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Griffin's Fire

(Griffin #2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  26 reviews
For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors and their apprentices clandestinely serve as guardians for humans in danger.

Forced to become mortal, ex-teen angel Griffin has been banished from the Terrae Angeli. Struggling to adjust, he
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published August 6th 2014 by Copper Square Studios (first published April 14th 2012)
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Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I first met Griffin in Griffin Rising, the story of a young angel in training, fighting his way through very human issues and emotions. In that book, his character stole the show. I liked him a lot, and he continued to haunt me even after I stopped reading the book. Which was why I eagerly grabbed at the chance to read an early copy of Griffin’s Fire.

Griffin’s Fire is even better than Griffin Rising. The voice is stronger, the style more at ease, and the plot has thickened well. This is precisel
Once again, my friend and YA & horror film maven, Kelly, has gotten me hooked on a series.

First, here's some boring, Lit majory stuff.

Through all the books and series I've read, I've discovered the following truism: with series fiction, second novels are the weakest link. The first book introduces us to the characters whose journeys we will share, and creates the world(s) they inhabit. Second novels are weakened, because the author no longer has novelty on his or her side: we already know our m
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Darby Karchut continues Griffin’s amazing story in this second installment while still building on the key elements that made the first book such a pleasure to read. This series is all about great parental figures, healthy relationships and doing the right thing. Honestly, if more young adult authors followed Darby’s lead I’d be more inclined to read books in this genre. Griffin’s Fire further proves that it’s possible to write a riveting story with lovable characters wit
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all- I love these books. I read book number one, Griffin's Rising last year (review) and immediately was drawn into not only the story, but the relationships. I was stoked when Darby sent over an advanced copy of Griffin's Fire, because I wanted to know what would happen to Griffin now that his identity has essentially been taken away from him. What will he do know that he is no longer an angel?

What I liked about this story is that it jumped right back in seamlessly. I was instantly ba
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At the end of 2011, my bloggy boss asked me to put together a list of the best reads of the year. On that list was Darby Karchut’s Griffin Rising, and this year, book two in the on-going series will make the list! Griffin’s Fire is an exciting and somewhat tragic read that I absolutely could NOT put down.

Griffin’s Fire opens with a very angry and depressed Griffin, who has had his angelic powers stripped and is now facing life as a mere mortal. Sadly enough, this is not the only trial Griffin is
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Yay for Griffin! I have been waiting for this sequel since I finished reading Griffin Rising. My heart broke for Griffin as I watched him struggle to be a "real boy". And I loved how he kept trying to protect those around him, even without his powers. I also enjoyed some of the new characters that were introduced. Yes, only some not all. One in particular I just down right didn't like and wanted to flick off the page. His name is Sergei, and he is Basil's new Tiro. I didn't dislike him because h
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, ebooks

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Once again author, Darby Karchut has created a great middle grade read! Griffin is adorable as ever and Basil is still such a great father figure and brilliant man. Griffin’s Fire was somewhat tamer than book one. This second installment dealt more with the ‘human’ aspects of the story. Griffin has to deal with the fact that he is no longer a Terrae Angeli a
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What happens when a moody teenage angel is forced to attend high-school?
The answer is Griffin's Fire.
Griffin's Fire is the second installment in Darby Karchut's Terrae Angeli young adult fantasy series, published by Twilight Times Books. I didn't read the first book in the series and have to say that I was a bit lost at the beginning of the story. Fortunately, not for long. Karchut provides only the essential bits of backstory and I was soon engulfed in Griffin's world. As far as the first book,
Beverly McClure
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ah, the teen years. They’re difficult enough for a “human” teen. But what if you’re a Tiro, an angel in training as a Terrae-Angelus whose job is to save people’s lives, and through no fault of your own you’re stripped of your super powers of fire and earth. Are you then a human? Are you an angel? Or are you both?

In Griffin’s Fire (Book Two: Fire), by award winning author Darby Karchut, sixteen-year-old Griffin Raine faces these questions. Deep inside, Griffin feels that he’s supposed to be a T
Kathy Martin
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Griffin's Fire is another great story by Darby Karchut. Griffin has had his life ripped out from under him. After the events in the previous book, Griffin has to make a new life for himself as a human. At first he is very angry and very frightened. He doesn't know his place now that he is not part of the Terrae Angeli. His human girlfriend Katie is secretly relieved that the two of them can be together but she knows how disappointed Griffin is too. After some pressure, Griffin agrees to go to hi ...more
GRIFFIN'S FIRE by Darby Karchut is a solid, engaging sequel in a wonderful series. Griffin is about to embark on one of the most terrifying journeys of his life – high school. Resigned to living his life as a human, Griffin not only has to worry about a math teacher who seems out to get him and his relationship with Katie but a new apprentice moving in to the house – Sergei, who clashes with Griffin like water on fire.

I still really like Griffin, and I think his stint as a human has allowed him
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
When Darby approached me to read and review her second installment to her paranormal series. I was thrilled. I loved the first one and definitely found it unique. But that was nearly a year ago so I started this book with only little recollection of the first book.

Griffin Fire is almost the perfect sequel to the series. The protagonist who looks like a teenage boy but has actually been "born" at 6 (if I remember correctly) to be trained to be an Angel (the book has a different term for them). Th
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
*Fangirl Squeal* Now that I got that out of my system, holy crapola! This book is awesome. I managed to read it so fast that once I got to the end I was mad at myself! I told myself to slow down and take it easy but instead, I kept devouring it as if I was starved.

What hooked me from the start is Griffin. This book picks up where the first one left off , where Griffin is getting into the swing of things. He is not used to certain things and has a hard time adjusting. I love how Ms. Karchut reall
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Griffin's Fire by Darby Karchut is the follow up to Griffin Rising. This series follows a boy ex-angel named Griffin. He's been dealt a bad hand throughout his life. The only good things seem to be his mentor Basil and his girl friend, Katie. After losing not only his wings but also his purpose he's forced to face life as a human. To make matters worse he has to go to high-school.
Griffin goes through a lot of struggles in this book. He has to deal with the abrupt change in his life and the fear
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Griffin, still staggering from the aftershock of his test, was still struggling to comprehend and adapt to what would be his new life as a human. Due to no fault of his and the unfairness of his previous mentor , his wings as a Terrae Angeli are taken away and now he won't be able to do what he was created to do. The harsh and abusive environment , that had taken away his self worth and which he fought to survived seems a wasted effort now. Now, even with the help and tough love of Basil, his ne ...more
Kelly Hager
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After the events in Griffin Rising, Griffin's been turned into a mortal. And to say that he is not adjusting well is putting it very kindly. He's become very moody and irritable (even worse than your average teenager) and all he can do is think about what he's lost. Yes, he's still dating Katie (and seriously, guys, cutest couple ever!) and yes, he can still live with his mentor, Basil, but it's not the same. And he's pretty sure everyone pities him. Worst of all, now he has to go to school. Wil ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Darby Karchut did it again. Griffin’s Fire has it all: suspense, romance, mystery, and action, all tied up in a beautiful bow of innocence.

Angels help humans. It’s the reason Griffin was created, and all he has ever known. Work hard. Pass the training test. Save lives. That’s how it was supposed to work, but nothing seems to work as it should for Griffin. Instead of being rewarded for passing the test with distinction, he is stripped of his angel status.

He is now a human teen with no practice,
Kathryn Cooper
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Reviewed on Clean Teen Fiction

Book 2 picks up right where the 1st book left off. Something life changing happened in book 1. Griffin was still dealing with his emotions from that event. He's angry a lot of the time during this book which made me sad since Fin was such a fun guy to be around in book 1.

I enjoy the journal entries throughout the book. It's fun to find out what some of the characters are really thinking. This book didn't hold my attention as much as book 1, but I still liked it. T
Brooke Johnson
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Poor Griffin! When things couldn't possibly get any worse, they do. I thoroughly enjoyed Darby Karchut's second book in her series about guardian angels. There are a few new characters, including another Tiro with a superiority complex, and a whole slew of new problems for Griffin come with it. If you liked the first book, the second book will keep you reading until the last page. I didn't want to put it down until I finished, and the ending is just perfect. Looking forward to Karchut's next boo ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved the second book in this series! Griffin is having to deal with the loss of his powers while also dealing with the adjustment to normal life - school, mortals, dating, and his new roommate Sergei. I love all of the local references and the character of the high school librarian is pretty awesome. :) Mrs. Karchut has authored another amazing story about a boy with a heart of gold who's calling is to be the protector of mortals. Without his ability to do so, what will become of him? Armed w ...more
Margaret Boling
1/6/13 ** Better than the prequel - now that's a rare compliment. I wanted to shake and Griffin and bang on Basil's head. Ultimately both learned a lesson - secrets, even in someone else's best interests, harm everyone (from Basil's journal, I think, can't remember the p. #).

Can't wait to read about the resolution of the fight with Nicopolis in the third book.
Kendra Merritt
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I absolutely loved these books. Darby masterfully weaves strong themes like abuse, good vs evil, and healthy relationships with snarky wit and normal teen angst. Her style is light and fun and easy to read without losing any of its deeper meaning, creating a subtly compelling page turner that made me laugh out loud. I kept telling myself to slow down and savor it, but the books ended up in the bathroom with me a couple times because I couldn't put t
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-2020-read
I received a digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest review.
I really liked Griffin Rising, the ending was not expected. I may not have enjoyed that ending as much if I had not known that that the story continued, if I didn't know that something was up. But I did, so it didn't sting as much. With this installment, I kind of knew what to expect, but not in the way that it all came together. I loved Griffin's Fire! Loved it! I liked it so much more than the first book! I wish that I could
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: atomr-book-tours
In this sequel to Griffin's Rising we get to see so much. It starts off where the first book ended. Griffin is coming into his powers and his mentor Basil is helping him hone in on the things he needs and the things he doesn't need. Basil and Griffin are like father and son and work together well. Griffin has a long way to go though and he starts feeling the cracks in his armor when he is forced to become a mortal and go to high school. If matters could not be worse Griffin has to deal with his ...more
Chris Torretta
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is something interesting in the way Darby writes this. I really think it’s the journal-ling that the three main characters do. I know that doesn’t sound like off the charts fun but it gives you an insight to their real thoughts without worrying about the narration. It gives you some depth to each of these characters and you can really see the growth of Griffin who at the beginning of this story is under a mentor named Nicopolis.

Nicopolis is an interesting character. And not in a good way.
Carrie Elizabeth Rundhaug
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Darby Karchut contacted me about reading her first book Griffin Rising I said yes and I am so happy I did so I have been anxiously awaiting the second part of the series since I finished Griffin Rising. I think Griffin's Fire is even better!!

The characters are very interesting and well developed I loved being able to learn more about Basil and Griffin. I loved how all of the relationships continually grow and change. I loved that we were introduced to new characters even though I wanted to
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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, former teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her many books include DEL TORO MOON (middle grade fantasy series) and ON A GOOD HORSE (middle grade contemporary). She is the recipient of the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award, and the IPPY Silver Award. A native of New M ...more

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