|In Cymria, griffiners (humans chosen by griffins to be their
companions) are at the apex of society. Everyone calls them sir, they have access to
respected jobs, they have a relatively easy life.
Arren Cardockson was born in Cymria,
but is from an ethnic group that was forcibly enslaved by the Cymrians in the recent past
and released from slavery in the more recent past. He became a griffiner by chance, being
in the right place at the right time, and considers himself Cymrian. However, through a
betrayal his griffin is killed and he is blamed for it, precipitating a series of events
that take him to a very dark place. As this is the first book of (presumably) a trilogy,
at the end of the book nothing is resolved and there are hints of worse things to come.
This is a classic antihero story, with a main character that I found impossible to
like. In, I think, attempting to make the unlikable likable, the author spent the first
chapter relating information that was completely unnecessary to the story. The
anti-slavery and anti-racist messages come through thick and heavy, and I found them to
occasionally be overwhelming. Overall, though, the writing style is good and events
Given that I dislike antihero stories intensely (Ive never managed to get through
Thomas Covenant, for instance), I wont be reading more books in this series.
However, if you dont mind reading about people you dont like I expect you will
find this an enjoyable read.