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The Lost Heir

(The Gryphon Chronicles #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,277 ratings  ·  113 reviews
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley presents The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventures that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids!

Strange new talents...

Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he's started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with
Paperback, First Edition, 302 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by Foley Publications
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Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast-paced, light, fantasy read. Don't look to this book for originality, but more like a warm, comfortable, and familiar blanket. I listened to this book on audible and it was like a cozy set of flannel pajamas on a cold day -- soothing and wonderful! I will definitely be continuing with this series in audible. ...more
This review is for the series to date, being books 1-4 (including 3.5).

What a great little series, sure it is aimed at middle school age, but it certainly enjoyable for adults as well. I certainly enjoyed it, am enjoying it. The audiobooks are well produced and add a lot to the stories as all good narrators do.

Be you adult or tweenie, if you love a good fantasy novel / series and love winged beasts, in this instances it is a fierce, loyal gryphon, then you will enjoy these books. whilst they fol
Mary Gramlich
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When life gives you lemons, do we always have to make lemonade?

Jake had been on his own and struggling to stay alive for most of the twelve years of his life. He knew how to survive on the rough streets of London picking here and plotting there to keep his belly full and his body warm. When the unthinkable happens and it seems men have come to murder him staying alive becomes much harder than even he expected especially when he has no idea why anyone would do such a thing.

The savior for Jake w
This was awesome!! Such a fun and exciting read and one I'd highly recommend. The summary sums up the story so I'm getting straight to my thoughts.

Jake was such a worthy hero. He is an orphan and has learned how to live by his wits. He was brave, strong, smart and resourceful. He learns of who he is, yet it doesn't change him. He even sees ghosts and gets these strange powers, he has people trying to kill him and finds himself confronted with weird animals, yet he stays true to himself.

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Carole P. Roman
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and full of adventure, the Lost Heir is a captivating combination of Harry Potter meets Oliver Twist. Set in Victorian England, this thrilling story is about a mysterious orphan named Jake and his friends that roam the underbelly of London's notorious slums. Paired with a has-been "Guardian" knight, they flee a murderous uncle who would like to relieve the world of his presence. Monsters, fairies, sirens, and other memorable creatures pop up to enliven the tale. Foley's descriptive pros ...more
Zen Warrior
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I actually mean it this time. It showed an excellent plot with a heart warming rags to riches exposition. It had plenty of action and did not leave the reader craving action for long. It was well written and I would recommend this for anyone willing to read about an intense but comical adventure. I give this 4 stars out of 5 because while it is a great book it just cannot contend with some of the other great books I have read which i also plan to review.
Lee Ann
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Re read 2017 before new book

Great audio book production! A wonderful middle grade fantasy for young and old.

Re-read with my son for summer reading
Brenda .
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really good. So far this series sort of reminds me of Harry Potter series. And I love Harry Potter. Really great characters and lots of action. I can't wait to read more in this series. ...more
Sandy S
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
THE LOST HEIR (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1) by E.G.Foley

THE LOST HEIR is the first book in husband-wife writing team E.G.Foley’s new middle grade historical fantasy series The Gryphon Chronicles.
From the website: Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he's started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why.

Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him
Aaron Exists
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.8 stars in my insane rating system. This is such a lovable book that works so well I just need to elaborate. The plotting is a bit weird because it takes a while, but it works. And the religion is a bit heavy-handed at times, but it matters for character reasons and for reasons later on in the series. I am so happy to continue.
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: About a 3.5. I'll probably buy the next audiobook, too.

So, I usually don't like historical books set in this world, even ones with fantasy. Maybe if it's really historical and set over 1000 years ago. The Reluctant Assassin, which was a historical fantasy/sci-fi by an author I like, but I couldn't appreciate the story because I disliked the setting. In Lost Heir, I didn't mind so much.

I did think there were too many disparate magical elements. Okay, we have magical gifts and spe
Musings of a Middle-aged Mum
I actually listened to this book as an audiobook. Audible Stories have given free access to a selection of audiobooks for children, for as long as schools are closed due to coronavirus. Sitting in the garden with DD2, I started listening to this book because it was her age-level and sounded like I book that I would also find interesting. Next thing I know, DD2 had wandered off, and I'm thoroughly enjoying this book. I don't listen to books that often, but it has given me a chance to sit in the s ...more
Laurel Decher
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Heir is historical fantasy set in a fantastic Victorian London and is charming all the way through. You can really tell that E.G. Foley, the husband and wife team who author these books, know what readers will enjoy.

Jake and Dani fly over the city of London and work together to defeat a pair of colorful villains who pose as philanthropists. Dani uses her back street smarts and Jake uses his magical powers.

The story has ALL THE THINGS from unicorns to mermaids. Oh, and fairies and Quee
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad

The Lost Heir is, for the most part, fairly good for what it is. However, Tolkien it isn't - there is no lyricism, no memorable passages, no inspired imagery or unforgettable dialogue. It is pedestrian and prosaic at best. Where it shines is in its characters - its hero Jake and his friends have real personality and are easy to like. Unfortunately, this book has an all-too-common-in-YA-fantasy-fiction tendency to describe magic in the most tepid of terms. What should be wondrous comes off
Alanna Fenn
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although packed with action and dramatic events, this book was in fact quite a relaxing read.

I really enjoyed the combination of the historical background and fantasy. To be honest, I would have preferred the spirit and atmosphere of Victorian London to be richer and a bigger part of the story. But kids reading this book most probably wouldn't enjoy the historical part being more pronounced, so it's totally fair, the book is for kids after all. :)

To avoid spoilers, I'll just say the book has a
Rhonda Wise
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun romp of a children's tale. Set in a Steampunk version of Victorian London, it follows the adventures of 12 year old Jake and his best friend 10 year old Dani. Together the two face off against magic and mayhem while trying to figure out why someone wants Jake dead. The prose is well written, the descriptions are vivid and the characters a true joy to read. It helps that the plot is actually much better than many set for this age group. This is truly a good, quick read and a decent ...more
Sande Riggs
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great adventure story

I chose this book because a student of mine was reading it. I try to read what my students read when possible. This story goes from Victorian London to the countryside to the Thames to the ocean. Fairies, ghosts, and other magical folk assist a young man whose parents were apparently murdered to return to his life as the Heir of Gryphon. The Red Gryphon flies on a journey to capture the Sea Hag. So much fun awaits in this story and the series.
Heather Baker
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-kids
I wanted a book to introduce my children into fantasy. I loved how fun and child friendly this book was. It wasn't too dark or too innocent. It was the perfect balance. It was predictable if you're a fan of the genre, yet a perfect beginner book for young readers. It was fast and action packed without any lulls. ...more
Heather Tucker
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun kids fantasy

This was a great, simple, quick read. My upper elementary students will enjoy it. While reading the characters are easy to relate to and you love them more and more while also wanting to defend them from the negative characters too. This book does a wonderful job of intertwining magic, nostalgia, and all the fun elements of fantasy for young readers.
Laura Pauling
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this middle grade and on up fantasy set in Victorian times. It would be a fantastic audio book to listen to on long car rides. It's long for a middle grade but most readers will read through it fast. ...more
Robyn Cain
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the reviews I read about this book elsewhere said that if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll like this book. It was definitely true to me! Well written, great and unique characters and plot, great setting, and I loved the humor too. I definitely want to read the rest of the series!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a very standard hero story. this is very similar to the Harry Potter series, in terms of the magic and the main characters backstory, the orphan white boy, living bad life in london, then taken to a socity where he is taught how to use his powers.
Colleen Mertens
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun start to the series and I liked some of the characters. The kids are spunky and complement each other well with their strengths and weaknesses. It is fun to watch as Jake learns who he really is. This is a good fun book for kids
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost in wonder

Thank you, dear author, for these too short hours lost in the wonder of a different and magical world. Oh, to fly on the back of a gryphon and feel the touch of a fairy...
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the ebook and listened to the Audible version. This was a fun and entertaining read. I can see why it is often recommended to Harry Potter fans. Jamie du Pont MacKenzie is a brilliant narrator who truly brings the story and characters to life.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! This has just shot to the top of my favorite reads. I can't wait to see what the second book brings. I don't know who loved this story more, me or my nine year old. This book will be going on the bookshelf to be read and re-read for years to come. ...more
Isabella Anderson
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I read this book originally for school, and I don't think there's a school book I've ever loved as much! In my opinion, it is good reading and fun for really all ages. But I would highly recommend this! I read it years ago, but I've reread it multiple times! Enjoy! ...more
David Ray
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This is the kind of story that I enjoy: Mystery and drama, along with fantasy. I've never read a story in Victorian England that was interesting, until now. I'm looking forward to reading Book 2, and the rest of the series! Highly recommended.
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It got me hooked on the series! I've read them all and am excited for the next installment! It's really cool how E.G. Foley combines several different mythologies in their stories. Jake and Dani are really fun characters! ...more
Pam Collins
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinarily magical!

I highly recommend this fantastic book and the series in which it is to readers of all ages. They are imaginative epic tales of magical characters and creatures, and one non-magical, brave girl and her dog.
Thoroughly: Entertaining, Heartwarming.
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E.G. FOLEY is the pen name for a husband-and-wife writing team who live in Pennsylvania. They've been finishing each other’s sentences since they were teens, so it was only a matter of time till they were writing together, too.

Like his kid readers, “E” (Eric) can't sit still for too long! A bit of a renaissance man, he’s picked up hobbies from kenpo to carpentry to classical guitar over the years,

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The Gryphon Chronicles (9 books)
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  • Rise Of Allies (The Gryphon Chronicles, #4)
  • Secrets Of The Deep (The Gryphon Chronicles, #5)
  • The Black Fortress (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 6)
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