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Publisher's Summary

It is an age when Valdemar is yet unfounded, its organization of Heralds yet unformed, and magic is still a wild and uncontrolled force. 

Skandranon Rashkae is perhaps the finest specimen of his race, with gleaming ebony feathers, a majestic wingspan, keen magesight, and sharp intelligence. Courageous, bold, and crafty, Skan is everything a gryphon should be. He is the fulfillment of everything that the Mage of Silence, the human sorcerer called Urtho, intended to achieve when he created these magical beings to be his champions, the defenders of his realm - a verdant plain long coveted by the evil mage Maar.  

Now Maar is once again advancing on Urtho's Keep, this time with a huge force spearheaded by magical constructs of his own - cruel birds of prey ready to perform any evil their creator may demand of them. And when one of Urtho's Seers wakes from a horrifying vision in which she sees a devastating magical weapon being placed in the hands of Maar's common soldiers, Skandrannon is sent to spy across enemy lines, cloaked in the protective of Urtho's powerful Spell of Silence.

©1994 Mercedes R. Lackey and Larry Dixon (P)2018 Tantor

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Love the book

I love this book but held my breath as it started because I don't like every narrator. I laughed out loud as I listened to the first sentence. He is great! Every character name pronounced exactly as I has imagined it, every exciting and nuanced passage came across splendidly. I listened to the whole thing in two days and may start it again tomorrow.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderfully written, beautifully performed.

I have always loved this book, and was extremely excited to see it had finely gotten an audio book. Gary Furlong has done an outstanding job in bringing the characters to life. Amberdrake, and all of his wisdom, brought chills to my spine once again. Everyone needs to hear, or read, this book, and marvel at the truth, beauty, and sadness of war, love and hate, and ultimately hope that Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon so masterfully brought forth for us. We see from not just both sexes, but different jobs, as well as different species, the affect war has on our bodies, minds and souls. And indeed, there is always hope, and a moment of silence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent,as always!

I've always loved this series! I hope the next two books in the series are released quickly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love this book

I absolutely love Mercedes Lacky’s books and valdemar story line. It has become such a wonderful thing for me to hear the stories come to life. Only problem I have is I want to hear The White Gryphon and The Silver Gryphon. Sad to see that Audible hasn’t even listed this book as part of the Mage War series. Yet this is the series that starts all of the other valdemaren series.

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great reading

I really enjoyed the first time I read this book 20 years ago. it was a well written story on the magical creator of griffons. Some parts are slow and it draws a lot on a fantasy basis that is not explained. but as an exciting read and compelling caracters it was fun.

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love the story and the Griffins!<br />

These 2 writers are always a sure bet. I've enjoyed every installment and extension of the story and the wonderful characters.

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Love the story

I am visually impaired reader who depends on audible books. I’m a a big fan of Mercedes Lackey books! I hope she comes out with the other two books to this trilogy in Audible. This version is way better than hearing a computer with a synthesized voice read it to you.

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One of my favorite books!

I love this book to pieces and I was so excited to find it on audible. I hope they hurry up and finish the other 2 books!

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  • Lois McDonald
  • Maynard, MA, United States
  • 11-03-18

Love the book

I love this book but held my breath as it started because I don't like every narrator. I laughed out loud as I listened to the first sentence. He is great! Every character name pronounced exactly as I has imagined it, every exciting and nuanced passage came across splendidly. I listened to the whole thing in two days and may start it again tomorrow.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Momma Kay
  • 10-20-18

Wonderfully written, beautifully performed.

I have always loved this book, and was extremely excited to see it had finely gotten an audio book. Gary Furlong has done an outstanding job in bringing the characters to life. Amberdrake, and all of his wisdom, brought chills to my spine once again. Everyone needs to hear, or read, this book, and marvel at the truth, beauty, and sadness of war, love and hate, and ultimately hope that Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon so masterfully brought forth for us. We see from not just both sexes, but different jobs, as well as different species, the affect war has on our bodies, minds and souls. And indeed, there is always hope, and a moment of silence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • SylphSong
  • 10-22-18

Excellent,as always!

I've always loved this series! I hope the next two books in the series are released quickly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Brittany
  • 01-19-19

Love this book

I absolutely love Mercedes Lacky’s books and valdemar story line. It has become such a wonderful thing for me to hear the stories come to life. Only problem I have is I want to hear The White Gryphon and The Silver Gryphon. Sad to see that Audible hasn’t even listed this book as part of the Mage War series. Yet this is the series that starts all of the other valdemaren series.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joe Dauner
  • 01-16-19

great reading

I really enjoyed the first time I read this book 20 years ago. it was a well written story on the magical creator of griffons. Some parts are slow and it draws a lot on a fantasy basis that is not explained. but as an exciting read and compelling caracters it was fun.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-18

love the story and the Griffins!<br />

These 2 writers are always a sure bet. I've enjoyed every installment and extension of the story and the wonderful characters.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlotte Bryant
  • 12-06-18

Love the story

I am visually impaired reader who depends on audible books. I’m a a big fan of Mercedes Lackey books! I hope she comes out with the other two books to this trilogy in Audible. This version is way better than hearing a computer with a synthesized voice read it to you.

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  • M. Johns
  • St. Louis, Mo
  • 12-01-18

One of my favorite books!

I love this book to pieces and I was so excited to find it on audible. I hope they hurry up and finish the other 2 books!

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lois McDonald
  • Maynard, MA, United States
  • 11-03-18

Love the book

I love this book but held my breath as it started because I don't like every narrator. I laughed out loud as I listened to the first sentence. He is great! Every character name pronounced exactly as I has imagined it, every exciting and nuanced passage came across splendidly. I listened to the whole thing in two days and may start it again tomorrow.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Momma Kay
  • 10-20-18

Wonderfully written, beautifully performed.

I have always loved this book, and was extremely excited to see it had finely gotten an audio book. Gary Furlong has done an outstanding job in bringing the characters to life. Amberdrake, and all of his wisdom, brought chills to my spine once again. Everyone needs to hear, or read, this book, and marvel at the truth, beauty, and sadness of war, love and hate, and ultimately hope that Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon so masterfully brought forth for us. We see from not just both sexes, but different jobs, as well as different species, the affect war has on our bodies, minds and souls. And indeed, there is always hope, and a moment of silence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SylphSong
  • 10-22-18

Excellent,as always!

I've always loved this series! I hope the next two books in the series are released quickly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Brittany
  • 01-19-19

Love this book

I absolutely love Mercedes Lacky’s books and valdemar story line. It has become such a wonderful thing for me to hear the stories come to life. Only problem I have is I want to hear The White Gryphon and The Silver Gryphon. Sad to see that Audible hasn’t even listed this book as part of the Mage War series. Yet this is the series that starts all of the other valdemaren series.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Dauner
  • 01-16-19

great reading

I really enjoyed the first time I read this book 20 years ago. it was a well written story on the magical creator of griffons. Some parts are slow and it draws a lot on a fantasy basis that is not explained. but as an exciting read and compelling caracters it was fun.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-18

love the story and the Griffins!<br />

These 2 writers are always a sure bet. I've enjoyed every installment and extension of the story and the wonderful characters.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlotte Bryant
  • 12-06-18

Love the story

I am visually impaired reader who depends on audible books. I’m a a big fan of Mercedes Lackey books! I hope she comes out with the other two books to this trilogy in Audible. This version is way better than hearing a computer with a synthesized voice read it to you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M. Johns
  • St. Louis, Mo
  • 12-01-18

One of my favorite books!

I love this book to pieces and I was so excited to find it on audible. I hope they hurry up and finish the other 2 books!