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This irresistible first novel tells the story 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.

Max Sumner and his three best friends, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia--who form the secret club The Grey Griffins--seem to be the only people in their very normal Minnesota town to notice that strange things have started to happen. When creatures like goblins and fairies and unicorns, all characters from a card game the Grey Griffins play, begin to make appearances in Max's backyard, Max and his friends know something is terribly wrong. And it's up to them to stop the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town-indeed, their world.

Review:

"Collectible card game mania drives this first entry in the Grey Griffins fantasy series. Eleven-year-old Max and his three friends constitute a tight-knit club called the Grey Griffins, with an enthusiasm for a card game called Round Table. When a Slayer goblin, a villain from the game, appears to Max and attacks him, he flees and, in the process, discovers a hidden room filled with books. One of the volumes turns out to be the Codex Spiritus, which holds 'perhaps one of the greatest secrets the world has ever known.' By opening the book, Max unleashes a spriggan, a mischievous shape-shifting creature-and soon other characters from the game begin to appear in the real world, leading to a battle with Morgan LaFey and the Shadow King. One of the more interesting characters is Iver, an odd fellow who owns the antique shop where they play Round Table, and who clearly knows more about what is going on with Max and the book. A mysterious connection between Iver and Max's grandfather adds a note of mystery to a tale that otherwise focuses on action. The authors borrow from both Arthurian legend and faerie lore to build their setting; though it can feel jumbled and incoherent at times, the backdrop exudes its own childlike enchantment, much like the card game at the story's center. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Filled with scares, surprises, and loads of fun, this fantastic page-turner begins the saga of four friends who form a secret club called the Grey Griffins, and find themselves caught up in the dangerous quest to save their town when the wicked creatures from a card game come to life.

About the Author

Derek Benz

Born in the wrong place, and unquestionably the wrong time, Derek spent most of his early years trying to figure out where he was and why he was different than everyone else. By the age of five, he had stumbled upon the answer: the rest of humanity was really nothing more than an elaborate hoax of cleverly disguised robots, and he was the only real human among them. Having overcome that mystery, he set out with other young members of the Grey Griffins (a super-secret club) to protect the world from darkness and bring about a better world through friendship, wit, and superbly-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

He's climbed volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, fished for sharks in the North Atlantic, scandalized the Cathedral of Barcelona, been mauled by an angry kitten off the coast of Turkey, narrowly avoided being blown up outside Belfast, learned the meaning of defenestration in France, and even jumped off a few cliffs in Greece. His interests spanned a wide spectrum: archaeology, linguistics, mythology, cosmology, conspiracy theory, religion and a host of others. At the same time, he managed to catapult himself to the top of his game in a Fortune 100 company doing what some idly speculated to be nothing less than international computer espionage.

But there was always the desire to change the world around him. And since the age of fifteen, he had become obsessed with writing as a means to this end. Year after year, he labored to prefect his craft, until he felt the time was right. In 2000, he teamed up with J.S. Lewis and with an eye to the stars, they launched The Revenge of the Shadow King.

Benz met and married his lovely wife in sunny Arizona, where they enjoy researching ancient civilizations and studying theology.

J. S. Lewis

Born early enough to remember rotary phones, typewriters, and the glory years of Atari, J.S. Lewis has lived a rather obscure life in the shadows of many nearly famous people.

A member of the Grey Griffins (a secret club of courageous children who have vowed to save the world from evil overlords, alien invasions and brussel sprouts), Lewis grew up in the heartland of America. Yearning to become a marine biologist, but perplexed by the lack of exotic saltwater marine life in Iowa and Minnesota, he headed west. Sadly, his quest for the sea ended too soon, stranding him in the blustering desert of Arizona, where dreams of discovering new breeds of ferocious sharks were all but destroyed.

So it was, dejected and wandering like a drifting vagabond, that Lewis explored an eclectic career that would include news reporting, radio producing, animation, multi-media design, mural painting, speech writing, video game development and marketing.

Ever searching for new forms of creative expression, Lewis and boyhood friend Derek Benz sought to make their indelible mark through the written word. Thus from that collaboration was penned the novel The Revenge of the Shadow King.

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Ryan Kanter, November 30, 2010 (view all comments by Ryan Kanter)
“The Revenge of the Shadow King has all the ingredients that make for a great fantasy. I was hooked on the first page,” Jenny Nimmo, author of the Charlie Bones series states. This book will reach out to all children who wish to live a life of fairytales and adventure. Benz and Lewis have done a phenomenal job capturing such a remarkable fantasy and kept the readers mind wondering. From the minute you pick this book up to the time you put it down, the magic will never end. Max Sumner and his three best friends create a club named the Grey Griffins, in which they would meet and play a simple card game. This remarkable page turner begins when Max Sumner accidently unleashes a magical creature called a “Spriggan” from a book he found in his grandmother’s attic. Following this all the creatures from the card game are released and sent to wreak havoc on their small town. The book then takes off on a magical plot twisting adventure of a lifetime that will leave the reader breathless and craving more. I specifically really enjoyed how the authors made not-so-average and fantasized events more realistic and believable. If you’re one to daydream and want to fulfill that hidden fantasizing side of you, I’d recommend picking up this fascinating read.
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kendrick6199, November 6, 2007 (view all comments by kendrick6199)
I loved reading the book "The Revenge of The Shadow King." I kinda sends tingles down my spine.;-)
What I wanna know is when is there gonna be a part 2 to this book cause I will definitely buy it. I hope Max's and his freind aventures are far from over. ;-)
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tohru_luv, February 3, 2007 (view all comments by tohru_luv)
Vary disapointing. I found the book exstemly childish, which ruind the adventure. This is the first time i'v read a book by j.s. lewis, and im not sure about reading others, after my exspiriance with this.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439795746
Author:
Benz, Derek
Publisher:
Orchard Books
Author:
Lewis, J. S.
Author:
Lewis, John S.
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Grey Griffins
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20060301
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Collectible card game mania drives this first entry in the Grey Griffins fantasy series. Eleven-year-old Max and his three friends constitute a tight-knit club called the Grey Griffins, with an enthusiasm for a card game called Round Table. When a Slayer goblin, a villain from the game, appears to Max and attacks him, he flees and, in the process, discovers a hidden room filled with books. One of the volumes turns out to be the Codex Spiritus, which holds 'perhaps one of the greatest secrets the world has ever known.' By opening the book, Max unleashes a spriggan, a mischievous shape-shifting creature-and soon other characters from the game begin to appear in the real world, leading to a battle with Morgan LaFey and the Shadow King. One of the more interesting characters is Iver, an odd fellow who owns the antique shop where they play Round Table, and who clearly knows more about what is going on with Max and the book. A mysterious connection between Iver and Max's grandfather adds a note of mystery to a tale that otherwise focuses on action. The authors borrow from both Arthurian legend and faerie lore to build their setting; though it can feel jumbled and incoherent at times, the backdrop exudes its own childlike enchantment, much like the card game at the story's center. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Filled with scares, surprises, and loads of fun, this fantastic page-turner begins the saga of four friends who form a secret club called the Grey Griffins, and find themselves caught up in the dangerous quest to save their town when the wicked creatures from a card game come to life.
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