The Revenge of the Shadow King (Grey Griffins, #1)
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The Revenge of the Shadow King (Grey Griffins #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 noti
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Orchard Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jenny
Sigh. I was disappointed with this book because I think it tried to be too many things for too many audiences. This is another ARC I picked up at work, set for publication in March 2006, and clearly trying to be the next Harry Potter, not just in sales but in plot and character as well. (Tragically the writing is nowhere near as good as JKR.) I did like some of the connections and stretches of imagination the authors came up with, but most of it was trite or it came flying in from left field. (N...more
Stef
Trite - don't bother - Here's some other recommendations...

Don't bother with this book. The story has potential but it's writen for a reader that is assumed to be completely unintelligent (and so are the characters).

Example: Kids are told not to do something...in the NEXT SENTENCE they go and do it. No story build up, no circumstance that forces the kids into it.

Example: Here's a common writing method in this book...
"I don't get it" said Ernie. He was confused.
-Obviously he was confused. The wri...more
Michelle
This book is the written equivalent of whipped cream. It's fun while you're eating it, but isn't very substantial and leaves a bad taste in your mouth afterward. If you want to know what a standard kid-centered fantasy novel is like, check this out. Mysterious, not-really-important prologue? Check. Set of stock characters? Check. Mildly entertaining gimmick to introduce your fantasy world? Check. Blandness? Check-check-checkity-checkface from checkville, checkania.
Our cast: Luke--Eragon--Rand-...more
Trent
Max and his freinds Natalia, Harley, and Ernie play a very unpopular game round table only to find that the monsters witch's and last but most definitely not least the Templar are real! They go on and adventure fighting the which's and monsters with help from the Templar to save the world.


I thought this book was amazing it had alot of action was thrilling/suspencful.



I think this would be a good book people who have a wide imagination.
Raven
My 9 year old and I both really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a good book for his age and up. Great books for boys.
Michael
May 16, 2008 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who liked the Spiderwick Chronicles (Ages 9-whatever)
Recommended to Michael by: My teacher, Mrs. Morris.
Shelves: already-read
This book is great!!! I'm done!
Barb Middleton
Blue lightning bolt boy. That's Max. The only clue to his superpowers is thunder, the color blue, and electrical energy that crackles over his skin. Unfortunately, not enough is explained as to how Max got these powers. This is just one of many missing plot elements that makes this story fall short of its potential, BUT, students will like this series. There is plenty of action and the monsters are fun and scary. Just don't go looking for deep character and plot development. It ain't there folks...more
Deadlined
I do not understand how this novel received so many positive reviews. It is really bad. The plot is predictable, the characters are two-dimensional and clichéd, new characters or unexplainable magic pops up to save the central characters from mishaps of their own creation; adults are absent and/or stupid.

The “hero” is a poor little rich boy from a broken home. His posse includes an asthmatic, cowardly young boy with a junk food jones, an uber-smart yet unpopular girl who doesn’t know when to kee...more
Barb Scott
Max Sumner is 11 years old. He and his best friends Harley, Natalia, and Ernie have formed a group they call the Grey Griffins. They love to play a card game called Round Table. When a goblin from the game appears to Max and tries to attack him, it leads to the discovery of a book called the Codex Spiritus. When he opens the book, Max unleashes a creature called a spriggan. Soon more and more creatures from the game appear in the real world and an all-out war between the Griffins and the magical...more
Heather
Max and his three best friends, Harley, Ernie and Natalia, must stop creatures from their favorite card game, from entering and destroying their world, not to mention the infamous and wicked Morgan LaFey, half-sister of King Arthur
Amanda
I don’t understand why this book has so many good reviews. It is quite possibly the most cliché and superficial children’s book I have ever read.

Within the first pages of this book is an acknowledgment from the authors to a consulting firm. This, coupled with the book's lack of innovation, made me imagine this scene between the firm and authors…

“So, what do kids like?”
“Card games! They are in love with collecting cards for games like Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and Yu-Gi-Oh!”
“Then we should...more
Mr. Cool (Dylan) Carter
this book was filled with adventure and danger at every turn with not just monsters but with bullies!i had to sneak it into my room to read before i went to sleep!!!can they save the world from the evil shadow king?
Coltonh
The revenge of the Shadow King

The book I am writing a review is “The Revenge of the Shadow King” by “Derek Benz”. The book takes place in a town in Minnesota called Avalon. The main character is Max Sumner and his friends. Him and his friends have a group called the Grey Griffins. They play a ancient card game that only they have. Iver the man that gives them their cards said ‘They’re one of a kind’. Max’s grandpa has passed away for a while and Max uncovers some deep history. What did max find?...more
Ysabela M.
This is one of my favorite books! It has the right amount mystery, adventure, and fantasy all mixed together, making the perfect combination.
Legolas
Sep 15, 2007 Legolas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: m
Excellent children's book, but equally enjoyable for adults. My son and I both loved it.
Parker Towles
If you think you might want to read it don't it's terrible
Tabbie
Really love this book. The entire trilogy was amazing. And I'd read it in a second again. You really should have an imagination to read this. If you don't have a major imagination then this would be a waste of your time. This trilogy takes you to an entire different world. And it is even more incredible when you picture it in your mind. The author writes in a way that makes you picture it in your head. It leaves you wanting to be in their shoes even thought they go through so much trouble. A M A...more
Koblerevan
I really enjoyed this book and it's a good start to a series. This book is about a club of four kids who play a game called Round Table. Their names are Max, Ernie, Natalia, and Harley. One day, Max notices a dark figure lurking around his house in the night. Then, all of a sudden, he starts seeing more characters from their game. All this is happening to them because he found a book in his grandpa's attic one night. Soon, Max and his friends are put up for an adventure like they have never had...more
Fallen*63
Dec 03, 2008 Fallen*63 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
This book is about a boy, Max Sumner, who lives with his rich mother in Avalon, Minnesota. His parents were separated, and his dad lives in Scotland. Max is the leader of The Order Of The Grey Griffins, a club that he and his friends, Natalia Romanov, Ernie Tweeny, and Harley Eisenstein, created. They play an ancient game called Round Table, and buy the cards from an old man named Iver, who also plays the game. He also has a private martial arts trainer (who is, oddly, paid in expensive exotic s...more
David J
The group called "Grey Griffins" were made up of normal kids. But they soon found themselves in a dangerous world of goblins and faeries, they struggle to survive their very realistic trading card game. Max summer and his friends the Grey Griffins find the book called the Codex that contains all monsters in existence, but one bad move started this story. Throughout the story there are many battle, betrayals, mysteries, and monsters. Who will die? Who will triumph? And will the evil Shadow King t...more
Cassidy Washburn
I mainly picked this book up because it was only 5 bucks at a local store and the cover art is fantastic, but I normally do not read middle grade novels.

When reading this book, I had to keep in mind that it was aimed at a younger audience. Maybe thats why it had some pretty obvious and pathetic lines.

Still, for a middle grade novel, I thought it was well done and enjoyable. The four main characters, Max, Natalia, Ernie, and Harley are apart of a club known as The Grey Griffins. They are just no...more
Miriam
I was loaned this book by a friend's daughter who recommended it very highly. I loaned her a book in return and set to explore what 13 year old fantasy enthusiasts are enjoying nowadays. Now I'll admit it's been a while since I was thirteen and my tastes have expanded and refined since then but I firmly believe that even at 13 I would have felt this book was mediocre at best.
The plot in The Revenge of the Shadow King is the standard 'young boy discovers he has magical powers and a destiny to ful...more
Halkovic's-Classroom
Four best friends that formed a group called “Grey Griffins”, lived in a small town called Avalon. With not much to do, they always hang out at a Shop of Antiques with Iver , the owner. They have the wildest imaginations which came from a card games called Round Table. Until it all became true and suddenly they’re battling creatures in there own town of Avalon.
Max found a book of codex in his deceased grandfather’s attic, and as soon as he opened it creatures, goblins, unicorns, faeries, and eve...more
Chris
It's been said that Jon Lewis and Derek Benz, the authors of this story, were childhood friends who used to hang out together and pretend that they were running from goblins, monsters and other things as they acted out fantasy stories. For better or for worse, it shows in this book and helps shape it.

The Revenge of the Shadow King is a fantasy book about a group of friends who always hang out together, and enjoy playing a card game called Round Table. When strange events start to occur, it begi...more
Taylor Larsen
"The Revenge of the Shadow King," is a book filled with fantasy, fiction and non-fiction. Max sumner and his friends form a club called The Grey Griffins. They are noticing that strange things are happening in their small town. Nobody else seems to notice them or see them. Creatures like goblins, fairies and unicorns come alive from a card game that they play. They soon realize that their world is in danger and they need to stop it.

My favorite part is when Max finds the Codex. This is the boo...more
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REVIEW

After reading The Brimstone Key – The Clockwork Chronicles #1 earlier this year, I wanted more. So, I decided to go back in time and read the verrrry first Grey Griffins book – The Revenge of the Shadow King. I’m glad I did.

What I got, and it was what I wanted, was some background on the main characters. Max, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia were best friends from the start and they spent their time playing a card game called Round Table. I can only imagine how scary it was for the kids when the...more
Legolas Greenleaf
Jul 14, 2012 Legolas Greenleaf rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who love fantasy books
Recommended to Legolas by: The book chose me ;)
There was a time I despised reading, especially since we were forced to read books in school which I thought completely boring. Well, this book changed my perception forever. One day, during a book sale in catholic school in 5th grade, I saw this book lying on a shelf with a bunch of others, but this one stuck out to me - it spoke to me. I felt intensely drawn to it. And you know that a book will be incredible when it speaks to you - this book spoke, and it chose me. After buying it, I delved ri...more
Craetarts
I am BONKERS over the Grey Griffins. To me, the series is (and always will be) my second Harry Potter, and the next best series about adventure and friendship next to it (that I've read so far)!

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Darcywillow
Someone gave this to me in the second grade and I never read it finally sat down and read it with some younger kids and could barely get though it as others have stated it seems as though a child wrote it there's no development the plot is predictable and it try's to hard to be other things ...I'm glad I didn't buy this
Caroline
This book is the best book of the Grey Griffen series. Well, at least that is my opinion. Max Sumner and his three other friends- Natalia, Harley and Ernie, form a club called the Grey Griffens. The card game they play is not like any other card game. In fact, no one else in Avalon, Minnesota plays Round Table. So in a way, this threesome of friends is very special, but also unlucky. When Max visits his grandmother's, he finds a mysterious book in her attic. The Codex is a magical book. Max neve...more
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