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Book Title: The Black Gryphon|
The author of the book: Mercedes Lackey
Date of issue: February 2nd 1995
ISBN 13: 9781857982374
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*** 4.25 ***
The Black Gryphon, first chronologically in The Valdemar series, turned out to be one very pleasant read. The Mage Wars Trilogy is the start of a sweeping through thousands of years series and I decided to follow the reading order recommended by the author. Fantasy Buddy Reads group started reading it this moth and I jumped right in.
"...“Inexperience can be overcome, ignorance can be enlightened, but prejudice will destroy you.”..."
The Black Gryphon covers the brewing war between two very powerful mages, Urtho and Maar. Urtho is a creator, described by all as a man with a good heart and only desirous of peace, but forced into the role of a War lord in order to protect his realm and the people and creatures inhabiting it. He is also the creator of enhanced animals and races of magical creatures, all with the purpose of championing the well being of all. The Gryphons are the greatest of them all. At least the very cocky black Gryphon Skandranon thinks so:) He is, in his own words, the strongest, the bravest, and the smartest, since he and his kind have been gifted with similar to human intelligence, fierce and independent in thought and action. Maar, the evil bastard, is also a very gifted mage, but has chosen to put arcane knowledge on the back burner in order to achieve worldly supremacy. He is not as inventive as Urtho, but in the moment the peaceful mage comes up with a tool or a creature to oppose Maar, he is able to copy and pervert those creations and re-purpose them to his own needs. Thus, he too has magical constructs derivative of the Gryphons, the Makaar, and the war in the skies are between those two powerful champions of opposite causes. Maar's only drive is Power over everything and he has already named himself an Emperor.
"...“You are human and mortal; we are the sum of our weak moments and our strong.”..."
The main human protagonist of this book is the very interesting combination of a healer/beautification specialist/personal therapist/empath/massage therapist/sometimes pleasure specialist and all together healer of all ills and pains of body and soul, the kestra'churn Amberdrake. He makes sure that the troops of Urtho are in top shape to fight for what they all feel is right and also happens to be the gryphon's Skandranon and the hertasi (a lizard-person creature) Gesten's best friend and their roommate. Their trio shares a beautiful and very enjoyable friendship, and I as a reader wished that we all could be as accepting and loving as those three. As the book progresses, we add the Gryfalcon Zaneel, a very abused and shunned Gryphon based on a Falcon species, and the human trond'irn (a caregiver to the Gryphons) Winterhart, who each become very dear to our guys. However, my favorite of all, after Gesten, is the misborn child-like Gryfalcon Kechara, who made me both sad and happy every time she was on page.
"...““Why would you want to make them happy?” Amberdrake turned back to his little friend, and sat with a sad smile on his face. “Because they are bitter, unhappy people, and very little else makes them happy. They say what they do out of envy, for any number of reasons. It may be because I lead a more luxurious life than they, or at least they believe I do. It may be because there are many people who do call me friend, and those are all folk of great personal worth; a few of them are people that occupy high position and deservedly so. Perhaps it is because they cannot do what I can, and for some reason, this galls them. But they have so little else that gives them pleasure, I see no reason to deprive them of the few drops of enjoyment they can extract from heaping scorn and derision on me.””..."
The story goes slowly, because it is mostly character driven, but despite that is is a very fast and enjoyable read. There is a gentleness to it that seems a bit much and unrealistic, but it also adds some very tender note to the whole composition, which makes you yearn for harmony and acceptance. This is mostly led by the very deliberate and thoughtful approach to accepting people as they are and trying to help them be the best they can be channeled by Amberdrake. His willingness to be the best he can be is contagious and soothing not only to his clients and friends, but us as readers as well. The predominant thematics of the story are learning who you are and who those around you are or want to be, and how can that help us all achieve some amity. Living up to our potential and overcoming the psychological blocks we learn to live with through our personality development. Only secondary comes the battles and the magic.
"...“There are no excuses,” he said at last. “But there are reasons. Reasons why we are what we are. Reasons why we do not have to stay that way.”..."
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series:) I think I can easily recommend it to all readers of all ages and persuasions:):):)
Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book!!!
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Read information about the authorMercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.
"I'm a storyteller; that's what I see as 'my job'. My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that's why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of 'story pill' -- they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief newsbringers. When I write the 'folk music' of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not.
"I began writing out of boredom; I continue out of addiction. I can't 'not' write, and as a result I have no social life! I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a 'high-tech' science fiction writer. I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL ['There ain't no such thing as free lunch', credited to Robert Heinlein) to magic, for instance; in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the 'evil magicians,' something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes.
"I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water:
"There's no such thing as 'one, true way'; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good -- they're the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren't willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race."
Also writes as Misty Lackey
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