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The Silver Gryphon (Valdemar: Mage Wars #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  8,898 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
A dozen years of peace have passed in the city of White Gryphon, and the residents have trained a new elite guard force--the Silver Gryphons. Blade and Tad, the offspring of Skandranon the Black Gryphon and Amberdrake the Healer, have completed training and accepted their first assignment--one that will take them to a dark tropical rain forest to face a nameless terror whi ...more
Published March 3rd 1997 by Gollancz (first published 1996)
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Jul 26, 2014 Sofia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I really liked the fist two books in the Mage Wars trilogy, this was quite disappointing. This story is not at all about the main characters you have come to expect from the first two books, but their troublesome offspring. It is a protracted romp through the woods, with the two main characters being hunted by some unknown force, which of course ends happily and victoriously. No political intrigue as in the first books, but mostly an "action" read. Lots of accidents, running, fighting a ...more
Ryan G
Mar 25, 2011 Ryan G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where the first book in this trilogy is pure fantasy and the second book is more of a murder mystery, the final book is more like the classic tale of survival. Now, this is a reread for me like the first two were, but once again I started to look at this book a little more broadly. It is definitely a fantasy book, but it's so much more that that. This books is the most personal of the three of them, simply because it's main focus is on two individuals throughout most the of the book. You are abl ...more
Slow, boring, a complete disappointment compared to it's two predecessors.
Dec 08, 2016 Jolie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to get mostly the younger generation's perspective through most of the book. Could have done without the seemingly interminable description of the journey through the jungle; it was a bit too repetitive. Overall a good conclusion to the trilogy.
This book was bad. Nothing happened and there was no character development, though it was a quick read. We'll see if it ends up being helpful to have read the Gryphon series but my instinct now is to encourage anyone reading the Valdemar books to skip it.
Jul 22, 2016 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
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Jun 29, 2013 Meagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just bafflingly bad considering how much I like the rest of the Valdemar world and even the first two books in this trilogy. First of all, the book is told mostly from the point of view of the main characters of the first two books in the trilogy's children. This is a first (and I believe only) for the series, and it's a very BAD thing. The parents, the main characters we know and like from the last two books are reduced to strange, contradictory cutouts in comparison to their previ ...more
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me since ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Gryphon The Silver Gryphon is the last book in the Mage Wars trilogy, the first in the epic Valdemar saga. The first book in the series was pure high fantasy, the second less magic and more intrigue, and this one is a tale of survival. It also contains one of my favorite quotes from any book, ever...

“In a calm, clear voice, she suggested that the wyrsa in question could do several highly improbable, athletically difficult and possibly biologically impractical things involving its own
Ward Bond
Nov 01, 2014 Ward Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A dozen years of peace have passed in the city of White Gryphon-but the inhabitants of this hard-won haven have not forgotten their struggles, and have trained an elite guard force, the Silve Gryphons, to protect their city. Skandranon, the Black Gryphon, and Amberdrake the healer, have settled into quiet, comfortable lives. But things are not so tranquil for Silverblade, Drake's daugther, and Tadrith, Skan's son. Anxious to prove themselves, and despite their parents' very real concerns, they h

Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 27, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard Core Valdemar Fans
This is the third novel in Lackey's Gryphon series, so if you haven't already, you should read The Black Gryphon and The White Gryphon first. This book is centered on two children of the central characters of the first two books: Tadrith and Silverblade.

I think they're not as interesting as their fathers, Skandranon and Amberdrake, nor is the plot as engaging as the first two books; there are dull spots, I think because for much of it Tadrith and Silverblade are stranded by themselves, with lit
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I actually enjoyed this third book in the trilogy more than the previous two!

While some other reviewers disliked the main characters hiding and running from some unseen enemy for a large portion in the middle of the story, I thought it added suspense and excitement. I enjoyed not knowing what was out there in the darkness and it felt more real for the main characters that way.

I think switching the perspective to the parents, specifically the fathers, at about 70% through the story, was a wise m
Jeremy Preacher
Nov 17, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As much of a mess as The Black Gryphon is, The Silver Gryphon is worse. OK, it actually has a plot, but it's just terrible. Part of the problem is that it's fundamentally a teenagers-leave-the-nest story, and I find those generally pretty unbearable. (Hell, I often find teenagers pretty unbearable.) The familiar characters are turned into one-dimensional overprotective parents up until the last fifteen pages, and the bulk of the book involves excruciatingly tedious accounts of trekking through j ...more
Lackey is one of my favorite authors ever! I started reading her in 8th grade but I will still pull out her books to reread them. Her character building is really her main strength – you want to meet her characters – which is probably why I always reach for her books as a pick-me-up, it’s like talking to old friends. Again, a prequel to her Herald series (and we're talking ancient history here). This series has to do with the recovery of a devastated world and devastated people after the Catacly ...more
Note: spoiler in last two sentences of this review! I gave this one a tentative 4-star rating. It was a good story, well written and entertaining. It just wasn't what I was expecting it to be, I suppose. The first two of this series were very fantastical and full of mystery and adventures, focusing on Skan and Drake, the characters I've come to really enjoy. This one, however, was mainly focused on their children. And it was more a story of survival rather than wars and espionage and what not. I ...more
Kate Lansky
Sep 25, 2009 Kate Lansky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Well, definitely a good book, liked the story and all, but it just seemed to end too soon. Like it was cut off.

Silver and Tad are pretty awesome, they and the parents all grow quite a bit, the danger is pretty unique, but the ending.... seemed like it was one of those 'out of space, cut it now!' things, which is disappointing to some degree. Still, the characters were neat and had the feel of many adventures to come for the families involved, but far as I know, this is the last book where we see
Nov 09, 2011 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So this was pretty much what I remembered. It was certainly interesting and respectable to finish a trilogy with a book that takes place almost twenty years after the first two. However, the plot was fairly predictable and the action a little too drawn out, especially since you know how everything is going to end. I suppose it's unfair to complain that the plot is predictable, as Lackey has shown the willingness in other books in this same world to kill off and maim characters who are just as be ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well, 2.5. I was really disappointed with the ending of the book. I think that is was nice to see the transition from war generation to peaceful generation, and how the kids handle their fame through their parents...but I felt the book was mostly boring. Lots of introspection, and then a quick action scene to bring everyone together and solve all conflicts. After all, the family that fights together stays together! Well, that is how it felt. All in all, I felt it was a weak closing to a great li ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Tadrith, son of the Black Gryphon Skandranon Rashkae, member of the Silver Gryphon and his partner Silverblade are going on an Outpost Mission Five for six moons. This much to the dismay of their famous fathers. While traveling to the outpost, the pair unexpected crash injuring them both and all their magical equipment drained of it's energy. This duo must find a way to safety whilebeing trailed by an unknown enemy. Meanwhile back in White Gryphon, their parents are frantic with worry about thei ...more
May 22, 2016 Tnkw01 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
I gues it's the time of my life but this book really touched me. All My children have recently left the home and all are now trying to find there way through this world. I have to say that this is hands down my favorite Lackey book. (view spoiler) I only have two criticisms. First, I felt the story ended too abruptly and it needed more. Second, the book needs a g ...more
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Book three was a great continuation. I liked the introduction to the new elite fighting force - Silver Gryphons. What I really like about these stories is how Ms. Lackey forces my imagination to soar with animals and mythical creatures interacting with humans. I feel as though it's a natural as breathing. I like this because I tend to think of people as entities rather than male/female. These books take it to another level for me to accept each character as an entity. I love this world she's cre ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first two in the series were good but this one it just felt like she decided to tack on one more and did not have much to go on. Add to that the ending just seemed to jump off a cliff and the story over all was very boring and the plot throughout the entire book drags. I finished it but I really hated how she seemed to suddenly rush to the end and as I like to put it "The ending jumped off a cliff." My advce read [Book: The Black Gryphon] and [Book: The White Gryphon] They end just fine leav ...more
Rachel Triska
May 24, 2011 Rachel Triska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introducing for the first time as main characters the children that we saw in The White Gryphon, the progeny of the protagonists of the first two novels. I quite enjoyed seeing Aberdrake and Skandranon through their children's eyes, and seeing the difference in characteristics to how I, from looking at them previously in a first-person POV, had seen them. The plot was fascinating, with a thriller/hero-quest twist to it. It wasn't as dark as I had feared, but chilling enough to have made me jump ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Glitterfairy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who mindlessly collects Mercedes Lackey books
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Nov 29, 2010 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but only because I haven't read any Lackey lately and returning to her was like snuggling up in a warm blanket. I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, but this one wasn't really in the normal Lackey trilogy style. It seemed to be just a story of the children of our beloved heroes, and not a direct continuation of the storyline in the first two books. Fun, but lacking the usual Lackey scope and punch. Wish there was more about White Gryphon and the role it played in the Valde ...more
May 02, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Wyatt
With the first book in the series following Skan and Drake in their youth and the second with them in middle age, the last in the series is reasonably about their getting old. Their children, Tad and Blade, take up most of the book in a slowly evolving plot that doesn't really get interesting until Drake and Skan join the search party and the four of them hook up. Lots of issues get resolved between parent and child. The final book in this series seemed a bit slow and not quite as interesting as ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Skandrannon & Amberdrake’s children are adults now, and going nuts from having their protective parents be who they are. They get an assignment to man a patrol post a long way from the city, but on the way, they crash when all the magic is drained out of their transport. Then they have to survive the rain forest and figure out what caused the problem and get to a place where their rescuers can find them. Lots of adventure. Pretty good read.
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Mercedes 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 &am ...more
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“In a calm, clear voice, she suggested that the wyrsa in question could do several highly improbable, athletically difficult and possibly biologically impractical things involving its own mother, a few household implements, and a dead fish.” 39 likes
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