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The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey
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Mar 31, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
Read in March, 2011

This is part of the Valdemar pre-history, which is slightly problematic for me, since at the end of the day I kinda know how a lot of this is going to end. So it gets a bit of a downgrade for me, because any time an author writes up a bunch of legends in their series and then goes back and writes the full novels it takes a bit of the suspense away. Still the journey is well constructed, so it's not all about the destination.

The characters are likable and engaging (though the major plot "twist" was rather predictable) and it's a fast read that trucks right along. Biggest quibble: Urtho, the legendary Mage of Silence is a rather minor player here in a book that's all about his time and ultimate actions. seems like a wasted opportunity. I'd be willing to accept the argument that maybe a tale about anyone with "Silence" in their name might be a bit boring, but the mage is pretty chatty in all of his actual appearances.

If you like Lackey's style and characters, you'll probably enjoy this.
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