Ever wonder what it would be like to be a guardian angel? Or even better, how does one become a guardian angel?
In Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut, we're introduced to Griffin, who is only thirteen and in training to become a Terrae Angeli, or what some may call a guardian angel or a first responder to mortals. However, Griffin's apprenticeship has been a nightmare under his mentor, Nicopolis who might have a sterling reputation for developing some of the best and brightest, but also has a cruel, harsh style. When Griffin is on the verge of failing, Griffin receives a new mentor, Basil, who is completely different from Nicopolis. The two form a father-son bond, and Basil guides Griffin not only to secretly navigate life amongst humans, but prepares him for the Proelium, a final test every apprentice must pass or become mortal. But when that final test involves defeating his original mentor, Nicopolis, can Griffin put to use every skill and strategy that he's learned?
Griffin Rising is a fascinating young adult novel that delves into the world of angels. Not only do you see Griffin rise from a beaten kid to a strong willed warrior, the love of a mortal girl, Katie, gives Griffin the strength he needs to take on his evil teacher. Karchut keeps you at the edge of your seat and gives you a glimpse into each character's thoughts through their journals. Can Katie adapt to who Griffin really is, does Griffin really have the strength to defeat Nicopolis and has Basil taught Griffin everything he can? This is the perfect book for anyone who believes that guardian angels really do exist.
Be sure to check out Griffin's Fire, part two of this intriguing series that is set for release in April 2012.
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books (June 15, 2011)
Source of review copy: Author