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The Griffin Mage (Griffin Mage #1-3)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  213 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The Griffin Mage trilogy, now complete in one volume, tells the story of the war between men and griffins --- and the young girl, torn between two worlds, who will decide the fate of all.

Little ever happens in the quiet villages of peaceful Feierabiand. The course of Kes' life seems set: she'll grow up to be an herb-woman and healer for the village of Minas Ford, never qui
Paperback, 1013 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Erika Gill
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Comprising three books, this series tells the story of three different kingdoms in the country of man - Feierabiand, Casmantium, and Linularium - and the struggle that unfolds when the careful balance between man and Wild Magic is broken. In Lord of the Changing Winds , Griffins, magic creatures of sand and fire, appear in the sleepy Feierabiand town of Minas Ford, seeking a gifted healer. Kes, a fifteen year old girl who believed her life would follow t
These books are like air: sharp and intelligent. The dangers are more complicated than "good vs evil"; the solutions rely on brain and heart instead of brawn. Language, world and characters are intricate and intelligent. This author is delight for the intellectual fantasy afficianado. The series provides a darker side to griffens than I've seen from other fantasy writers, an it is a very refreshing perspective!!! I loved Rachel's writing style and the uniqueness of the world she's created in thi ...more
I could not bring myself to finish this book, or series, whatever, no matter how hard I tried. I've been trying to get into it for days, and it's just not happening for me. I can even relate to the main character and the distance she puts between herself and other people, but I just don't care for the main characters. It's not that I don't like them, it's that I have a complete neutral opinion concerning what could happen to them. Maybe I'll try to pick this up again later, but it's just not hap ...more
Beautifully written. Completely unique and original Heros and heroines. Book 2 is my favorite. This isn't for someone who likes cookie cutter fantasy novels. This has way more art to its style. U do not have to be a fantasy book "type" to appreciate these. And the last page ending of each novel is so conclusive and finished- I just loved it. Recommend to anyone. Boy or girl. Young or old. No language, or anything u might be embarrassed to read aloud to your own mother. ;) probably my favorite se ...more
Julia Hendon
I read all three books together. Overall, a well done series with believable, like able, yet imperfect characters that I became very fond of. Each book builds on the previous one but features a different pair of central characters. Continuing characters give a sense of continuity. The griffins are especially well done. It isn't easy to create intelligent non-human characters that are not just people in a different form.
I have a pile of books waiting to be read that could reach my ceiling, but I decided since this came from a personal recommendation I could squeeze one more in. Indeed, I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of griffins made of fire, and earth mages that burn with chilly fingers. I loved how each book centered around a different character and felt pulled in more each time I moved on to the next chapter.

The trilogy is an ongoing tale and should be read as one entire book. Characters from the first book co
this trilogy cought me right in.
the first book talks about Kes, a shy girl hat will become a creature of fire, amazing story telling, you will fall in love with Kes and the Griffins.
the second book is centered on Gereint, a gifted maker that is also geas bound, left to die after the events in the first book. a little slow at the beginning but really worth reading it. he will free himself and find kindness again after years of being a slave.
the third takes us back to a character that was really i
Ok, I seem to have been confused: Rachel Aaron/Bach are one person, but Rachel Neumeier is somebody else. All three of them (well, both of them) write super-fun stuff. This series has a wonderful spin on different kinds of magic and its use, and several unique and well-written female characters. These books (because it turns out I got an omnibus version of a trilogy: Lord of the Changing Winds, Land of the Burning Sands, and Law of the Broken Earth, which is why it took me so long to finish —mul ...more
When Griffins are pushed out of their parcel of land they move and with them they take their magic. Kes, a young healer, is taken by the Griffons to help heal their people but this changes her life forever. The second story, Land of the Burning Sands is about Gereint Enseichen, an indentured servant who is trying to escape servitude and become a more useful member of society. Law of the Broken Earth is about Mienthe, a young member of the aristocracy caught up in a war that could change the worl ...more
This book held promise. However, only a third of the way through, the descriptions began to feel repetitive (eyes of fire, shadows with fiery eyes, griffin mages that don't seem quite human--okay, we get it). The characterization fell flat, too, with little development; though Kes, a main character, experienced drastic changes--wrenched from her family, instilled with power, and responsible for mediation between griffins and men--her dialogue remained as stilted as it was before these changes oc ...more
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The tale of a few characters is told from different points of view which allows you to explore the various cultures of the world Neumeier creates. Beautifully told with generally unforeseeable endings and great work up to the climax. The writing style is accessible to all yet appears to be adapted as well to the point of view adopted. Definitely a book I would recommend to someone looking for light reading.
Ruth Kevghas
I loved having the 3 books in one; but also did not want the trilogy to end- loved it!
LeAnn Jones
That ending... *insert string of curse words*
Oct 13, 2013 Amanda added it
Shelves: gave-up
Most books I give up on have to be pretty boring in order for me to set it aside. This one, however, wasn't so much boring (maybe a tiny bit at times) as redundant. I became tired of the same descriptions of the griffins being made over and over, even in places where a description wasn't needed and it just felt like filler. I got tired of skimming, basically.
I really tried to finish it, but I simply couldn't do it. Why do so many authors think that fantasy and unpronounceable names go together??

And I couldn't relate to Kes at all. If the author wanted her to come across as odd, she did it a little too well.
I did not like the first book, Lord of Changing Winds, as well as the other 2. It seemed less fully fledged and had little depth. Land of the Burning Sands and Law of the Broken Earth were fascinating and engrossing.
If I had half stars to give I would have given this 3.5 stars. I will likely look for more books authored by Neumeier.
The overall story is ok. Some holes in the plot. a bit predictable. I read it mostly for completion. Not my favorite.
Constance Fay
Didn't actually read, abandoned. Talking griffins with overly complicated names just didn't work.
Ann Gimpel
Really liked the fire mage motif. Very creative. Credible job with world-building.
Complicated story - well organized in this trilogy. Really creative and fun read.
A well planned trilogy.
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Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.

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Griffin Mage (3 books)
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  • Land of the Burning Sands (Griffin Mage, #2)
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