The White Gryphon (Valdemar: Mage Wars #2)
It has been ten years since the magical Cataclysm, which destroyed the twin strongholds of the two world's most powerful Mages, killing Urtho, creator of the gryphons, and sending his forces into exile. Now Urthro's peoples--human and non-human alike live in a terraced city carved into the face of a gleaming white cliff on the edge of the Western Ocean. Secure at least, until the fleet of the mysterious Black Kings appears in their harbor, bringing envoys who inform the residents of White Gryph
I thought this novel was better paced and more suspenseful, and I liked the setting, reminiscent of an ancient African civilization such as Mali, but with elements that make the culture pretty unique, and thus different than the usual pseudo-Medieval European setting you usuall...more
I have read this book countless times but for some reason I ended up taking a differ...more
The White Gryphon is the second book of the Mage Wars trilogy, set back in Velgarth's prehistory. The war itself has ended. Urtho and Ma'ar have been destroyed, and the Kaled'a'in have wandered far to find a new home. Finally they've found it, and built into cliff the city they would go on to call White Gryphon, in honour of Skandranon's new magic-bleached co...more
Another aspect I found enlightening was the spin on imperialism...more
Essentially, nothing much happens. The gryphon Skandrannon and his friends are still around. They moved after the end of the mage wars.
The rest of the book was good too! Just that scene has really stayed with me. (I like how he was taken down at the end too, though!)
I love the Haighlei, as odd as they are. Their culture is so different from the rest of the peopl...more
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 Bla...more