The Flight of the Griffin by C.M. Gray
I won this book in a giveaway! Thank You! This is my honest review.
Pardigan, Quint, Loras and Tarent live on an abandoned ship, the Griffin. Pardigan is a twelve-year-old thief. Quint is the oldest and the captain of their vessel. “Loras had once been apprenticed to a magician, but the old boy had died before passing on much of his craft.” Tarent is lazy but nice and the boys' storyteller. Pardigan steals a magical knife and a shape shifter follows the boys. Among the things Pardigan stole from the merchant is a magic book of challenges. “‘The Book of Challenges’ was written a long time ago, by a magician who foresaw a time in the future when this planet would need to be set on another course. The reality you all take for granted is set in a fine balance between Chaos and Order.” Mahra, the shape shifter asks if they want to take up the quest to find three crystal skulls. The book names the boys Magician, Thief, The Leader (Fighter) and the Priest. “You are the soldiers for Order, you must complete the challenges to finish the spell and stop the world from slipping further and further into the control of Chaos and the dark days of true evil.” A demon, magician and the merchant follow the boys to stop them from their quest. This is a wonderful, imaginative adventure story and I was really loving it. The writing is really good and Mr. Gray paints such a pretty picture, I was immediately entranced. My only criticism would be that the middle of the story was dragging a bit and I didn't connect as much with the characters as I would like. They were a bit one-dimensional. I really liked the action bits the best. Mahra is pretty funny as a cat. 4 stars.