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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!

Big Trouble...

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

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Amazing second book!

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.*

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  • Jan
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  • 08-04-15

(Jake and) the Gryphon,the trickster,and the tree

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!

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Go to Norway, and take this book with you!

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.

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Entertaining story brimming with life lessons!

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.

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cool😎😎😋😘😍

ok I love this book a lot it is good for ages 8and up red it 📖📖📕

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delightful

it was very entertaining and easy to follow. I enjoyed it very much. pure ear candy.

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good story. Author needs to learn Norse mythology

Enjoyed the story. It was very distracting that the Norse mythology was so inaccurate and the pronunciations of the myths were so off.

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good

I am 10 and personaly liked the story very much. I liked the characters and the plot.
I would like to tell the characters and who i liked the most but I dont want to spoil the story...
Well...good listening

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  • Rebecca
  • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States
  • 02-28-17

boring.

struggled to listen past the third chapter. found it really boring and hard to listen to. I usually listen to books in the car and this made me tired and sleepy.

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We are hooked on this series

My husband and i listened to the first 2 audiobooks. Now downloading the 3rd one.
We love the stories and the narration is spectacular. We have been telling our patients to always read and suggested few books to them. Always happy to see them bringing books to office and bragging about their AR points.
The books are well written. I would rank mr dupont along with the incredible jim dale ( harry potter books, star catcher series, etc) the 39 clues David pitu.

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  • Heather S
  • 01-02-17

Giants & Dwarfs

Enjoyed the book , the discriptions were great. Hopefully Red will be well soon ready for the next adventure.