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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,953 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Derek Benz, J. S. Lewis Narrator: Erik Steele Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grey Griffins Trilogy Release Date:
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Max Summer 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Revenge of the Shadow King has all the ingredients that make for great fantasy. I was hooked from the first page.”

    Jenny Nimmo, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The authors borrow from both Arthurian legend and faerie lore to build their setting…The backdrop exudes its own childlike enchantment, much like the card game at the story’s center.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Erik Steele entices his listeners into this adventurous story of four best friends who struggle to protect their sleepy Minnesota town from the threat of the Shadow King…He presents the four main characters and their personalities with equal flair and differentiation, and incorporates the secondary characters with verve.”


  • “A collectible card game introduces Max and his friends to the battle against ancient evil…Not a bad option for fans of the genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " only read if your reeeeally reeeeeeally bored. it was ok but there are waaaay better books out there. i definatly wouldnt suggest this book, i wont even read it again and i reread like everything. if your looking for a book dont choose this one, choose something like The Host or Princess Academy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/16/2014

    " Sigh. I was disappointed with this book because I think it tried to be too many things for too many audiences. This is another ARC I picked up at work, set for publication in March 2006, and clearly trying to be the next Harry Potter, not just in sales but in plot and character as well. (Tragically the writing is nowhere near as good as JKR.) I did like some of the connections and stretches of imagination the authors came up with, but most of it was trite or it came flying in from left field. (No sense of pacing! So frustrating.) The most disappointing thing for me, though, was the fact that it was set in a small town in Minnesota, but it might as well have been set on moon for all the sense it made. There was a chapel in the gothic style that had "obviously been there for hundreds of years." I mean, that's fine and good in the UK, but Minnesota has only been a state since 1858. Reality kept snapping back my imagination over things like that. Maybe non-native-Minnesotans won't share my issues. Anyway, not a bad young reader (which is, of course, its genre) but it's no Harry Potter. Which is too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valerie | 1/13/2014

    " This is a fun, exciting story for anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julia | 1/7/2014

    " Really Good, not to scary. I think my grandkids would like these also. I really like it when good overcomes evil. "

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About the Author

Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis have been best friends since diapers. They grew up sharing birthday parties, Saturday morning cartoons, comic books and baseball cards, and spent much of their childhood exploring the sprawling woodlands behind Derek’s family farm, which they secretly suspected was enchanted. They are the authors of three previous books featuring The Grey Griffins: The Revenge of the Shadow KingThe Rise of the Black Wolf, and The Fall of the Templar.