Monday, December 6, 2010

The Brimstone Key by Derek Benz and Jon S. Lewis

The Brimstone Key
Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles #1:
by Derek Benz and Jon S. Lewis

Published: June 2010
Genre: Steampunk, YA
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:

A brand new adventure starring The Grey Griffins!
Max---the leader
Natalia---the brains
Ernie---the changeling
Harley---the muscle

A year ago, the Grey Griffins were just regular kids from Avalon, Minnesota. That was before they learned about the existence of evil fairies, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. Now they are monster-hunters, celebrated heroes, and allies to the legendary Templar knights---but even heroes have to go to school.

When the Griffins enroll at Iron Bridge Academy, a school to train young recruits in the fight against the forces of evil, they find themselves at the center of a whole new adventure. The Clockwork King, a Templar foe from days past, has returned to finish the plan he set in motion decades ago. A plot to steal the souls of changelings---humans infused with fairy blood and supernatural abilities---in order to power his army of clockwork war machines.

In The Brimstone Key, authors Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis deftly blend the mystical wonder of steampunk with magic and adventure to create an action-packed thrill ride.

Fashion statement:
"It's all the rage," Brooke explained. "It's sort of a mix of Goth, punk, and nineteenth-century England all rolled into one. You'll see girls with pink hair and combat boots wearing crinoline and corsets. You get used to it."

"What's the point?"

Brooke shrugged. "Templar kids have their own sense of fashion. It's a different culture than we're used to. They borrow their style form different eras and mix them together to make it their own. It's edgy, and I kind of like it."

"What about the goggles?"

"You definitely ned to get some," she advised. "They're critical. Besides, they come in handy if you ever ride in an airship with open windows."
-page 67

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): supersonic

I enjoyed this adventure into a steampunk world that includes robots and the fae.

Being the first book in the series the introduction and basics are laid out well to follow along.

What is really appealing to me is the teamwork and friendship involved with the main four characters of this story.

Zombie sighting:
The Knights of Templar is an ancient society that has sworn to protect mankind against unseen dangers like monster invasions and zombie uprisings.
-introduction page

-+0+o+ Book Giveaway courtesy of authors +o+0+-

The prize pack will include a signed book with an original sketch from Jon, and four beautiful 11x17 posters illustrated by guest artists from the animation, video game and comic book industries.

Here's your second chance to win.

For 2 winners.

Open to all.

Offer ends: December 26, 2010

Visit J.S. Lewis site and tell me which Superhero illustration you liked along with your email in comments.


Contest has ended - winners are here


* part of my weekly post on things steampunk (Victorian sci-fi/fantasy)


  1. It does sound cool, but not this time for me.
    Lol, you know I fear robots just as much as zombies, I am so lame

  2. This looks so good! My favorite illustration was "Animus," because it had a softer feel to it.

  3. I liked the yeti and animus the best.

  4. Lynx, most definitely :)

  5. ANIMUS is my most favorite. :)
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  6. Animus definitely, it's the cutest there! :D

    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

  7. I like Animus too.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. they come in handy if you ever ride in an airship with open windows
    Haha, with open wondows? o_0 :P

    I love the Stalker illustration!
    He wears a cape and wields a bow.. what's not to like! :P


  9. My favorite illustration is MAGDALENA.


  10. Sounds like a great book -- too young for me, but if I had a clever kid in my life...! Lovely art, too!

  11. I like the ANIMUS.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  12. My vote goes towards Lynx.


  13. All the art is excellent! I'd go with Magdalena first, then Baron Zeitgeist.

    ps - Zounds for Zombie sighting! ;D

  14. Oopsie - forgot my email:
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    [got all excited about the zombeeeez lol]

  15. I like Animus too!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  16. I like wirlwind hehe. juliecookies(at)

  17. PROWLER !

    agcestrela {AT} gmail {DOT} com

  18. I've been wanting it for awhile. My favorite is Animus, she's so cute in both forms.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com



  20. Stalker is great!

    goncalo (dot) mil (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. I would go with Animus.

    Girl Power Rules.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  22. Sounds really cool! xD
    I liked the AGENT 9 illustration. She looks badass! :P

    entrelibros_blog at

  23. Animus is simply great!

    joanapatriciadias [_at_]

  24. I like AGENT 9

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

  25. I love Stalker. It looks like a whole story in action.

    ssyun01 at gmail

  26. No one chose Fenris so far?
    He is amazing!

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

  27. Iron Hide is so damn cool!


  28. I like MAGDALENA

    bmweida at yahoo dot com


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