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Adventure, Horror and Supernatural, Series, Fantasy
Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Leadership and Responsibility, Loyalty, Friends and Friendship, Honor, Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches
Max Sumner and his three best friends, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia — who form the secret club The Grey Griffins — seem to be the only people in their very normal Minnesota town to notice that strange things have started to happen. They have always liked to play fantasy games, especially the card game Round Table. But they could never have guessed Round Table's real meaning. When creatures from the game escape out of an ancient book belonging to a strange shopkeeper, transforming the quiet town of Avalon, Max and his friends become entangled in mystery and danger. And it's up to them to stop the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town — indeed, their world.
Derek Benz has climbed volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, fished for sharks in the North Atlantic, scandalized the Cathedral of Barcelona, been mauled by an angry kitten off the coast of Turkey, narrowly avoided being blown up outside Belfast, learned the meaning of defenestration in France, and even jumped off a few cliffs in Greece.
Ever searching for new forms of creative expression, J.S. Lewis and boyhood friend Derek Benz sought to make their indelible mark through the written word. Thus from that collaboration was penned the novel The Revenge of the Shadow King.