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Griffin Rising

(Griffin #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  73 reviews

All you need is one person who believes in you.

Armed with the power to control the ancient elements of Earth and Fire, sixteen-year-old Griffin is determined to complete his apprenticeship and rise to the rank of Terrae Angeli.

But first, he must overcome a brutal past if he is to survive in this world. Will the perseverance of his kindly Mentor and the lov
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 2014 by Copper Square Studios (first published June 15th 2011)
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Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Griffin Rising is quick and enjoyable read that is filled with plenty of laughs, action and adventure and heart warming moments.

Darby Karchut's writing style was easy to read despite the changing narration. It went from the present to past and also there was also journal entries from Griffin, Basil and occasionally Katie. The pacing flowed wonderfully and it is the type of book that you can just relax into. The plot is also had a good balance of paranormal and coming of age story. However somet
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
4.5 Stars - Great book

I was sent an ARC of Griffin Rising a year ago, right at the time my life was thrown a curve ball and I went from reading 5 or 6 books a week to just one. Unfortunately that meant Griffin Rising did not get reviewed as I had planned. I finally picked this book up yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's a quick read so I easily made it through it in one afternoon.

Terrae Angeli or guardian angels are the main characters in Griffin Rising. I loved
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Rabid Reads

Griffin Rising is a great coming of age novel full of life lessons that are cleverly disguised as an angel adventure story. I connected with each character on a deeper level because of their journals entries which were fun yet insightful. I really enjoyed the contrasts between Griffin's struggles as a teenager and as an angel's apprentice. At times, Fin would demonstrate a level of maturity that was well beyond his years while as others it was clearly evident that he is st
Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I love the whole angels concept in books and this book blew me away with it. It had everything that a paranormal book needs. Great plot, and amazing characters that triumph till the very end.

The plot of this book is amazing. I really enjoyed it and got into quickly. The main characters Basil and Griffin really where a set of characters that I fell in love with. First off, Basil is a great mentor. He knew what was going on with Griffin and he saved him from it. I like that he k
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at:

Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Griffin Rising introduces us to a race of Earth Angels, or Terrae Angeli, separated from the Celestial Angels in both the powers they possess and in their ability to have free will, thereby rendering them characters capable of making mistakes, their every flaw endearing them to us as we recognize our humanity reflected back at us regardless of their supernatural powers. Though Basil and Griffin ca
Kathy Martin
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Griffin is a young Terrae Angeli (what we know as guardian angels) who lived his first three years with a terrible Mentor who abused and belittled him. When he was 13 Basil became his Mentor and helped him learn to trust again, to use his elements Earth and Fire, and to be a good guardian angel. Then a girl moves in next year and Griffin experiences his first romance. But the evil first Mentor isn't finished with him as he schemes to make him fail his test for angel. Great story and great new my ...more
Maxine Mathew
Terrae Angeli, the angels of earth, act as the guardians of mortal humans. They control the four elements of earth, air, fire and water- using them to save the mortals. Unlike the angels of heaven, they have free will. They can make choices just like humans which can be for good or bad. Griffin is one of them.

Thirteen year old, Griffin, is stuck with a cruel and an unforgiving mentor, Nicopolis. Just when he was on the verge of giving up, Griffin is taken away from Nicopolis as an apprentice to
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. It sounded like an interesting concept- a young angel training to become a full blown guardian angel, while also trying to navigate life as a regular 16 year old. The book started out slow for me- it jumped from the present to 3 years in the past and back a few times. Those leaps lost me a bit at first, I found myself flipping back and forth to make sure I knew where I was and who I was reading about. Especially given that Griffin refers to both Nicopolis and Basil as men ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Holy crap, Batman! I don’t know where Darby Karchut has been (actually I do, I read the author info) but I can tell you, she is a welcome addition to the world of young adult writing! Her first-in-a-series novel Griffin Rising was a fantastic read that had me hooked at page one of the prologue.

Griffin Rising is a novel that follows Griffin (DUH!), a young Tiro or apprentice who is learning the skills necessary to serve the world as a Terrae Angeli or guardian angel. This particular caste of ang
Griffin has many of the same troubles as other 16 year-old boys. He's trying to figure out how to deal with the opposite sex, namely his girlfriend, Katie. He has to work with a body that is going through changes, as well as trying to figure out his place in the world. Also, as the fall semester comes to an end, Griffin is facing his final exam, one that might just kill him.

Griffin is not a typical teenager. He's part of a race called Terrae Angeli (literally, "Earth Angels"). Griffin is an app
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: debut-authors
I was approached a few months back by the author to read and review Griffin Rising on my blog. Up until that point I had not even heard of this book. I'm really glad that the author approached me, if she hadn't I might have missed out on a PHENOMENAL debut YA novel. Griffin Rising is what my co-workers and I refer to as Awesome Sauce. Let's put it this way, the "Awesome Sauce" list is REALLY short....The Hunger Games trilogy, No Mercy, Mercy Kill and Griffin Rising are it.

What I really liked abo
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
wristband giveaway and full review at

Griffin Rising was a surprisingly enjoyable debut about the use of free agency and overcoming an abusive past. It's a mixture of action, myth and young romance perfect for middle grade to young adult readers. Angel in training Griffin is 13 years old and stuck with an evil mentor, Nicoplolis who has less than orthodox training methods. Like all Tarrae Angeli, Nicopolis is bound to earth, and has the right to choose, bu
Beverly McClure
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Would you like to have a guardian angel watching over you? If so, then curl up in your favorite reading spot and enter the world of Griffin, a Tiro or Terrae Angelus in training, and his Mentor Basil, Terrae Angelus. “Terrae Angeli exist only to serve as guardians to man.” They are earthbound. They have free will, like man. Their powers align to the Four Elements: Wind and Water, Earth and Fire. Like man, they also can be destroyed.

Griffin begins his training to become a Terrae Angelus under Nic
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Have you ever wondered if there are angels among us? Guardian angels, who help us during all those times we get into trouble? If it seems like a miracle that you survived a bad car accident, maybe it was.

And what if one of those angels looked like a sixteen-year-old boy and lived across the street?

Griffin is an apprentice angel, still hoping to earn his wings (figuratively speaking – this type of angel does not have actual wings). His gifts are fire and earth, and his curse is a mentor named Nic
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for

According to The Manuscript of Aidan, Abbot of Kellsfarne, written in 1144, there are nine known classes of angels. However, he suggests that there may be another group: the Terrae Angeli. The members of this group may be a Sage, a Guardian, a Mentor, or a Tiro. They serve human beings as guardian angels, and they can die.

When Basil is assigned to take over the Mentorship of a thirteen-year-old Tiro, he is appalled to find that the previous Ment
Annie McElfresh
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
My Thoughts:

This novel really grew on me. I've read a lot of angel books this year, but GRIFFIN RISING was unlike any of the other angel YA novels I've read lately. The main character suffered throughout a lot of abuse from his first mentor Nicopolis in the beginning of the novel. Basil couldn't have come into the picture soon enough and saved Griffin from his current situation. It kind of reminded me of the 3rd Karate Kid movie for some reason, where the mentor was out to purposely hurt his pup
C. McKenzie
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Darby Karchut will give you a good laugh and a good read. Griffin is an engaging character and Finn is wonderful. Follow their journey as Griffin learns the about being an angel and Finn learns about all things Griffin. Enter their world and enjoy.
Terry Johnson
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved the action in this story! Great debut! Will be looking to read more from this author.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Review coming.

I have two words for this book: Soul Food!

Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Darby's debut book, Griffin Rising. I liked that Darby owns her mythology, as she takes a popular topic and recreated it by giving it a unique spin. Her angel mythology, lore and history especially with the Terra Angeli, really make her story appealing.

Darby's writing style fit the story and I felt it flowed well, as the story starts out in the present and then goes back three years and is mixed with journal entries from Griffin and Basil. In do
Katieb (MundieMoms)
"I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Darby's debut book, Griffin Rising. I liked that Darby owns her mythology, as she takes a popular topic and recreated it by giving it a unique spin. Her angel mythology, lore and history especially with the Terra Angeli, really make her story appealing.

Darby's writing style fit the story and I felt it flowed well, as the story starts out in the present and then goes back three years and is mixed with journal entries from Griffin and Basil. In
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start off by saying that this was a very good read. It was fresh and unique. I love supernatural stories, and this one wasn't your typical Vampire or Werewolf novel which seems to be all the rage these days. Now don't get me wrong I love me a good Vampire or Shifter novel, but Karchut's take on Angels that walk amongst us is something I haven't seen in a while and not only was it well written, but it also made me want to delve deeper into Angelic lore on my own. That alone is a pleas ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
In Griffin Rising we meet Griffin, the namesake of the story. He’s a young angel-in-training living with a cruel Terrae Angeli mentor. He beats him, starves him, verbally torments him, you name it. I don’t actually remember now how it came about that he left the cruel mentor and got Basil as his mentor but that was his saving grace. Basil is kind, fair, and patient, which is exactly what Griffin needs to help him overcome his past. Together they work hard on Griffin’s training and prepare him fo ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Griffin is an angel in training, and he's on his way to great things. However, no matter how far he reaches or to what new heights he reaches, Griffin can't forget the torment of his first mentor, Nicopolis. Terra Angeli have the gift of free will, and Nicopolis used his to torment and tear Griffin down. His new mentor, Basil, however is a perfect complement to Griffin and the two are finally reaching their stride when a new family moves in across the street with a girl that catches Griffin's ey ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apr-2011, ebooks
**Be sure to check out the signed copy giveaway on my blog.You have until April 15, 2012 to enter!!


I was so very excited to finally get my hands on this one. First off this was my first ebook, read on my new Ereader. And this was my very first ARC copy given to me by an author for review...thank you so much Darby! And? I am bouncing right now. I so, so, so loved this book! All I can say is, Darby Karchut, where were you when I was 14? This is an awesome mi
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

A very promising debut. There are pros and cons with both writing style and plot but there’s something in the characters that makes me anticipate the next book’s release.

I love the archetypical hero’s story. It’s what makes me love stories like Harry Potter and Eragon. Griffin is an earth-angel who is realizing the heart of his situation: human versus angel. While he struggles to figure out the balance, he’s haunted by a jaded past. His s
This was a really heartwarming book! Darby Karchut's debut novel is not only about Guardian Angels, but on a deeper level it seems to be about the journey of self discovery. Griffin's story had me wiping my eyes at times and laughing out loud at others. The story chronicles Griffin's journey from the tragic start of his apprenticeship as a Terrae Angeli or Guardian Angel to his final test, the Prolieum. I am a huge fan of Angel-themed books and this one is fantastic! It was a fresh take on Guard ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won a free paperback copy of 'Griffin Rising' through a blog giveaway. I was in no way compensated for this review.

'Griffing Rising' follows Griffin, a teen who is actually a Terrae Angeli (guardian angel capable of manipulating earth and fire). As a boy, he is trained by the sadistic and abusive Nicopolis, who beats him and starves him whenever Griffin fails one of his tasks. Eventually, Nicopolis gets so frustrated with Griffin's performance that the boy is shipped off to Basil to continue h
Between the Covers
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Christin for Between the Covers

A lot of angel books have flooded the market recently, and hence there is a risk of stories becoming repetitive. However, in Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut found a way to make the story of a young guardian angel both original and enjoyable.

Griffin has been training for years to pass his Proelium and become a guardian angel. His early years were anything but easy; he was forced to endure harsh conditions set by a cruel Mentor. But all of that changes when
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Griffin Rising is one of those books that takes you by surprise. I am so grateful to be a part of this blog tour hosted by AToMR. As I read this ARC I was completely blown away. As most of you readers know I love Angel stories. I love how things are real for them. They experience the good with the bad. Life is like that nothing is easy and fair and life definitely is not a bowl of cherries. In Griffin Rising we meet Griffin who is an angel in training called Terrae Angeli. The Terrae Angeli cont ...more
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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. 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 is busy wrangling words.
Her middle grade book, DEL TORO MOON, was a Colorado Book Award Winner and a Moonbeam Children's Silver Award Winner

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