Book Reviews

Hale: The Rise of the Griffins | JK Noble

  • Author: J.K. Noble
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing llc (10 January 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 300 pages

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I haven’t been a big fan of fantasy but, of late, I’ve been receiving quite a few books from the genre. And oh boy! Why was I living under the rock? With my recently finished fantasy read, I am certain that, sometimes, I can step outside of my comfort zone to experiment without meeting any accident.

Hale: The Rise of the Griffins by JK Noble is fantasy fiction set around four nations, diverse cultures, and a multitude of characters. Bayo, a Griffin elder, wants to do everything possible to set his people free. However, his ambitious plans come at the price of sacrificing his family. On the other hand, we have Hale who is confused all along the way about his purpose in life. He is bruised, battered, and defeated after the deaths of his family members. But what remains to be seen is how the 16-year-old will find his way out of the web of lies and deceit.

The book explores multiple themes including family values, betrayal, brotherhood, friendships, and more with subtle finesse. Replete with magic and more human-like elements, this book turns out to be entertaining. While the imagination of the author presents itself through the power-packed storyline, I was surprised by the development of the plot that left me wanting more. The writing surely had some magic for it brings alive the characters and their interactions.

Capable of providing an immersive reading experience to its readers, Hale does a good job at connecting the different worlds altogether. Moreover, the seamless description of the parallel storylines eased me. Despite this, I found it a bit difficult to keep track of several characters. While each of them had a role to play and a story to tell, I found it uneasy to keep up with the pace because of the crowd. Nonetheless, Hale is a story that deserves to be read for its anti-chosen-one story that addresses loss, manipulation, good and bad family relationships, finding one’s path, and dealing with one’s mistakes.

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