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.
This report prepared by Melissa Cookson
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.
This report prepared by Covarla