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The Griffin Mage Trilogy

(Griffin Mage #1-3)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  42 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
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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Debbie Gascoyne
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm putting my review in this edition, because this was the format I read it in, and because although each book focusses on different characters, there is one continuous narrative arc that runs through all three books.

First I want to say that I really enjoy Rachel Neumeier's work, and appreciate the fact that these are in the tradition of classic fantasy, without pandering to any of the current YA tropes or fads. In fact, it could be argued that these are not YA at all, which is fine by me. Nor
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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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
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, fantasy, magic, own
Review to come :)
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Julia Hendon
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It reads like an epic fantasy novel. All flowery prose and vast descriptions that inevitably lull me to sleep. And that is The Griffin Mage Trilogy's greatest strength. Neumeier's writing itself is mildly engaging and entertaining. But the sad truth is, I think that's the only reason I kept reading.

Lord of the Changing Winds

Behold the first book in The Griffin Mage Trilogy, in which we meet Kes, the main character. Kes is a shy, introverted fifteen year old with social anxiety problems that
K. Morral
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable trilogy with an interesting world, original magic system and memorable POV characters. I liked how each book was apparently self-contained, yet the story arch nicely extended across all three. And it was fun to read a book where the magical creatures of note were griffins.

Although I had enjoyed these books, looking back I'm surprised by how much memory of the trilogy is dominated by my dislike for Kes, the main character from book 1 - a human girl who becomes a fire mage.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-this, read-2018
First off, I am convinced that in the omnibus is the only way to read this trilogy without losing your mind. The first two, two-and-a-half books you don't even really see the overarching story of the trilogy; it just seems like books in the same world, with a couple of the same characters. It's not until the very end that everything comes together. In my opinion, that pays off, though. And I mean, the books on their own merits are fantastic. Although I'm still upset about the spelling. Griffin i ...more
Maureen Shannon
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woven so masterly

I was lucky enough to read all three books at the same time in sequence. Otherwise I would have been frustrated waiting for the next book. I love the way that the author has woven all the characters together and answered all the questions by the end of the the end of the last book. With one exception all the bad guys turn out to be good guys and girls are admirable and so convincing and likeable. I'm sorry that the series has come to an end and I shall read anything else by this
Apr 27, 2020 marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Please don't judge me for taking a really long time to finish this, it's actually three books.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely not your typical fantasy novel. Three novels in one visits three neighboring yet very different kingdoms each possessing different types of elemental magic typically inborn.

What I enjoyed:

- The story is unique for sure. I like that the author wasn't afraid to mess with main characters and their lives in significant and usually surprising ways.

- The world building is very good. The author paints a great picture of the different landscapes and populations.

- The flow of the story to me
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: escapism, ebooks, fiction
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 — mu ...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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book series. It was not the greatest, most well thought out book series that I have read by any means. I also found here and there where events in the book that shoukd have had more of an emotional impact were totally ignores so much so that you didnt realize til pages later what had happened. even when going back and reading the passages again you still cant tell that the instance had happened. that was frustrating but overall it was decent.



Sep 12, 2013 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.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: better-than-most
Richly written down to every detail, the trilogy engages the reader in the lives of the peoples of Linularinum, Cassmantium, and Feierabiand and the griffins who are invading their lands. As each book of the trilogy unfolds you find yourself immersed and to your delight or distress find that you can now relate to those you previously regarded as enemies.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Ann Gimpel
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked the fire mage motif. Very creative. Credible job with world-building.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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