The Silver Gryphon (Mage Wars Series #3)

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A dozen years of peace have passed in the city of White Gryphon - providing well deserved and much needed security for the people who had lost their homes in the magical Cataclysm which killed the Mage Urtho, creator of the gryphons. But the inhabitants of White Gryphon have not forgotten their long struggles, and have trained an elite guard force, the Silver Gryphons, to protect their city, and if necessary, to join with the army of the Black Kings for mutual defense.

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Overview

A dozen years of peace have passed in the city of White Gryphon - providing well deserved and much needed security for the people who had lost their homes in the magical Cataclysm which killed the Mage Urtho, creator of the gryphons. But the inhabitants of White Gryphon have not forgotten their long struggles, and have trained an elite guard force, the Silver Gryphons, to protect their city, and if necessary, to join with the army of the Black Kings for mutual defense.

The third book in Lackey's phenomenally bestselling Mage Wars fantasy series. Tadrith, son of Skandranon, the legendary Black Gryphon, and his new partner Silverblade, daughter of Amberdrake the Healer, are ready to undertake their first mission for the Silver Gryphons, the elite guardians of the city of White Gryphon.

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School Library Journal
YAIn 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
Kirkus Reviews
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886776855
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Valdemar: Mage Wars Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 231,009
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Lackey has a writing style that I find unique and interesting. It makes the most mundane topics interesting and a bit compelling. This book does a deceint job at showcasing her abilities, but I was a bit disappointed...here's why: <BR/>There is just too much information conveyed in the cover! I felt like ther was no surprise to the events that took place, and I was just plodding along until I hit an area that was unexpected. I guess I just don't like any part of the story presented to me before its time (I seldom read the back covers). Due to this, I was rather bored...until I reached the part after the cover scene. Then I was able to experience Lackey like I wanted to.<BR/>Overall, I enjoyed this series and its characters (this novel being the third installment), but I enjoyed Joust of the " Dragon Jousters" series even more. If you haven't read Lackey before, Joust is, so far, my favorite work of hers.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    This is the third novel in Lackey's Gryphon series, so if you haven't you should read The Black Gryphon and White Gryphon first. This book is centered on two children of the central characters of the first two books: Tadrith and Silverblade. I think they're not as interesting as their fathers, Skandranon and Amberdrake, nor is the plot as engaging as the first two books; there are dull spots, I think because for much of it Tadrith and Silverblade are stranded by themselves, with little interaction with others. This particular novel dragged for me I'm afraid, I rather had to push myself to finish it, and I didn't feel the pay off was worth it. Lackey is actually a favorite author of mine, with books I've read again and again--fantasy comfort food. But this isn't one of her stronger books (or trilogies). If you've never read her before, don't start here. If this was your first novel by her, don't judge her by it. Try Arrows of the Queen or Magic's Pawn or Joust before you decide she's not for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    Gryphons

    My favorite of the three (Black, White, and Silver), this one decided to focus on the son of Skandranon (Tadrith) and Amberdrake's daughter (Silverblade). Going away from the evil enemy theme it goes more towards the man vs nature (With some magic involved of course). It also shows the desire of the two to be different from thier famous parents. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's read the first two.

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