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 Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby can be found wrangling words. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Owl Hollow Press.
"Griffin's Storm" sees old enemies become friends, other old enemies become even worse and more powerful enemies, a couple new friends, and a whole bunch of action.
Darby Karchut's "Griffin" series just keeps getting better, book by book, and "Griffin's Storm" shows her at the top of her game.
One summer day, Griffin's cruel former Mentor, Nicopolis--supposedly in Middle East exile--suddenly pops back up in Colorado, more powerful and evil than ever. Worse yet, he's assembled a posse dead set on smiting not only Griffin, but all Earth and Fire Terrae Angeli. So, Griffin, his mentor, Basil, and his grudging brother-figure, Sergei, set off for an isolated lodge, where the Terrae Angeli will have an easier time protecting him.
Except for that whole "more powerful and evil than ever" bit about Nicopolis and his band of thugs.
From beginning to end, "Griffin's Storm" is non-stop action. From the easiest rescue to a simple barbecue with friends, seemingly everything turns dangerous when Griffin's around.
One of the inherent joys of this series is seeing Griffin evolve and grow as a Terrae Angelus, even as he still remains a typical 16 year-old boy. His angelic powers are stronger; his control, more refined. Angelic powers or no, Griffin still argues with his Mentor, and gets in silly fights with Sergei.
While Griffin hides out with his guardians, he's put through advanced training by another Mentor, and has to fend off Nicopolis' minions on a few occasions. Despite these trials, one of Griffin's biggest challenges is that he misses his girlfriend, Katie. He even has to contend with jealousy, as Katie spends more time with Griffin's best friend, Cas. Add to that a feisty teenaged Terrae Angelus--who happens to be a cute red-haired girl named Vassar--and Griffin gets even more confused.
For better or worse, Griffin doesn't have much time for jealousy or romance, since he has powerful, relentless enemies, who just won't leave him alone.
Even with the steady action throughout "Griffin's Storm", the climax is a hugely satisfying showstopper, and the denouement perfectly sets up a fourth Griffin novel.
Darby Karchut has created an amazing anomaly with her Griffin novels: a world full of beautifully drawn characters and brilliant plot twists and turns, all written so that anyone can enjoy them. The dialogue is realistic and sharp, and the story doesn't pander to any demographic. These books are just pure fun, accessible to any reader.
Griffin’s Storm by Darby Karchut 6 stars!! Yes, I mean it!! Source: Author for a fair and honest review
It is absolutely no secret how much I love Darby Karchut’s Griffin series and while I was eagerly awaiting the third installment of the series I was in no way prepared for the awesomeness that is Griffin’s Storm. Fire! This book is excellent!
With Griffin’s Storm Karchut came ready to play and has delivered a read which has a totally different feel and flow than the other two installments. From the very beginning there is an air of tension: Griffin and Basil’s missions keep going sideways, Sukalli keeps making appearances, a newly-promoted Sergei is back in a protection capacity, and Katie is struggling with life as the girlfriend of a Terrae Angeli. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we?
*It takes about four seconds to figure out Nicopolis is the reason Griffin and Basil’s missions keep going sideways. The rat bastard is playing for keeps and causing serious injury to both Griffin and Basil at every turn. As a result, the two angels are removed from active duty and asked to leave their home and go into hiding until Nicopolis can be tracked and neutralized.
*I can’t say I really warmed up to Sukalli in the earlier installments (did anyone?) but he sure does gain my affection in this novel. Not only is Sukalli an expert healer but he is also hot on the trail of Nicopolis and determined to see the rogue angel brought to justice or brought down. Sukalli is a beast who is more than prepared to do whatever is necessary to see the threat to his friends and colleagues shut down!
* I can’t say I really warmed up to Sergei in the previous installment (did anyone?) but he sure does gain my affection in this novel. Wait a minute, didn’t I just say that? Well, it’s true, again! Sergei has been promoted to full guardian status and has been assigned to help protect Basil and Griffin, much to everyone’s displeasure. There is true evolution in Sergei’s character and I very much like how he and Griffin learn to not only like but truly trust one another. Even with the arrogance, Sergei turns out to be a true and loyal friend ready to serve and protect his fellow Terre Angeli. Oh, and he tries to drown Griffin but only once and it’s not on purpose :)
*I am so over Katie and her drama!
While all of the above would have made for a fine novel, Karchut goes four kinds of crazy and introduces some fine new characters and amps up the action to full-throttle excellent. Making their first appearance in the Griffin series is Nan-ja and her young tiro, Vassar. Like Sergei, the girls have been assigned to both aid and protect Griffin and Basil while Nicopolis is still on the loose. In order to better prepare their tiros for the coming battle, Basil and Nan-ja trade tiros. I cannot tell a lie, I thought Basil was pretty hard-core until I met Nan-ja. I. Love. Her. As a fellow Earth/Fire, Vassar and Griffin have an immediate connection to one another that is both endearing and sweet. We have certainly not seen nor heard the last from these two lovely ladies but to tell you more at this point would just spoil the read for you.
As for the action, WOW! The final unfolding of events is both highly informative and action-packed. Nicopolis is absolutely, 100% bat-sh*t crazy and like a bad rash, his crazy has spread to other Terre Angeli. With his group of psychos and some “fun” new toys (wait till you read about this!) Nicopolis leads a mission meant to destroy Griffin and everything and everyone he holds dear. Here’s the problem with crazy, you’re CRAZY!!! For Nicopolis this means he has gone so far ‘round the bend he has actually become fanatical and completely blinded by his hatred and misguided beliefs. If he wasn’t so bloody awful one might actually feel sorry for him. I am not that one, however Without giving anything away, I have to say the ending of this one was significantly satisfying!
The bottom line: I have never, ever added a sixth star to my reviews but feel it is completely warranted for Griffin’s Storm. This novel is a perfect combination of: characters, both old and new; strong character development; a large leap forward in the on-going plot line with room to add a fourth book (Dear Lord, I desperately pray there is going to be a fourth book. Amen); a very new and exciting feel to the read in terms of tone, tenor, and flow and; quite simply, superb writing! I have recommended this series to young and old alike twice before and I am whole-heartedly doing so yet again.
Have you ever started reading a book where the real world goes away and you’re caught up in the imaginary world of the characters? You tell the cats “I’ll feed you later.” You tell the homework that’s due tomorrow “You can wait.” And you put a “Do not Disturb” sign on your bedroom door then vanish into your hideaway, where angels soon cast a spell over you. GRIFFIN’S STORM, the third book in the Griffin Series, by award winning author Darby Karchut, is that kind of book. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this novel for tween/young adult readers for months. Now it’s here and is everything I had hoped it would be and more.
Tiro Griffin is back. So are his powers as a guardian angel. It’s a good thing too, for Griffin is about to face the greatest challenge of his sixteen years. Nicopolis, Griffin’s former abusive Mentor is back as well and out for revenge on Griffin, blaming him for being stripped of his rank as a Mentor. To add to Griffin’s troubles, Guardian Sukalli sends Sergei, recently promoted from Tiro status and who Griffin gets along with about as well as my two cats get along, to be Griffin’s body guard. The scenes with Sergei and Griffin are my favorite parts of the book. Their behavior is so human in the way they talk to each other, sometimes teasing, sometimes like they’re worst enemies about to tear each other’s heads off. (Being Terrae Angeli they could do it.) They very much remind me of real teens, with their faults as well as their good points. Can Sergei put aside his and Griffin’s past differences when danger threatens? Can Griffin? Can they work together to defeat Nicopolis and his followers and save not just themselves but all the Guardian Angels? Add his spats with his human girlfriend, Katie, and Griffin thinks his life can’t get any worse.
Darby Karchut moves the plot along smoothly with tender scenes of young love, mixed with scenes of fast-paced adventure and danger. Vivid descriptions make the reader feel like he or she is in the middle of the action. GRIFFIN’S STORM is a story of what happens when an evil angel takes control and is determined to destroy all those that oppose him. Griffin’s Storm is also a story of an angel father and son, like mortal fathers and sons, willing to give their lives for each other. I mustn’t forget Mentor Nan-ja and her Tiro Vassar, also sent to protect Griffin and Basil. When Griffin, Sergei, and Vassar get together, well, three teens, even teen angels, can get in trouble too.
I’ve always believed that we have guardian angels watching over us. GRIFFIN’S STORM gives us a look at what they might be like. This novel is perfect for school libraries and classrooms, as well as your own personal library. Of course you’ll want to read the previous books, GRIFFIN RISING and GRIFFIN’S FIRE, as well. Now, when does the next book come out? Soon, please. Thank you, Darby Karchut, for introducing your readers to characters that we won’t soon forget, if ever. ###
It was great to catch up with Griffin and Basil again in this third book about the Terrae Angeli - the Earth Angels. They are the traditional guardian angels who watch closely over humans. In Karchut's mythology, they are also very like humans in that they have free will - the ability to choose to be good or evil. Griffin is back to being a Terrae Angeli in this one. There are some tensions with his girlfriend Katie. She was happy when he had been turned into a human. But she knew how unhappy he was. Now she is somewhat unhappy that he can't put her first. Calls to save humans in danger have to come before plans with her. This causes Griffin to be unhappy too.
And the villain of the piece - Nicopolis - is back. It wasn't bad enough that he cruelly abused Griffin when he was first made and cheated to make Griffin fail his test to be an Earth Angel thus causing him to be turned into a human, now he is determined to take revenge on Griffin. He feels that it is Griffin who has derailed his progress to becoming an upper level Earth Angel. He has found a magical device that increases his power over his elements and is intent on using it to kill Griffin. Worse yet, he has recruited other like-minded Terrae Angeli to go on some sort of crusade to restore the Terrae Angeli to his notion of purity.
Terrae Angeli are divided into two kinds - Wind and Waters and Earth and Fires. Nicopolis is convinced that Wind and Waters, which he is, are closest to being celestial angels and that Earth and Fires need to be destroyed. Naturally, Griffin's gifts are Earth and Fire.
This book is filled with adventure as Griffin and his Mentor Basil along with some companions including Griffin's nemesis Sergei and new characters Mentor Nan-ji and her Tiro Vassar run to an isolated cabin to get Nicopolis and his crew away from ordinary humans. There is a lot of danger as they battle for their lives. The book is also filled with humor as Sergei and Griffin tease and pick at each other. And, underlying it all, the book is filled with love - parent-child love, romantic love, and love of life.
I really like this series and recommend it for readers of all ages. The whole series - Griffin Rising, Griffin's Fire, and Griffin's Storm - would make wonderful Holiday gifts for the Middle Grade and Young Adult readers in your life. They have both adventure and romance. They have humor and heart.
So very excited to receive my copy of Griffin's Storm by Darby Karchut. I so love Griffin and Basil. I want their story to go on...well forever. I don't want this story to ever end! Darby...please tell me this is not the end? I really need more Griffin and Basil. Especially after this last installment. And with this budding relationship of Basil's?? You can't just leave me hanging!!
I really enjoyed the old and new characters introduced in this third installment. Sergei really grew on me and I love Vassar!! I have to admit, I was actually kinda hoping for a split between Griffin and Katie...I know, I know...but I have to be honest. I guess for me, Griffin has grown so much over these three books and I feel that Katie has not. Nothing against her, I just feel that perhaps Griffin needs someone with a more dynamic character. Just saying...
I loved the change of venue in this book as well. I want to hang out at the cabin...well, I would rather hang out with Griffin, Basil, Sergei, Vassar, Nanji and Sukalli. Go Team Angel!! And speaking of Team Angel...this book was action packed. Between the training and fight scenes there was never a lull in the action. Gotta love it!
I really do love these characters and this story in general. This is such an awesome series for middle grade readers. My 11 yr old loves this series and is itching to get her hands on this third book!! I love the overall message of these books and the strong relationship between Griffin and Basil. There are many definitions of the word family and this is yet another one. Another thing that I love about this story, is that it points out that no matter what happens in our past, we do not have to let that define us for the rest of our lives. We determine who we are and what we want to be/do. It really is a great read for anyone.
In the end? You really need to pick up your copy of Griffin's Storm. Or perhaps this whole series for the middle grade reader in your life. What would be a more perfect Christmas gift??
So this is the third installment of the Griffin series. Still lovin’ it! Storm picks up where Fire left off. Griffin has his powers back and has returned to training with Basil. Katie and Griffin are still together but Katie is starting to realize that having an angel for a boyfriend isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Storm also introduces us to more of the Terrae Angeli. I really like this series. One of the best parts of it is how Karchut’s characters interact in their relationships with each other. Not just Griffin and Basil or Katie and Griffin, but even watching Basil and Sergie’s frienemyship develop just captivates me. Their responses just seem so honest and real. I think Storm has continued with the same momentum as the rest of the series and while there are certain strings that have been tied up at the end of this one, there are also quite a few left to take up in the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see the direction that the author takes Griffin and the rest of Team Angel! I also want to comment on the cover. I was fortunate enough to do a cover reveal on my blog. I asked my readers for their opinion on the new cover, since it differed greatly from the previous two in the series. One commenter said they thought the book would be more cerebral than physical since Griffin’s head is pictured in the clouds. But I have to say I disagree. I think there was just as much, if not more, physical action in this book as the previous ones. We actually get to see Basil get his hands dirty in this one too! This is a great series and I highly recommend it!
I've loved this series since I read the first book, and each book has gotten better. This book (the third) is the best yet, and I don't say that lightly. We've seen Griffin grow as a character---although he's still a little bit petulant at times, especially whenever he has to interact with Sergei, which I think is realistic because, even though he's an angel, he's still a teenage boy---and nowhere is that more evident than in his relationship with Basil. Because Griffin was abused by his first mentor, he initially feared and distrusted Basil but they quickly grew to have a fantastic relationship, one where they're now essentially father and son.
One of the things I love about this book in particular is the fact that the concept of free will plays so heavily in it. Generally when I think of angels, I think of heavenly/supernatural beings that are almost forced to do good because of their connection to God. In this series in general and book in particular, we're shown that that isn't entirely true: like man, these angels have free will, which means that (like people) some of them are good and some of them are...well, complete assholes. (Yes, you, Nicopolis!) And it was so fantastic to see Griffin finally being able to confront Nicopolis, this angel that had basically gained mythic proportions in his mind. Griffin is seriously the bravest he's ever been and obviously that's because he was able to conquer his fear (because it's only brave if you're scared, you know?).
I can't wait to read the fourth book, but unfortunately, I don't think there's even a release date for it at this point. Even so, the first three books in this series are highly recommended.
It's no secret that this series is one of my favorites. There are so many things about the entire thing that I love. The fact that amid all the otherworld aspects swirling around Karchut manages to keep it all completely believable is fantastic. The issues that our young hero, Griffin, faces are so relatable to teens (and the inner teen inside all of us) that you get drawn in very quickly to the story. You want to see Griffin succeed in what he's doing, whether it be his relationships with girlfriend Katie or sometimes nemesis Sergei or with trying to face down an old enemy.
In this installment we see Griffin gathering his allies around him to face down his old mentor who has officially gone rogue and who is trying to eliminate the "lesser angels" from the earth. His first target is, of course, Griffin and Basil. Together, along with some old friends (like Sergei and Sukalli) and some new ones, Basil and Griffin make a stand. It's great to see Griffin's circle expanding as he learns to trust and lean on more people and to get a payoff from that.
While I've always praised Karchut for having a great family system (even if it is a makeshift and sometimes messy one) I was struck by something different while reading this book. When I read the first two books I was a student on my way to getting my library degree. Now I'm a full fledged Librarian in a city middle school. For me I saw so many of my students in Griffin. Griffin's first mentor Nicopolis abused him in the first book. Both mentally and physically. Griffin arrived on Basil's doorstep a broken teen. He was afraid, he was unused to love and he desperately needed to learn how to trust again. By the end of this book we see Griffin truly coming into his own. He's not only able to acknowledge that he has people around him that he can turn to and lean on, but he's beginning to trust that they will not hurt him. He's gaining confidence and strength and is finally able to look his abuser in eye without fear and know that he is worth it, that he is worth people risking their own lives to help and protect. There are kids everywhere that come in through the school doors broken, who don't know how to trust, who have suffered things worse then we can imagine, but who still walk in the door every day willing to give it another go round. I think that my kids need these books. I think they'll see themselves in Griffin much more acutely then I do, and I think they will be able to look at his journey and be able to see the hope that it offers for better days and better relationships to come.
My vendors don't offer these books for sale, so I'm buying my own set and donating them to my library. I think they are that worthwhile. So again... bravo Darby. Another fabulous book in a series that continues to impress me.
GRIFFIN'S STORM is book three in author Darby Karchut’s Griffin series – a series which continues to deliver on all fronts. Showcasing an original, engaging plot, relatable and intriguing characters and some darn good writing, this is a great series.
In this third book, we are once again flying high with Griffin and his mentor Basil as the two perform their jobs as guardian angels amidst recovering from his stint as a mortal, navigating Griffin’s love life with mortal girl, and neighbour, Katie and the threat posed by Griffin’s old mentor Nicopolis. Griffin is still awesome; tough, kind, funny and sweet. There’s a bit of trouble in paradise with Griffin and Katie in this book, and we actually don’t get to see a lot of Katie. This part of the series sees more of the angelic side of things, with Griffin and Basil on the run from Nicopolis who is worse than ever and targeting not just Griffin anymore, but all Earth and Fire Terrae Angeli. Sergei returns for protection detail, and his and Griffin’s relationship is as snarky as ever! I did enjoy seeing the growth in their not-quite friendship. Though still competitive they are slowly learning a grudging respect for each other and Sergei definitely lends a hand when Nicopolis comes calling. As do the new angels that are assigned to help protect Griffin.
There are some teary moments in this book, one unexpected at the beginning and a few slightly more expected ones resulting from some pretty kick-butt battles with Nicopolis and his recruited group of Wind and Water Terrae Angeli. So much interaction with Nicopolis has forced Griffin to kind of come to terms with how Nicopolis treated him – you can definitely see how Griffin is slowly healing old wounds, and the crazy moment at the ending will go a long way to helping him completely move forward from that time (I think anyway! And wow, hard to do no spoilers. Let’s just say I don’t think Nicopolis saw it coming).
GRIFFIN'S STORM by Darby Karchut sees a lot of changes and growth for Griffin and company, and some interesting new plot developments that I am anxiously waiting to see culminate in a book 4 (I hope so!). This book does a wonderful job in bringing events from books one and two together in a clash of the angels and the intense moments are very well done. Griffin and Basil face their hardest challenge yet in this one, and though they weather the storm, they don’t come out unscathed. This series has continuously entertained and enthralled me – you just can’t help but cheer for Griffin!
Since I am being honest, I will tell you upfront that I am completely biased. Karchut has proven herself to be a wonderful person and an amazing author. I have not been disappointed by anything that I have read of hers and I recommend her to just about everyone.
It is books like this and authors like Karchut that make me very very glad that I review books. Griffin and Basil are a duo that I feel that I’ve gotten to know pretty well. In fact I am pretty attached to them. While every adventure shows growth and depth for all characters involved, I still feel as if there is so much more to learn. Their story is not quite over. I love the bantering back and forth between Tiro and mentor. I love the realistic rockiness of Griffin and Kate’s relationship. Oftentimes in relationships between mortals and non-mortals there is a bit of far-fetchedness that is not believable. Griffin and Kate’s relationship seems believable because they address the elephant in the room authentically (well as much as teenagers can).
Nicopolis is back and he is still the bad guy. I really like not liking him. Not every problem/conflict is resolved by undiscovered/untapped strength. A lot of time it is resilience that solves the day. This was a pretty quick read and Karchut did a great job of playing with my heart strings. If you have not had the honor of meeting Griffin and Basil, I strongly recommend that you get your hands on a copy ASAP.
Finishing the last book makes me sad. I really enjoyed this series.
The plot of the book is awesome. Stepping into Griffin's shoes, I loved watching him go from a scared boy to a strong young man. Reading the growth of Griffin and watching him fulfill his destiny is great. Each chapter, Griffin grows stronger making mistakes along the way but becoming better. And when his past comes back to haunt him, Griffin is ready to face it.
The love interest really bugged me. I wanted these two to fall even more in love with each other be all so romantic. Instead, things pulled them apart and for me the felt stagnant. They didn't really go anywhere but didn't go back either. Still, the ending did make up for it a bit.
Overall, Griffin's Storm is a great ending. Griffin has been training this entire time to face what has haunt him so and he fight is with great perseverance and strength. I really admire Griffin's ability to stand up before it all. Griffin's Storm is mighty ending to an awesome series.
I must say I found a new favorite author, Darby Karchut is an amazing writer that gets your attention from the first page to the last. Meyers has met her match in Darby Karchut whose creativity and excitement spills onto each page with an " at the edge of the seat gripping masterpiece". This book has such balance with excitement, intrigue and grace. Karchut's ability to bring the characters to life is so great that they walk off the page into your heart.
I know I have to have the rest of this series, and there is no doubt my copies will be well worn in no time as I plan to share them.
This series would make a wonderful gift for someone special in your life with its adventure,love and grace.
If your on the lookout for books a young person would enjoy I think this is one that will have them saying "more".
I love Darby Karchut's Griffin series. I have from the very beginning and it just keeps getting better and better.
Griffin's Storm is full of non stop action that will keep you turning the pages and keep you reading until the very end.
Once again the characters are strong and well developed. There are new characters introduced and I loved getting to know them. The dynamic the characters create are extraordinary. Darby's characters feel so real that I feel like they could literally jump out of the book at any time.
The plot as always is fun, interesting, and keeps you on your toes the entire time. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and as always I am left wanting more!!
You will enjoy every minute of this book and of the series!!
The plot thickens in the third installment of the Griffin series. While the threat of Nicopolis was dormat in Griffin's Fire, he comes into the scene with a vengeance in Griffin's Storm. Griffin and Katie's relationship takes a back seat as Griffin, along with Sergei, and a band of new characters prepare for the battle of their lives. My favorite part is the budding relationship between Basil and Nan-ja. I think the old guy deserves a little romance. :) I am excited for the 4th book in this series!