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The Silver Gryphon (Mage Wars) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1997

3.6 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Valdemar: Mage Wars Series

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YA?In Book Three of "The Mage Wars" series, readers find the city of White Gryphon at peace. The warriors of the Cataclysm have settled into a comfortable and secure life within the city gates. But, there are other worlds to explore outside the haven of White Gryphon. Silverblade, a human, and Tadrith, a gryphon, complete rigorous training and are sent on their first solo mission to guard a remote outpost, where they encounter dangers and unknown evil. Using the skills learned in training and the tools at hand, Blade and Tad defeat their enemies and win the admiration of their parents. More importantly they learn to trust in themselves and one another when threatened. Even without having read The Black Gryphon (1994) and The White Gryphon (1995, both DAW), YAs will enjoy this story. There is enough explanation and background given to understand the history behind the setting and characters.?Beth Devers, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Third in the Mage Wars trilogy from the wife and husband team. Twelve peaceful years have passed since the action of The White Gryphon (1995), while Skandranon the Black Gryphon and Amberdrake the Healer settle down into comfortable middle age. An elite warrior force, the Silver Gryphons, has been formed to protect the city--a force that Skandranon's son Tad and Amberdrake's daughter Blade, sowing rebellious streaks, have joined. Following two long, hard years of training, Tad and Blade are given the difficult assignment of occupying a remote guard post reachable only across miles of unknown territory. On the way, a strange force drains Tad's magic powers. So, alone, injured, and desperate, Tad and Blade find themselves beset by Wyrsa, dreadful mage-created hybrid creatures who have the power to absorb magic. Standard fare for series regulars. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mage Wars (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886776856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886776855
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Silver Gryphon is the last book in the Mage Wars trilogy, the first in the epic Valdemar saga. The first book in the series was pure high fantasy, the second less magic and more intrigue, and this one is a tale of survival. It also contains one of my favorite quotes from any book, ever...

“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.
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I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. I loved the two prequels (The Black Gryphon and The White Gryphon) and I've enjoyed many of the other books in the Valdemar series. But this one? Not so much.

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).
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Although I really liked the fist two books in the Mage Wars trilogy, this was quite disappointing. This story is not at all about the main characters you have come to expect from the first two books, but their troublesome offspring. It is a protracted romp through the woods, with the two main characters being hunted by some unknown force, which of course ends happily and victoriously. No political intrigue as in the first books, but mostly an "action" read. Lots of accidents, running, fighting and arguing. You do not need a whole lot of brain power to get the story, but a healthy imagination would help, since the whole thing is boring, cliché and predictable. The characters are flat and uninteresting, eliciting no emotional investment or response from the reader, and the whole book in general, felt like a badly written fan-fiction.
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I have loved everythig by this author so far. These books of the Gryphon is the begining before Valdamar was created. It shows the begining to the whole story starting with the mage wars before it was over, and then the after math.
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It has been twelve years since the city of White Gryphon became a part of the Haighlei Empire. The kestra'chern Amberdrake and his friend, the gryphon Skandranon, and their families have lived in relative peace. Amberdrake's daughter, Silverblade, and Skan's son, Tadrith, have grown up and are now members of White Gryphon's elite guard, the Silver Gryphons. They are given their first assignment: a remote rain forest post on the Haighlei border. Despite their parents' misgivings and concern, the two set out. Along the way, a mysterious force suddenly sucks the mage energy out of their equipment, causing Blade and Tad to crash. Injured and unable to call for help, will the two be able to outrun and outwit a deadly enemy they have never encountered before?
"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.
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