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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (3 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857984978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857984972
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mercedes Lackey (1950-) Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book, though not as exciting as the previous two in the series, was still interesting. The plot moved a little slow, focusing on the 2 main character's predicament and how they coped, but the development of the characters moved the story along. I grew to love Skandranon and Amberdrake in the previous books and would have liked to have seen more of them, but since the story was meant to be more of a 'coming of age' tale about their children, that wasn't possible. Mercedes has a habit of moving our attention from old to new characters regularly, letting us know the old are still around and involved in her plot, but making us become interested in the new characters as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 May 2013
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This is an old favourite, following on from the Black Gryphon - Skandranon is still irascible, Amberdrake is still manipulative - and now we find out hw this affects their offspring!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Severe disappointment 25 Dec. 2003
By Elonna75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: School & Library Binding
I've been a Lackey fan for years, and this is by far her worst book ever. I've always loved the Valdemar universe and I had been excited when the "pre-history" series was coming out. I don't know if it's the influence of her husband as a co-author, but this trilogy is one that I don't think I can bear to read a 3rd time. I only read it twice because I couldn't believe it had been as awful as I'd recalled.
The characters in the 3rd story are so hard to care about that it becomes nearly impossible to care about anything happening in this book. The book seemed rushed - almost as if it had been thrown together to complete the trilogy.
I'd recommend reading ANY of Ms. Lackey's books before these. I still think she's a wonderful author, but don't let this trilogy be your first experience reading her work.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not even close to good. 24 Jun. 2004
By Cherie L. Wasson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I feel like Larry Dixon must have written most of this book. This acts like there was one event, and they tried to turn it into a whole book. There is little or nothing about the Black griffon and his mate in this book, and it does not add to the story line. The black griffon was an excellent read, and if you like it, you won't like this book. I think this was the first time I returned/traded off a M. Lackey book.
That said, this author is one of my favorites, with series I read and re-read over and over, discovering new things each time. Please check out the first book in this series, or any other of her books.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected 23 Mar. 2003
By Leanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It has been twelve years since the city of White Gryphon became a part of the Haighlei Empire. The kestra'chern Amberdrake and his friend, the gryphon Skandranon, and their families have lived in relative peace. Amberdrake's daughter, Silverblade, and Skan's son, Tadrith, have grown up and are now members of White Gryphon's elite guard, the Silver Gryphons. They are given their first assignment: a remote rain forest post on the Haighlei border. Despite their parents' misgivings and concern, the two set out. Along the way, a mysterious force suddenly sucks the mage energy out of their equipment, causing Blade and Tad to crash. Injured and unable to call for help, will the two be able to outrun and outwit a deadly enemy they have never encountered before?
"The Silver Gryphon" is the third book in Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon's Mage Wars Series. As with the previous two books, Dixon's influence on the text will be apparent to Lackey fans. It is easily the weakest of the three, although it is still a worthwhile read for experienced Valdemar fans.
I really enjoyed the characters, especially Tadrith. He was a lot of fun and demonstrated all of the entertaining male gryphon quirks that have been present in Skan and Treyvan of Mage Storms and Mage Winds. I didn't like Blade so much at first, mainly because I was hoping she'd be more like Amberdrake (one of my favorite Valdemar characters), but she grew on me as the story went on. I came to appreciate her strength and courage. And of course it was a pleasure to read about Amberdrake and Skan again, even if only for a relatively small portion of the book.
The action in this book was quite good. There was ample suspense as Blade and Tad were chased and hunted (I won't mention by what as some other reviews have because I feel it ruins the surprise). The climax was also very tense and exciting.
My major complaint (and it really is a trend in Lackey's books) is the rushed feeling I came away with after completing the book. However, this book felt even more rushed than the others. I think this is mostly because I was expecting it to be the concluding book of a series. It really wasn't. These three books can be treated almost individually, unlike the Arrows books or Last Herald-Mage books.
Bottom Line: Good for its action and suspense, but lacking in the pacing of its ending. I would really only recommend this to readers familiar with Valdemar.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bad 30 Nov. 1999
By Emily Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If one is a fan of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, "The Silver Gryphon" is helpful only insofar as you will be able to say that you own all of her books set in that world (barring the recent Owlflight books which seem to be merely another method of "milking a long dry cow" as it were). The characters are the "scions" of the previous two novels - and rather whiney characters at that. They spend their time lost in a jungle, afraid. The reader spends his or her time lost in the doldrums, bored. If one is an illustration flipper, like me, who tends to look at all the pictures before reading the plot, the "magic eating creatures" are already revealed. There are very few books that I cannot finish - this nearly became one of those (except that I had purchased it, I certainly would not have finished). If you enjoyed her Valdemar series thus far, if you read that series merely to puzzle out her world, then consider your puzzle complete and leave "The Silver Gryphon" on the shelves.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poorly Planned 13 Sept. 2011
By Bodi Yuhico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
(Disclaimer: This review liberally cites the other books in the Valdemar universe, to compare and rant on the apparent demise in quality. If you haven't read the other Valdemar books, go read them instead of this awful book of fluff.)

This was a long and awkward read. Someone must have forgotten that stating that a book is "Book 3" of a trilogy essentially means that its a concluding chapter of a story, the finale of an epic.

Silver Gryphon is the 3rd book of the Mage Wars Trilogy, the 'prequel' trilogy to the Valdemar books we have all come to know and love. Unfortunately, nothing in Silver Gryphon even resonates of anything in the other Valdemar books.

Black Gryphon (Book 1) revolved around Urtho, Ma'ar, and their war, which had been mentioned and remarked upon ever since Treyvan and Hydona's appearance in Winds of Fate (TWO trilogies before the Mage War Trilogy). It revolved around the fact that, "OH, so Skandranon was ACTUALLY a gryphon that was BLACK!" and the "Ma'ar" character that An'desha had proceeded from. White Gryphon (Book 2) revolved around the colony of Kaled'a'in that had escaped to form the mixed clan k'Leshya that Treyvan and Hydona would ultimately spring from. It dealt with their dealings with the Black Kings of the mysterious South, an "empire even more ancient than the Eastern Empire". It also played around with the fact that, "OH, Skandranon became WHITE?? And it was the name of the colony??"

Silver Gryphon basically removes itself from the good material Black and White Gryphon sprang from, and goes off to a totally unrelated adventure which has no impact with the rest of the timeline. Now, as a matter of course, this didn't have to be a bad thing. If it was handled in a good way, it could have been totally without relation to any books in the "future". But it WASN'T handled in a good way. The book can be divided into 5 parts:

1) The children are the new main characters! Moan about never living up the standards of their "legendary" parents.
2) Amberdrake and Skan have been reduced from those deep characters we loved to whiny non-understanding fathers. To be fair, Skan handled himself well. Drake, for me, was a bitter disappointment. Whine whine whiiiiiiiine. That was his character.
3) 200 pages of being lost in a forest. --> I have a bad feeling this is more of Larry Dixon's style, because this is strongly reminiscent of Darian's running around and introspection in the first 150 pages of Owlflight (another Dixon-Lackey collaboration).
4) Swift conclusion of non-existent unknown evil
5) Everyone lives happily ever after

I could live with the fact that it wasn't about Skan.... if it had interesting characters I'd actually care about. I could live with the fact that it didn't mention anything familiar from "future" Valdemar... if it actually added and enriched the story. But ONE THING I COULDN'T LIVE WITH: and that was the fact that Silver Gryphon in no way enriched the history of the Silver Gryphons, nor did it add to anything about them. Nope. There's no relation to the title of the book and the book itself.

Usually, Mercedes Lackey would skip over scenes like this, which take time to build up just to show a little growth. One would see her skip scenes in the Last Herald Mage trilogy, where she'd virtually skip weeks and years of obstacles. Usually, in some other Valdemar books, one would find characters having already found their way (if they were lost), finished training (if they were going to go through hours of training). But this entire book seemed to be a rushed exercise to fill up one more book for the contract.

So that is my conclusion. I'd give it no stars if I could, because I AM a Misty fan, and this came as a bitter disappointment. This could be excused in other writers, but not Misty. I mean, even the lackluster first few hundred pages of Owlflight was made up for for the awesome storylines that proceeded it in Owlsight and Owlknight. But as an ending to a trilogy, and with Lackey being a certified EXPERT in trilogies, this was nothing but a hundred pages stretched to a hundred more of "lost in the jungle" moments.

Skip this book, you can be satisfied with the Mage War DUOLOGY of Black Gryphon and White Gryphon.
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