The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars Series #1)

The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars Series #1)

by Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon

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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 should be. He is the fulfillment of everything that the Mage of Silence, the human sorcerer called Urtho, intended to achieve when he created these magical beings to be his champions, the defenders of his realm--a verdant plain long coveted by the evil mage Maar.

Now Maar is once again advancing on Urtho's Keep, this time with a huge force spearheaded by magical constructs of his own--cruel birds of prey ready to perform any evil their creator may demand of them. And when one of Urtho's Seers wakes from a horrifying vision in which she sees a devastating magical weapon being placed in the hands of Maar's common soldiers, Skandrannon is sent to spy across enemy lines, cloaked in the protective of Urtho's powerful Spell of Silence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101127292
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Series: Valdemar: Mage Wars Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 42,351
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 37th time I read this book. It gets better each time.
frazrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skandranon is the leader of the gryphons. A vain and charismatic creature. An intellegent species created by Urthro, the mage of silence. His partner is Amberdrake. his healer companion. The story is delivered through their experiences in this good vs evil story.The tyrant-sorcerer Kiyamvir Ma'ar is sweeping across the land destroying everyone who won't join him in his war. This story pre-dates the Vladamar stories and set up some of the characters you encounter there.
van_stef on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I like best about this novel is the fact that it gives background information on the other Valdemar books. This is truely the beginning of Valdemar as we know it and how it comes to be that way.
therhoda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Griffens everybody loves griffens well Mar dosn't but you'll see how that goes for him.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two inter-twinned love stories set against a background of a world at war.An interesting world with many varies races is cast into turmoil when a mage's lust for ower leads him to wage war against all the civilised lands. His numerous victories achieved by stealth and corruption as well as might of arms leaves the defenders to teh Mage Urtho and his followers - mages, his creation the Gryphons and others. The story is centred on teh lead Gryphon and Amberdrake a "healer" and courtisan. Both alone, they manage to overcome the peril of war to find true love, from the damaged partisans of Urthos followers.Some very gripping writing in places but didn't completely hold my attention all the way through. The vast array of other races are not described and somewhat conusiong in attributes. The plot is also somewhat predictable, and some of the characters feel a bit thin. Overall though an enjoyable read.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really good book. It's been a while since I read a Lackey - triggered by hearing a story read by her and Larry Dixon at Baycon. It's Kelvren as the Gryphon of Light - the part where he's castigating himself for not being like Skandranon when he's wounded. Made me want to go look at Skan again. There's a lot of deep stuff here - 'who heals the Healer', self-esteem (for both Zhaneel and Winterhart), making a new family, the whys of Ma'ar, Conn Levas and Shaiknam...the adventure part of the story is good (minor things like a war going on), but it's the people who make it so rich. Which is true of most if not all of the Lackey books, but as I said it's been a while.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Lackey's Valdemar novels, and this is set in the same world a thousand years before that country's founding, in the midst of a cataclysmic war referred to more than once in that series. One of Lackey's strengths is her world-building, and that's certainly on display here, with magical races like the gryphons developed in interesting ways, and I liked the title character, Skandranon. The novel kept my interest, was a fairly enjoyable read, and I did go on to read (and mostly enjoy) the next two books in this trilogy, which is why I felt it was fair to give it 3 stars. It doesn't get more than that, because unlike other Lackey books in this world, I can't imagine I'd ever reread it; I don't think it's among Lackey's best, and I wouldn't ever choose these books as an introduction to the author. So if you love Lackey and her Valdemar books already, I think you'll like, even if not love this book; but if you're new to the author, try Arrows of the Queen or Magic's Pawn first.
cabri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Black Gryphon is a new character in the Valdemaran histories, brought in after the successful use of gryphons in a previous trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and deservedly so -- the gryphons were nicely characterized, given their own little quirks and histories. As far as the Lackey trilogies go, this isn't the best beginning of a series but it's adequate. It also isn't the first book she co-authored with her husband, but it's the first one I read and clearly inferior; however, the military aspects of the story are pretty good and it kept my interest throughout. Can't say much more than that.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prequels are not usually as good as the material they spawn from, and that is the case here. The Gryphon Trilogy tells the "pre-history" of Valdemar. The novels are very good and enjoyable on their own merits, but are not the same calibur as Queen's Own or The Last Herlad Mage trilogies. I highly recommend them, but warn readers not to expect to read about the Valdemar we know and love. The Black Gryphon is the best of the trilogy - the next two books are worth reading, but the story is stretched more than it needed to be.
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Excellent storyline characters etc
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Well written, with memorable relatable characters. The black gryphon is always a good read no matter how many times you read it!
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