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The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars Book 1) by [Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon]

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Setting a story in prehistory suggests a enormous potential, a feeling that all is new and possible. Lackey's latest created world (illustrated by husband Dixon) predates the setting of her Valdemar series by a millennium but never quite lives up to its expanded possibilities. The gryphon of the title is the charismatic Skandranon, leader of the gryphons, a race of birds just evolving into awareness. After establishing this intriguing premise, however, the tale soon bogs down in fantasy cliches as the main characters fight a standard war against the forces of evil. Although some of the novel's elements, like Skandranon's human friend Amberdrake, suggest a possible complexity, the plot is predictable and the overwritten battle scenes are difficult to follow. In the end, the evil Mage of Black Fire is destroyed, nearly everyone else lives and the chaotic magic of prehistory is tamed.
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--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From Booklist

The latest collaboration between Lackey and her husband is laid in the same world as her popular Valdemar books but a thousand years earlier. The focus is on Skandranon Rashke, the Black Gryphon of the title, and his only human friend, the healer Amberdrake. It is also the tale of Skandranon's secret missions in a war in which magic is used freely on both sides. Lackey has a complete command of the basics of storytelling, which she and Dixon display here and to which they add some nice satirical hits at psychiatrists. Although not the ideal introduction to Lackey, this is a well-told tale for the gifted and prolific fantasist's genuine devotees. Roland Green --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002IEUV4G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DAW; Reprint edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 1, 1995
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2928 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 467 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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4.0 out of 5 stars holds your attention and would recommend you get the next two stories in this saga
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