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The White Gryphon (The Mage Wars) (original 1995; edition 1995)

by Mercedes Lackey (Author)

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Title:The White Gryphon (The Mage Wars)
Authors:Mercedes Lackey (Author)
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This eBook head so many typos, I'm thinking it's an amateur scan of the physical.

The story was OK. not as good as I've come to expect. Having the same character complain about being in charge and wishing he wasn't too complain about losing the leadership halfway through was created conflict that wasn't necessary.
  yonitdm | Dec 10, 2015 |
This eBook head so many typos, I'm thinking it's an amateur scan of the physical.

The story was OK. not as good as I've come to expect. Having the same character complain about being in charge and wishing he wasn't too complain about losing the leadership halfway through was created conflict that wasn't necessary. ( )
  yonitdm | Dec 10, 2015 |
The White Gryphon picks up several years after the end of The Black Gryphon. The war is over and the everyone has fled to different parts of the world. Skan, Drake, Winterhart, and Zaneel have escaped together, along with many others of Urtho's former realm. They have made their way south through treachorous land and through tremondous magical storms. Magic is still unpredictable at best, but they have found a home and resettled, using magic to build whenever they can. Skan has become a hero and the new city is named after him, White Gryphon, cut into the cliffs over looking the ocean far below.

They have all made a good life for themselves, albeit a hard-fought life. Skan and Zaneel are mates now, as are Drake and Winterhart. Skan and Drake have found themselves the dubious "leaders" of the city and it bores Skan to tears. He is almost grateful when their newfound society seems to be under attack from the Haleigh Kingdom, upon whose land they have unwittingly settled.

Magic is unpredictable and what there is of it has changed. This not only affects how the characters weild it, but it also affects many of the characters themselves. Many of those who had once been powerful mages now found themselves with the magic of the lowest level, if that. Conversely, many of those who once had little magic find themselves able to perform magic that would have been beyond their reach before the change. That is a big part of this novel, the changes in power and dynamics and how many of the characters react to that change.

It also changes the underlying feel of the plot. Yes, there is still magic and fantasy, but the focus was more on the mystery and intrigue that came with the Haileigh people. While Skan and Drake attempt to negotiate with the Haileigh in order to keep their city, it seems that there are those out there that would sooner see them fail. One after another, Skan and Drake seem to be guilty of crimes they both insist they did not commit and the intrigue begins.

While I enjoyed this book, there were a couple things that were a bit offputting for me. For one thing, the female characters really took a back seat to the main cast. They didn't really have their own stories in this book, almost just acting as props for the male characters. I also felt a little uncomfortable with the way the mystery and intrigue with the Haleigh worked itself out. The faith of the dark-skinned Haileigh prevented change without ceremony and ritual, limiting their willingness to search for the truth when Skan and Drake are accused. They were portrayed to be somewhat backward in their culture, portrayed as almost primitive in their thought processes. It took the paler Gryphon citizens to swoop in and create change. That just felt awkward to me.

My Recommendation: Despite my misgivings, I love the continued story presented in The White Gryphon. Great high fantasy! I gave it 4.8 mugs! ( )
  Kiki870 | Aug 19, 2015 |
This is the second in the 'Black Gryphon' series and is set ten years after the conclusion of the book of that nam. The survivors of Urtho's armies had been scattered to the four quarters of the world in their attempts to escape the effects of the Mage Wars.

The Mage Winds had died down and Skandranon and his party had built themselves a new city built into the cliffs overlooking the oceans thinking that they were miles away from any other peoples. But even in the heart of this peacful society are those who would hurt others and it becomes the duty of Skan and Amberdrake to excise the evildoer. But it's the three sailing ships making for their harbour that bring the greatest change to the fledgling city of White Gryphon.

This is probably the best book in the trilogy. Certainly as far as I am concerned as Lackey and Dixon develop the societies of White Gryphon and the Haighlei and through in a murder mystery story into the mix. ( )
  JohnFair | Apr 4, 2015 |
I actually like this ok - I don't like it nearly as much as most of the rest of the Valdemar books, but it's not nearly as bad as the other two in the sequence.

It's more or less a murder mystery, with the characters from The Black Gryphon but the focus on exploring a new culture with some interesting customs. Skandranon is mostly sidelined and thus spends much less time annoying me, and while the villain is cacklingly one-dimensional, he's likewise not really the focus.

Much stronger than The Black Gryphon; that's not saying much. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mercedes Lackeyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dixon, LarryAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barber, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Jody A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Wite Gryphon is Skandranon,the Black Gryphon,who has returned to his naturalplumage now that the time of war is at an end.He has taken his people,gryphons and human allies alike,to the coast where they have built an eyrie city in the cliffside.But though the troubles from without have pretty much ceased,wherever there are communities of people,there will be mavericks and rogues with agendas oftheir own.In exiling one such,a doctor using his patients for his own ends,Skandranon and White Gryphon's ruling council begin a sequence of events that threatens the future of their entire city.
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The second in the Mage Wars series and the sequel to The Black Gryphon, this book begins 10 years after the magical Cataclysm that destroyed the stronghold mage, Urtho's people have founded a secure new city called White Gryphon. Secure, at least, until envoys of the mysterious Black Kings appear.… (more)

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