Google+ Reading Teen: Review and Giveaway! Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles #1: The Brimstone Key by Derek Benz and Jon S. Lewis

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review and Giveaway! Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles #1: The Brimstone Key by Derek Benz and Jon S. Lewis

Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 7, 2010)
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  • Series: The Clockwork Chronicles (There is another series of Grey Griffins books, but it's not necessary to read them to enjoy this series) 

A brand new adventure starring The Grey Griffins!
Max---the leader
Natalia---the brains
Ernie---the changeling
Harley---the muscle

A year ago, the Grey Griffins were just regular kids from Avalon, Minnesota. That was before they learned about the existence of evil fairies, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. Now they are monster-hunters, celebrated heroes, and allies to the legendary Templar knights---but even heroes have to go to school.

When the Griffins enroll at Iron Bridge Academy, a school to train young recruits in the fight against the forces of evil, they find themselves at the center of a whole new adventure. The Clockwork King, a Templar foe from days past, has returned to finish the plan he set in motion decades ago. A plot to steal the souls of changelings---humans infused with fairy blood and supernatural abilities---in order to power his army of clockwork war machines.

In The Brimstone Key, authors Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis deftly blend the mystical wonder of steampunk with magic and adventure to create an action-packed thrill ride.

I was so excited to receive a copy of The Brimstone Key for review from the authors!  I mean, just look at that cover!  And I love to read books for this age with my two younger kids, and this book seemed to be right up all of our alleys!  I mean, Steampunk, changelings, and Clockwork creatures....for kids?  What's not to love?

This book continues the adventures of Max, Ernie, Natalia, and Harley, the group of young kids called The Grey Griffins, but I didn't feel lost having not read the earlier books.  This is a new series, and a new adventure for the kids.  I really loved all the different facets of this story.  There are so many different elements that it would be difficult to explain them all to you.  I personally enjoyed the fantasy elements.  The fairies, the changelings, the clockwork creatures, and the monsters.  I'm intrigued by the codex, which is a book that Max is just beginning to understand how to use.  I can't wait to see what happens in the future books, to see how Max develops as a hero.  I think Max had to be my favorite character in the book.  I just really liked him a lot!

I think this book has so much in it that will relate to all kind of kids, tweens, teens and even adults.  I know my son loved the fact that the Griffins used Round Table cards to play games, almost like Pokemon cards, only these cards took on a three-dimensional role, when the kids played the game with special goggles.  He also loved the Clockwork creatures.  Especially the giant Dreadnaught!  My daughter really enjoyed the magical aspect of the book.  Like me she loves fairies and changelings.  Ernie (a changeling) was her favorite character.  

With adventure, mystery, fantasy, friendship, and the possibility of death and destruction around every turn, The Brimstone Key is a must read for any book lover!

 If you'd like to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Brimstone Key, head over to Reading Tween and read Reagan's review!  She's giving away a copy of the book on their blog! (US and Canada only)


  1. This books sounds great! Heading over now! Thanks!!

  2. I bought this book for my library. (I'm a school librarian) I think my kids will love it. :) Thanks for the review.


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