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The Rise of the Black Wolf (Grey Griffins #2)

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The second book in the irresistible trilogy 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.

In THE RISE OF THE BLACK WOLF Max and his fellow Grey Griffins, Ernie, Harley, and Natalia, set off on another extraordinary adventure - traveling to Scotland to visit Max's dad for t
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Orchard Books
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
This is the second of a fantasy-adventure trilogy that I found on the shop-soiled table at my neighbourhood bookstore and picked up after reading the blurb. The setting in a Scottish Castle was what drew me. The series features four American eleven-year-olds, Max Sumner and pals Natalia Romonov, Ernie Tweenie, and Harvey Eisenstein from Avalon Minnesota, the four together forming the “Grey Griffins” who have previously been involved in an adventure in which one of their schoolmates turned into a ...more
Victor
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. IF YOU LIKE FANTASY, YOU GOT TO READ IT! Only thing I thought bad was it was shorter than the first one... But anyway, the book actually had a lot of happy moments for the main characters, some sad moments, few questions resolved, and a lot of new questions storm in the readers' heads, which makes the reader really want to read the next book. I felt really bad for a lot of the characters, like Vlad, Ernie, Max, and a lot of other people. I have so much questions to ask abou ...more
Trent
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Max and the gangs 2nd adventure trying to stop the evil Black Wolf they start by burning down max's dads castle with them in they encounter many new creatures and with sprig constantly annoying Max nothing can get done!


I loved this book it was a great follow-up to the series.



This would be good for people who have read the rest of the series.
Amy Webster-Bo
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the 2nd book in this 3 book series, really good can't wait to read the next one
Arihant Ghattadahalli
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book and action packed!
Dale Russell
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second in the fantastical world of the GREY GRIFFINS. Max, Harley, Natalia, and Ernie, recovering from their adventures in the first book of this series, THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING, are invited to visit Max's father for Christmas in his wonderful castles in the Scottish Highlands. Little do they realize that nothing is as it seems.

Drawn further into the world of the Templars, fairies, and creatures dark and light, the four friends must overcome the ever increasing dangers that they have
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Chris
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first Grey Griffins book, The Revenge of the Shadow King, I found it very fun but had mixed feelings about its quality as an actual book. There were many random action events that seemed to come out of nowhere, and many plot elements I felt went underused. On the positive side, I really liked the character interactions and some of the characterizations - at least for Max and Natalia, as Ernie and Harley were underdeveloped.

The sequel deals with all of those complaints, while kee
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Brian Yasosky
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Rise of the Black Wolf
Derek Benz
After banishing the Shadow King, the Grey Griffins relax a little as their life begins to return to normal. As the holidays draw near, Max as well as the rest of the Grey Griffins are invited to spend the holidays with Max's father in Scotland. But throughout their stay terrible things begin to happen once again and Max's father gets taken. After the Grey Griffins fight for their lives to gain all pieces of the spear of Ragnarok, they learn the terrible truth
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Coltonh
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Rise of The Black Wolf

This story takes place in a town in Minnesota called Avalon. There is a group of kids that call themselves the Grey Griffins. The leader of the Grey Griffins is Max. Max’s parents are billionaires. One of Max’s ancestors is King Arthur. Max now protects a magical book. Max’s dad invites him to Scotland where he lives. Will Max say yes our will he say no? If Max goes has something changed? Will Max get blindsided by his own father?
This book is a sequel to The Revenge of
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Brianna Marie
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-read-again
I've read my share of children's books and I try to keep that in mind while reading, but this was just so horrible.This book was probably the worst experience I've had in a while.

First of all, Vlad the Impaler was NOT a nice guy. Impaler isn't just a casual title. And yet he's portrayed as "a little rough around the edges". Yeah, ok.

It bothers me how dumb all of the characters are. Logan is supposed to be a bodyguard and yet he constantly endangers them and lets them sneak around and get into
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Koblerevan
This book is an okay book for anyone who has read the first book. This book kind of made mad. I liked the first book. This one kind of died down in my opinion. That is why I have decided to not read the last one. The first forty pages were pretty boring and didn't have much "pizaz".
This book was about Max and his friends going to Scotland to visit Max's dad who in which he has not seen in around nine years. Max has another foe to take care of, the black wolf. On Max's quest he meets new friends.
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Jay Feria
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is the second of the Grey Griffins series, I would have written a review of the first book but I kinda forgot most of the stuff that happened, but in this one I kinda remember most of the things. One thing that I remember when I first read this book was that it was actually good and was able to catch my attention. Well, I'm not much of a reader so if a book is able to catch my attention then it must be good. I even reread this book a bit to remind myself about the story line and the b ...more
Juliana Bricarello41615
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the story The Rise Of The Black Wolf a group of kids go on an amazing adventure, and end up facing Fireball Fairies, Wolves, and an Evil Witch. The authors of The Rise of The Black Wolf tell about great adventures and challenges as well as relating their story to how to react in real life situations. One of the weaknesses I noticed about the book is that it's text is a little to easy, it doesn't use many descriptive words/ it doesn't use the text in any challenging ways.For example where you ...more
Megan Franklin
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing, i could actually imagine the settings.
It's about a a boy named Max Sumner that has the power over this mystical book called the Codex Spiritus. When he and his friends Natalia, Harley and Ernie are invited to Lord Sumner's castle in Scotland, they expected a vacation; they were wrong. Things get a little crazy when Max's father goes missing, and they see more magical creatures; each one deadlier than the last. Will they Grey Griffins be able to save Max's Father from death
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Roxanne
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know if I liked it more or less than the first book. I liked that this second installment took its time to get started since the first book just jumped right in without any explanation of what was happening, but dear god, the characters. If you took out all the stupid things that Ernie says in this book I bet it would be fifty pages shorter. And Natalia I've got news for you, you ain't Hermione Granger. But characters aside, I thought it was entertaining but you have to try not to think ...more
Austin
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grey Griffin fans
Shelves: adventure
Even though this book was an improvement over the first one it still wasn't that good. I liked the storyline and the amount of action it had but it was still missing something. I really hate the four main characters. Max is just irritating, Natalia is a know it all who is still really immature, Ernie is scared off everything and only thinks about food and finally Harley inst really a big character and he is cocky. I also didn't like how every time someone in the book would ask a question that wo ...more
Johnny
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-loans
An okay in-between book, fun and interesting enough to keep on reading, but not truly all that special. These days it's so easy to compare it to Harry Potter, only a more fantasy/fairy taleish theme: Max is Harry, Natalia is Hermione and Ernie is Ron. Of course it's a young adult book series, so younger people might get more out of it. At least a very original use of the Dracula character. Sometimes though it felt as if parts were missing here and there, some cliffhangers that don't get resolved ...more
Jarom
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
The sequel to Derek Benz's 'The Revenge of the Shadow King', this book offers pretty much the same things as his previous work: simple writing style, cliché plot line and characters, and an overall predictability. It is, nonetheless, not without its entertainment value; I found myself blazing through it in one lazy class period of Pre Calculus totally immersed (this phenomenon is, admittedly, most likely attributed to the rather dull atmosphere around me at the time). I wouldn't recommend it to ...more
Dayna Smith
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The second book in The Grey Griffins series. Max and his friends are off to Scotland to spend Christmas at his father's castle. But things begin to go wrong when a pack of werewolves appear and come after the Grey Griffins, and if that isn't bad enough Max's dad is taken by Morgan LaFey. She threatens to kill him unless Max brings her the Spear of Ragnarok which only he can find. Can the Griffins find the spear and save Max's dad? Perhaps, but things are not at all as they appear. This book has ...more
Brogan Nicolds
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
When I had undertaken the task of reading the first book of this series I was so disappointed because, due to my current condition, I could not read the second book afterward. I now find that I probably could have been happy with reading the first book and ending it then and there. I was not nearly as impressed with this book, the first one was so much better. Hopefully the final book will be better!
Cole Palmisano
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book was great, I have already read the first one. If your looking for a book with action, adventure and a little mystery read this book. The book has four main characters, max, Natalia, Ernie, and Harley. The grey griffins go on a adventure to maxes dads house in Scotland, in their adventure they find fairies, Morgan la fey, Dracula and more.
Caden Wardyn
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This so far is a really good book. A couple friends go on a great quest to save the town from evil monsters. This is an adventure book. it is also and action book. They are invited to the Lords Sumner's Castle in Scotland. But when they get there, Max's dad goes missing and what seems like a group indestructible werewolves comes after them. I am only on page 5 and I am already hooked on it.
Avni
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book was much more interesting and engaging than the first. The characters were more developed and the villain was more realistic. Also, it wasn't a typical kid's book because it didn't necessarily have a "happy ending"...that's to be seen in the next book of the trilogy. The existence of betrayal and mystery made it a much more exciting read as well.
Jeanene
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I am reading this series with my children. It keeps them engrossed. We will start the 3rd in the series tonight. If I were rating from my children's perspective, it would be 4 stars. From my perspective (which is probably not the point), I give it 3. No spoiler here, but my children were pretty mad at the end. They were definitely invested in the story.
Kyra
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book did not disappoint from the first one. Just as exciting, and just as addicting as the first. Still, I am in love with Iver and Logan, they are the best character ever! Sadly this book does not end the way that anyone would expect, not a happy ending, at all. You have to read the next book, there is no way not to. But again, you have to read it.
Cory
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the second in a series. The thing I like least about the this book is the very thing that I think will make it appeal to it's target audience of school-age boys--that it zings from one dangerous attack to the next without any sort of history or explanation or build-up. I will say, though, that this authorial duo knows how to leave you wanting the sequel.
Michelle
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: kids-lit
Max, Ernie, Harley and Natalia are the Grey Griffins, four kids in the small town of Avalon, Minnesota who enjoy playing a card game called Round Table.

In this excellent second book of the series, Max is betrayed by someone he loves and the resourceful Griffins travel all over the world through magical portals to keep the dangerous Black Wolves from getting a powerful weapon.
Allen
Jul 30, 2007 rated it liked it
This is still kind of an odd series which has my interest enough to make me want to read the third and final book. Where as before the series contained a strange King Arthur subplot, in this book I felt like I was reading elements of the Harry Potter series.
Kyleigh
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love action
Recommended to Kyleigh by: Hannah
The Grey Griffins strike again. They're back for book 2. And this one in my opinion from what I've read is better than book 1. I reccomend for people that have only read book 1 for more of the action to continue in book 2. I give this book 5 stars. =]
Becky
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I was really bored by this book until about the last 30 pages. It had a very unforeseen twist. I wasn't even going to read the next book, but the ending of the book kind of makes me want to finish the series.
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