The Revenge of the Shadow King (Grey Griffins Series #1)

The Revenge of the Shadow King (Grey Griffins Series #1)

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This irresistible first novel tells the story of four friends who find themselves caught up in the dangerous quest to save their town when the wicked creatures from their card game come to life.

Max Sumner and his three best friends, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia--who form the secret club The Grey Griffins--seem to be the only people in their very normal Minnesota town to notice that strange things have started to happen. When creatures like goblins and fairies and unicorns, all characters from a card game the Grey Griffins play, begin to make appearances in Max's backyard, Max and his friends know something is terribly wrong. And it's up to them to stop the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town-indeed, their world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439875929
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Series: Grey Griffins , #1
Edition description: Unabridged, 9 CDs, 10 Hours 25 Minutes
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born in the wrong place, and unquestionably the wrong time, Derek spent most of his early years trying to figure out where he was and why he was different than everyone else. By the age of five, he had stumbled upon the answer: the rest of humanity was really nothing more than an elaborate hoax of cleverly disguised robots, and he was the only real human among them. Having overcome that mystery, he set out with other young members of the Grey Griffins (a super-secret club) to protect the world from darkness and bring about a better world through friendship, wit, and superbly-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

He's climbed volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, fished for sharks in the North Atlantic, scandalized the Cathedral of Barcelona, been mauled by an angry kitten off the coast of Turkey, narrowly avoided being blown up outside Belfast, learned the meaning of defenestration in France, and even jumped off a few cliffs in Greece. His interests spanned a wide spectrum: archaeology, linguistics, mythology, cosmology, conspiracy theory, religion and a host of others. At the same time, he managed to catapult himself to the top of his game in a Fortune 100 company doing what some idly speculated to be nothing less than international computer espionage.

But there was always the desire to change the world around him. And since the age of fifteen, he had become obsessed with writing as a means to this end. Year after year, he labored to prefect his craft, until he felt the time was right. In 2000, he teamed up with J.S. Lewis and with an eye to the stars, they launched The Revenge of the Shadow King.

Benz met and married his lovely wife in sunny Arizona, where they enjoy researching ancient civilizations and studying theology.

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The Revenge of the Shadow King (Grey Griffins Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
cpotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Gray Griffins, a secret club comprised of four best friends, Max, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia¿begin to notice strange happening in and around their small Minnesota town. Max is from a VERY wealthy family, his mother and father is now divorced and Max is dealing with the trauma of not have his father around. The Gray Griffins gather to play a game with cards that describe magical creatures. Coincidentally, Max finds a book of magical creature in his grandmother¿s attic. Goblins, unicorns, witches begin to show up in the town, in the forest and at school. Max and his friends must find the answers to when the creatures came from and how to send them back and to stay alive in the meantime.
hrrivera44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I almost abandoned this book because of the way it is set-up. I mean they finally introduce a wizard and instead of clarifying what's going on the kids simply don't bother to ask him any question. The next chapter the wizard is gone and I was left with the feeling of maybe their is missing pages to this book. Same thing happens in other chapters were you transition from a seemingly important character with answers to trivial matters of life on the next. Nevertheless, I read through it and while it draws a conclusion it dose not invite me to keep reading the series.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read cover to cover after finishing the final "Harry Potter" installment and I was NOT disappointed. The story of Max keeps you on your toes as the school bully turns into a demon and strange things start to happen. This book will suck you in and the pages just won't stop turning!
cmihm31 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent beginning to the Grey Griifin's series. The intermingling of "Magic:The Gathering" style card games, Arthurian legend, Templars, and modern day small towns blends into a fast paced read with likable characters. While the scene reveals of long built up plot points do indeed take a long time, the overall story is enchanting enough to make up for the pacing issues. If you like the Charlie Bone series this book is up your alley.
ConstantineNP More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and its companion pieces because it kept to the old stories and myths about the magical world but put a new spin on things. This allowed for a book that felt familiar but also new as well. Strongly recommend reading before any serious reader makes a judgment. Don't just take my word for it, decide for yourself but this book is not one to be missed.
scribbleKN More than 1 year ago
This is not Harry Potter, but this trilogy is VERY solid. If you like mythical creatures or MTG, this is a good read. A nice set of books to pass the time.
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Pr_Mico More than 1 year ago
The Revenge of the Shadow King was one heck of an adventure. I completely fell in love. It was so captivating and I was hooked right away. It was spellbinding to fall in love with the characters and wanting to keep up with their adventure. This book will definitely not bore you. I absolutely loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was SO good. Right from page one it was exciting and full of adventure. You never knew what was to come next. The art for the cover went with the story so perfectly and it even spooked me a bit. You'll have to read this book to fully understand why.
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rshadley More than 1 year ago
The entire series is a great adventure for a father to share with his kids, even at 12 yr old, my son still loves to sit and listen to these books.
emilytwinmom More than 1 year ago
My son read this and absolutely loved the story, and he isn't a reader! It took him longer than I expected to, but he said some of the vocabulary he had to look up. I liked that too! He is now asking for the second and third books in the series, I would definitely recommend this!!!
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Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"The Revenge of the Shadow King," by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis is the first novel in the "Grey Griffins" trilogy. With ten or eleven-year-old kids as the main characters, this book would most likely be enjoyed very much by anyone younger than twelve, but contains some parts in it which to older readers may seem a bit stupid. Full of suspense and mystery, this book is a good read, which is unique and enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that the revenge of the Shadow King was desriptive, but predictable. I only read to chapter 9 and stopped reading because, even though it was supposed to be an exciting part in the book,it wasn't gripping. I felt like the authors tried to make it like other exciting fantasy books, but failed. Overall, the book was very childish and even though it is made for kids 9-12, I think that 11 and 12 year-olds wouldn't be interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Revenge of the Shadow King is an intense, action and suspenseful novel written by Derick Benz and Lewis. I like the novel it is full of action and smart characters. Danger lurks around every corner. This novel will definitely have you at the edge of your seat trying to find out what happens next. The story is set in Avalon Massachusetts, a small town. Max Sumner an 11 year old boy, must protect a book named the codex which has unlimited power and dark secrets within it. If Max fails to protect the codex from an evil witch named Morgan, his whole town will be doomed. Max accidentally releases a mystical beast named Sprig that will help him guard the book from any evil. A human named Ray is turned into a blue fairy by the codex. Ray later traps Max and his friends in a burning corn field while Ray runs away with the codex. Max and his friends go to the woods were Ray is hiding the codex. Max challenges Ray to a fight for the codex Max wins along with help from his friends. The author makes the characters sound alive by the descriptive dialect he uses. Anyone who likes action and adventures this is the book for you.
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read4ever More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book that was unique and entertaining. It will interest you and it will keep you thinking!
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Thrill_Seeker More than 1 year ago
This book takes you on adventures never before heard of. It takes its time putting you into the setting but once you familiarize yourself with the town of Avalon your in for a great adventure.
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