The Lord of the Changing Winds (Griffin Mage)
by Rachel Neumeier
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498737
Date: 03 June 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
An author previously unknown to me, Rachel Neumeier arrives in the UK with Lord of the Changing Winds a pacey fantasy centring on the mythical Griffin that will delight readers of Naomi Novick's Temeraire novels. Published by Orbit as a paperback original. Two further books in the sequence will be rolled out over subsequent months.
"The desert winds have come to the village of Menas Ford. Griffins, creatures of fire, have appeared in a burning haze, turning the sky a blazing golden-red and the land to dry, cracked earth. These majestic beasts, half-lion, half-eagle, spread the arid desert wherever they roam. Iaor, the King of Feierabiand, will not tolerate the destruction of his people's farmland. Sending forth his army, he means to rid the griffins from his domain - whether by negotiation or brute force. But not all those who encounter the griffins fear them. Kes, a timid village girl with hidden mage powers, is summoned to heal the King of the Griffins himself. She will discover her affinity with these creatures, and may be the only one to understand the importance of their presence. For they are fleeing a menace which poses a greater threat to her people than even the blazing fires of the desert. "