Rise of the Gryphon : The Belador Code

  • by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
  • Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne
  • Series: The Belador Code
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the fourth novel of the best-selling Belador paranormal series, Evalle Kincaid must turn her back on the Beladors to protect those she loves, and the world, from annihilation.
To prevent a genocide, Evalle is forced to embrace her destiny...but at what cost?
As an Alterant who fights everything from trolls to demons, Evalle has lived as an outcast among the Beladors, but can now change all that...and find answers to her origins as well. Those answers and a traitor hide within the Medb coven, an enemy poised to destroy the mortal world and all that Evalle holds dear. While her best friends Tzader and Quinn want to help, they have their own conflicts and face unthinkable choices as relationships with the women they love twist in unexpected directions. With time ticking down on a decision that will compel allies to become deadly enemies, Evalle turns to Storm and takes a major step that only complicates matters more when the witchdoctor he's been hunting now stalks Evalle.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

great story; bad narration!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I would suggest reading it for yourself.


What did you like best about this story?

Everything especially the ending it was awesome!


How could the performance have been better?

Find a different narrator preferably Holter Graham.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

To be honest I had a really hard time listening to it. I would have had a hard time putting it down if I'd been reading it.


Any additional comments?

If anyone knows of a version with a different narrator let me know, thanks!
That being said it is an awesome book and I can't wait for the next one!

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- Linda Wiliams

Another exciting installment.

Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Gryphon to be better than the print version?

Usually I love audiobooks. I am able to do chores, drive, whatever and still be entertained by a great story. However, I found Stephen R. Thorne's performance lacking in this case. He took me out of the moment a little too often so in this rare case, I would say the print version was better.


What other book might you compare Rise of the Gryphon to and why?

It is so hard to compare Rise of the Gryphon to anything else I've ever read. The closest I could come to is a television series, Lost Girl, rather than another book. I say this not because the plots are the same, but because the feel sort of it.

Each book of the Baledor series is like watching a season of your favorite television show. You're not just following the main character but the side characters as well. They're just as interesting and strong and just as tied up in the mess but in different ways.

Lost Girl gives you that as well.


What three words best describe Stephen R. Thorne’s voice?

Rather monotone.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Oh yes, toward the end. Someone, though I will not say who so I don't give spoilers, dies. Its so unexpected and unfair but such is life. I cried but hope was still given.


Any additional comments?

The cover mentioned is speaking of the print cover, not the audiobook cover.

First, let's take a moment to admire this cover. How bad ass does Evalle look in this? They say "Don't judge a book by its cover" but this one, I feel, really sets the mood for the book.

You got the mystic purple background which tells you there's some major magical stuff happening within these pages. The great bat winged horse sword that I just salivate over, and then I love the play on the eyes. You have the super hot Evalle and her glowing green eyes and in the sword's blade, you have reflected some creepy beast with the same eyes.

Given all of this, I still had no idea what was going to be coming at me when I opened this book. I am a huge fan of the Baledor series. Each book is like watching an entire season of your favorite television show. I say this because you don't just follow Evalle but Sherrilyn and Dianna introduce you to some absolutely wonderful characters who have their own thoughts and actions. They're not just there to support Evalle, they have their own lives and you want to know what is going down with them.

This series is known for its cliffhanger endings but Book 3 was the first time I didn't put down the book and curse two of my favorite Author Goddesses and demand blood for the next book.

Its hard to talk about this series without giving things away. There are so many twist and turns. But I will say that the story did not go where I thought it was. Dianna and Sherrilyn are masters of upping the ante and making you wonder how Evalle is going to get out of this.

We open the book up on a Beast Championship where magical creatures battle off against each other for sport. Kind of like a dog fight but with supernaturals and lots of magic.

Aside for the sheer entertainment of it, our heroine, Evalle, and her hunky Skinwalker panther, Storm, find out that the Medb - our villains - are offering some very powerful magic to those who can win a place in the ABC (Achilles Beast Championship) and win. What's more, the Medb want five Alterants (such as Evalle) for some unknown reason.

On top of needing for get to the bottom of the ABC and why by Medb are gathering Alterants, Evalle's goddess, Macha, demands that at least five Alterants of her own (after all if the Medb want five, so does she) or she will revoke her offer to claim Alterants as part of her pantheon and, thus, will not protect them.

Think that's bad? Its just the beginning.

Loved this book but now I need the next. This book leaves you both satisfied and wanting at the end. I just need to know what happens next!

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- Bryonna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-30-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.