The White Gryphon (Mage Wars Series #2)

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It has been ten years since the magical Cataclysm, which destroyed the twin strongholds of the two world's most powerful Mages, killing Urtho, creator of the gryphons, and sending his forces into exile. Now Urthro's peoples—human and non-human alike live in a terraced city carved into the face of a gleaming white cliff on the edge of the Western Ocean. Secure at least, ...until the fleet of the mysterious Black Kings appears in their harbor, bringing envoys who inform the residents of White Gryphon that their ...

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It has been ten years since the magical Cataclysm, which destroyed the twin strongholds of the two world's most powerful Mages, killing Urtho, creator of the gryphons, and sending his forces into exile. Now Urthro's peoples—human and non-human alike live in a terraced city carved into the face of a gleaming white cliff on the edge of the Western Ocean. Secure at least, ...until the fleet of the mysterious Black Kings appears in their harbor, bringing envoys who inform the residents of White Gryphon that their newfound home lies on the northern perimeter of lands claimed by this powerful kingdom. Desperate not to lose their hard won home, Skandranon, along with his longtime friend Amberdrake—agree to accompany the envoys back to the Court of the Black Kings, hoping to negotiate an alliance. ...When a high ranking noble who opposes this alliance is found murdered—Skandranon and Amberdrake realize that they are up against unknown enemies who will stop at nothing, even the use of diabolical Blood Magic, to destroy White Gryphon.

The sequel to the fabulous Black Gryphon continues the story of Amberdrake the Healer and Skandranon, the formerly black gryphon, now bleached white by the forces of magic. When Amberdrake and Skan are called in to investigate the disappearance of a group of top leaders, they uncover a web of treachery and magical intrigue.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is pleasure to be taken from novels of intrigue in which readers don't have to think at all, where their hands are held throughout the action and nothing is anything but what it seems. In Lackey and Dixon's second novel of the Gryphon trilogy after The Black Gryphon, holdover heroes Skandranon, Amberdrake and Winterhart attempt to establish a political liaison with the Haighlei and their king, Shalaman, in order to to preserve the autonomy of the city of White Gryphon. But a series of grisly murders is perpetrated in ways such that Skan, a gryphon, becomes the chief suspect, thus jeopardizing their negotiations. Several twists and turns follow, but the characters are so pure of heart that they overlook the obvious, and too many improbabilities pile up. The authors maintain a frenetic narrative pace, despite the frequent bromidic asides ``often, one can be in love with who they think someone is''. But even as a page-turner, this novel is likely to leave readers suspecting that Lackey and Dixon are just biding their time, that maybe the third book of the trilogy will be something special. What they present here is a harmless confection, less fattening than an eclair and about as nutritious. Apr.
Library Journal
Ten years have passed since the death of Urtho, the Mage of Silence. The survivors of the catastrophic battle have built the city of White Gryphon, hoping to found a permanent settlement in a new land. When a delegation from the Court of the Black Kings disputes their existence on the fringes of its territory, the mage-gryphon Skandranon and his friend Amberdrake find their diplomatic skills tested to the fullest as they become embroiled in a conspiracy of assassination that threatens a possible alliance. Set in the world of the popular Valdemar series, this latest novel by coauthors Lackey and Dixon (Chrome Circle, LJ 8/94) tells a tale of intrigue and mystery enhanced by vivid descriptions of an exotic, ritualistic culture. A good purchase for the legions fo Valdemar aficionados.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886776824
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Valdemar: Mage Wars Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 321,878
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.10 (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 April 27, 2010

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    Stronger Than the First Gryphon Book

    This is the second novel in Lackey's Gryphon series, so if you haven't you should read The Black Gryphon first--if you enjoyed that story I think you'll like this one: I like this second novel more than the first in fact. I thought this novel was better paced and more suspenseful, and I liked the setting, reminiscent of an ancient African civilization such as Mali, but with elements that make it pretty unique, and thus different than the usual pseudo-Medieval European setting you usually see in fantasy. I don't however like this book or the trilogy its part of as much as most of Lackey's other books set in this world. If you haven't already read them, I'd read Arrows of the Queen or Magic's Pawn first, set in the same "world" but set well over a thousand years after the events of this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Great Book

    I loved this book as i do any other ML book. This one is not as good as the first but it is hard to top that. This is a great book for all gryphon lovers, and thus a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    Interesting plot....seemed to miss something....

    I thought that this book wasn't really the best I have seen from Larry and Misty. Don't get me wrong, they are a great team for writing books, but this book was kind of slow. I did like the plot of the book, but sometimes it just seemed boring. I read this book because I thought that it would be as good as The Black Gryphon, and important to read. It wasn't really important to read, but it did take place in the Valdemar time line so if you are looking to read all the Valdemar novella, then read it. One thing that I really enjoyed was Skan's keen sense of humor...if you read the book then you will know what I mean. Another thing that I think that Mercedes and Larry did very well is to depict the disgusting personality of Hendelath...or whatever his name is. If you are looking to read this book...then enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2002

    the empire strikes back of the series

    it's not as good as the silver gryphon or the black but it is still realy good and should be read so that you can read the silver gryphon without being to confused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    Gryphons

    The sequel to The Black Gryphon, this is a great story that takes you into a new setting and Skandranon and Amberdrake becoming suspect to false charges. Recommended once you've read the Black Gryphon, yes it's understandable alone, but much more so after the first one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2000

    The White Gryphon

    a very good book from a wonderful author. although it does have several typos that passed the editor i still believe that the story was good enough to deserve all 5 stars. it is understandable without reading The Black Gryphon, but i would suggest reading The Black Gryphon first so you understand the severity of the several relationships and the fears of each character.

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