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Grimpow: The Invisible Road (Grimpow #1)

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“A story of pleasing complexity.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Grimpow had no idea who the dead man was, but hidden in his leather bag was a treasure that would change his life forever. Clutched in the man’s firm grip was a stone. A stone that will shape Grimpow’s destiny. For when he holds it in his hand odd things begin to happen. Visions of places he’s never been fill his mi
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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May 14, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grimpow is a young boy. When he discovers a dead Templar knight in the snowy mountains where he lives, he and his thief friend Durlib go back to investigate the mysterious items left on his person. It is only when they arrive to the Abbey of Brinkdum that Grimpow's adventure truly begin. Can the boy finish the mission that the knight failed to do himself? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good debut novel from Spain author Rafael Abalos that I got for a $1 at a Liquidation stor
Mar 26, 2016 EpidermaS rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Najbardziej irytuje fakt, że książka jest po prostu infantylna.

Zagadki do złudzenia przypominają te z etykietek Kubusia. Przykład? Żeby uświadomić sobie, że 'KSERKET' to anagram słowa 'SEKRET' oraz litery 'K', główny bohater musiał się przespać z tym jakże ogromnym problemem. Dla porównania znajoma zauważyła to od razu w chwili, kiedy jej ten anagram przeczytałam. Niech Was również nie zwiedzie objętość książki (ok. 500 stron żywego tekstu). Autor bowiem co pewien czas zadaje te same pytania re
I'm a huge fan of historical fiction. I often like the books written for young adults a lot better than the ones written for adults because there usually isn't so much trash. Grimpow is part of the 1001 childrens books list and I was really looking forward to it.
The setting sounded really good: a monastry in the middle ages, a library and lots of riddles. Of course I immediately thought of The Name of the Rose which I adore.
But Grimpow turned out not to be my cup of tea: it turned out to be abo
Apr 07, 2009 Chad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I visited the library before a long trip and grabbed this book for my eleven year old son. He didn't read it, and it was laying around the house. So when I got sick, I picked it up and read it. The story had a really good premise, but poor execution. Instead of driving us forward into the plot, the story meandered and left us feeling listless. When things finally started happening, there didn't seem to be a meaning for most of it, and when we got clues to solve, they were solved way too quickly, ...more
Nov 20, 2009 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really know what to make of this book. It started out pretty well, but lost my interest halfway through. I didn't care WHAT the Secret of the Wise was by the time they finally got close to it. Interesting history about Templars, Paris, and Notre Dame, but the story was lacking something.
Jan 23, 2010 Meika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-quit
I was really looking forward to liking this book. It has all the right plot elements and interesting character sketches... but it didn't really do much for me.
Two things that sunk it for me were: First, the conflict between thinly veiled skeptic theory and black magic. One or the other would have been pretty cool - I'm all about smart books for kids that introduce thought-provoking ideas about philosophy and science. I'm also all about books that pull out the stops with magic and spells and dra
Bridget Lane
Jan 01, 2014 Bridget Lane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grimpow: The Invisible Road, initially written by Rafael Abalos, has a great plot set up. Sadly, I did not finish this book due to a lack of quality writing.

The writing is sub-par and the character development is weak. Sentences that spoke of Grimpow’s thoughts, and then outright described his “feelings” must be connected to the stone, made this book unbearable. The wording is just terrible.

That said, it is important to note that the original author did not translate to the English version. Ther
Nov 27, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Da Vinci Code fans, medieval nuts
Very interesting story set in 1313 France, about a teen boy, Grimpow, raised by a thief, who finds a magical stone and sets out on a journey of a lifetime to uncover long hidden secrets of the Knights of the Templars. He meets an Italian knight and becomes his squire, helping him in a tournament, and travels all over France solving puzzles and finding clues to this "secret of the wise." I thought that the clues and puzzles were a little overexplained sometimes, just to make sure you really got i ...more
Kadie D♥
The book was a kind of book I have never read before.
I have enjoyed reading the book, but I really had to take time reading it.
To me it wasn't a book I could rush through, because not every part was as exciting as the other.
Throuh the pages it really got me very curious to the denouement of the filosopher stone, and that was I think very reasonable. It was not as thrilling as I thought it would have been.
But all together it was a good read.
Aug 03, 2011 Lyndsey rated it it was ok
María Ignacia Valdés
Partió un poco lento (y me asusté cuando viendo las críticas, me encontré con una que decía "El nombre de la rosa de la literatura juvenil"), pero poco a poco se fue haciendo más entretenido; y, si bien los "misterios" eran muchas veces predecibles, la historia logra dar más de un giro inesperado. Sí, tengo que reconocer que no esperaba tanto de este libro, así que terminó siendo toda una sorpresa.
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Grimpow: The Invisible Road was written for young adults by Spanish lawyer Rafael Abalos and translated to English after its success in Europe. The story is a medieval mystery/historical fantasy set in early 14th century Europe.

Grimpow is an illiterate orphan who stumbles upon the dead body of one of the last of the Knights Templar who was on a quest to secure the philosopher's stone from the grasp of King Philip IV and Pope Clement V. The king and pope, i
You expect any successful idea to be borrowed and for a rash of imitations to be produced further down the line, but even I never expected to find some of the ideas behind "The Da Vinci Code" to make it into a book for younger readers. But that is what "Grimpow - The Invisible Road" does, combining the idea of Knights Templar with the fantasy adventure of "Eragon" or "Northern Lights" and producing something that is quite enjoyable.

Grimpow is a young boy living a hand to mouth existence with his
no me gusto el final.
Dec 06, 2014 Aelvana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grimpow knew his life would change when he found the dead knight, but he had no idea the lucky stone the knight held would alter his destiny. The stone is the legendary Philosopher's Stone, and it holds the secret to the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Naturally people like the King of France are after this treasure and have been waging a war on the Templars to get it. Grimpow is caught in the middle of this as he tries to untangle the mystery of the treasure.

Clearly, this book was m
Arybo ⑯
Il mio primo vero libro amato alla follia.
Reba Chin
Mar 12, 2009 Reba Chin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've left Grimpow and his companion-in-peril, Lianelle, locked inside a legendary secret chamber inside a Templar's fortress. This chamber is functioning as an hour glass, with a small trickle of sand entering in from an adjacent chamber not only marking the time that Grimpow and Lianelle have to solve the next riddle, but also marking the time until they are engulfed in sand and suffocate should they not succeed.

I've torn myself away from such life altering adventure in order to convey a freshn
Jj Burch
It's like a cross between Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, and Game of Thrones, but for kids.
Michelle Brandstetter
Running away from his abusive uncle's tavern with a known thief and con artist named Durlib, Grimpow now leads the life of a vagabond. They travel from place to place, but have taken shelter for the winter in a cabin in the mountains of France. The year is 1313. Coming back from gathering firewood he comes across a dead body, frozen in the snow. Frightened, he races to the cabin to get Durlib. Durlib is curious and asks Grimpow to show him. This is no ordinary man, he is dressed in a knight's fi ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Rafael Ábalos' GRIMPOW: THE INVISIBLE ROAD starts out with the discovery of a dead body on a cold winter's day. In other words, it's a sure sign of a dangerous and exciting story, and the novel does not disappoint.

The body turns out to be a nobleman with a saddlebag full of coins, jeweled daggers, and a letter with a strange wax seal of a snake swallowing its own tail. Grimpow, a young thief, finds a stone clenched in the man's hand. He soon realize
Maria Benitez
Por fin lo acabé! Es de los libros que más me ha costado terminar y que he metido entre medio otras lecturas.
La idea de la historia esta bien. La típica novela juvenil con protagonista también joven, aventuras, enigmas por resolver, batallas, justas...
Grimpow vive en una aldea, encuentra un día un hombre muerto, con una carta enigmática y una piedra y ahí empieza su aventura. Osea que el argumento promete, pero lamentablemente la narración del autor se hace lenta, tediosa y muy repetitiva. Parec
Ysabel Mystic
When I start a book, I feel very very obligated to finish it. However, there's always those few books that I can't stand to sit through. Grimpow was one of those books. I got about 200-230 pages through it and I decided to quit.
From reading a summary in the front of the book, I was thinking that this book was going to be an action-packed, fantastical quest. Instead I felt like I was reading a mythology lecture due to over-explained puzzles with very poor character development and a possible def
Shazza Maddog
I had no idea that this book was a story about alchemy when I picked it up. This made me giggle somewhat, as one of my favorite stories is Fullmetal Alchemist.

Grimpow is a teen who finds a dead man in the mountains of France. He discovers a strange stone on the body, one that instantly starts changing him. The weird thing is, the man's body dissolves, leaving him with a letter with an ouroboros seal, the stone, and a couple of daggers with jeweled hilts.

He winds up at an abbey wherein he winds
Mar 30, 2010 Doneka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
It was a good book, I have to say that, because if i said it was bad i would be lying. There was lots of adventure, lots of mystery, and a tiny bit of romance, but honestly, I was expecting a lot more. The ending left me hanging, and not in a good way. sure, it was an okay way to end the book, but I was expecting so much more, and the author could have given so much more. It was a nice story, and I encourage people to read it, though i warn them to keep their expectations low.

This book is about
October 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
binding Hardcover
isbn 0385733747 (isbn13: 9780385733748)
pages 512
description Grimpow had no idea who the dead man was, but hidden in his leather bag was a treasure that would change his life forever. Ruby and emerald encrusted ...more [close] Grimpow had no idea who the dead man was, but hidden in his leather bag was a treasure that would change his life forever. Ruby and emerald encrusted daggers, silver coins, jewels, and a letter with a
Emily Stone
Mar 19, 2014 Emily Stone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I literally am about, oh, 3 chapters from finishing this book. I have been pushing myself through it since the 5th chapter and I have to say, it's been the worst few days of my life. Even though I am SO damn close to finishing, I still don't think I can bear to even read those last 3 chapters - not even for the satisfaction of overcoming this feat of doom. Honestly, I can understand that - yeah - this book was translated from Spanish - but when even Spaniards rate it poorly - doesn't say a whole ...more
Karolinde (Kari)
Grimpow has an incredible plot. A young boy stumbles on the body of a dead knight lying in the snow. From the knight's hand, he removes a stone, a stone that opens his mind and expands him knowledge. The stone, the legendary philosopher's stone, is the key to the world's greatest treasure: incredible knowledge. In order to reach this treasue, Grimpow and his companions must outrun the King of France and the Pope's inquisitor. Their quest leads them all over Europe, including and epic last stand ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'Grimpow: The Invisible Road' is a story set in medieval Europe and follows the adventure of a young boy named Grimpow. He finds the Philosopher's Stone and sets out to discover its mysteries.

I'll be honest. The writing style bugged me no end with this story. Sentences were simple and not very descriptive while characters had no depth. It is a children's book, but then I read children's books all the time and have no problems usually. It is translated from Spanish so this could have damaged the
Melidee Hall
It had so much potential - but it fell flat at the end. The last few chapters were dull and filled with unnecessary descriptive details. Hated the ending - total let down. The beginning draws you in and the story had some good/great parts.
Nilo Di Stefano
Lento con plagio o quasi
Libro davvero brutto. Sono arrivato a leggere forzatamente più della metà e poi ho lasciato perdere. Lento, con una struttura molto pesante che riprende un po' troppo Il Nome della Rosa con personaggi simili, ambientazioni simili. Un libro ambientato nel medioevo deve essere avvincente da subito altrimenti il rischio è che sia troppo pesante da leggere e poco accattivante per il lettore anche quello più accanito come me.
So che dare un voto e fare una recensione è sgradev
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As a teenager, Rafael Ábalos was an avid reader of adventure stories. A lawyer for many years, he discovered by accident that he loved to write these stories as well. His first book for young readers, Grimpow: The Invisible Road, will be published around the world in 27 countries. He lives and writes in southern Spain.
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