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Scourge: A Grim Doyle Adventure (Grim Doyle Adventures #1)

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Two dads, five siblings, and goggles! Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings must discover who is trying to kill them wit ...more
Published November 2nd 2010 by Stonehenge Press
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David Burton
Nov 03, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it. :)
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Some books, you just have to read a few lines and you know you’re going to be hooked. David H Burton's Scourge is one of those books. Grimwald has two dads, multiple siblings only one of whom he’s related to, and the most amazing house, but that’s only the start. Grimwald has character and skill and wisdom too, as the story reveals.

The author has skill too and describes world and characters with satisfyingly child-centered images—a girl whose hair Grim’s aunt would almost certainly pounce on wit
(Cross-posted to my sci-fi blog, Android Dreamer)

David H. Burton's Scourge has pretty much everything going for it that it needs to be great in science fiction and fantasy: strong characters, creative world building, interesting fantasy races, strong writing, solid dialogue, and something interesting to bring to the table. And if one were to judge a book by its cover, this would win every award. It is a lovely looking book. This sounds like the beginning of something great, but unfortunately it
Karen Syed
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Highly
Shelves: kids, steampunk
Two dads, five siblings, and goggles! Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with th ...more
Guido Henkel
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading a good number of middle-grade and earlier books and chapter books and came across some pretty cool material in some of these books. Nonetheless, “Scourge” immediately stood out for me.

Not only did the book immediately catch my attention with its vivid writing and immediate promise of a marvelous world, but more importantly, it became obvious from the start that author David H. Burton takes his young audience very seriously. There is none of that scholarly tone anywhere in the
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scourge is the first Middle Grade book that I've read in quite a long time and it was my very first steampunk ever, and I gotta say, I was impressed. The story grabs you pretty quickly and the children find themselves in a whole new world. A world with dirigibles and mushrooms that attack! I loved the way Burton built up this world and described things to you while engaging you with the characters at the same time. I really enjoyed how the story was moving on and you didn't feel as if you were r ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here's a great middle grade offering, and a steampunk adventure tale to boot! This is a story with something to offer everyone- intrigue, technology, drama, family issues and squabbles, comedy, the list goes on and on.

Grim's life isn't normal, by his measurement- he has two dads, a somewhat tyrannical aunt (that's ahhhhhnt, not ant like the bug, and don't you forget it), many adopted siblings, and lives, in his estimation, in the middle of a three-ring circus. Things become even more wild when G
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love the cover to this book. It was designed by the author, David H. Burton. So not only did he write a great book but he also designed a fabulous cover. He is a man of many talents. This story focuses around Grim Doyle. Grim's grown up in a house with five other kids. Each one with their own distinct personality. Things are relatively normal until a mysterious stranger appears, cloaked beings attack and a family secret is revealed. Suddenly Grim and his family are thrown into a world that the ...more
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm not a steampunk-person, I don't dislike it, but I haven't read many steampunk books (just Clockwork Angel and now Scourge). That being said, I really enjoyed Scourge. I think of it more as fantasy along the lines of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Lord of the Rings. It's a great middle grade children's fantasy that will fascinate older audiences as well.

I quickly liked the character of Grim, he's inquisitive, wants to get away from his siblings but has a wonderful side to him as wel
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
David Burton's book, Scourge: A Grim Doyle Adventure (Volume 1), is the first in a series of steampunk fantasy books for young children. The book begins with Grim Doyle, his five adopted siblings (one of whom is his birth sister), their two fathers, and a cranky old nanny. The story is slow at first but quickly begins to accelerate when the family finds itself back from the world they orginally fled from and which the children have no memory.

Thrust into a world they know nothing about and hiding
Maurice Alvarez
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was first drawn to this book by its creative and eye-catching cover. But it was the flowing writing style and interesting characters that kept me reading. David does a very good job of getting into the minds of children and seeing the world through their eyes, especially when they jump to conclusions due to their naivete. I admit that I found that frustrating until I remembered that it's a book for kids :). My children were as taken in by the misleading clues as the protagonists. Each child in ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
A fun romp through a steampunk world, this book felt a little like "steampunk Harry Potter" to me...and that was a good thing. Grim, as our chief protagonist, often makes the decision to take matters into his own hands rather than letting things happen to him. He loves his brothers and sisters, no matter how difficult they make his life. Both of these qualities make him a character you delight in rooting for. I love the different personalities and strengths the siblings have and how they learn t ...more
Caleb Blake
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
This was a great little story. The plot was full of adventure, twists and turns, portentious character revelations, mysterious powers and absinth.

I could quite easily see this developed into a family movie a la Golden Compass.

The story leaves things open for a sequel and I'm sure I'll be in the line to purchase it if it arrives.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This story is a fast paced, exciting journey into a mechanical world. My children, aged 7 and 10, absolutely loved reading this. My 10 year old loved it so much he bought the paperback copy and read it twice; faster than his 7 y/o sister could keep up. I highly recommend this book. It offers a different family view, which I think is great. It's a wonderful 'family' read!
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
original post here

Grim Doyle is a story of adventure, fantasy, and family - steampunk style.

A new steampunk novel for kids. This is a kind of book I recommend that adults read to their their kids. Aside from the fight scenes, there are aspects too that kids might get vague. Steampunk is not really a popular idea to children now. And it's always nice to have a book that is good for sharing between children and parents.

For my second attempt at steampunk, this one went well. The descriptions are vi
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to more in the series. My only problems came from a couple spots that seemed to jump abruptly. I felt like I was missing something. It was definitely a case of showing without telling, which broke the story up awkwardly. My other complaint is when anyone spoke about the orphans and inevitably said something like "We don't want our servan...erm.. orphans, to find out." It happened too often, and lost it's humour after the first time.

Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be both entertaining and a delight to read. There were times I was nearly rolling in the floor with laughter, that is when I wasn't biting my nails wondering what was going to happen next!

This was the first book I've read of Burton's, but I'm certainly looking forward to more!
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Nice, well wrote and enjoyable middle grade read. Full review to come.
Joey Woolfardis
Feb 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nothing particularly bad about it, I just didn't like the way it was written. Probably just too young for me to really get in to.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This one is a mixed bag.

On the one hand, Burton explodes a fireworks of ideas, strange places, bizarre objects and ludicrous characters. The action begins almost right away, and the book takes fifty pages before the reader can catch her breath. This is tremendous fun, and since it is also written in a polished style, it first looks like this will be a fantastic book.

There are strange slips, however, when Burton forgets that he hasn't mentioned something yet, and then refers to it as if he had. T
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth, ebook
"Scourge" is an enjoyable read. I really pleases me to say that. It's a rollicking adventure, with twists that I did't see coming. The land of Verne is an exciting place, with a wide variety of story-telling possibilities, and I think Burton has only scratched the surface here. Later in the review I'm going to use the word rollercoaster to describe it, and I want to make it clear that I use the term in a complimentary way. I would recommend "Scourge" to anyone looking for a quick bite of steam-p ...more
Tim Baer
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
A fairly quick read. The author let the story drag a little in the middle after a fairly fast start. He also made sure that you understood that the children had two gay fathers. If this turns you off, skip this story. I did not see this adding anything to the story in any way--and I can see it seriously detracting from the story for many with more conservative views. It was not a main focal point of the story, and we only briefly met the two fathers. (Their homosexuality is mostly hinted at and ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I came across this book when Kobo sent me a coupon. It was on the limited list of books that could be bought using the coupon. I thought it sounded interesting, having taken a recent interest in the steampunk genre, so I paid for it. Before I even started reading it, I ran across the book for free at I was a little sad that I had just paid for it when it was free on another site, so I messaged David (the author) about it and he sent me 5 other books for free to my email. What a swel ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Scourge is the first book in an enjoyable Steampunk/Fantasy series. The story starts out slow as the main character, Grimwald Doyle, introduces his siblings, his two Dads and what a day is like in the Doyle house. Life is unpredictable and even more so, when one afternoon The Unseen arrive and force Grim and his family to flee to another land where things aren't always as they seem.

Although, this book is geared towards 9-12 year olds, I feel the younger ones may find it difficult to understand
Tomáš Slapnička
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The fantasy setting of this world mixes steampunk-like technology with supernatural powers and a parade of creatures of various fantasy races. Between the hectic chain of events at the beginning, followed by a slowdown and an introduction of more characters then I could remember, I kept craving more depth throughout the whole book. Depth to the characters and more depth to the workings of the world itself. I know it's a kids book, but I'd like to think they could handle it.

I mean, I could not ev
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wattpad
Right from the first page I was hooked !!!
The story was going in a good pace and it kept at it. Which is why it was a page turner.
This is my first book of steampunk genre and it was hella* interesting to read. It felt like it had the whole story of the steampunk world is believable and it does not sound forced.
I like all the characters, the kids and the other mystical creatures. It was a gem to read. Although my only complain with this book is that it has alot of characters to remember. I mean
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful steampunk adventure book! When Grim(wald) Doyle goes into the attic in order to get some peace and quiet, he finds much more than he bargained for! He is transported to a mysterious land, but must return immediately due to some rather strange goings on! After he returns, his family (his two dads, his Aunt Patrice and his 5 siblings) is attacked by a mysterious group of enemies and are then transported to the strange new world, where in order to protect themselves, they must pretend t ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people obsessed with steampunk visual imagery
A Child's Book Of Steampunk. The cliche steampunk visuals are slathered on thick, some without explanation, and some with explanation that seems mostly contrived to excuse the thick-slathering of the cliche steampunk visuals. Scrape off enough of the clockwork and there is a plot to be found, not bad, not all that original either.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a bit young for me, but I enjoyed the steampunk aspect and the quick adventure. The writing was obvious and left little to the imagination, however the characters were fun and ripe for further development. All in all, a fast and easy break!
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Good book! I enjoyed the fact that it is an original storyline. It's very easy to get sucked into the story and before you know it, you're at the end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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