The Black Gryphon - Mage Wars 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is listed as part of the Heralds of Valdemar series, but it actually takes place about 1000 years before Valdemar even existed. Ma'ar and Urtho, the Mage of Silence, are at war with one another. Skandranon, one of Urtho's gryphons, is a spectacular aerial fighter. Amberdrake, Skan's human friend, heals the minds, hearts, and, sometimes, bodies of many of the soldiers and healers, but even he sometimes needs a shoulder to lean on. Winterhart might be someone Amberdrake could come to depend on, but first she has to get past the secret about herself that she's buried and her belief that the nonhumans in Urtho's army are little more than somewhat intelligent animals. Zhaneel, another gryphon, has suffered because the humans around her believed that, but, with help from friends, her stunted self-esteem blossoms. In the end, they must all try to survive the consequences of the Mage Wars.
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The evil mage Maar has begun invading the lands of the mage Urtho causing a long war. Amberdrake helps those in need deal with their losses, even when worried about his friend, Skandranon the Black Gryphon, who often risks life and wing for the sake of others. Both Amberdrake and Skandranon meet their ideal mates, but all that is put in the back of their minds when Maar's forces drawn even closer.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   air battles    -   magical battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   magical being Profession/status:    -   doctor    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   mind control    -   can fly    -   can cast many different spells    -   can read emotions


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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