Book Reviews of The Invisible Road (Grimpow, Bk 1)

The Invisible Road (Grimpow, Bk 1)
The Invisible Road - Grimpow, Bk 1
Author: Rafael Abalos, Noel Baca Castex (Translator)
ISBN-13: 9780385733748
ISBN-10: 0385733747
Publication Date: 10/9/2007
Pages: 512
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com

Rafael Ãbalos' GRIMPOW: THE INVISIBLE ROAD starts out with the discovery of a dead body on a cold winter's day. In other words, it's a sure sign of a dangerous and exciting story, and the novel does not disappoint.

The body turns out to be a nobleman with a saddlebag full of coins, jeweled daggers, and a letter with a strange wax seal of a snake swallowing its own tail. Grimpow, a young thief, finds a stone clenched in the man's hand. He soon realizes that the stone is magical and bestows on him strange powers, such as the ability to read in all languages and to see visions. The first thing he reads is the cryptic message of the letter. As a rule of thumb, an extraordinary object is always sought after by the worse sort of people. It soon becomes apparent that others are searching for the stone and the letter. With the help of new and old friends, Grimpow not only has to avoid capture but also unravel its secrets.

Set in the early fourteenth century, this novel is a blend of fantasy and history. I really liked that Rafael Ãbalos actually took the time to describe what things looked like at the time and to explain some medieval beliefs and superstitions. The book never feels rushed, and its slower pace also makes it easier to keep track of the characters who move in and out of Grimpow's quest. However, there is little chance that the readers will get bored.

Fans of THE DA VINCI CODE and medieval lore will love this book. It contains, but is not limited to, the Knights Templar, jousts, battles, cryptograms, alchemy, and secret societies. There are several illustrations in the book. While it may be hard to put the book down, it is fun to stop reading and try to figure out the riddles by yourself or even with a few friends.

While a little gory, GRIMPOW: THE INVISIBLE ROAD is a fun and thrilling read. And may even inspire an interest in history!
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book. Slow at the beginning because it has to give lots of details to make the book understandable, but when it picks up is excitement non stop.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed most of this book. I enjoyed the story, characters, scenery, etc. What I didn't enjoy was the repetition many parts of this book. You read what is going on in the book and then when the character reflects on what he went through, it goes through pages of them telling you what you just read. I found myself skipping through pages just to get to where it left off at. I feel it could of been 100 pages less than what it was. Also, when it came to solving the puzzles, it was a little drawn out. I enjoyed the book otherwise and would recommend it.
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Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com

Rafael Ãbalos' GRIMPOW: THE INVISIBLE ROAD starts out with the discovery of a dead body on a cold winter's day. In other words, it's a sure sign of a dangerous and exciting story, and the novel does not disappoint.

The body turns out to be a nobleman with a saddlebag full of coins, jeweled daggers, and a letter with a strange wax seal of a snake swallowing its own tail. Grimpow, a young thief, finds a stone clenched in the man's hand. He soon realizes that the stone is magical and bestows on him strange powers, such as the ability to read in all languages and to see visions. The first thing he reads is the cryptic message of the letter. As a rule of thumb, an extraordinary object is always sought after by the worse sort of people. It soon becomes apparent that others are searching for the stone and the letter. With the help of new and old friends, Grimpow not only has to avoid capture but also unravel its secrets.

Set in the early fourteenth century, this novel is a blend of fantasy and history. I really liked that Rafael Ãbalos actually took the time to describe what things looked like at the time and to explain some medieval beliefs and superstitions. The book never feels rushed, and its slower pace also makes it easier to keep track of the characters who move in and out of Grimpow's quest. However, there is little chance that the readers will get bored.

Fans of THE DA VINCI CODE and medieval lore will love this book. It contains, but is not limited to, the Knights Templar, jousts, battles, cryptograms, alchemy, and secret societies. There are several illustrations in the book. While it may be hard to put the book down, it is fun to stop reading and try to figure out the riddles by yourself or even with a few friends.

While a little gory, GRIMPOW: THE INVISIBLE ROAD is a fun and thrilling read. And may even inspire an interest in history!