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The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars, Bk 1)
The Black Gryphon - Mage Wars, Bk 1
Author: Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon
It is an age when Valdemar is yet unfounded, its organization of Heralds yet unformed, and magic is still a wild and uncontrolled force. — Skandranon Rashkae is perhaps the finest specimen of his race, with gleaming ebony feathers, majestic wingspan, keen magesight and sharp intelligence. Courageous, bold, and crafty, Skan is everything a gryphon...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780886776435
ISBN-10: 0886776430
Publication Date: 1/1/1995
Pages: 464
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 217 ratings
Publisher: DAW
Book Type: Paperback
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BethG avatar reviewed The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars, Bk 1) on + 108 more book reviews
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Mercedes Lackey is always a spell binding story teller and this book is no exception. This is the first book in her Gryphon trilogy.

Set in the world of Valdemar, but a thousand years before the other books of that series, this one presents a world that is full of magic as well as gifts.

A terrible war is raging as an evil wizard tries to conquer all the lands around him. Against him stands Urtho, the Mage of Silence, his human followers, and the magic creatures he has created, most notably the gryphons.

The book is told from the perspectives of Skan, the black gryphon of the title and Amberdrake, a human. They both make fascinating new friends.

The characters are alive and the plot is absorbing. I've seen some reviews that say this one is not up to Lackey's usual standard, but I don't agree. You will love this book.
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reviewed The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars, Bk 1) on + 636 more book reviews
I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time. There are some new books added to it since the last time I read them, so that is pretty exciting for me. These books really just remind me of being young, reading them in the back seat of the car... I think I was in 5th grade when I started reading them and they've always been a pleasure to re-read.
As far as this trilogy goes, I think this first one has always been my favorite - it's very exciting... though the other two are good as well, from what I remember. They are all fast, fun reads - and who doesn't love gryphons?
reviewed The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
An enjoyable fantasy. You identify with the charaters and their ups and downs.
reviewed The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars, Bk 1) on + 103 more book reviews
Not as good as some of lackey's other triologiess but still worth reading.


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