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The Silver Gryphon (Mage Wars) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1997
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“In a calm, clear voice, she suggested that the wyrsa in question could do several highly improbable, athletically difficult and possibly biologically impractical things involving its own mother, a few household implements, and a dead fish.”
A dozen or so years have passed since the end of The White Gryphon. Unlike the first two books, this one does not center solely on Drake and Skan. Instead, this one focuses on Tadrith and Silverblade, the children of Skan and Drake respectively. The two are partners in the Silvers, the pseudo military/law enforcement service of White Gryphon. They have been in training and now it is time for them to go out on their first scouting mission. Their parents are so notorious that both of them are more than willing to leave, to be out from under watchful eyes. But things go badly for them almost from the start and they end up lost and alone, injured and being pursued by forces they have never experienced.
This is more of an action novel than one of magic and mystery. Although I enjoyed the story and I love the two new characters, it just wasn't as much fun to read. Yes, there was a bit of mystery and some great action, but overall I felt like it just didn't move the story forward as much as the others. It was good for character development, except for the fact that this book is the one and only one in the series that discusses these two characters.
My Recommendation: No, this wasn't my favorite in the series, aside from the great quote. But it is still enjoyable for a fan of the Valdemar series.
The book focuses on the children of the main characters from the two earlier books: Skandranon's son Tad and Amberdrake's daughter Blade. Tad and Blade have both spent two years training to be part of the Silvers, the defense/police force for the town of White Gryphon. Their first assignment is to a remote outpost which is several days away by gryphon. On the way there, they make a crash landing in a dense rainforest. Both of them sustain injuries in the crash, no one knows where they are, and they think something's stalking them.
And this is where the book stops being interesting for awhile. After the first hundred or so pages of exposition, it drags along for another two hundred or so until we finally get to the ending. The middle part of the book drove me nuts because we don't actually see the things that are hunting them or even get a clear indication that they're being hunted until about three-fourths of the way through the book. The last few chapters are pretty good, so I won't ruin them for you.
I'd only recommend this book if you're a diehard Valdemar fan and you really want to read every one of the books. I don't feel like this one added anything to the previous two.
As a side note, this is the third book in a trilogy. If you haven't read the first two, you probably won't understand some of the concepts in this book (e.g. trond'irn and kestra'chern; those were explained in the first chapter of the first book of this trilogy).
"The Silver Gryphon" is the third book in Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon's Mage Wars Series. As with the previous two books, Dixon's influence on the text will be apparent to Lackey fans. It is easily the weakest of the three, although it is still a worthwhile read for experienced Valdemar fans.
I really enjoyed the characters, especially Tadrith. He was a lot of fun and demonstrated all of the entertaining male gryphon quirks that have been present in Skan and Treyvan of Mage Storms and Mage Winds. I didn't like Blade so much at first, mainly because I was hoping she'd be more like Amberdrake (one of my favorite Valdemar characters), but she grew on me as the story went on. I came to appreciate her strength and courage. And of course it was a pleasure to read about Amberdrake and Skan again, even if only for a relatively small portion of the book.
The action in this book was quite good.Read more ›
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I read the entire series. A good dozen or so times. Honestly, I am able to say I loved them. And the inevelitable changing of the guard that takes place in Silver Gryphon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Mercedes Lackey is an outstanding author. All of her books are great.Published 2 months ago by Dennis Oliver
Part three of the Mage Wars, one of the better conceived and written series.Published 3 months ago by J Anderson
I actually enjoyed this third book in the trilogy more than the previous two!
While some other reviewers disliked the main characters hiding and running from some unseen... Read more
Anyone reading this book, should already be a huge Mercedes Lackey fan. This trilogy is one of her best...but I say that about all of them. :)Published 9 months ago by Kathleen DelMar