The Revenge of the Servants of the Gods
The Revenge of the Servants of the Gods
Ten-year-old Luke Bright is angry. His mother and step-father announce that they are all moving to Ýpas Nisí(Vulture Island). Luke fears a new beginning, but what choice does he have?
On the island, Luke’s fears fade when he befriends a magnificent griffon vulture whom he names Griff.
Griff leads Luke on a quest to uncover intriguing archaeological mysteries at the ancient Greek Amphora Temple.But, skulduggery is afoot in the form of the sly Mr Bonaparte ‘Bones’Duggitt. Luke’s life is in danger and the survival of the vultures is threatened. Can Luke and Griff put a stop to Duggitt’s villainous plans? And will Luke learn the truth about the mythological legend attributed to griffon vultures –do they really carry the souls of the dead to the endless universe?
"'The Revenge of the Servants of The Gods' is an unpublished manuscript [now published] by Judy Brulo, who has successfully published one book, A Year in the life of Brack (2017), belonging to the genre of children’s fantasy fiction. The story follows the adventures of Luke Bright, a clever 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother and step-father. His life is turned upside down when he is uprooted from everything that is familiar; his school; his friends and his country, to the unfamiliarity of the Greek island of Ýpas Nisí (Vulture Island). However, during a morning run from his new home, Luke stumbles across a mythical Griffon Vulture that he has an immediate connection with. The Griffon will lead Luke on a quest where he will unlock the mysteries and legends surrounding the Amphora Temple. Luke’s path becomes rocky in the guise of Mr Bonaparte ‘Bones’ Duggitt - a comical, greedy and ‘slick’ character on a mission to steal from the Temple - and with help of family and friends Luke must put a stop to this villain’s plans.
The Revenge of the Servants of The Gods overall, is a pleasing piece of fiction with characters that show courage, friendship, honesty, and justice. Judy Brulo has ensured that her story has all the ingredients that lead to venture: hidden treasure; heroes; villains and mythical creatures: all against the backdrop of the mystical Greek islands. By the end of the story the reader will think ‘what next?’ Well, personally I am almost certain that a sequel must be in the making!
Review by Fern Johns (North Staffordshire Press) December 2017
"This story was fast paced and exhilarating from start to finish: the perfect book for young readers (recommended for ages 8-12 years old). Set in an imaginary island in Greece, this book explores important themes of family, friendship, confidence and growing up, as well as subtly tackling the conservation of vultures. Brulo’s partnership with the Vulture Conservation Foundation in this book is admirable, as the story provides an interesting and exciting way for children and young adults to consider the conservation of vultures, through the means of a fictional tale.
The story itself is magical. It combines elements of realism by exploring relationships with family and friends, the difficulty of moving away from all you know of, and adapting to a new environment, with touches of fantasy that make the overall book exciting and well-rounded."
Review by Jessica Tuner 19th July 2018
Judy is a retired musician. She has a lovely husband, son and daughter-in-law. Her gorgeous twin grandchildren, Taio and Kaia, have inspired these stories. Judy spends most of her days writing, feeding her four cats, trying to control the garden and enjoying walks in the country.
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"'The Revenge of the Servants of The Gods’ is an exciting, well-crafted mythical adventure about a ten-year-old boy and his unusual new friend—a vulture. We first meet Luke when he is living in England with his mother and stepfather, who then decide to up sticks and move the family to the Greek island of Ýpas Nisí.
Luke is naturally reluctant to leave all his friends but, soon after arriving on the island, he encounters a very special griffon vulture and his life begins to change in ways he could never have imagined.
Griff, the vulture, guides Luke and his new island friends on a quest that leads them to a ruined temple where they explore underground passages and a long buried, never before seen ancient tomb. They encounter heroes, villains, treasures and mysteries far beyond the known universe.
Ultimately, it is the strong bond of their unlikely pairing, along with the support of others, that saves Luke and Griff—with the truth about Luke’s deceased real father and the secrets of the souls of the dead being revealed.
This is a captivating fantasy tale with a satisfactory ending that leaves the reader wanting to learn more about Luke, his friends and their adventures. There are elements of danger along the way but, in the end, the baddie gets his comeuppance. It’s a book about nature, friendship, courage and justice, with illustrations that depict key parts of the story perfectly. A thoroughly enjoyable read for children aged 8-12."
Review by Cate Douglas 2018