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Each of Chrys Cymri’s installments in her Penny White series focuses on a central theme that ties the fantastical adventures together. After much thought, I believe that the core of book three, The Marriage of Gryphons, is forgiveness. Starting with Penny’s call to save Raven from himself and culminating in a ritualistic gryphon marriage challenge that literally entails facing one's deepest regrets, the vicar and her companions, even Clyde, must find compassion and let go of grievances to move forward. Part of this journey is Penny fully weighing how her actions affect those around her (bringing Raven back into her life threatens to destroy her bond with Peter) and trying to be true to herself and still not intentionally hurt anyone.
Thanks to Morey’s marriage trials (Gryphons must prove themselves as mates, especially for a marriage between clans.), Penny finally gets her wish to serve as a vicar in Lloegyr full-time for a good portion of The Marriage of Gryphons. Cymri wouldn’t have any direct knowledge of how society would function in a fictional world, but I have to agree with her assessment of churches in any world; many of the things that plague Penny as a religious leader on Earth transcend locale and species and are mirrored in her Daer parish. The exploration of her new parish, Caer-grawnt, reveals systemic injustices that Penny felt impossible in her beloved Lloegyr. She longs to rectify the situation, but her attempts to bring the best of Earth to the other world fall horribly flat.
The Marriage of Gryphons feels more action-packed than the first two books, but the characters still make the plot shine. James and Clyde especially get more development as the story progresses, and I get a sense that both of Penny’s wards may finally be ready to move into the world as adults. (No, Clyde, no!) A sudden question in the last few pages show hints at potential conflict ahead, but I have a strong opinion of how things should work out. (No, the author does not consult me, so I can only hope.) I just know I’m thoroughly hooked and am incredibly curious about the overarching plot of a book titled The Vengeance of Snails!
4.5 Dinosaur Hunts out of 5
Father Penny White is the best kind of terrible priest a parish could ever hope for. She is real, filled with conflict, not so good at the daily-walk most of the time and she drinks like a fish (as does everyone in this series it seems, even the snail-shark) But, she’s committed to her role and she has a heart of gold. She isn’t interested in the trappings of faith as much as the reason for it and she makes a wonderful vicar. Except for the part where she doesn’t want to be a vicar on Earth. There is that.
And then there are her friends. Her brother is a selfish jerk half the time, but you can’t help but feel for him as he fights the inevitabilities of growing up. Her associate is a sardonic and sassy gryphon who is too well-read and too willing to share that fact with pretty much everyone. She has a boyfriend who isn’t sure what to do with her and another boyfriend (who happens to be a dragon) that she isn’t sure what to do with. And then there is Clyde – a snail shark who communicates in song lyrics and has a taste for lemmings.
This book follows the tribe as they cross over into Lloegyr to complete three tasks of strength and character so Morey can marry his love. However, through their trials, the characters deal with serious world issues such as the cost of industrialization, political corruption, inter-racial marriage, homosexuality and growing pains of a religion that either needs to adapt or risk becoming extinct. And it does all of that with DRAGONS AND SNAIL SHARKS!!
This is the best new fantasy series I have started in years. Years and years even. And I am positive that everyone should read it at least twice.
This book was the best one yet, I really do think. There was some important character development, a scene that nearly killed me (well, a couple, truly) and a happily ever after...yeah right.
An all around amazing read.
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