening to the next book in this series. I was captivated by this story.
"A fun and imaginative read!"
This was awesome!! Such a fun and exciting read and one I'd highly recommend. The summary sums up the story so I'm getting straight to my thoughts.
Jake was such a worthy hero. He is an orphan and has learned how to live by his wits. He was brave, strong, smart and resourceful. He learns of who he is, yet it doesn't change him. He even sees ghosts and gets these strange powers, he has people trying to kill him and finds himself confronted with weird animals, yet he stays true to himself.
Danni is Jakes' best friend and does her best to keep him out of trouble, which is hard because trouble tends to find Jake no matter what!! She is smart, loyal and brave and I loved her character, though my heart broke for her when she was on about her family.
The plot of this was fast paced and engrossing. It has everything a great middle grade fantasy should. We have magic, mythical creatures, mystery, mayhem, plot twists, action and plenty of adventure. It was enthralling, to say the least.
In all this was an incredibly entertaining read and one I know I will revisit from time to time. It captured my attention from the start and kept me gripped the whole way through. From it's lovable characters, to it's engrossing story, this is a must read! I loved everything about this and will be diving into the next book as soon as I buy it. Highly recommend!!
The audio of this was fantastic!! Jamie du Pont MacKenzie was a thrill to listen to. He was totally engrossed in the story and brought it to life. He gave each character their own personality and had so many tones that it was a pleasure to listen to.
*I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com*
"A fun read but borrows many themes from others"
I enjoyed the book, it was a good listen which I was happy to keep turning on during the car trip. Younger listeners were riveted and couldn't wait. Well read listeners will be quick to note the many borrowed themes in the book, orphan gets magical powers at 13, main characters making stupid decisions, history lessons, and an over protective body guard. Despite this I don't think anyone will be disappointed with this book.
"Entertaining, Kid Safe, Not Amazing"
The narrator deserves a fair amount of credit for bringing this book to life. The setting is fun. The characters are colorful and fun, but with very little depth. The story is awkwardly plotted, with conveniet coincidences at every turn, and one of the silliest methods of execution by an evil villain ever. The writing isn't stellar either, with chunks of exposition (via convenient dialogs) frequently dropped in the middle of the action.
For all its flaws, it's a fun little story that you should be able to enjoy with the kids (the strongest "swear" in the entire book is "bollocks," and it is used precisely once) if you should happen to have any, or on your own if you're a chold at heart.
If you need gritty realism in your Victorian-era urban fantasy, look elsewhere.
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