|The White Gryphon|
Author: Mercedes Lackey with Larry Dixon
Published: March, 1996
Series: Magic Wars
Review by: CL4 Diane Dragonsayer
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Skandranon Rashkae, still the Hero of the gryphons, is now unsaid leader of the city of White Gryphon. White Gryphon was built as a stronghold to protect and care for the people of Urtho in the years after the Cataclysm that destroyed their old stronghold at Ka'Vensheno. When an unknown ship comes into their harbor, they react as warriors would, with caution and they, of course, assume the worst - that this is a ship of war.
Fortunately for them, their assumption turns out, for the most part, to be wrong. The ship is from the Haiglai Kings, also known as the Black Kings for the color of their skin. The Haiglai were originally sent to remove the infiltrators from their midst, but upon "hearing" the Council of White Gryphon, they decide it better to negotiate a treaty.
Skandranon, Amberdrake and their respective familys' travel to the Palace of King Shalaman to negotiate the final terms of the agreement and to await the Eclipse Ceremony, the ONLY time the Haiglai Kings can effect changes to their kingdoms. In travelling there, Skandranon and Amberdrake face some of the greatest challenges to their lives.
What happens in Shalaman's Palace that is so dangerous to them all? You'll have to read the book to find out. I give it 2 claws way up!
Title: The White Gryphon