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The Dark Griffin (The Fallen Moon #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  787 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Being chosen as a griffin's companion has allowed Arren Cardockson to gain a place of status within the land of Cymria. But Arren can never escape the prejudice that comes with his Northerner slave origins. For chained within the Arena where rogue griffins battle to entertain the crowds, there lies another soul crying out to be freed-a kindred spirit that will allow Arren ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Ace (first published August 1st 2009)
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Tsana Dolichva
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Griffin is a story about a griffin and a human. The griffin has an unfortunately difficult life, fighting to survive from the time it's born. I was a bit surprised when I started reading, actually, that the first two chapters are told entirely from the point of view of griffins with humans barely featuring on the periphery. Taylor pulled it off, however. In a section that had the potential to feel like a drawn-out prologue, I was captivated the entire time.

In Taylor's world, griffins ar
May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: griffin lovers (provided they're okay with skimming), people suffering from intense white guilt
I really wanted to like this. It's so frustrating that I don't like this. The groundwork for a great novel was all there, hopelessly out of reach! Griffins are an underutilized fantasy creature that the genre has not tapped into that much, especially compared to their bigger, scaly cousins. And when I heard there was a series that featured a world where griffins had a kinmanship with humans and set up a society where they were almost equals, I immediately asked my library to ship me a copy. Whoo ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dark and unsophisticated: not a winning combination.

The book begins with a mother griffin tending to her chicks. In the wilderness. During dire times. Related in short sentences. This gets better, but those first three sentences were not promising, and in retrospect I wish I'd stopped there. The story progresses rather like a nature documentary until one chick triumphantly reaches adulthood.

Then we get introduced to Arren, a human of a traditionally enslaved race, who nonetheless has garnered so
Nerine Dorman
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you, like me, gobbled up Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels like they were crack, then you’re probably going to enjoy The Dark Griffin. And I really, really enjoyed this story, even though the novel is a bit rough around the edges.

First off, there were definite viewpoint issues. I felt as though the author couldn’t decide whether to run with a third-person omniscient or a deep third. As it stands, the narrative exists in a funny kind of limbo, with authorial voice intruding from time to time to off
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Mercy Dragonslayer
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a nice, good book. It was horribly slow starting up and it really needed some polish, but yeah, I liked it. Every time (every 25 pages or so) things got boring, the plot picked up a bit to keep me reading it.

The griffins were cool, albeit a bit . . . convenient. I could have done without their magic, and the fact that they can speak human languages. And I actually liked Eluna, but of course (this is a sore spot with me--my favorite character in a book will die 34 out of 35 times) the au
Temný gryf mi na poličce ležel už pár let a teď se akorát cítím trapně, že jsem se k němu dostal až nyní. I když kniha asi nepřekvapí ničím světovým, má jednu výbornou vlastnost - není to žádné klišé. Hlavní postava má už od začátku knihy smůlu a kvůli svému vzhledu - černý, jak ho všichni nazývají - to jednoduše nemá lehké. A tak to platí po celou dobu. Všechno by mohlo vypadat dobře, ale autorka prostě s takovýmto koncem není spokojená a proto děj odebírá tou nejtěžší a nejnebezpečnější cestou ...more
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fabulous read. Not only was there a great attention to detail, Taylor threw every hardship and more at the protagonist, Arren Cardockson.


Definitely a keeper! (And I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.)
Tom Flaherty
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a masterpiece of Dark Fantasy, mocking the cut-and-dry morality of High Fantasy and exposing the self-righteous xenophobia often displayed by High Fantasy protagonists. The characters are compelling, the setting gritty, the prose brilliant and the plot pure genius.
„Před dávnými časy,“ začala mírným, ale jasným hlasem, „byli orel a lev nepřátelé. Žili na zemi společně, ale oba jí chtěli vládnout. Neustále spolu bojovali, ale žádný z nich nemohl zvítězit. Orel měl výborný zrak a ostrý zobák a spáry, ale lev dokázal šplhat a sám měl silné zuby a drápy. Jednoho dne se orel snesl na lva a odnesl ho pryč. Chtěl ho utopit v moři, ale to bylo daleko a orlu brzy došly síly.
Začal padat z oblohy dolů, ale nemohl lva pustit, protože se drápy zamotal do jeho hřívy. Pa
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What started out as a fanfiction of the inheritance cycle turned into its own engaging world (I would argue one better than inheritance cycle)- parallels are somewhat obvious and knowing origins the derivative relationship between Griffon companion and Dragon rider is clear but the differences are significant enough that it doesn't feel like an imitation.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Completely engrossed. Heart in "talons" for so long
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Torture fest for a hapless pair of protagonists, as the author destroys their lives piece at a time.

A dark bit of reading.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010, for-review
Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews:

The Dark Griffin is the first novel in The Fallen Moon Trilogy by K.J. Taylor focusing on the life of Arren and a black griffin. Fantastical and filled with emotion, this novel was a great start to what has the promise to be a thrilling series.

The world building within the novel was first rate. Honestly, I normally don't like fantasy simply because the settings and creatures are too hard to relate too. Authors tend to take liberties with creating world-spe
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is high fantasy at it's finest. I honestly enjoyed it so, so much! (Full review:
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
The black griffin had nothing, not even a name, when he was cast out on his own. Against all the odds, he survived, grew, thrived. But his territory bordered that of the humans, and humans disliked the wild griffins.

Arren had everything, especially considering he was a Northman, a people best known for being slaves. But he had a griffin, Eluna, and that meant the opportunity to be more than any Northman ever was. Even if he couldn't get any respect thanks to his heritage.

But when their paths cr
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Arren is the first Northerner to become a griffiner in a land where, until some decades ago, people from the north were enslaved. He grew up ashamed of what he was and trying to conceal it, to blend in. He even changes his name, Arenadd, into one similar but common in the south I don't think this was a silly idea: if you feel ashamed of something, especially when young,generally you try to hide it or you display it in a very redundant manner. Arren tries to conceal his diversity by changing his ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going into this book I was expecting a traditional 'farm-boy-to-hero' story. A few chapters in I realised that The Dark Griffin isn't what I expected at all. Arren's dark story of betrayal and retribution realistically documents easily how quickly society turns on those who are different. Arren becomes a victim of a set up, designed to disgrace him and strip him of his power. At the first signs of trouble his neighbours and work mates condemn him and he very quickly loses the things he once took ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: do-not-recommend
Like Nita, below, I have difficulty summing up my reactions to this book.

I love griffins, and I love fantasy stories where the nonhuman race(s) are not just humans in another shape; and this is probably the best feature of the book. The griffins have their own language, culture (a simplistic one, but it includes an origin myth and some cultural norms that are quite different from any human group's). I wish there'd been some more exploration of this, and some further explanation of how griffins'
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011, i-own, rc
Když byl Arren ještě velmi malý, měl to obrovské štěstí, že si ho Eluna vybrala. Eluna ale není jen tak někdo. Je to přenádherný gryf a gryfové si neberou jen tak někoho. To že si ho vybrala, bylo docela neobvyklé, protože Arren je seveřan, černý a hned se omlouvám za tuto opravdu ošklivou nadávku, kteří ještě před nedávnem byli otroci. A i když je Arren gryfmistr, občas se najde někdo, kdo s jeho postavením nesouhlasí.
A jelikož je Arren zadlužený, přijme nabídku na chycení černého gryfa v Měděn
Plot summary: Arren Cardockson is a griffiner - the companion and rider of a griffin. He's also a Northerner, a people who were enslaved centuries ago. He became a griffiner by chance, chosen by his griffin at a young age. When he's sent to a small town to investigate a rogue man-eating griffin, life as he knows it changes forever.

Thoughts: I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. I mean, I wanted to know what happened. And I liked the world in which the story took place. But there were
Kallie M
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is truly remarkable in the fact that the plot is unlike any other that I have read. Having an entirely new concept - bypassing the current mediocre vampire/werewolf dramas that seem to be the sole fantasy media circulation these days.
Anyhoo, back to the story. The world KJ Taylor creates is very vivid and full of cultural background, making it plausible that the world could actually exist. Although the world is not without it's dark areas. Which is what I think I love the most about Ea
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I started this book somewhat warily. An acknowledgments page of mostly Internet-handles doesn't usually bode well for the quality of what comes after, and for the first few chapters or so, The Dark Griffin proved as generic as expected (which isn't necessarily a bad thing in a genre novel.) Also, the blurb on the back hailing this as "edgy" always makes me wary. Granted, I'm a big fan of the Game of Thrones series, so in the end this book, to me, wasn't edgy so much as it was complex and well-ac ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fantasy
Ok, so I really wanted to classify this as YA, but the weird bout of griffin sex made me change my mind. However, the the style of writing, and the development of the characters and plot scream YA.

This novel, like The Battle Sylph, had a lot of potential - but ultimately failed to deliver. I liked the world K.J. Taylor created, and I didn't even mind the main character and the series of unfortunate events he faces. (Readers who couldn't understand how quickly and horribly Arren's life sank shoul
Yuutje | thelittlebookworm
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I stayed up till half past one yesterday to finish this book. I must say I quite enjoyed it, though I had a few problems with the book, hence the two stars. First of all, wasn't convinced of the bond between Eluna and Arren. I felt like Arren never completely trusted Eluna, and I felt like she could attack him at any moment, and their bond didn't feel strong, even though Arren was hearbroken after (view spoiler). I also did not like the way the author depicted grif ...more
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers everywhere
Shelves: first-reads
I got this as a goodreads firstread ARC. I unreservedly give this book four stars. When I signed up to win this copy, I knew it was a gamble- fantasy usually is a bit of a gamble. But books like this are the reason I sign up for firstreads books. I got to be one of the very first to read a book that I feel sure will be disappearing off the shelves very soon.
Taylor has approached her world in some very unique ways. For instance, focusing on the griffin instead of the dragon or the unicorn or some
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was something that entered my book collection by my urging Heather to pick a book she thought I would like, that I wouldn't read the summary to or the author of, but instead buy impulsively--this practice sort of became a ritual upon visiting book stores. The Dark Griffin was refreshingly unbridled, it didn't feel as though there were any overtones or deeper levels, but written well enough to be palatable. While reading you'll experience a fun exploration of how griffins might behave and ho ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I just finished this trilogy last night and am here to give some advice for those of you who wish to start this series. Don't waste your money.

You know how they say "Never judge a book by it's cover"?

In this series, you really should. Just like the hilariously bad photoshop cover art; this book is lazy, poorly done, and embarrassing to read.

I wanted to like this book. So much so that I stuck it out and bought the other two books hoping it'd get better. It actually did get a little bit better,
Anthony Eaton
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the launch of this book, so I'm probably a little biased, but this is, I believe, one to watch out for. Taylor has inverted many of the traditional tropes of the fantasy genre with this one, while at the same time staying faithful to the genre in a way that demonstrates clearly her familiarity with, and the depth of her understanding of this often-maligned field of writing.

Her writing is deft, the story engaging, and the plotting is, for the most pa
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Griffins, Griffon...: The Fallen Moon Series, by K.J. Taylor 1 7 Oct 26, 2012 03:48AM  
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K.J.Taylor was born in Australia in 1986 and plans to stay alive for as long as possible. She went to Radford College and achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra, where she is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Information Studies.

She published her first work, The Land of Bad Fantasy through Scholastic when she was just 18, and went on to publish The D
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The Fallen Moon (3 books)
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