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Posted April 6, 2012
Who you are, what you are…those are questions that can eat at a person. For Jelena that is certainly true. She knows very little about her mother and even less about her father. All she has is a griffin ring, and she has no idea what it means. For so long Jelena was willing to accept her place in life. She has always been a little odd, an outcast aside from her cousin Magnes’s friendship.
Jelena assumes she will spend the rest of the life as part of the castle staff until her uncle decides to put her to use. Faced with being forced into a marriage, Jelena decides to change her life’s path despite the danger of leaving her human family and escaping to the elves, who may not accept her either. Her journey begins by sneaking out through a forgotten door, and ends with a truth she never expected to find.
Griffin’s Daughter is a wonderfully crafted fantasy. There are familiar elements from traditional fantasy stories, but Moore does a great job of putting her own unique touch the world Jelena is a part of. I particularly enjoyed the deep and rich history she created. It added so much to the book when Jelena’s story really begins. There was already so much that had been built up by the time you meet Jelena that I already felt very entrenched in the world and the story.
As Jelena travels to the elves, Moore proves that she can write excitement and battle just a well and detailed descriptions. I enjoyed the fight scenes for their energy and conciseness. I really get bored with fight scenes that drag on for pages with in depth descriptions of each and every strike and parry. That wasn’t the case here. The dangerous trip away from human lands blends seamlessly into Jelena’s arrival in the elven kingdom.
One of my favorite parts of Jelena living with the elves were the differences Moore subtly pointed out between the two races. Many aspects of their society were different, but some were similar. The contrast Moore provided create a rich comparison that made me think about how these two races were going to progress through the story, and how their unique views and qualities might affect their decision making for good or bad.
Another aspect of Griffin’s Daughter I really enjoyed was Magnes’s story. He accompanies Jelena to the elven kingdom, but must eventually return to his family. When he does, I fell into his story even more. Magnes was a well-developed and very realistic character. He made mistakes, acted brashly, fell in love, was hurt and betrayed, and became a very fascinating part of the book.
No fantasy book is complete without a great romance. Ashinji is prompted by a dream to help Jelena when they first meet, and once he does he finds it impossible to stay away from her. Yet, like any good romance, there are road blocks standing in their way. From the fact that Ashinji is a prince expected to marry well, to Jelena’s own hesitations and the dangerous attentions of another, being together is no easy task. I thoroughly enjoyed the interplay between these two characters. Moore used complications to keep them apart at just the right times, and sweet moments of desire and love to bring them together. It was agonizing at times, but in a good way.
Overall, I enjoyed Griffin’s Daughter quite a bit. It was well written, had a complicated yet engaging story line, and memorable characters. You'll enjoy it.
Posted March 27, 2007
This is an impressive first novel, and I eagerly anticipate the second book in the trilogy. Moore's portrayal of elves is refreshing, and her use of Japanese elements within the Elven society is a novel idea. Some readers will also enjoy the presence of a strong female protagonist. I don't know why some people are discussing the sexual situations or the language - I didn't think it contained anything out of the ordinary for an adult fantasy novel. It is beautifully written, and there is an element of mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat (a rarity in fantasy novels).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2007
I gave this book only three stars for 3 reasons. First, this book is supposed to be young adult however it is filled with cuss words and adult 'situations.' I personally do not want my teen reading about an attempted rape. Second, contrary to those who commented above I had many moments during the book that made me say 'Wait, what? That sounds sort of familiar.' Thinking back I realize that it was reminding me of Tolkins LOTR's. Third, I felt that the elven society was to 'human' nothing about it was any different then how 'normal' people live their day to day lives. Personally, when I read about mythical creatures I want them to be just that mythical, different, nothing at all like me. However, despite its many downfalls I still slightly enjoyed the book. It feels unfinished at points, as if the author rushed through things just to be done with it, but the story has potential.
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Posted December 9, 2008
All her life Jelena has known prejudice because she is half elf and the Soldaran Empire believes elves are soulless evil demons. The Duke of Amsara, who is her uncle, keeps her out of sight her only friends are her foster mother Claudia and her cousin Magnes. When her uncle sells her to another noble as his concubine, the two cousins run away seeking Alasiri, the land of elves.--------------------- Attacked by bandits, they are rescued by Ashinji Sakehera, who has dreamed constantly of Jelena. He takes the twosome to Kerala Castle where she heals from injuries and Magnes returns home to face his irate father for abetting the escape of his cousin. Jehena¿s blue fire attracts the attention of the Nameless One, an evil entity who wants the Key and the talisman so he can return to the living. A group of elves have plans for Jehena and Ashinji to use them as expendable pawns to defeat the Nameless One. They believe destiny will save this pair especially if they marry but to persuade his parents to allow him to wed a half-breed seems unlikely in spite of love and even if the realm is at stake.------------------ This is the opening tale of what looks to be a great epic fantasy. Refreshing the saga is prejudice so overwhelming that even with a world at stake few bend let alone move past their bias. Jelena is a fascinating protagonist used to being the subject of scorn and de jure and de facto discrimination because she is half elf, which has enabled her to become independent and brave as she faces the ridicule of others. Fantasy fans who read this author¿s first published tale will demand Moore adventures in the Soldaran Empire and beyond.---------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2012
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