Flight of the Griffin - C. M. Gray -
Flightof the Griffin by author C. M. Gray is a wonderful adventure for young teens but I found it fine for all ages. It is the end times for the world, and the tale opens when Pardigan, the boy- thief, steals a knife and a book from a merchant’s locked cabinet and sets the events into motion. Quint, the leader of his group of friends is the strongest and is a fighter. Loras is the boy-magician whose master died before Loras could learn what he needed to know and who’s magic never works right. Tarent is a dreamer, a storyteller and he keeps the other boys’ spirits up when times are hard. Orphans all, they live on the abandoned boat, The Griffin.
Along with the knife and other loot from the merchant’s house, Pardigan has also gained a strange, magical talking cat named Mahra. This cat who changes back and forth from a girl, to an owl, to a cat, depending on her mood, knows how to unlock the secrets of the magical knife and book. They do as they are told to and become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter, four heroes with a task to right the balance of the world which must have equal amounts of Order and Chaos. They have been chosen to be the Soldiers for Order and to oppose Chaos in a quest that pits them against magic, demons and ‘The Hawk,’ an evil hunter of men.
I really like the way the four boys are real – they are written as boys are, unfinished and not quite men yet, but the promise of their adulthood is there in each of them. Mahra is an old soul (literally hundreds of years old) and is written as such, but she is also young in many ways.
The travels and adventures the boys and Mahra have are well written and believable. The scenery and the backgrounds against which the tale takes place are rich and yet not overdone. I would recommend this book to anyone who simply loves a good adventure.