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NY Times and USA Today best-selling author E. G. Foley presents The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventure novels that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids!
Reunited with his aristocratic magical relatives, and finally getting used to his own supernatural powers, orphaned ex-pickpocket Jake Everton, the young Lord Griffon, travels on his first-ever holiday to beautiful Norway. There, at an amazing (steampunk!) Invention Convention, his cousin Archie, the boy genius, plans to unveil his marvelous new flying machine to the scientific world.
But legends of the Viking Age die hard in Scandinavia. Danger strikes as famous Victorian scientists start mysteriously disappearing. When Archie vanishes, too, Jake races to the rescue. With the help of his trusty pet Gryphon, he tracks the kidnapper to his lair-only to come face-to-face with an angry Norse giant!
From the whimsical steampunk oddities of the Invention Convention to wondrous worlds of Norse mythology, join Jake and his friends on a giant-sized adventure full of hair-raising dangers and big laughs!
©2013 E.G. Foley (P)2014 E.G. Foley
Let's just talk about the awesomeness that is the narrator! Take a minute to bow down to his super powers ;) He is fan-freaking-tastic!! The amount of different voices he can do is phenomenal. It felt like I was listening to an audio that had multiple narrators, he is that good!!
Now onto the book. I didn't think this would top book 1, but it did!! This had so much going on that it's impossible not to love. I mean, first and foremost we have the stunningly beautiful setting that is Norway! It's a beautiful place and the authors capture that perfectly. Then we have the Norse mythology! I love mythology, no matter where it's from but most of the mythology is Greek or Roman Gods, so it was nice to see the Norse Gods have their turn.
We have giants, well one giant to start, Snorri! We have Yggdrasil. Valhalla. We have Odin, Thor and LOKI! Loki, as the trickster god, is up to his usual no good in this, and wants to bring about Ragnarok, but he needs the giants help. Loki will try anything to do it so we see plenty of antics from him! We also have scientists added into the mix! Some of the most famous are mentioned in the story and I absolutely loved that fact! Anyway, add all those together and you get this amazingly addictive read.
Every single character in the book is well written and developed. Jake grows a lot and I loved seeing him take responsibility and try to do the right thing. Snorri was such a great character too. He was hilarious at times and the narrator really brought him to life.
The plot was fast paced and engrossing. As I said, I loved the mythology of it but we still have a great story at the core. Jake and his cousin are willing to do what they can to help Snorri get home and save the day. Snorri isn't the brightest but the boys treat him with respect.
In all, this was an entertaining, laugh out loud, engaging and engrossing read. Right from the start you are pulled into a land of myth and legend, of magic and mayhem and a land that you will fall in love with. It's definitely a series that all ages will enjoy and one that will firmly stay on my favourite shelf. I can not wait to listen to the next one!! Amazing book and an amazing narrator!!
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
An awesome addition to the series! I loved the characters, elements of the story and especially the travels through 'other' lands. It takes fairy tales, myths and legends and shakes them all together. Our friends and some new companions begin on a new, intriguing journey that will have you both cheering for and against our own species (at times). I appreciated that the author noted some of our faults as well as those of the non-humans.
As before, the narrator did a wonderful job giving different voices to the different characters.
I can't wait for the next one!
I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, publisher or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
NORWAY!!! Jake and pals accompany Cousin Archie to the Invention Convention in NORWAY and meet Edison, Bell, and many more inventors. But the best part is all of the legendary Norse that they become involved with. Truly, Librarian Eva, Nordic Pride Worldwide, Nordic Brotherhood, Nordic Gods, and Norse Mythology have got to favor this one! Ja! Whether the reader is 8 or 80, this is a great book to tickle the fancy of we Norsk, followers of Atticus O'Sullivan, Harry Dresden, George R R Martin, or those who need to 'Google This' for all of the fascinating places and personages met here. Of course, there is a Giant, and Loki, and The Norns, and Yggdrasil, and 3 of the 9 worlds. No spoilers, the publisher's summary will give hints.
Jamie must have spent enough time in Minnesota or Decorah to do a creditable job performing the voices, but it is obvious that he is fully engaged in this tale and really enjoys the performance!
What a perfectly wonderful gift this is! Guess what the kids are getting for gifts, too!
Norwegian in a English world!
Jake & The Giant: The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 2 is a fantastic book 2! I am from Norway, and i love that book 2 gives me Norse folklore, AND freaking steam punk! What the "trolls" would you wish for? N o t h i n g! That is it. I loved book 1 and do you know what? Book 2 is MAYBE better! Okay, i am from Norway, but it is not only the Norway things that is fantastic, it is all of the book! E.G. Foley has to be the best author of youth/children books right now! I am just not sure what else i can say to get you to get this other then: GET THIS!
So yeah: Jamie du Pont MacKenzie is back too! i just love the Production! His guiding true this book is at the TOP level of books! His Norwegian English is SPOT ON! How that is possible is weird for me that lives here! 11 hrs and 48 mins feels so short with him, and i am not sure how to do his work better! He is the voice of this series now for me! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
The story was great. I really like this series so far! The jake is such a likable character, who is really very easy to draw inspiration from. This being the second book in this series is very impressive, seeings how usually the second book in a series is usually not nearly as good as the rest, this book pretty much picked up right from where the last one left off. A wonderful adventure. My favorite character Danny was not even in the story that much, but I did not mind because the writer did a good job keeping it interesting by introducing more character that were interesting in there own right and by showing more of the genius boys personality. I would recommend this book to any age of person who likes a good adventure. And the reader did a great job as well. You can tell he put in lots of extra effort for all sorts of sound effects and what not.
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Narration - Jamie du Pont MacKenzie - Really Good!
Jamie is such a terrific storyteller and just perfect for this series. He has lots of character voices, great kid voices, Great Giants, Great Gods, Great Evil Wizard/Bird/God, just really all around terrific job of narration.
This series is just Fun and I'm loving it and I think I like this one even better than the first, so they are getting better as we go. Jake and his cousins, along with Danni and their chaperones are in Norway for the great invention convention where he runs into Loki, the God of mischief. Loki has a devious plan and Jake and his cousins are planted right in the thick of it.
Jake and Archie end up in the land of Giants and help one of the Giants learn some great life lessons of courage and confidence as he tries to save the day and win the heart of the Princess of the Giants. Full of adventure, humor and a few dangerous bits, this is an enjoyable story with lovable characters.
Totally on board for the next in the series.
I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from Audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
I loved the whole book E.G. Foley knows how to write childrens adventure books
when Jake met the Giant for the first time
Jake as always
I loved this book so much I cant wait to get the 3rd one and E.G. Foley sent it to me for a honest review
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