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The Crystal Gryphon by Andre Norton
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Great fun. This book by the so-called Grand Dame of Fantasy and Sci-Fi was my first by Andre Norton, but I look forward to exploring her Witch World in more detail. The story stands well on its own; the main plot is resolved by the end, and I had no trouble immersing myself in this world, in spite of the fact that this is book five in a longer series. This isn't complex writing, and for some the high fantasy faux old English might grate, but I found it endearingly retro. This is very much fantasy as it was before revisionism began to challenge Tolkien's legacy. The characters in Crystal Gryphon are consistent and interesting enough for a fast-paced narrative with lots of magic and mystery, but the success of this book rests on Norton's admirable ability to sketch out a fantasy world in very quick strokes. If you're expecting Robin Hobb, this isn't it--but as an imaginative adventure novel, I enjoyed it immensely.
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Reading Progress

January 22, 2016 – Started Reading
January 22, 2016 – Shelved
January 25, 2016 – Finished Reading

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