From the imagination of New York Times best-selling author, E.G. Foley, comes Book Three in The Gryphon Chronicles, a rollicking, adventure-filled historical fantasy series that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids.
The Pickpocket Who Inherited a Goldmine
After his harsh beginnings as a rough-and-tumble orphan on the streets of London, Jake Everton takes his rightful place as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers - his personal quest, to follow in his slain parents’ footsteps as a Lightrider in the age-old battle of good versus evil. In the fantastical nooks and crannies of the Victorian Age, Jake and his friends (including his pet Gryphon!) find no shortage of adventure - righting magic-related wrongs, solving supernatural mysteries, and exploring wondrous new worlds.
A Dark Presence…
Something stalks a quaint town in the misty mountains of Wales, attacking humans and magic folk alike. Jake and his friends must get to the bottom of it - and in the land of deep, dwarven mines, the bottom can be very dark, indeed.
"A wonderful novel in the same vein as Harry Potter, full of nonstop action, magical creatures, and the reality that was Queen Victoria’s England." (The Reading Café)
©2013 E.G. Foley (P)2014 E.G. Foley
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This series just gets better and better with each book! It's fast becoming one of my favourites, and indeed, on of my kids favourites!
This one is a bit darker and scarier than the rest but I loved that! Jake finds himself in Wales this time, visiting his mine, when strange things start happening! One thing I love about these books is the settings. The authors manage to pick the perfect setting for each story. This is no different, Wales is a beautiful place, add in a spooky mine, small village and you have a winner!
Jake once again is such an exceptional character. He struggles with a lot of things but always does his best. At first he struggles with his wealth and finds it hard to deal with, but because of his friends, he snaps out of it. The character development from a pickpocket to what he is now is phenomenal.
The plot is, once again, amazing. As I said, it's a bit darker and scarier than the rest but I think it needed to be. Jake always finds himself in trouble so a little scary is needed! Even though it's darker, it doesn't loose its trade mark wit, that I've come to love! We still get the funny, we just have an added tenseness this timw, which makes the story extraordinary.
There isn't a lot more I can say about this without spoiling it, other than if you haven't read these books then you really need to! It has everything an amazing book needs! The authors have really captures my attention and my heart with these books and I can't recommend it enough! From it's fantastical creatures, to it's phenomenal writing, this is a must read for any age!!
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
"The Fantastic Book Portal"
With The Dark Portal: The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 3 E.G. Foley does what i thought was impossible: Be better! I love to see Jake growing up. He is getter older, and with that comes grow up things closer. He now how to see who he can trust or not. Where E.G. Foley hits home run is here: Making Jake grow up, and not be indifferent to what happens around him. E.G. Foley has made me a fan, and with this book he proves something to me. This series is going to be one of my favorite series i heard in my life, and i am happy E.G. Foley made my life better with this series!
And what about Jamie du Pont MacKenzie can i say that i have not said about Jamie du Pont MacKenzie before? Nothing! Again he proves what a gold mine man he is in his voice work, Production and feeling in what he reads. I can't believe Jamie du Pont MacKenzie don't get more work. Here is the best compliment: I would love him to read my book!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
"I love it."
I just love this series more and more as each book is just as good as the last. The characters are so relatable, and the reader was great. Jake is not at all a perfect person, and that's what makes him so great! So easy to like, and Danny is so damn adorable! Gotta love that Irish temper.
"Enjoyable Series with Lovable Characters"
Narration - Jamie du Pont MacKenzie - Really Good!
Jamie is such a terrific storyteller and just perfect for this series. He has lots of great character voices, evil characters, pompous characters and great kid voices.
This series continues to be a Fun listen and I'm still loving it.
In this book, Jake and his cousins, along with Danni are in Wales, to visit his property and his new Gold Mine, but a tragic mining accident ends up being a little bit more than it appears. A dark mysterious specter is causing mayhem and has all the local ghosts in an uproar.
The kids have some entertaining interactions with goblins and pixies and some not so fun battles against gargoyles and an evil wizard.
Full of adventure, humor and a few dangerous bits, this is a really enjoyable series 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.
This is the best book I have read in my life I can't wait for the next book.
I really enjoy ALL the characters and the advantages they all go on.Keep them coming
"not enough words to explain"
What can I say? The narrator is great and the story is awesome. If you want a quirky satifying spin on the victorian era or just a well developed comming of age story with real characters this is a series for you.
"great just great"
Yes I would I'm loving every book and audible version by this author
All of them Jake and his friends especially his Griffen are perfect
Just the Griffen Chronicles and this one is just as great
Another great book in this series I just love it can't wait to listen to the next one
"Where can I get a family of house brownies?"
Jake and friends expect a fine vacation in Wales visiting the family's mining operation. They meet the house brownies, dwarves, faeries, pixies, unicorns, a headless ghost, a local boarding school, and a villainous dead sorcerer. The publisher's summary will give you some basics, and no spoilers in this review. I just want you to know that there is a lot of adventure, magic, suspense, scary stuff, and a few hidden life lessons for the fellow who has had his whole life and world view upended. That would be Jake. He may be 12, but these novels are great for people of all ages. I guarantee that playing the story during a long journey will keep the whole carfull too engaged to squabble!
Again, Jamie's performance brings it all to vivid life with his way of becoming the characters, not just simply narrating this super series.
It was a fun story. The characters have depth and are easy to love. The adventure is that much more exciting when you actually care about the characters. Narrator was great as well.
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