Eeeeeee!! I LOVE Mercedes Lackey's gryphons! Love, love, love, love, loooooooooove them!
(This brought to you courtesy of a brain fried by a walk home from the bus stop in 90 F (32 C) temperatures.)
I'm also glad that my appetite for dinner has finally made an appearance. 8:15 pm is better than never!
Gryphons! Gryphons! Gryphons!! =D
Heh, well I hope you know what a griffin/griffon is--they do show up in the Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe--a mythical creature with the front half like an eagle and the back part like a lion.
Anyway, the gryphons (varient spelling) in Mercedes Lackey's books are fabulous. They look whole, instead of a clumsy composite. She takes such thought as to their origin, culture, way of speaking, showing emotions, living arrangements, capabilities and weaknesses--just wonderful. =)
I've read every book attached to the Valdemar series, and the owl books, the gryphon books, and the books on Alberich were my favorite. Of course, Lackey can't keep her own timeline straight by the time she gets around to writing about Alberich, but hey, I'm willing to overlook small (ok, GLARING) inconsistencies in favor of a good story. And the Alberich books were good stories. So was the one about Skif (To Take A Thief), but that isn't one of my favorites.
Oh, in case you haven't seen them, Alberich's books are "Exile's Honor" and "Exile's Valor". I had both of them in hardcover, but something got spilled during our move and they got ruined. *sigh*
Yeah, I heard she botched it with Alberich. I only got to read the first one (which I quite enjoyed), and I hope to get to the second one next year or so. Even if there are plot holes/contradictions, I do quite enjoy Alberich. Maybe I should reread the first one before trying the second; it's been a few years...
((I'm a horrible pedant about timeline consistency, so I can't understand why she couldn't reread her own 'Arrows' trilogy before writing that...on the other hand, having written things 'backward' myself, I understand how hard it can be. Going back 200 years is easier than going back 2 or 20, really.))
I want to reread 'Brightly Burning' because I remember enjoying that. Haven't done 'To Take a Thief' yet, as I never much liked Skif. (Or maybe I did, and it was completely forgettable?). I like the Arrows trilogy, the Storms trilogy I'm currently rereading, and the Vanyel trilogy. I've read some of her fairy tale rewrites, but the only one I really enjoyed was her 'Beauty and the Beast' retelling.