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  1. says:

    I love when authors challenge their readers to think with open minds and come at an issue from all angles, and that is precisely what Rachel Neumeier accomplishes with her second installment of The Griffin Mage trilogy Land of the Burning Sands is set in Casmantium, the country that was in fact the enemy to Feierabiand in our first encounter with the griffins Instinctively we want to dislike this country and all in it, but here s the rub Neuemeier allows us to disdain Casmantium while letting us fall in love with its people, until the lines are so thoroughly blurred that we no longer see the barriers between them.We experience this effect through the eyes of Gerient, a man who has been bound as a slave for a crime he committed in his youth a crime of passion for which he was perhaps punished too severely, and has since endured years of torture and servitude at the price of his belief in kindness It is easy to root for Gerient, a man of great intelligence and talent as a maker, and to feel emboldened when he encounters the Amnachudran family who understand generosity as none of Gerient s previous masters would Gerient finds himself in the willing service of Tehre, the daughter of the Amnachudran household, fascinated by her endlessly blunt and distracted mind He understands creating, but Tehre s fascination is in opposition to making it is breaking.In Lord of the Changing Winds, we learned that the people of Feierabiand had a gift for calling a certain affinity for a particular type of animal The people of Casmantium, however, have an affinity for making Strong makers like Gerient and Tehre are able to use their gift to craft any number of excellent items from bridges to horse shoe nails , or strengthen them with their will Neither country s gift is precisely magecraft, though that exists as well The magic of Neumeier s world is one of give and take If you were to focus your efforts on becoming an antithesis to the griffins and fire, you would be giving up the ability to control other aspects of earth magic.Neumeier made decisions in Land of the Burning Sands which had me questioning, but I was unable to focus on these questions for too long due to my enjoyment of the story overall I was surprised, for example, when our narrative split in two as late as 175 pages into the book, but soon realized the necessity of this I was even surprised that book two of The Griffin Mage series showed little than flash images of the creatures at all until the last 100 pages of the book In fact, for at least three quarters of the book s duration, we as readers have no idea what the true conflict is, but are so caught up in the journey of the build up that we only notice this if we step back to think.This tactic may seem odd, but to me it is the very strength of Land of the Burning Sands By rooting us so thoroughly in a Casmantium perspective we are able to see the griffins not as we saw them in Lord of the Changing Winds, but as these people have seen them for centuries We see them as fiercely terrifying and beautiful creatures whose vindications will push them to destroy countless human lives We finally see that what they have done to our beloved Kes is truly terrible that they have destroyed her in order to strengthen their defenses When we finally understand what the conflict of Land of the Burning Sands truly entails, our hearts are torn in two directions, knowing we will lose either way.If Lord of the Changing Winds worked to help us understand these creatures of fire that are so far from humans, Land of the Burning Sands works to flip the coin and help us to understand humanity, regardless of political oppositions I love that Neumeier forced me to question my loyalties in regard to these characters, and left me so uncertain as to where I should place my hopes Land of the Burning Sands shows us the future for those characters we invested in in book one, while at the same time building an entirely new story of communication, loyalty, and freedom.Original review posted at Bunbury in the Stacks.


  2. says:

    This is one of those weird and rare situations where the second book of a trilogy is massively better than the first.The first book was a story of warfare and political wrangling that fell down for me because it was trying to get me to empathize with Kes and the griffins, neither of whom, as far as I could tell, had discernible feelings Then armies clashed A lot This book maintains the military conflict, but it is told mostly from the POV of a man enslaved to a mage from the first book, and this guy does in fact have feelings A lot of feelings I think that makes the difference There s also a really charming engineer mage lady who is almost comically absent minded and interested only in her work I liked her too.There are also griffins, of course, but they re not there much.This book, I would recommend Don t give up if you disliked the first book It gets better


  3. says:

    I read and LOVED Neumeier s Black Dog and am going through her earlier work I read these back to back and now it s all kind of blurred together Only less than usual because this is so different than typical YA trilogies in the best way It follows different character POVs each book and there s quite a gap of time between them Can t lie, griffins have never really appealed to me before I love these flying magic cats though Love the unique world building with the different magic Not just the griffin s are different, but the mages and how the countries use them AND There s no threats of rape, insulting base groups of people, or a myriad of other unpleasantries we take as a given These are pretty decent people all around that we get to follow There s antagonists, and an overarching plot of villainy, but most people are just doing the best they can Instead of 50 shades of dark grey black like in Game of Thrones, we get the lighter end of the spectrum Which is honestly such a fucking pleasure and relief to read Book 1 Swept me away Love Kes, her family, and Bertrand The griffins are Set in Fierabiand There seems to be crushing involved, but not much else It s all about freedom, and friends, and doing the right thing, which is complicated than people like to think.Book 2 Threw me for a loop Set in Casmantium We find out so much about their magic, their ice mages, their king, and society Bertrand is involved like halfway through and we see Kes in the very end But the main POV s are two nobodies, who are something else Great love story too Slow burn, friends to lovers, nothing on the page but the adorable falling.Book 3 I thought I was prepared after the second book I was not Set in Feierabiand and Casmantium, with secret rescue mission to Linularinum Find out quite a bit about Linularinum and their lawyer scholar trickster magic Again, main POVs are two previous unknowns with different magic than before Shows the harm critical demeaning family and an MC overcoming anxiety self doubt from it Another slow burn adorable falling in love romance We get true updates on everybody I was NOT expecting the ending each time, and I loved them all The German covers are so much better though.


  4. says:

    The second installment in the series, it can also read like a standalone Basically only a few characters the same as in the first novel, but it does not distract from the story Less action in this but character development Looking forward to the next book.


  5. says:

    Land of the Burning Sands is the second book in Rachel Neumeier s new Griffin Mage Trilogy Sopho books are hard You ve written the first book, and now the freshness and newness of your stuff as a writer is gone You have to come up with a second act, and have something new to say, and, worse improve on your previous book If you are writing a series, especially a trilogy, and your sopho book is the middle book in the trilogy, that is really putting yourself behind the eight ball Even high class writers have trouble with middle books in trilogies Still, given the promise of the first book Lord of the Changing Winds , I picked up this book with the hope that Neumeier would be able to carry the story and world forward well enough, even given the disadvantages and problems outlined above I need not have worried Land of the Burning Sands takes place, temporally, not long after the battle at the end of Lord of the Changing Winds The focus, however, is no longer on Feiebriand, but rather on Casmantium, the antagonists of the first novel We are introduced to Gereint, whose crime has made him a magically bound servant, and who has the opportunity to take advantage of the triumph of the Griffins in book one to work his way toward freedom Along the way, he meets allies, a romantic interest who is far than just an ornament for the hero , and surprisingly, not as many Griffins as the first book But that last part is all right This book is something different than the first Rather than focusing on Kes and Kairaithin the latter appears, but only in the climax of the book , this book focuses on Gereint, the Amnachurdan family, and Beguchren, the now last real cold mage left in the entire kingdom We also see Lord Bertaud from Feiebriand, and the Arobern, but otherwise there is no overlap between the two books in terms of character scope This second novel is a book that focuses tightly on these characters, as they react to the consequences of the battle of the first novel, and the Griffins desire to punish Casmantium by taking excessive advantage of their victory Advantage enough to possibly destroy the kingdom entirely, or change it beyond recognition forever Without the problems of logistics and battles that I had in the first novel, many of the weaknesses that I found in the first novel simply are not an issue in this second book This novel plays to Neumeier s strengths in a stronger way than the first novel did, although I don t think that this novel is really readable without reading the first We get to see and new magic, and like the first book, learn that when people in Neumeier s fantasy world come to terms with burgeoning magical power, they can literally move mountains And characterization, a strength of the first novel, here, helps humanize and personalize the antagonists of the first novel, and puts them front and center as real human beings with their own concerns and problems We learn just why the relations with Griffins are so strained, providing a dose of complexity to the relationship between the earth aspected humans and the air and fire oriented griffins I loved it Neumeier has reduced and eroded my concerns about the first novel, broadened and filled in her world, and made me excited to see the conclusion to this unique trilogy I will definitely buy and read the third novel in this series As for you, I suspect that if you read and enjoyed the first novel, you have already picked this up for your to read pile If you have not, I recommend reading Lord of the Changing Winds, first, to provide better context and impact for the events in this second Griffin Mage novel.


  6. says:

    Part of what I like about this series is that while the books build on one another, they re set in different countries and focus on different characters, so I can review this one without giving away the last one I love it when a plan comes together Moving on.Burning Sands takes us to Casmantium and a man named Gereint For crimes committed twenty years past, Gereint is geas bound a particular kind of cold magic that enables someone to bind him and forces Gereint to follow their commands Gereint attempts to escape his cruel master and go to Feierabiand, where the magic of the geas is neutralized He doesn t make it, and instead finds himself indebted to a Casmantian judge The judge tells him about a man who may be able to help him remove the geas rings that keep him bound but the man is in Bredichboden, the one place most dangerous for him to go.Whereas book one focused on the magic of calling animals, and the antipathy between earth and fire magic, here Neuemeier delved deeply into the magic of Casmantium, called making The third book investigates the magic of Linularium, called legistry and having to do with the binding magical properties of written law Gereint is a talented Maker he can persuade a knife to hold an edge or a failing horseshoe to hold together through the end of his journey He s skilled at building things with his hands and is extremely intelligent and well read I liked that Neuemeier waited to bring Making into the story Waiting to bring this in reinforced the fullness of Neuemeier s world building this world is just too full and detailed to explain everything at once I also thought it was interesting how the magic was tied to geographical regions and the inhabitants there I wondered and still wonder what would happen in the event of intermarriage between gifted persons of each nation.On the whole, I thought the plot and characterization were strong Tehre, a new character, was charmingly absent minded, highly intelligent, and a perfect foil for Gereint s own curiosity and intelligence After book 1, I was inclined to dislike the cold mage Beguchren, simply because Kes had antipathy for his cold magic In Burning Sands, we see that he s a much complex character, and as Gereint figures out whether or not to trust him, I was doing the same because of the lingering distrust from book 1 I felt that was well done on Neuemeier s part, to build that into book 1 and then dissect it in book 2 And of course, the trouble with the griffins isn t quite as over as they thought it would be, and Bertaud and Kairaithin factor heavily in the plot.The writing and prose were still excellent, and Neuemeier s descriptive language consistently reminds me of Robin McKinley She did allow Gereint and Tehre to ramble about psychics and technical questions several times, to the degree that I started skipping entire paragraphs of Tehre s musings While this was consistent with Tehre s character, as a non technically inclined reader, I was bored and would ve benefitted from a line or two about Tehre did some math and thought about physics while distractedly eating a muffin On the whole, it was another strong read from Neuemeier I definitely recommend the trilogy if you like fantasy 3.5 stars


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    For a day, a night, and a day slave Gereint hide in the two story deep basement while the desert claimed the newly abandoned city of Melentser, hoping to lose the geas connection he felt to his master On the second night Gereint sat in the broken sandy city and watched the sun set As he did, he saw the bright griffins fly over him Feeling no pull on his geas, Gereint heads North East, opposite of the other refugees and his master Only to fall under geas to another man and see griffins fly by.We start off with a whole new story We follow Gereint through his journey after the destruction of Melentser We learn of his life, how he fell into the trap of slavery of the geas But most of all, we learn of the person Gereint is I started to understand of the country Calmantium If you read the first book, you will remember this is the country where the Griffins first resided, and now have come home.Through the book you get the feel for how the people and Cold Mage are apposed to the griffins In than just dislike Their is a deeper feeling that these two different magics don t mix very well, and this is shown to you through the acts and feelings of the characters I learned of the Cold Mage and of the Makers that are from Calmantium.This book struck me as it could be read on its own, not having to have read the first book in the trilogy since we are placed in Calmantium instead of Feierabiand and the story doesn t revolve majorly on the happenings of the first book I felt this book was a story of its own We do start to touch on the happenings in Lord of Changing Winds around page 72, but remember the people of Calmantium really don t know what happened in Feierabiand, and what you need to know for this story is given to you.I didn t interact much with the griffins in this read They are a constant and are visual through the book But not much interaction between the characters and griffins until close to the end of the book In this way there is some suspense built to wonder what they are doing and what will happen.Along with the griffins there is a few characters who come back in this one The one main character, which I enjoyed in Lord of the Changing Winds, was Lord Bertaud And we have many new characters I came to enjoy these new characters very much by the end of the book.In all I enjoyed this read and will look for the third book of this trilogy A wonderful classic fantasy style with a new elementgriffins.


  8. says:

    Like the first book, the writing for this book was a little hard to get into The plot sort of moves a long slowly at the beginning, and quickly at the middle until the end The world building, as in the first book, is really compelling The landscape in which the characters find themselves is well delineated The narrative follows a slave who is escaping his master It has an entirely new set of characters from the first novel, until the middle of the book, when a few characters appear from the first book It could be a completely different series written in the same world The villain of the first book, who is a cold mage, becomes sort of the hero of this book at least, he becomes human and his actions defensible The griffins are very much the enemy from his point of view, and even the escaped slave at some points There was a teaser at the end of this book for the third book in the series should I read it Will it tie all of these disparate characters together in a way that gives justice and closure The teaser shared the story of an entirely new character There is a clear Griffin Mage in book one he is one of the main characters He makes an appearance in Acts 2 and 3 of this book, but is nowhere near a central character Why name the series The Griffin Mage if the series is not about a Griffin Mage When I am reading a book in a series, I am willing to put up with a few foibles in the first novel if the series shows promise I can t decide if I want to read the third book, though, because after two novels, I can t decide if the characters are people whose story I want to know Given the preponderance of YA fantasy novels, I think the author might be trying to write to this audience, while really holding her best stuff for a mature audience The series reads as PG no kissing, even, which is fine really But those YA novels have plots which do not require mucking boots to wade through It seems like she s interested in the intrigue of the human story, but she has been told to dumb it down a bit for her audience I don t know I should stop guessing author s motives in this, reading George R R Martin and Diana Gabaldon ruined me.


  9. says:

    Despite her relative newcomer status, Neumeier s fast becoming one of my favorite authors Hey, she s batting a thousand as far as I m concerned Based on the first book in the series, I cough bought this one before its official release date, because it was available in my local bookstore early Immediately upon finishing I tried to go back and pre order the third book, only to discover that I would have to wait till a closer date to its release to be able to do so I have high hopes of an early slippage out onto the shelves again.This is not to say that it s a perfect book, but it matches my tastes in so many ways Lovely writing Characters who are human and whimsical and all too easy to care for even as they fit into a fiercely elemental world Magic that eludes the overly slick, clockwork rules of other fantasy worlds, but still makes internal sense Land of the Burning Sands opens with a man willing to hide in a city while it s being buried by a sandstorm in order to break the geas which binds him to his master While he waits, he has with him two books I found this incredibly endearing It s a horrible thing, to take away a man s free will by binding him to his master s commands with a geas, and Neumeier is convincing in her portrayal of Gereint s desperation And when he meets people who are kind to him, I genuinely liked them and didn t find them to be overly saccharine I could see how Gereint came to trust them, even despite their initial unfortunate encounter For Gereint, as an escaped slave, is a fugitive, and there s not much for him to look forward to in this country.Given a hope of true freedom and the chance to repay this generosity, Gereint heads toward a city which holds even danger than one being lost to the desert Brought under the royal eye and compelled by than a geas, he finds himself caught up in a matter of nations Because there are actual consequences to the actions of the first book despite the standalone nature of this one, I appreciated the threads that wove between the two.And, as I mentioned, I m looking forward to the next.


  10. says:

    Premise Sequel to Lord of the Changing Winds Gereint Enseichen has been a magically bound servant in the Kingdom of Casmantium for a long time now By treaty, griffins are taking the city his master lives in, and he s taking the opportunity to try to find freedom But instead of escaping across the desert, Gereint is drawn back into the affairs of the kingdom as the griffins encroach further into man s holdings than agreed.I had doubts about this sequel, when I saw that this book wasn t the further adventures of Kes, the main character from the first book However, it turns out this is even better This book delves much further into Casmantium, which was the enemy kingdom for all of the first book Their relationship with the griffins goes back further and has old hatred on both sides.The main characters, Gereint and Lady Tehre, are simply fantastic They are both makers, people who have a sense for building things, who can make stone stronger, fabric waterproof, buildings steadier, etc., but they use a similar skill in completely different ways Neumeier seems to have a flair for characters who are antisocial in a way that feels true to me Tehre is an absent minded academic type that I found utterly charming, but never cutesy I really liked Gereint I sympathized with his troubles and I was compelled by his struggles, but I instantly bonded with Tehre the same way I did with Kes, although they re utterly different characters.Lord Bertaud is a minor character in this volume, and both Kairaithin and Kes are involved in the plot without being onstage much It was interesting to get a clearer perspective on Casmantium and the cold mages there, people who are much inherently opposed to the griffins than the natives of Feierabiand who populated the first book.Incidentally, I learned to recognize all these long tongue twisting names pretty easily, and it was simpler in this book with fewer griffin titles to deal with.I m certainly going to track down the third book, and I expect it to further illuminate the breath of this world.


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